If you are looking for the best college gifts you can give away as a going-to college, birthday, or Christmas present, even as a care package, then here are some ideas we prepared.

Remember that meme that resurfaces online every time a new school season is coming? It goes like this: College is just like riding a bicycle, except that the bicycle is on fire, and you are living in hell.

Well, that representation of college is true, because academic life just swallows you whole and never to be seen again, but then that is just one aspect of university life, and for more college students, there is always a time and place to have fun. After all, it is almost the last four or five years as a student, so it is definitely right to make the most of it, even if there are looming deadlines and exams and thesis that would not stop bugging you.

College Gifts for Guys

Thus, with such a hectic lifestyle, it is important to give college guys something to smile about even if their professors are slowly drowning them with school-works, so awesome care packages are a must! However, you have to prepare a gift that is cool, but also useful, after all, college is expensive and any guy would be thankful for a practical gift.

Coffee Gift Basket

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You do not sleep once you enter college. Sleep is a commodity that is always scarce and college guys usually regret staying up late when they are still in high school because college is going to force a student to cram everything all at once, work various part-time jobs in order to support themselves, and also socialize like a pro in parties and events arranged by their respective organizations. Thus, coffee is a college guys’ best friend, but come on, Starbucks always has long lines and of course, costs more money than regular college guys can usually afford, so arrange a coffee-lover package for them and help them stay awake with a dose of caffeine!

Neck Tie

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To help your college dude defend his thesis while feeling like Harry Potter! This is perfect for the geekiest guys!

Light Up Bow Ties

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For the trendsetters! These light-up bow ties are perfect for those who like to party or even just those who like to run and exercise at night!

Urinal Shot Glass

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Probably they won’t be drinking anymore after being reminded that their next possible destination would be the urinal by that shot glass! Or not. Still, a really cool college gift for dudes.

Stainless Steel Multi-Tool

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One tool with a bunch of purposes! This is great for college dudes so he can fix most of anything that breaks in the dormitory. Broken roommates are a different story, though.

Phone Flask

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This is a sneaky smart phone that may contain booze! Or juice. Or water. But most probably booze.

Wallet Multitool

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A sleek wallet that has a built-in bottle opener, screwdriver, ruler among other things a man on the go needs.

College Gifts for Girls

College girls also have to work hard ( and sometimes, party hard) to get through school. Make her stay in college enjoyable by giving her these gifts.

Facial Care Packages for College Girls

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Yes, college students are mostly at the tail-end of puberty and those adolescent-induced breakouts are long gone, but not forever gone, because stress is a strong trigger for acne and other facial bumps. It is terribly annoying (and sometimes even painful) and can add to the stress of a college girl, especially since it can really hurt one’s confidence and self-esteem, and of course, it does not help with (ehem) winning boys’ hearts! Aside from that, being in college is all about meeting people and building your networks, so if a person loses confidence due to facial problems, it could jeopardize a career. Go on and help out, then, by giving a package that could handle breakouts and restore confidence!

Ear Warmers

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School can be punishing, so give her something to help her enjoy her winter break! These bandless fleece ear warmers are the best and most stylish!

Dragon Stapler

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A stapler from the lair of the dragons is very useful for all the papers that are needed to be submitted!

Charm Key Chains

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Keeping locker, dorm and house keys and other important tools may be held with a key chain! Choose those with dainty or cute chains!

Pikachu Cap

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A Pokémon trainer must-have, especially while going outdoors. Or just for someone who loves cute stuff, like this Pikachu cap!

Care Packages for College

Care packages help them get through college! Choose packages with multiple things inside so everything lasts a long time!

For When You’re Sick Care Package

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With all the workload and hectic schedule (and of course, all the parties they attend to), college guys are prone to sickness, and sometimes, they don’t even have the luxury of getting ill, because there is a pile of things to do and experiences, so even with a burning body temperature, they would still get up the bed and act like everything is alright (aww), so make them feel right at home with a medicine care package. After all, college guys and girls are often called out to downplay sickness and even forget drinking their much-needed meds. When preparing this package, you can Do-It-Yourself and mix and match the medicines that you are going to include.

College Movie Night Care Package

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When they are not outgoing to parties, college guys and girls know how to perfectly chill with their roommates and since that “exam is easy anyway,” movie night is then set-up and because a moment of peace is a miracle, then the night has to be awesome. So, why not try to send a movie night package and add another layer of joy in a college guys’ temporary peace? A movie night package can actually be prepared through DIY in order to properly fit the personality of a person, especially for their food and drink preferences. But when watching a movie, the saltier, the better, right? Oh and you cannot go wrong with cheese!

