The 12 Best Gifts to Buy for College Girls in 2018

Get your undergrad the perfect present this year

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Buying the perfect gift for a college-aged girl can be tough. Instead of the fun projects and activities that she gravitated towards as a tween, she’s growing up and discovering new hobbies and interests. But here's the good news: there are probably a ton of things that she wants and needs but can't afford on a college student’s budget!

To help you find the perfect gift this year, we rounded up a wide array of gifts that cater to different interests. Whether she loves photography, hiking in the great outdoors, or listening to music, there’s something on this list for everyone. Here are the top-rated gifts to consider for the college girl in your life.

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    Best Decor: Changeable Wooden Message Board Sign

    Seafoam Green Felt Letter Board
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    This fun and functional felt letter board lets her express herself and communicate with friends. She can use it to post quotes, leave messages for roommates, or even spice up her selfies. The frame is made of oak, and it measures 10" x 10". It comes with 308 numbers, letters, and symbols that can all be stored in a cotton drawstring bag (included). Customers say that the board and letters are well made and that it’s a fun gift for a reasonable price.

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    Best for Healthy Eaters: Ninja BL456 Nutri Edge

    When she's in the mood for a healthy snack, this professional blender purifies 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 (like margaritas) as well. Customers say it’s a bit noisy, but it blends quickly and thoroughly—even with tough ingredients.

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    Best for Athletes: S'well Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

    Staying hydrated is important on and off the field. 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 before, during, and after her workouts. It comes in a variety of sleek and stylish designs, so she can find the perfect match for her style.

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    Best for Beauty Lovers: nügg Face Mask Combo Pack of 6 Gel Face Masks

    For the girl who’s all about putting her best face forward, this set of face masks will help her do just that. This pack contains six masks total, and each one is individually formulated to benefit her skin in a different way. One mask works to get rid of dead skin cells, while another mask hydrates and pumps the complexion. They're made with 93 percent natural ingredients, so they don’t contain harmful chemicals like parabens, sulfates, or synthetic fragrances.

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    Best for the Outdoors Lover: L.L.Bean Sweater Fleece Pullover

    L.L.Bean Sweater Fleece Pullover
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    This fleece from L.L. Bean will keep her cozy when temperatures start to drop. Soft and comfortable, it’s great for throwing in a backpack to pull out whenever she wants to warm things up, whether she's on a hike or at a bonfire with friends. It's light enough to layer under a heavier jacket but light enough to wear on its own when she needs an extra layer. It comes in a wide variety of colors and sizes so she can find the best fit for her! This jacket has a devoted following of fans that say it’s well-made, versatile, and perfect for fall and winter weather.

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    Best for the Yogi: Gaiam Cork Yoga Mat with Eco-Friendly Rubber Backing

    If she likes to get her “om” on, this yoga mat while help her find her Zen in style. Made all-natural cork on one side and a non-toxic, lightweight rubber on the other side, this is a mat that she can feel good about using. She can use it for yoga, pilates, stretching, and hot yoga—it's perfect for hot yoga because the cork provides excellent traction and the rubber won’t slip around on the floor. It measures 68" x 24", and it’s 5mm thick. Customers enjoy the look and feel of this mat, and they say it’s a nice change from traditional yoga mats.

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    Best for Photographers: LED Photo String Lights

    A fun way to add some personal flair to a dorm room or apartment, this string of lights comes with 20 photo clips, each of which contains an LED light that glows with white light and illuminates the pictures below. It runs on batteries (three AA batteries are required), which means she can place them anywhere she wants without having to worry about being near an outlet. They switch off and on with the click of a button, and there’s a flash mode to take things up a notch from time to time. This set measures 7.2 feet, but it’s also available in longer versions that contain even more clips if need be. This is a gift that will light up her life!

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    Best for Social Media Junkies: PopSockets Rose Gold Metallic Diamond

    If she’s never far from her phone, this PopSocket will be a great gift option. For such a simple looking tool, it’s actually quite useful. She can attach it to the back of her phone, and when popped out, it offers a secure way to grip the phone while moving about or posing for selfies. Pop it out even more, and it works as a stand so she can watch video content hands-free. When not in use it folds down flat. And, of course, the rose gold diamond is the perfect accessory for any outfit!

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    Best for the Organizer: Lilly Pulitzer Jumbo 17 Month Hardcover Agenda

    Juggling classes, extracurricular activities, and time with friends can be overwhelming, so help her stay organized with this bright and cheery 17 month agenda. The classic Lilly Pulitzer print features blue, pink, and yellow mermaids with a gold spiral bound and elastic band closure. With weekly and monthly pages (and separate sections devoted to notes and addresses), it's the perfect tool to help her stay on top of her busy schedule. It measures 11.13" x 8.63", which is the size of a regular notebook. Major bonus: it comes with a page of stickers that she can use to customize each page!

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    Best for Travelers: Olympia 22 Inch Rolling Duffel

    For trips back home and weekend getaways, this rolling duffel will be the perfect travel companion. It measures 22" long (so it meets airline carry-on standards), but it will still fit all of her belongings inside. There are eight pockets total, plus a U-shaped opening in the main compartment that makes it easy to pack and unpack. The Olympia Duffel comes in a variety of fun colors like lavender and teal, and the price is surprisingly affordable. Customers rave about this bag, saying it’s lightweight, high-quality, and super durable.

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    Best for Music Lovers: Beats Pill+ Portable Speaker

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    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 will allow her to take her 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, this device allows you to charge your phone or music device with the included lightening cable.

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    Best for Girls On-the-Go: Anker Ultra-Portable Power Bank 

    For the girl who is constantly running from activity to activity, this portable power bank is a must. This durable power bank 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, overnight bag, or backpack when her phone is running low. With two USB ports, she can even charge two devices at once!