Are you looking for Christmas gifts for college girls? You’ve come to the right place! This post shares 20 unique but popular gift ideas for students that your college girl will love!
Most people own soo many things, so it can get tough to find great gifts for them that won’t end up in the trash. That’s why I really tried to find and collect things or ideas that students really can use and they actually want.
These ideas are not just great for Christmas, but also for other occasions such as birthdays or graduation.
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Let’s get started!
1. Dorm Door Sign
If your college student doesn’t have a sign for their door yet, this is the perfect gift idea!
This one from Etsy is personalized, so it looks super cute! There are also various font styles available if you’re looking for something different than the picture below.
Tip: It would be helpful to know the roommate’s name (if applicable). But this is definitely a must-have!
2. Open When Letters
I love personal gifts! And I think open when letters are perfect for college students. Being away from home isn’t always easy, but if students have letters for specific situations with them, it can really motivate them and make them happy.
I’ve received some from my friends a few years ago when I left for my study abroad year, and it was the cutest gift ever.
3. Personalized Mugs
You could totally make this idea yourself, but just in case you’re not as crafty, this Etsy shop makes beautiful personalized mugs!! (I want one too)
You can pick a name, quote, or whatever you feel fits best. The color of the font and the mug are also customizable, which makes this a perfect gift for anyone who is into pastels and marble.
4. A Projector
This gift idea is a little bit on the pricier side, but a really cool idea if you don’t wanna give mainstream gifts everyone already has!
Need more ideas? Check out these!
- What to ask for Christmas as a Student
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- The Best Gift Guide For College Students
5. Wall Art
Wall art is one of the unique Christmas gifts for college girls. There are quotes about pretty much everything out there, or you can print a large photograph and frame it.
What I personally love are motivational quotes that look beautiful and match my room theme!
If your college student friend or family member loves to be a girl boss, whether that is biz related or just a personality trait, this printable is perfect for them!
What I love about this one, is that you can just print the downloads at your local pharmacy or drugstore, get a frame for it, and voila!
This Etsy shop also offers other quotes and styles, so take your time to look through them and pick the best one as your Christmas gift!
6. Fun Online Classes
Yes, college students may have enough classes to do, but think about this as a fun activity, where they still learn something useful.
For example, you could get your college girl an online course for something she enjoys doing. That could be growing social media accounts, photography, gardening, productivity, etc.
If you need a few course recommendations in the area of blogging, social media, or making money, check out my post gift ideas for bloggers and entrepreneurs for a list.
If you can’t decide on an online class topic for your college friend/family member, it can be a good idea to get them a Skillshare membership.
Skillshare is an online learning platform with over 25,000 courses that you get full access to with a premium membership.
7. Reusable Bottle
The next item on our list is a reusable water bottle, potentially with a filter.
To avoid having to buy purified water in plastic bottles (if you still do this I highly encourage you to check out some information about plastic pollution and what happens after you throw out your trash), it is good to have a reusable bottle.
Especially ones with filters are very useful if the tap water is undrinkable or not safe to drink, either in bottle form or a bigger cartridge.
Students often think that things like that are expensive, but they are actually not too pricey! By getting them a filtered water bottle you can be sure it will be used.
8. A Polaroid Camera
College is supposed to be the best 4 years of your life, right? Whether that’s true or not, it’s always a good idea to keep memories. That’s why this next idea is such a good one!
You can get other kinds of cameras too, but I think polaroids give a whole other meaning to pictures.
If you’re looking for a camera for a photography lover, check out the Jollylook cameras. They look like the old ones, use FujiFilm polaroid films, and are the same price as the regular Polaroid cameras! You can check them out here.
9. A Day or Weekend Trip
Experiences and trips are such good gift ideas. Quality time and thoughtful gifts over materialistic gifts. Always!
Here are a few ideas for a fun day or weekend trip. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money!
- Go to the movies
- Visit a national/state park
- Go to a border state
- A trip to the beach/a lake
- A color run
- Amusement park
- Spa day
- Cooking class
- and more!
Anything you enjoy doing together can be put on here. And besides trips, you can also do things at home or close to home, like a movie marathon. Get creative, and make a nice homemade coupon for it.
If your college student has a kitchen, it would be a fun idea to give them a cookbook, either with your favorite recipes or in a category she likes.
That could be sweets, quick and easy meals, cheap meal ideas, party food, and more.
I made one for my mom a few years ago, with our favorite family recipes. We add any new recipes we like. It’s so cute!
11. Photo Album
A photo album is an amazing personal gift! Whether its a small or bigger one, one where your college student can put in his/her own pictures or one that you made for him/her, I just think it’s a great gift.
Can’t forget the tapestry from these Christmas gifts for college girls! I think that decoration items are always a good idea if you know what the other person likes.
There are lots of basic tapestries though, that looks great even in colorful rooms, like these from Amazon or Etsy.
13. Cute Slippers
Christmas is the perfect time to gift cute slippers to your college girl. It’s cold and fluffy slippers are the perfect help for that.
14. Zero Waste Kit
Striving for a less wasteful and more sustainable lifestyle is (hopefully) everyone’s goal. Many people think that it costs a lot of money, but that is simply not true (if you do it right).
Getting a college student sustainable essentials is a great way to spread awareness and make their lives easier too.
You can get 10% off EarthHero with the code “zsuzsanna10” for all of these great products:
- Reusable Straw
- Lunch Boxes/ Food Containers
- Bamboo Toothbrush
- Stainless Steel Razor
- Water Bottle
- Compostable Phone Case
- Shampoo and Conditioner Bars
For more sustainable items, read my post 25 Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas. That will have some more sustainable gift ideas for students!
15. Essential Oil Diffuser
You may know that college dorms don’t allow students to have candles. If your college student still wants some scent in the room, you could give away an essential oil diffuser!
16. Cute Piggy Bank
This piggy bank is so cute, and if you want to you can add some money to it as well to encourage them to start saving!
17. Biodegradable Phone Case
Phone cases are always great Christmas gifts for college girls, but how about a biodegradable one? The cases from Pela are very eco-friendly and protect phones very well.
18. Personalized Blanket
You can order these online, and they are so cute! Add pictures of you and the person you’re gifting it to, or choose characters to represent your friendship.
Super cute gift and very useful in winter!
19. Custom Apron
If the college girl you’re giving this to loves baking and cooking, and ideally has a kitchen in her college apartment, this is the perfect gift for her!
Etsy has some amazing shops that customize them. Check them out here!
20. Comfy Onesie
Onesies are great essentials and not every girl has one!
If your friend is one of them, you can get her a cozy onesie that is cute and warm. Especially if you live in a colder climate, this is a must-have!
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Comment below which gift idea you liked best from these Christmas gifts for college girls!