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    25 Things That’ll Help You Break The Ice In Your New Dorm

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    1. A standing mirror with built-in storage and LED light, because the dorm room with the best lighting for makeup and mirror selfies will undoubtedly become the spot to be. 

    The standing mirror
    the standing mirror open to show the storage

    Promising review: "It's a must that I have a full-length mirror in my room and I have lots of jewelry, so it's just perfect." —Tracey

    Get it from Amazon for $129.90.

    2. A set of flameless LED candles that'll ensure the vibe in your dorm is ~lit~ without becoming a literal fire hazard. 

    the candles

    Promising review: "Too cool! Looks super realistic! I read the reviews and was kind of on the fence but went ahead and ordered two. So glad I did! Great investment. I was looking for an alternative to actual candles to light up my new apartment and these flameless ones sufficed! Looks so real my sister was surprised and didn't believe they were artificial. The cool thing about them being battery-operated is that you don't have to have all the candles in one place." —Diane

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99 (available in four colors).

    3. A subscription to Hunt A Killer — an immersive murder mystery game that brings new clues to your door every month. This game is a great way to bond with others as it involves working together to solve exciting mysteries. The fact that each chapter arrives monthly will keep everyone in suspense!

    Promising review: "Hunt A Killer is the best purchase I've made in a very long time. The story and evidence are extremely well put together and thought out. It's challenging, but not impossible. We are excited each time we get a new episode to see what kind of evidence and challenges lie within." —Jaqueline

    Get it from Hunt A Killer for $25+ monthly.

    4. handheld milk frother that will cement your role as the in-house barista for your entire dorm. But *do* be careful, with great power comes great responsibility...

    The milk frother
    the milk frother next to a cup of coffee

    Promising review: "This makes a huge difference in my morning coffee. I used this to mix milk with some cinnamon and now it's like I have a cinnamon dolce latte from Starbucks. It's amazing how fluffy the milk gets in just 30 seconds." —Samantha

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    5. An air purifier with a fragrance sponge to help keep the air in your room clean, because we know how important that is these days — especially with all the new people who'll be coming in and out!

    Promising review: "Absolutely love! Purchased three of these for the bedrooms of our house. This helped tremendously when recovering from COVID-19 to help keep the air clean while quarantined. It's also very quiet on level one. I had never owned one of these before so I did notice the temperature in my room is slightly colder when turned on but that's understandable as it's part of its job. The blue light is perfect at night, or if you have kids it doubles as a night-light." —Queen

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99

    6. A mini Keurig coffeemaker perfect for keeping you and all your new friends caffeinated — especially during midterms and finals. It gets bonus points because the single-serve function benefits your wallet, your nerves, AND the planet.

    the Keurig in blue on a reviewer's counter
    Anonymous / Wayfair

    Promising review: "I bought this coffeemaker when moving into my freshman college dorm and it is the best purchase I have made! It is skinny and small, perfect for a dorm or apartment. It is also single-serve, which saves a lot of material since I am only making one cup at a time! Definitely worth the investment." —Moni

    Get it from Wayfair for $99.99 (available in five colors). 

    7. A trivia party game called "Brilliant or BS?" to get to know your new friends on a deeper (more deceptive) level REAL quick. 

    Promising review: "This isn't your average trivia game. There's a whole other level to it! I had a game night and we were going to play multiple games but we ended up playing 'Brilliant or BS?' all night. So many laughs! LOVE it!" —Jay

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    8. wicker papasan swivel chair that's just *begging* you to come curl up inside of it. Maximum coziness *and* maximum cuteness — who among us doesn't dream of that combination? This comfy seating addition is sure to draw in some new friends to your dorm. 

    Promising review: "Absolutely love this chair! The cushion is very comfortable — great for sinking in to read, watch TV, play on the Wii or even nap. My nieces and nephew climbed all over it and it didn't break, very sturdy. It even spins which was a happy surprise. Worth the money!" —Samantha

    Get it from Amazon for $195.99+ (available in 17 colors).

    9. A double cereal dispenser to bring the best part of the dining hall up to your room. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day after all, why not share it with your new dorm-mates?

    the cereal dispensers

    Promising review: "It was worth the price as our cereal boxes would always somehow be left open (by no one at home, apparently) and our cereal would constantly go stale. This was the solution to our cereal problem. I like that it's not extremely bulky and does not take up a lot of room. It also has a nice clean look to it. It is super easy to maintain. I wipe it down every day and it stays looking brand-new and shiny." —Candy

    Get it from Wayfair for $26.85+ (originally $41.04+, available in four colors).

    10. An egg cooker that I can attest is absolutely EGGcellent! It is SO easy to use and perfect for when you oversleep and miss the breakfast hours at the cafeteria. With this device you can make breakfast for you and all your friends, right in your dorm room!

    a reviewer cooking eggs in the cooker in light blue
    eggs made in the dash egg cooker

    I'm ~literally~ making eggs as I type this...

    Promising review: "What a wonderful little gadget! Eggs came out perfectly and peeled so much easier than boiling them. I’m more of a set-it-and-forget-it type person than a watch-the-pot-boil-and-set-a-timer kind of person. They cooked for 10 minutes and were wonderful." —M

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in five colors).

    11. A magnetic dart board set to give everyone something to do with their hands during those first few awkward moments in a hangout session. 

    Promising review: "I bought this as an impulse buy for my 20-year-old son's dorm. He’s home with us for vacation and the whole family has had so much fun with it! We’ve all been playing it for days now so I might get another to leave at our house. Great fun for a low price." —Roxy

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    12. A mini air hockey table that won't take up too much space but is fun enough to break the ice. Who doesn't love air hockey? 

    reviewers playing with the air hockey table
    kids playing with the air hockey table

    Promising review: "Great for price. Just big enough to be fun and still small enough to store." —Justin

    Get it from Amazon for $59.95.