“Fighting Your Way Through Finals” Care Package for College Students

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If it is hard during regular days, college boys are living in an inferno when the finals week have come, since all the paper works and tedious examinations are tearing their brains apart. Try going to a university during finals and see for yourself how college guys are doing. It’s either a zombie-like trance or the super chill ones laughing out loud guys, because they already accepted their fate of failures and begging for a trickle of mercy from their professors. Thus, sweets are in order, because desserts are life.

Grooming Care Package

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College students! They tend to forget a lot of things, even when they don’t have much in their minds, so imagine the chaos when they are stressed out with life. They do not even know where they put their last pair of socks or the toothbrush they just used that morning. Thus, sending them an away-from-home type of care package would be a Godsend in their eyes, saving them from eternal worry and provide a smooth-sailing day ahead.

Clothes and Accessories for College

Appropriate clothes must be worn especially during the college season. Tank tops would be great, but there are other items that may be more suitable for the cold days. Here are some suggestions.

Jack Daniel’s Label T-Shirt

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Perfect for a night out after an exam! Super gift for college students who love cool things to wear.

Knitted Beanie

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Just in time for the autumn and winter weather. Beanies provide you style, and at the same time, comfort.

Bearded Face Mask

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For those who want to feel what it’s like to have a beard like Santa Claus! Od just a hairy viking!

Photochromic Shades

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Shades help a lot because they not only help protect the eyes from harmful UV lights, they also look super cool! Choose the photochromatic shades so they do not have to change them when they go inside a building!

Personal Gifts as Going Away to College Gifts

These gifts may just be the thing that needs during their vacant time. Depending on their use, it may give them the break that they need or help them a lot especially if they don’t have enough time to go to a nearby store to purchase one. The following suggestion includes:

Talking Guy Stress Ball

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The talking guy stress ball is so much fun! The bearer of this stress ball will surely be relieved of all the pressure that they’re dealing with with just one squeeze! Or two. Or Three. Hey, at the very least it is so entertaining!

Black Playing Cards

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These are so unique! Playing cards are one of the essential dorm survival gadgets because there will always be times where a college student will have to wait. A quick game of solitaire or pair with a friend (no bets, please) will help pass the time!

Engraved Sign Pen

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A sign pen with their name engraved on it! This thing might serve as their symbol of being a good and hard-working student!

Tech and Useful Gifts for College Students

Providing some of the suggested gifts below will help them as they finish college. Making it a bit more fun too!


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A handy device that can record your professor’s lecture while taking down notes… whether it is on paper or a tablet, or both! Super cool gadget!

Beats Earphones

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Studies show that listening to classical music while studying increases one’s productivity so an earphone is not a bad idea. Plus it keeps away noisy roommates or nosy people at the gym!

Scientific Calculator

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An outdated calculator may lack some of the functions a student need in a math class, thus, providing a new and updated one might bail out a student during his class.

USB Stick

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A USB flash drive for all their digital files! The use of this is infinite, from academic works, research, even for fun like watching movies or downloading games.

Related: Fun food-shaped USB flash drives.

Garmin Fitness Band

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Keep them moving amidst their hectic schedule by giving them this fitness band!

Digital Watch

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Equipped with some functions like a stopwatch, digital watches have some advantages that may help a student from using an analog watch.

Sticky Notes

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For those people who need a reminder, a handy sticky note might just be effective for them in college! These apple sticky notes also look cute resting on a desk. Warning, though, do not eat!

Easter DIY Care Package for College

Okay, so even with numerous care packages online, nothings beats thoughtful and creative care package, one that you personally arrange in tune with the preferences and needs of your college guys. After all, no one knows him best but you, so you can prepare an easter-egg type of care package, wherein you put something practical, but has a lot of meaning inside an “egg” and surprise him with the contents. This is very DIY so you can mix and match different things in a box.

Easter Eggs

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First, buy or create the egg that would hold your surprises, twelve to twenty easter eggs would do…

Candy Assortment

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And then think of an old inside joke and try to remind him of that with a gift… you can also just go for his favorite candy and snack assortments.

Amazon Gift Card

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Mix it up with some eggs that contain money (because college life needs money) or  Amazon gift cards so you can let them choose whatever they like!

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