19 Practical Holiday 2017 Gift Ideas For College Students That Are Also Fun As Heck

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The gift-receiving aspect of the holiday season is definitely more important to kids than adults, but that doesn’t mean newly-minted adults should be left off this year’s gift list. College students work hard most of the semester (aside from a few missed assignments here and there). And making it to the holiday 2017 season means they've finished all their final exams and are another semester closer to graduation — and doesn't your favorite college student deserve a gift about it?

As you get older, gifts become more and more practical. And there’s nothing wrong with that. 1,000 thread count queen-size bed sheets? Yes, please. But practical doesn’t have to mean boring and basic. Practical gifts make life easier for the recipient, and the best gifts also reflect the recipient’s unique needs and personality. The gift ideas in this guide will show the college student in your life that you see them working hard to get that degree and even though it’s not easy, you know they can do it.

Isn’t that the boost everyone needs while pursuing their undergraduate degree? Ahead, you’ll find gifts for college students that will cement your cool sister/aunt/mentor status. And if you find more than one gift that is perfect for someone you know, consider sending it in a care package throughout the year. Speaking from past experience, college students love care packages.

1Pens

Knock Knock

Write On Pen Set, $10, Knock Knock

This pen set will make those long nights in the library slightly more bearable. The pens come in four fun colors and have writing puns on them. Every college student likes a good pun.

2Dorm Decorations

Rayo and Honey

Keep Ya Head Up, $40, Rayo and Honey

This pennant will encourage anyone who looks at it they can accomplish their goals — and it'll go great in a dorm room.

3Journaling Class

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Rawness of Remembering, $147, Esmé Weijun Wang‏

Journaling is a great way to relax and articulate feelings without having to say them out loud. Author Esmé Weijun Wang‏ created a self-paced online course about restorative journaling through difficult times that'll make a great gift for a college student who needs a break. (Just make sure they like writing, first.)

4Throw Pillow

Eyepissglitter

Cardi Yellow Pillow, $60, Eyepissglitter

If you know a college student who loves Cardi B, this pillow will be the perfect addition to their space.

5Tote Bag

Vashti Harris

Tote Bag, $20, Vashti Harris

Sometimes carrying a big backpack across campus in unnecessary and cumbersome. This cute tote bag is great for carrying a few notebooks and pens.

6Candy And Baked Goods

The Paper Sack

Christmas Holiday Box, $20, The Paper Sack

College students love getting sweet treats in the mail. Surprise the scholar in your life with peppermint bark, truffles, and more.

7Self-Care Tools

Bloom Beautifully

Self-care Mystery Box, $15, Bloom Beautifully

College can be extremely stressful. Self-care is important. Send this self-care mystery box to help a college student relax.

8T-Shirt

America Hates Us

Believe Women Tee, $25, America Hates Us

Unfortunately, sexual assault is a huge problem on campuses. This t-shirt is a simple, powerful statement.

9Laptop Sticker

Vashti Harris

Sticker, $4, Vashti Harris

The laptop sticker will remind the recipient how talented they truly are.

10A Well-Written Résumé

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Entry Level Résumé, $75, The Write Touch

College is great, but it doesn’t last forever. Eventually all that newly acquired knowledge will be used at a job. Help an undergraduate get a jump on the job hunt with a professionally-written résumé.

11Skin Consultation

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Basic Skin Consultation, $65, The Golden RX

With college comes increased stress, less sleep, and sometimes skin issues. This skin consultation will give advice on how to fix a variety of skin problems.

12Workout Gear

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Lime Green High Waist Compression Shorts, $15, pxfitnessgear

Most colleges have a gym available for students. If the person you know likes to workout, these compression shorts will be a great addition to their fitness wardrobe.

13Public Speaking Tips

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Virtual Career Boot Camp: Public Speaking, $15, The Memo

Do you remember the first college presentation you ever gave? You were probably just a little intimidated, and chances are good your favorite college student might be, too. This virtual boot camp teaches the basics of becoming a more effective public speaker.

14Journal

Keep Chasing the Stars

Visionary Journal, $35, Keep Chasing the Stars

This journal will help the college student in your life transform their goals into actionable items.

15Sweatshirt

The 1 Sellers Group

Debt Class of 2004Ever Blue Crewneck, $42, The 1 Sellers Group

Student loan debt reached a whooping $1.3 trillion this year. The crew neck sweatshirt is for any college student with a wry sense of humor.

16Words Of Affirmation

The Conscious Queen

Magical Black Girl Affirmation Cards, $13, The Conscious Queen

Affirmations can work wonders when you’re feeling down. Gift someone with this deck of affirmation cards.

17Phone Case

Case Nirvana

Busy Signal, $7, Case Nirvana

College students can do entire assignments from their phone these days. Make sure they’re being productive in style with this phone case from Case Nirvana.

18Underwear

Lucky Skivvies

Get a Lucky Bundle Package, $45, Lucky Skivvies

You can never have enough pairs of underwear. These gender-neutral boxer briefs are equal parts practical and cute.

19Thermos Bottle

Sam's Club

S'well Stainless Steel Water Bottle, $15, Sam’s Club

College students are always on the go or spending hours at the library. This bottle keeps beverages hot for up to 12 hours, or cold and carbonated for up to 24 hours.

Gifts for college students can be both fun and practical. Whatever you get the young scholar in your life, they'll be sure to appreciate it at the very least because it's one less thing they have to pay for.