36 clever gifts for college students that they'll actually want to receive — according to a recent grad

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If you’re looking to make a big difference with a gift, shopping for a college student is a good place to begin. They have classes, internships and second jobs, social lives and relationships to manage, and they probably have far less money to support themselves than they wish they did.

Useful, thoughtful gifts can make a disproportionate difference in their quality of life — especially when it’s something they’ll both use frequently and couldn’t afford on their own.

As a recent college graduate, I can tell you from experience that the list below is a really good place to start your shopping.

Below are 36 of the best gifts for college students:

Popular wireless over-ear headphones for quality noise-canceling during studying, traveling, and working out

Beats by Dre Wireless Solo3 Headphones, available at Best Buy and Amazon, $239.95

If there’s one thing every college student needs, it’s good wireless headphones. They’ll use them at the gym, at the library, and commuting to class and internships. This pair has great sound, cushioned ear cups, and 40 hours of battery life so they have one less thing to think about. And if they let the battery run out, a five-minute charge is the equivalent to three hours of play time.

If they like to study in public spaces, you can’t go wrong with Bose’s pricey but unbeatable QuietComfort headphones for noise-cancellation. If they’re a runner and need something lightweight and in-ear, you should opt for Jaybird RUN

An Amazon Echo Dot for hands-free calls, alarms, music, updates on the weather, recipes, and more

Echo Dot (3rd Generation), available on Amazon, $29.99

The Amazon Echo Dot is the most popular Amazon device for a reason — it’s compact and has all the capabilities of Alexa (weather updates, recipes, music, news), which is the main reason most people buy an Echo device. The newest version — the third generation — has a speaker that’s 70% louder than the second, and comes in a fabric design that’s more unobtrusive to their interior. Find an Insider Picks comparison of the Echo devices for fast reference here


An inexpensive way for them to get the iced coffee they love at home

The Takeya Cold Brew Maker is an inexpensive, easy way to make cold brew from home — something that can save them hundreds of dollars per year. Find a full review here.

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