You know who’s broke AF?  College students.  Hook them up this season with some really great gifts they’ll actually use pretty much each and every day.

Best Gifts For College Students 2023 - Cheap College Gift Ideas For Christmas Dorm Room 2023

So many of us have been that cliche poor college student.  We’d flip couch cushions over to find some change so we could contribute to the roommate 30-pack fund even if it meant we barely ate. Ah, simpler times.  This year we’ve researched some of the most popular categories that are super important to the average college student with below average funds.  It included things like cooking/eating, beer (duh!), electronics, lowering anxiety levels, and more.  It’s all about living that balanced college life as much as possible.

Shop our picks for some of the best gifts for college students in 2023.

The Best College Gift of 2023

The Official Homesick Candle – Buy It Here

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Price Point:  $$$$$

Just because they’re officially in college and not little kids doesn’t mean that still don’t get homesick!  You can choose the state they’re from with this amazing smelling candle and give them a little piece of home every time they light it.  Learn more here.


The Tech Pick

The New Amazon Echo Dot Speaker & Clock – Buy It Here

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Price Point:  $$$$$

It’s the latest from Amazon and perfect for your college-aged student!  This one will actually display the time, temperature, or timer that you set. And, of course, you can still ask Alexa millions of questions, play games, listen to streaming music and so much more.  Learn more here.


The Cheap Pick

The Grilled Cheese Toaster Bags – Buy It Here

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Price Point:  $$$$$

We may have lived off of grilled cheese in college and now you can quickly and easily make your own right in your dorm room with these reusable toaster sandwich bags.  Yum!  And they’re super cheap too.  Learn more here.


The Organization Pick

The Bed Pocket Organizer – Buy It Here

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Price Point:  $$$$$

You know they have so many different electronics, books, papers, chargers, pens, and everything else under the sun scattered all over their bed.  This cute bedside pocket organizer can easily hook right onto the side of their bed keeping track of all their most important daily essentials.  Learn more here.


The Yummy Pick

The Breakfast Sandwich Maker – Buy It Here

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Price Point:  $$$$$

Breakfast, it’s what’s for…every meal when you’re in college.  This is the easiest and, quite frankly, coolest way to cook up a yummy breakfast sandwich morning, noon, night, and late night.  The top-seller from Hamilton Beach allows you to make two at once (your roommate will totally owe you) and all the parts are easily removable to they can clean then in the sink (fingers crossed).  Learn more here.


The Trendy Pick

The Colorblock Felt Letter Board – Buy It Here

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Price Point:  $$$$$

Add a little fun flair to their room with this chic pink colorblock felt letter board.  It comes with 300 white plastic letters so they can create any message they want.  Choose from a dozen different color options too.  Learn more here.


The Gift Card Pick

The ClassPass Gym/Fitness Class Gift Card – Buy It Here

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Price Point:  $$$$$

This is the best idea for the student who’s going to be home for college break (whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, or just the summer).  You can gift them with a ClassPass gift card that will allow them to take their favorite fitness class or gym while they’re home and they won’t have to sign up for a membership.  It’s also a great way for them to test out some really fun local options too.  Learn more here.


The Helpful Pick

The Hydro Flask Water Bottle – Buy It Here

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Price Point:  $$$$$

It’s the water bottle everyone is obsessed with.  Plus, it’s a great way for them to get more water into their body throughout the day.  It’ll keep cold drinks nice and cold for up to 24 hours and warm drinks nice and warm for up to 12 hours.  And, sure, it’ll hold up to 2 beers at once keeping them nice and cold, you know, as long as they’re of legal drinking age.  Learn more here.


The Genius Pick

The BottleLoft Refrigerator Bottle Hanger – Buy It Here

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Price Point:  $$$$$

Speaking of legal drinking age, since their refrigerator probably only contains beer, they could certainly use some more room inside.  These genius super strong magnet strips will easily stick to the inside of your fridge and then you can simply hang your beer bottles directly from it, saving room, and keeping things organized.  Genius!  Learn more here.


The Must-Have Pick

The Anker 10-Foot Phone Changer – Buy It Here

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Price Point:  $$$$$

We all remember the dorm room that only had one or two plugs and they were always on the opposite side of the room from where our bed was.  Easily charge your phone or tablet with this 10-foot lightning cable that comes in a bunch of different colors too.  Learn more here.


The Caffeinated Pick

The Keurig Single Serve Coffee Maker – Buy It Here 

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Price Point:  $$$$$

How many cups of coffee did you drink in college?  10,000?  Probably more.  Let them make their own in this top-selling single serve coffee maker from Keurig.  We love the plum color but, don’t worry, it comes in a wide variety of other cool colors too.  Learn more here.


The Streaming Pick

The New Apple 4K TV – Buy It Here

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Price Point:  $$$$$

When they’e going to cut class, at least help them find something fun to watch.  It’s the latest streaming service from Apple (and they’ll be able to watch all those new shows coming out from Apple too) where they can stream their fave Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, ESPN, and thousands of other shows and apps too.  Learn more here.


The Music Pick

The New Beats Solo Pro Noise-Cancelling Headphones – Buy It Here

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Price Point:  $$$$$

The latest wireless noise-cancelling headphones from Beats is here!  They come in really cool colors, has up to 22-hours of listening time, and will even give you a 3-hour quick 10-minute charge when your battery is low.  Learn more here.


The Quick Pick

The 45 Second Omelet Maker – Buy It Here

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Price Point:  $$$$$

Make an omelet in just 45 seconds?  Um, need we say more?  Sign us up!  Learn more here.


The Comfy Pick

The Official Comfy – Buy It Here

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Price Point:  $$$$$

It’s the original blanket sweatshirt and will officially be any college students new best friend.  Yes, this is the one that everyone on Shark Tank was buzzing about.  They’re super cozy and comfy, one size fits most, and they come in a ton of different colors and patters to choose from.  Learn more here.


The Anti-Anxiety Pick

The YnM Weighted Anxiety Blanket – Buy It Here

Christmas Ideas for Teenager 2023: Weighted Blanket 2023

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Price Point:  $$$$$

Let’s face it, just about all college students are super stressed out and filled with all sorts of anxieties.  These best-selling weighted blankets are said to help lower stress and anxiety levels all while helping you sleep better throughout the night.  We could all use that!  Choose from different weight levels (anywhere from 5 to 30 lbs) and so many different colors and patterns. Learn more here.


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