The 50 Best Gifts for College Girls on Our Wishlist This Year

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Here’s our ultimate list of popular gifts for college girls in 2024.

Best Christmas gifts for college girls 2020

You know it’s Christmas when Netflix starts premiering its series of unconventional holiday romantic comedies. It’s only November and I’ve already watched Falling for Christmas (highly recommend), and of course, I’ve already started rewatching some of my favorite classics like Love, Actually.

As we get closer to Christmas, it’s important we remember what Christmas is all about: getting things. This message has never been more important than this year. After a year of never ending Breaking News headlines, we all deserve a few or many gifts.

But honestly, regardless of what holiday you celebrate, a gift or two never hurt anyone. And with all this time at home, I’ve been able to compile the most wish list-worthy Christmas gifts for college girls in 2024.

(Want more gift ideas? Be sure to see our guides to the best gifts for best friends and Christmas gifts for boyfriend)

Table of Contents

Cozy Necessities

1. Luxe Eye Mask

Since I started sleeping with a silk eye mask, I barely have under-eye circles, maybe it’s from the silk or maybe it’s from the endlessly better sleep. Either way, it’s amazing. I highly recommend this for any college girl in your life!

2. Wearable Blanket

While I have long mocked the snuggie and those who wear it, they had the last laugh over the past two years, as this is the most useful item for staying at home indefinitely.

3. Cozy Slippers

Uggs are increasingly more in style, and I mean, their slippers have always been superior. These platform slippers are definitely the ones to get in 2024. They would be great for wearing around the dorms or just lounging at home in stylish comfort.

Note: These are currently selling out everywhere, so if you spot them in stock, add to cart immediately!

4. Luxe Matching Pajamas

Remember a few years back when pajamas became high fashion? Well, with everyone living in pajamas for the last few years, I’m glad this trend is making a comeback. Every college girl needs a matching set of pajamas in her wardrobe.

FYI, these pajamas from Amazon have insanely good reviews and are very affordable as far as fancy pajamas go.

Gifts for College Girls: Fun Hobbies

5. DIY Candle-Making Kit

This DIY candle-making kit is one of the best gifts for college girls who want to be creative. Sure, you can buy candles at a store, but making your own looks like such a soothing and fun activity. Plus, she can control how much scent she adds, and the crystals add such a fun touch.

6. Chocolate Cake Baking Set

While I initially set out to learn how to cook this year, I have found a sort of natural pull towards baking and can’t wait to get more gifts that I can eat. This chocolate cake set is the perfect gift for any college girl with a sweet tooth.

7. Sewing Machine

From upcycling old clothes to one of my favorite recent trends, quilting, sewing machines have come in handy this year. Here’s your chance to add a personal touch to your style like never before.

8. Sports Water Bottle

IRON °FLASK Sports Water Bottle - 22 Oz 3 Lids (Straw Lid)

A high-quality sports water bottle is a fantastic gift for college girls who are always on the go. Staying hydrated is crucial for their busy schedules, and a stylish, eco-friendly water bottle not only helps them reduce single-use plastic but also adds a touch of personalization to their daily routine.

Whether they’re heading to classes, the gym, or outdoor activities, this gift ensures they have a convenient and sustainable way to quench their thirst, keeping them energized throughout the day.

9. Air Plant Gift Set

D'Eco Iridescent Glass Geometric Plant Terrarium

Air plants are low-maintenance and stylish decor items that can brighten up her dorm room. This gift set includes air plants along with decorative containers or hangers, adding a touch of greenery to her living space.

Air plants are easy to care for and can thrive in various environments, making them a delightful dorm room accessory.

Photography, Film and other Gadgets

10. 35mm Camera

In the age of professional quality digital photography at our fingertips, our generation is going old school. If you’ve been hoping to become your group’s resident film photographer, here’s your chance. Pick up a 35mm camera and shoot old-school shots.

11. Selfie Ring Light

While some of us rely on film, some of us have been hoping to join the ranks of the Kardashian-Jenners and some TikTok stars in terms of their selfie quality. Ring lights seem to do just the trick. This one will be perfect to upgrade her selfie game.

12. Tripod Phone Stand with Light & Remote

Let’s all be honest here — we all really want to get one of these so we can finally launch our TikTok career. Now you’ll be able to perfectly show off whatever talent you’re going viral for on TikTok.

