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Gift Ideas for College Students

When the kids are young, it is easy to pick out Christmas presents. You just find the latest toy or stuffed animal and you are set. But as kids grow up, graduate from high school and go to college, it gets a little more challenging to find the perfect gift. Here are some creative (affordable) gift ideas for college students that you might not have thought about.

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Out of the Box Gift Ideas for College Students

The thing to remember about college students is they still love to get gifts. Sure, we can put money in a card so they can buy the things they want themselves, but sometimes it’s more special to come up with something that shows that you know them and put some serious thought into their gift.

Photo Blanket

If your college student loves their dog and posts pictures of all the antics of their four-legged fur-baby, then a photo blanket might be the perfect gift. Last year, we ordered a photo blanket for my niece with a picture of her dog and I can tell you that it was a hit! Just take a look at their social media account and you will find plenty of pictures to choose from.

Cooler Backpack

By nature, college students are on the go, social creatures. Whether they are taking a hike up to a mountain overlook or heading over to a friend’s house for a movie night, they are going to be with other college students and are going to get thirsty. Sometimes a typical cooler may be too bulky to carry, so how about giving a backpack cooler so they can fill it up with their favorite sodas and water and take it on the go?

The Titan Deep Freeze® 24 Can Backpack Cooler keeps ice up to 2 days!* and features Deep Freeze® high performance insulation with radiant heat barrier and triple layer Cold Block™ base and a leak proof, easy clean lining with Microban® to protect against bacterial odors and stains.

The exterior is constructed of tough, stain and water resistant Rhino-Tech® and includes an insulated front compartment, 3 pockets, a padded back with breathable mesh panels and adjustable, padded backpack straps.

24 Can Titan Deep Freeze Backpack Cooler

College Town Coffee Mugs

College students are often passionate about the cities they live in and most of them love coffee or tea. So why not celebrate that love with a custom coffee cup that features a map of their college town?

The Insulated pint tumbler lets you stay refreshed and inspired with the College Town Color Series. Not only does it keep your hot or cold drink the right temperature down to the last sip, but it also comes printed with a detailed map of your favorite U.S. college town in the color of the home team. Now you will have a truly unique and eye-catching 20 oz. insulated tumbler.

College Town Color Series

You can order these for almost any college town in the US! Super cool idea!

Consumable Products

One year when my brother was in college I was stumped as to what to get him. I came up with the idea of giving him a huge box of food products! College students don’t always want a lot of stuff that they have to keep up with so you can pack a bag with grocery products. Just fill it up with all their favorite food items like peanut butter, soup, sweets, laundry products, and toiletries. They will love it because it helps them save money, plus they won’t have to go shopping for groceries or snacks for quite a while.

If you don’t live near them or don’t want to have to pack your own box, just order one a college care package from Amazon.com and have it delivered right to their dorm!

What are you planning to gift to the college students in your life this year? Got any great ideas? I’d love to hear!

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