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19 Back-to-School Gifts for College Students

From sentimental items to must-have dorm decor, these gifts for college students will make the new school year a success.

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“Open When” Envelopes

With prompts like “Open when you miss home” and “Open when you’re having a bad day,” these sweet envelopes will keep your college student connected to loved ones. Stuff with candy, photos, recipe cards and other sentimental tokens.

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Apple AirPods Pro

College can be loud—which is why every student needs a pair of noise-cancelling headphones. This wireless pair is sleek, easy to charge and offers hours of easy listening.

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YETI Rambler

Keep that morning coffee or tea hot all day long. This vacuum-insulated YETI tumbler holds its temperature for hours, plus it has a sturdy design that can handle even the toughest days.

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Fix-It Kit

When something breaks, don’t panic. This mini-yet-mighty kit features everything a college kid needs for minor repairs, including a hammer, flashlight, pliers and screwdriver.

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Whether she uses it to write inspirational messages before a big exam or a quick grocery list, this darling letterboard is a must-have piece of dorm decor. Choose from a variety of colors, including black, red, peach and mint.

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Floor Pillows

Make those late-night cram sessions a little more comfortable. These giant floor pillows are a colorful way to add extra seating to a dorm room.

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Custom State Art

If your kiddo is moving out of state for college, remind them of their roots with this custom art print. It features floral and heart details, plus calligraphy state names.

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Shaving Supplies

College is full of first impressions. And this all-in-one shave kit from Harry’s will help him look (and feel!) his best. This is the perfect addition to a college care package, too.

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Smart Headboard

Smarten up a drab dorm room—literally. This handsome headboard is decked out in a gorgeous vegan leather, plus it features two power plugs and two USB ports for easy charging.

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Keurig Coffee Maker

Most college housing won’t allow a traditional coffee maker. But single-serve machines, like this colorful Keurig K-Mini Plus, are fair game. We love this version for its compact size and 2-minute brew time. (Meaning he can still make a cup while dashing out the door for an 8 a.m. class!)

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Cruiser Bike

Trust us—your college student will appreciate having this beautiful Schwinn bike for cruising around campus. Plus, the rear rack is perfect for holding their backpack!

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College Campus Glass

Let’s go Badgers! This fun campus glass—available with artwork for public and private schools alike—is ideal for sipping water and showing off your spirit.

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Amazon Gift Card

This may very well be the ultimate back-to-school gift for a college student. An Amazon gift card gives them the power to buy anything they need for a successful school year, from textbooks to an oversized pack of Kraft mac and cheese.

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Salt Lamp

Set the mood for a long, cozy study session with this salt table lamp. It’s made from Himalayan salt crystals and casts a soothing glow in any space.

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The Ultimate College Cookbook

Everyone on the floor will be impressed with her master cooking skills, thanks to The Ultimate College Cookbook. This handy guide has dorm-friendly recipes for Baked Ravioli Lasagna, Hot Chocolate Lava Cakes, Pumpkin-Spice All-Nighter Oats and more. Pass along these college recipes, too.

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CBD Gummies

Skip the stress. These easy-to-eat gummy bears pack in 10mg of broad spectrum CBD, plus vitamins B12 and D3. They’re perfect for calming your student’s jitters, agitation and the oh-so-dreaded “Sunday Scaries.” Consider these other CBD edibles, too.

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Bedside Shelf

Help your student keep their essentials close. This bedside shelf attaches directly to a bed frame and holds up to 15 pounds of must-haves.

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Wall Decals

Paint and wallpaper are major dorm room no-nos. But these pretty, plant-inspired wall decals will peel right off when it’s time to move out.

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Pup Pillow

Saying goodbye to Fido might be even harder than missing mom and dad. Luckily this custom dog pillow, printed with a photo of your favorite pup, is the perfect size for snuggling.

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Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.

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