13. Mini Projector with Speaker

Mini Projector with Speaker

Elevate a college girl’s movie nights or study sessions with a mini projector with a built-in speaker. This compact and portable gadget allows her to transform her dorm room into a cozy home theater.

Perfect for sharing movie marathons with friends or delivering impressive presentations. Its versatility and ease of use make it an excellent gift for film enthusiasts and students alike.

14. Wireless Earbuds

Apple AirPods (3rd Generation) Wireless Ear Buds, Bluetooth Headphones

Wireless earbuds are a must-have for any college girl who values convenience and audio quality. These sleek and cord-free gadgets enhance her music-listening experience during commutes, workouts, or study sessions.

With their compact design and noise isolation features, they provide a seamless and immersive listening experience, making them a thoughtful gift for someone who appreciates both style and functionality.

15. Noise-Canceling Wireless Headphones

Apple AirPods Max Wireless Over-Ear Headphone

College life can be noisy, making noise-canceling wireless headphones a thoughtful gift. These headphones create a sanctuary of tranquility, allowing her to focus on her studies or simply unwind with her favorite music or podcasts.

They’re perfect for blocking out distractions during long study sessions or providing a peaceful escape on crowded commutes.

16. Cell Phone Sanitizer

PhoneSoap 3 UV Cell Phone Sanitizer and Dual Universal Cell Phone Charger

In today’s world, hygiene is a top priority, and a cell phone sanitizer is a practical and health-conscious gift. This gadget uses UV-C technology to eliminate germs and bacteria from her phone, ensuring that her device remains clean and safe to use.

It’s a valuable addition to her daily routine, especially during flu seasons or while living in close quarters with other students, making it a considerate and health-focused gift choice.

College Girl Beauty Must-Haves

17. Glossier Dewy Look Gift Set

The dewy look was already huge this year, but it’s become even bigger, as everyone wants the perfect “natural” makeup look. Glossier’s kit has all the essentials for 2024.

For more like this, be sure to see our list of the best beauty gift ideas this year.

18. One-Step Hot Air Dryer Brush

This is one of the hottest gifts for college girls this year — everyone I know has one of these!

When you aren’t able to go to the hair salon, the hair salon can come to you. In a matter of minutes, this hair dryer gives you a celebrity like blowout, trust me!

19. Benefit Sincerely Yours Advent Calendar

This is one of those one-size-fits-all gifts for college girls because everyone will absolutely love this!

Benefit has so many cult classics and this kit has them all, from their Hoola bronzer to their Gimme Brow gel, your giftee will be able to try out everything. Also, it comes in the most adorable packaging.

20. Clinique Moisture Surge Kit

Clinique Glowy Skin 8-Piece Gift with Moisture Surge All About Eyes

The Clinique Moisture Surge Kit is an essential beauty gift for college girls. This skincare set offers a comprehensive solution for maintaining hydrated and radiant skin, even amidst the stress of college life. 

The kit typically includes Clinique’s Moisture Surge moisturizer, which is a cult favorite for its ability to quench dry skin and provide a refreshing, dewy finish.

This gift not only takes care of her skincare needs but also adds a touch of luxury to her daily routine, helping her feel confident and ready to tackle the day with a healthy, glowing complexion. It’s a thoughtful and practical beauty must-have for any college girl.

Clothes and Accessories for College Girls

21. Mini Purse

Mini purses have finally taken center stage, and I for one love this turn towards minimalism in packing a bag. This cute little bag from J.W. Pei is under $100 and was featured in Vogue — make sure it’s on your Santa wish list.

22. Chunky Loafers

Chunky loafers have been everywhere lately, and the trend shows no signs of slowing down. That’s why chunky loafers are one of the best Christmas gifts for college girls this year. These ones from Sam Edelman have a mix of black and brown so they literally go with every outfit.

23. Pack of Claw Clips

’90s claw clips have made a comeback this year, and the more outrageous the color, the better. If your giftee doesn’t already have these, trust me, she wants them.

24. Chunky Ankle Boots

I’ve had these adorable boots on my Christmas wish list since I first saw them earlier this year. Chunky-heeled boots are everywhere right now and they look amazing with any outfit. Bonus points: they’re available in different colors, so you can find her favorite.

25. Fitness Watch

Fitbit Inspire 2 Health & Fitness Tracker

A fitness watch is a stylish and functional accessory that’s perfect for the active college girl. It not only keeps her in sync with her fitness goals but also complements her everyday outfits.

