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College life can come with a new set of challenges, from navigating a more challenging course load to living away from home for the first time. So when her birthday or a holiday comes around, it's important to celebrate with a gift that's both thoughtful and useful, such as a tech product or piece of home decor for her dorm room.
Whatever her interests, here are the best gifts to give the college girl in your life.
Chic Geeks Python MacBook Case
Her laptop is probably the most expensive electronic she has and also a pretty useful one for her day-to-day. This Chic Geeks case keeps her MacBook protected, but also looking quite stylish. The faux python cover has 360-degree protection with easy access to the necessary ports. It easily snaps on and off whenever she's ready to remove it and clean her laptop. The cover is available for a range of MacBook sizes.
Parachute Classic Bathrobe
Though a robe might seem like a boring gift for a young person, after a long day she'll certainly appreciate wrapping herself up in this 100 percent Turkish cotton robe from Parachute. The material is cozy, but also breathable for year-round wear and easily machine washable. The high collar and deep pockets add to the cozy vibe. There are also four color options to choose from.
The Sill Monthly Subscription
Being a plant parent is absolutely on-trend, so help your college girl along the way with a monthly subscription with The Sill. The subscription is great for beginner plant parents and includes an easy-to-care-for plant and a beautiful ceramic pot. The plant selection switches up every month, so there's always something new. She can pause the subscription when needed, as well as select the color of the planter.
Jaxxcan Changeable Wooden Message Board Sign
This fun and functional felt letter board will let her express herself and communicate with friends. She can use it to post quotes or leave messages for roommates. The frame is made of oak, and it measures 10 x 10 inches. It comes with 290 numbers, letters, and symbols that can all be stored in a cotton drawstring bag (included). This is a fun gift for a reasonable price.
Ninja Nutri Pro Compact Personal Blender
When she's in the mood for a healthy snack, the Ninja Nutri Pro blender can turn fruits and vegetables into a delicious smoothie in no time at all. With 900 watts of power, it can crush ice, seeds, skin, and stems without issue. The cup comes with a twist-on spout lid so it’s easy to take on the go, and all of the parts are dishwasher safe. It’s a great way to get a healthy dose of nutrients in one glass, and it works for more festive drinks (think, margaritas) as well.
Wellthy Wrap Around Ring
If she loves accessories but has a more minimalist style, Wellthy's simple yet luxe jewelry should do the trick. The brand has a slow fashion approach to design and jewelry is made from 100 percent recycled materials. The Wrap Around ring is available in three different options (sterling silver, 14k yellow gold, and gold vermeil) and looks great alone or stacked with other pieces.
Prim A Fresh Start Candle
What better way to celebrate a new chapter in life than with the Fresh Start candle from Prim? The 9-ounce coconut and soy candle has an impressive 60 hour burn time and comes beautifully packaged. With inviting scents of citrus and fresh flowers, she'll think of you every time she burns this candle. Also, the lavender-hue vessel is a great piece of decor and can be upcycled once the candle has burned.
Beats by Dr. Dre Pill+ Portable Bluetooth Speaker
If she loves to listen to music with her friends, the Beats Pill+ Portable Speaker will make a great gift. The lightweight and portable design allows her to take tunes on the go with ease. The sound is consistently crisp and clear, and the 12-hour rechargeable battery means she won't have to charge it constantly. As an added bonus, the speaker can charge a phone or other device with the included lightning cable.
Lux & Nyx The Zoe Backpack
No, she's not in elementary school any longer, but a great backpack can still be useful. And this is a pretty chic one she'll have for years to come, so the price tag is justifiable. The material is water-resistant and there are an impressive 21 pockets and shoe and laptop compartments. The backpack even has a removable pouch that can be worn as a clutch, crossbody, or wristlet.
S'well Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle
To make sure that she stays hydrated, gift her with a stylish and versatile water bottle. Made of double-walled stainless steel, this bottle will keep hot beverages hot for 12 hours and cold beverages cold for 24 hours. It holds 17-ounces of liquid, so it will keep her hydrated during workouts or any average day. It comes in a variety of sleek and fashionable designs, so she can find the perfect match for her style.
Anker PowerCore 13000 Portable Battery
For the girl who is constantly running from activity to activity, this portable power bank is a must. It works to charge iPhones, iPads, and Samsung phones with max charge speed courtesy of the PowerIQ and Voltage Boost. It's smaller than a wallet so she can throw it in her gym bag, purse, or backpack when her phone is running low. With two USB ports, she can even charge more than one device at a time.
Knockaround Custom Blue Light Blockers
Sitting at a desk and glaring at the computer screen for hours on end can put a major strain on the eyes. Gift your student a pair of blue light glasses that she's sure to appreciate and wear daily. These glasses aren't just functional, but also quite fashionable. The arms and lenses can be customized in a range of colors and prints to truly show off her individual sense of style.
Gaiam Cork Yoga Mat
If she likes to get her “om” on, this yoga mat will help her find zen in style. Made with all-natural cork on one side and a non-toxic, lightweight rubber on the other, this is a mat that she can feel good about using. She can use it for yoga, pilates, stretching, and more. The cork provides excellent traction and the rubber won’t slip around on the floor. It measures 68 x 24 inches, and it’s 5mm thick.
Roccbox Portable Wood and Gas Pizza Oven
For the foodie or a student who has her own place with an amazing outdoor space, this portable pizza oven is probably the coolest gift she'll receive. It heats up to 950 degrees and can cook a pizza in 60 seconds. But it can also cook other food, including veggies, steak, and wings. Set up is easy, the silicone jacket is safe-touch, and it's available in three colors.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This roundup was written by Patrice J. Williams. She has contributed gift guides to The Spruce since 2020. In addition to her work for The Spruce, she writes commerce articles, including product suggestions and reviews, for other outlets as well as appearing on air for The Today Show, WEtv, and she was the Savvy Shopper reporter for WPIX in New York City. She researched popular, quality brands for a range of fun, useful gifts for college girls.