    13. A game called Lightning Reaction Reloaded that will test your reflexes and the pain tolerance of all your new friends. Break this out to zap the life back into a semi-boring gathering. 

    Promising review: "Best game with the college housemates! Shock startles more than it really hurts, so it's perfect. Taking it with on a camping trip." —Dawn

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    14. A silicone popcorn popper to help you make that absolutely *perfect* bowl of microwave popcorn (without setting off the smoke alarm) that dorm-life seems to make everyone crave. It's the perfect snack for sharing during movie nights and study sessions.

    the popcorn popper
    the popcorn from the popcorn popper

    Promising review: "Amazing! It works like it’s supposed to! Pops all the kernels. Then folds up to store! Brilliant!" —Patti

    Get it from Amazon for $10.27.

    15. A Wi-Fi-enabled projector to ensure your movie nights go down in college history and are revered in hushed tones for generations to come. 

    the projector on a reviewers wall
    A reviewer projecting young Frankenstein on their fence

    Promising review: "This was my first projector and for the price I am very happy with it. The picture quality is pretty decent and excellent in complete darkness. I have only used it inside to sub for a TV and the volume is more than perfect (only need projector volume at about 25 if the computer or phone volume are at full capacity). What I really liked about this projector was that it did not have to be completely flat for a clear image and had angle and focusing adjustment options. The remote works great and has good options." —Vanesa

    Get it from Amazon for $189.98

    16. A SodaStream bundle because there's nothing more alluring than being the room where dorm-mates can get carbonated bevies after all the campus stores close. 

    the sodastream bundle

    Promising review: "We drink seltzer on a regular basis — this makes excellent, strong seltzer, and you can flavor it to your own taste. Device is easy to use, and is eco-friendly. No more bottles or cans of seltzer! I heartily endorse this device, it really works well!" —Gene

    Get it from Amazon for $189.99.

    17. A smart wireless essential oil diffuser which can be controlled from your phone so your dorm can be known as the one that always smells like a luxurious spa. 

    Promising review: "I absolutely love my Wi-Fi diffuser. I was able to connect it to my Alexa. I’m able to schedule times for it to turn on, and my apartment always smells amazing. This diffuser is worth every penny. I’m planning on purchasing another one for my master bedroom." —Carmen 

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

    18. A mini tabletop billiards set that will definitely have your peers endlessly flocking to your room to play. The nice part about this pool table is its portability, so when your roommate needs to study, you and your billiards crew can simply relocate to the lounge!

    a reviewer playing pool
    the pool table set up

    Promising review: "Really fun. It's great for a small dorm room." —Amazon customer 

    Get it from Amazon for $17.78.

    19. A DIY mani-pedi kit because a spa night is simply unmatched in its ability to break the ice with a new suite- or roommate. Plus, a free manicure is a luxury no one could possibly turn down — especially on a tight student budget!

    a reviewer showing the kit
    a reviewer drying their nails in the kit

    Promising review: "I’m so glad I bought this nail manicure set! It has helped me save tons of money! It comes with a tool to clean your nails and has so many different heads based on your needs! There is also a bucket that you can put iced water in to soak your nails in, as well as a quick dryer underneath that helps dry your nail polish faster! It’s super easy to use no matter how basic or professional you are because this product gives you all the tools you need to have perfect nails!" —Ke Xu

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    20. A SeoulBox subscription so you can get 18 authentic Korean goodies including snacks, skincare, and other exciting items delivered to your dorm each month. Share your new snacks with everyone on your floor to go from strangers to lifelong friends!

    items from the box laid out for display
    two people holding the seoul box

    Get it from Cratejoy for $45.50+ monthly.

    21. A desktop basketball shooting game that admittedly is intended for children but is a cute, easy and fun game that *literally* anyone in your dorm will be down to play.

    the basketball game

    Promising review: "Fun lil' toy that I can't seem to stop playing." —Markus

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    22. A pack of "I Dew Care" sheet masks to share with up to 14 of your new suite-friends for a fun self-care night. 

    Promising review: "Bought these for a friend’s birthday. She LOVED them, said her face was glowing after using them. Would definitely purchase again." —Tony

    Get it from Amazon for $18.06 for 14 masks.

    23. An inflatable lounger that can be easily inflated for extra seating and deflated for storage. This bad boy can also come anywhere with you — on or off campus — and become a comfortable couch within minutes!

    Promising review: "Bought as a graduation gift. Great for beach, concert or in a college apartment." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $44.25+.

    24. An LED party light to create an on-demand club inside your dorm room. These little lights even sync to the beat of whatever music you play to craft the *perfect* dance party ambience. 

    the disco light plugged in
    a room with the disco light turned on

    Promising review: "I am a ride-share driver driving in a college town and this disco ball is a hit! It works fantastically and has so many different modes and makes my car stand out in a crowd so not only can my passengers find me more easily but it creates a happy and fun atmosphere!" —Sharri

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    25. A TheraBox subscription so you can get a monthly care package carefully curated by therapists. The first semester of college is tough — from new friends to a new home to new classes — so take some time to recharge in the midst of all that change (and maybe share with your roomie if you have any leftover).

    Promising review: "I received my first TheraBox and I LOVE it! It’s got all the essentials to help you relax and get your mind flowing with positive vibes. Can’t wait to receive my next one!" —Tiara

    Get it from Cratejoy for $30.99+ monthly.

    I hope you enjoy some of these products with all your new friends. Happy back to school season!

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