Whether she’s tracking her steps, monitoring her heart rate, or receiving notifications on the go, this accessory adds a touch of tech-savvy flair to her college wardrobe.

26. Sweatshirt Jogger Sets

Sweatsuit Hoodie Sweatshirt Jogger Sets

Cozy and chic, sweatshirt jogger sets are a fashion staple for college girls. These matching sets provide both comfort and style for lounging or casual outings. They’re versatile enough for study sessions or a quick coffee run, making them an essential addition to her closet.

27. GPS Smartwatch

Apple Watch Series 5

For the college girl who loves adventure or simply needs to stay connected, a GPS smartwatch is a fantastic gift. It not only helps her navigate new surroundings but also tracks her fitness and provides convenient access to apps and messages.

This smart accessory is a blend of fashion and functionality, making it a must-have for any tech-savvy college student.

28. Lululemon Define Jacket

Lululemon Define Jacket

The Lululemon Define Jacket is a popular choice for college girls who want to stay active and fashionable. This lightweight and versatile outerwear piece is ideal for layering over workout gear or everyday outfits. Its sleek design and comfortable fit make it a versatile addition to her wardrobe, suitable for various occasions.

29. Custom Necklace

Custom Name Necklace Personalized

A custom necklace is a personal and meaningful gift for a college girl. Whether it’s her initials, a special date, or a symbol with sentimental value, a custom necklace adds a touch of individuality to her style. It’s a beautiful way to remind her of cherished memories or goals as she navigates through her college journey.

30. Zodiac Sign Bracelet

A Zodiac Sign Bracelet is a thoughtful and personalized piece of jewelry that allows college girls to celebrate their astrological identity. Crafted with their zodiac sign’s symbol or constellation, this bracelet adds a touch of mystique and meaning to their style.

It’s not just a beautiful accessory; it’s a conversation starter and a reminder of their unique personality traits and strengths associated with their sign.

31. Weekender Bags

Sucipi Weekender Bags for Women

A stylish weekender bag is essential for college girls who love to travel or visit home on weekends. These spacious yet compact bags provide ample room for clothes and essentials, making them perfect for short getaways or trips back home. They also come in various trendy designs, ensuring she can travel in style.

32. Running Shoes

Running Shoes

A comfortable and supportive pair of running shoes is a must-have for any college girl, whether she’s an avid runner or simply values comfort during long campus walks. A well-chosen pair not only enhances her athletic performance but also complements her athleisure outfits.

33. Jewelry Organizer Box

Jewelry Organizer Box

Keeping her jewelry organized and tangle-free is a breeze with a jewelry organizer box. This practical gift ensures that her favorite accessories are always easy to find and in excellent condition. It’s a thoughtful addition to her dorm room or bedroom, helping her stay stylish and clutter-free.

Self-Care Gifts for College Girls

34. FaceTory Face Mask Sampler Set

Can you do too many masks? The answer is obviously no.

With how stressful our lives have become, self-care isn’t only nice to do; it’s essential. Treat yourself on Christmas to seven different top-rated sheet masks.

35. Plug-in Scent Diffuser

While essential oils have little evidence of having any medical benefits, they do make your room smell amazing and that’s relaxing in itself.

This diffuser has been all over Instagram lately and it will make your space smell like an Anthropologie store — always a good thing.

36. Mixology Kit

If you’re over 21, you can indulge in a bit of self-care with your friends that, frankly, we all deserve this year. This kit will make you an expert mixologist as you watch the new season of The Bachelorette.

37. CBD Body Oil

I’ve been wanting to try out CBD oil for a while now, I mean, everyone keeps talking about it. Christmas is a great excuse for me to find out what all the fuss is about.

38. Candy Bento Box

Going into a Sugarfina store is a Christmas event in itself. The store has the most creative candy and chocolates, and it comes in a Tiffany-like packaging. My favorites: Rose’ bears and Birthday Cake caramels.

School Essentials for College Girls

39. Journal Notebook

Intelligent Change The Five Minute Journal

A high-quality journal notebook is a college essential that allows a college girl to keep her thoughts, notes, and ideas organized. Whether she’s jotting down lecture notes, journaling her experiences, or sketching her creative visions, this versatile accessory is a must-have for staying productive and inspired throughout her academic journey.

