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Cool and Affordable Holiday Gift Ideas for College Students


The holidays are coming, and with it comes the season of giving gifts. But with the rising college costs, wouldn't it be nice to know what's the best gift to give on a budget?

If you're a parent who has a child in college, or a college student thinking about a great gift to give this holiday season, here's a small guide to buying the perfect gift for them, taken from TIME.

Comfortable shoes

Giving a pair of comfortable yet trendy shoes, like Allbirds, will be a good choice. Allbirds are made of merino wool and offer terrific comfort while looking trendy. Allbirds "runners" can be worn everyday with or without socks, won't tire your feet because of its light weight, and can be easily washed (simply throw into the washing machine). They won't break wallets, too.

Personal Humidifiers

These little humidifiers from Deneve alleviate discomfort caused by dry winter air. For a price that won't hurt pockets, students can have a little help against allergies, dryness, and colds. They're easy to use, can fit inside a coat pocket, and gets power via USB connection.


After some time, it's expected that the linens used by college kids get worn out and need replacing. Brooklinen offers classic linens with sizes as wide as twin XL. These linens are very comfortable, and are endorsed by many satisfied users.


A good backpack that can be used both for school or internship will be a great choice. This bag from Leftfield doesn't only look like it can be used for the office, it can actually carry the things needed for school and the internship office while looking good. Of course, there are other choices, but look for those that can make your college student confident that his or her gear can take on the challenges ahead.

Other neat gift ideas

There are a lot more things that you can buy and give as a gift to a college student. Tech items like wireless ear buds, external battery chargers or phone cases can be a good choice, as is gift cards that can allow them to eat in places they otherwise wouldn't afford just yet. Explore and have fun choosing the gift you will give.

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