40. Smartphone Printer

KODAK Step Wireless Mobile Photo Mini Color Printer

A smartphone printer adds a fun and practical dimension to her college life. It enables her to instantly print photos from her smartphone, creating tangible memories to decorate her dorm room or share with friends. This portable gadget fosters creativity and adds a personalized touch to her living space.

41. Book Reading Light

DEWENWILS Amber Book Reading Light

Late-night study sessions or leisurely reading in bed are made easier with a book reading light. This compact and adjustable accessory clips onto books or e-readers, providing the perfect amount of illumination without disturbing roommates. It ensures that she can immerse herself in her reading without straining her eyes or disturbing others.

42. Mini Backpack

Fjallraven Women's Kanken Mini Backpack

A mini backpack is a stylish and functional choice for college girls who need a compact yet spacious bag for their daily essentials. It’s ideal for carrying books, notebooks, a laptop, and personal items while still looking trendy and comfortable to wear. This versatile accessory complements a variety of outfits and simplifies her on-the-go lifestyle.

Dorm Essentials for College Girls

43. Himalayan Pink Salt Lamp

Himalayan Glow 1002 Crystal, 6-8 Lbs, Salt Lamp

A Himalayan pink salt lamp is a unique and captivating gift for college girls. Crafted from natural salt crystals, it emits a warm, soothing glow when lit. Not only does it add a touch of ambiance to your room, but it’s also believed to have potential health benefits, such as purifying the air and promoting relaxation. College girls will appreciate this beautiful and calming addition to their dorm space.

44. Multifunctional LED Desk Lamp

AFROG 8-in-1 4th Gen Multifunctional LED Desk Lamp

A multifunctional LED desk lamp is a dorm room essential for college girls. It provides adjustable lighting for studying or creating a cozy ambiance. With built-in features like USB charging ports and a calendar display, this lamp not only illuminates her workspace but also serves as a practical and space-saving gadget.

45. Bluetooth Speaker with Alarm Clock

Gallstep Night Lights Bluetooth Speaker

A Bluetooth speaker with an alarm clock is the perfect addition to her dorm room. It allows her to play her favorite music wirelessly and wake up to her favorite tunes. This versatile gadget enhances her room’s atmosphere and ensures she starts her day on a positive note.

46. Desk Organizer

Marbrasse Pen Organizer with 2 Drawer

A desk organizer helps keep her study space tidy and efficient. It provides compartments for pens, notebooks, and other essentials, helping her stay organized and focused on her studies. This practical gift ensures that her desk remains clutter-free and conducive to productivity.

47. Lap Desk

HUANUO Lap Desk - Fits up to 17 inches Laptop Desk

A lap desk is a versatile and portable dorm essential. It allows her to comfortably study or work from her bed or couch while keeping her laptop or books at an ergonomic angle. It’s a convenient accessory for cozy and efficient study sessions.

48. Drawer Storage Cart

IRIS USA 3-Drawer Storage Cart with Organizer To

Maximizing storage space in a dorm room is essential, and a drawer storage cart helps achieve just that. These carts offer a compact yet efficient solution for organizing clothing, supplies, or personal items. They can easily slide under the bed or fit in a corner, making them an excellent addition to any dorm room.

49. Apollo Tools

Apollo Tools Original 39 Piece General Household Tool Se

A set of Apollo Tools is a practical gift for college girls who might need basic tools for DIY projects or small repairs in their dorm rooms. Having a set of essential tools like screwdrivers, pliers, and a hammer can come in handy for various situations.

50. Ultra Personal Blender

nutribullet Ultra Personal Blender NB50500

An ultra personal blender is a versatile and compact appliance for dorm living. It’s perfect for making smoothies, protein shakes, or even soups, allowing her to prepare healthy and quick meals in the comfort of her dorm. Its small size makes it easy to store and clean, making it a valuable addition to her dorm room kitchenette.

Which of these gifts for college girls is at the top of your Santa wish list?

Christmas is finally relatively close and now you can start compiling your Santa wish list as you watch every new Netflix Christmas movie. With all these ideas of what to buy, you’ll soon join me in the difficult task of deciding between gifts. Don’t forget to get gifts for your loved ones too, because we all need a little something extra this year.

Which of these items do you suddenly need to have? Did we miss any Christmas gifts? Let us know!

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