60+ Best Gift Ideas for College Girls (Ultimate Gift Guide)

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It can be hard to shop for college girls. Luckily, there are MANY things that college girls would appreciate as gifts.

The best gifts for college girls are gift cards, subscriptions, stylish gifts (like bags, clothes, jewelry, or their favorite makeup), headphones, a fitness tracker, a tablet, a phone case or stand, a portable charger, a planner, a Grammarly subscription, a lighting kit, blankets, or coffee essentials.

Let’s look at the over 60 best gift ideas for college girls.

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Gift cards to their favorite place

A great gift for college girls is to get them a gift card to their favorite:

  • nail place
  • restaurant
  • clothing store
  • Entertainment subscription (like Netflix, Hulu, or Spotify)
  • Tech stores (like Best Buy)
  • Riding share service (like Uber or Lyft)
  • Coffee place (like Starbucks)

You could also get them an Amazon gift card or a gift card for a massage.

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Another great gift for college girls is a subscription to their favorite service, such as Netflix, Spotify, or Amazon Prime.

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Style gifts for college girls

Let’s look at stylish gift ideas for college girls.


I LOVE bags! They are both stylish and super convenient (I also carry a lot of things around).


One of my favorite gifts of all time is the Coach purse that my sister got me.


A nice laptop backpackOpens in a new tab. or the popular Fjallraven backpackOpens in a new tab. would make super useful gifts for college students that have to carry around their laptops and books.

Laptop bag

If they aren’t into backpacks, you can get them a nice over-the-shoulder laptop bagOpens in a new tab..

This is definitely more my style than a backpack.

Clear bag

Many stadiums have a clear bag policyOpens in a new tab. (they require any bags brought into the stadium to be clear).

If you are giving a gift to a girl that goes to a lot of her college’s football games, a clear bagOpens in a new tab. could make the perfect gift.

Beauty products

Many girls find a beauty product they like, and they stick with it, so I would recommend asking your loved one what makeup, hair, or nail products they want.

You could also get them a gift card to their favorite makeup place or try a makeup subscription boxOpens in a new tab. so that they can try new products without it costing a fortune.


You can never go wrong with getting new clothes as a gift. If you know her style, pick out a great top or a new pair of boots. If you are unsure, go shopping with her! You can both have fun and get her an awesome gift.

Interview clothes 

While all clothes are useful, professional clothes for an interview will be necessary for the near future. Consider getting her a nice blazer, blouse, pantsuit, pencil skirt, etc., so she will be prepared to look professional for any interview.


You could also get her a Stitchfix boxOpens in a new tab.. She fills out some information on her style, budget, and what she is looking for, and a stylist sends her a box full of goodies. She buys the clothes that she likes and sends the others back.

There is a $20 styling fee, but this gets added toward any purchases that you make. I love Stitchfix! I always find something great I wouldn’t have thought to try by myself.

Clothing organizers

You can also get some items to help her organize her clothes, such as:


Jewelry is another staple. A great necklace, statement ring, or bracelet makes a great gift!

Tech gift ideas for college girls

Tech gifts are always in demand. Let’s look at some of the best tech gifts for any budget.

Screen protector

Screen protectors are an inexpensive and useful gift. This is the brandOpens in a new tab. that I use, and I think they are great quality. You can get screen protectors for their iPadOpens in a new tab. or phone.

Cleaning brush for electronics

A brush to clean electronics Opens in a new tab.is not the most exciting gift, but it is inexpensive and useful. They can use it to keep their laptop clean.

Headphone jack adapter

The least expensive gift on this list is a headphone jack adapterOpens in a new tab.. If you still use headphones with a cord (my favorite bose headphones have a cord) but have a newer iPhone, you have to use a headphone jack adapter.

Mine break or get lost all the time, so a headphone jack adapter makes a useful gift.

USB-C to USB adapter

If they have a more recent Mac, they will need a USB-C to USB adapterOpens in a new tab. to be able to plug in anything that is a USB.

Bose noise-canceling headphones

I LOVE my noise-canceling headphones. Seriously, my Bose headphones are literally my favorite possession. I wear them ALL the time (to watch shows, to work, even to sleep).

I cannot recommend BoseOpens in a new tab. enough!

For more tips on how to study with lots of background noise, check out our post How to Study When It’s Noisy: Tips to Block Out Noise and ConcentrateOpens in a new tab..


Another popular earbud option is AirPods Opens in a new tab.or AirPods ProOpens in a new tab..

Bluetooth speaker

On the opposite end of the spectrum, people may want to play their music loud, which is where a Bluetooth speakerOpens in a new tab. becomes handy.

Fitness tracker

Everyone needs help forming healthy habits and being fit, which is why a fitness tracker is an appreciated gift.

For the best bang for your buck, I recommend the Fitbit Inspire 2Opens in a new tab.. This is what I have, and I love it! It has all the features you need but for way less than most fitness watches.


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A projectorOpens in a new tab. is a fun gift for college girls that love watching movies or Netflix with friends.

Echo Dot

Giving someone an Echo DotOpens in a new tab. is a great gift so that they can use Alexa!

Laptop cooling pad

If you are using your laptop a lot, it can overheat (especially if it is older), so a laptop cooling padOpens in a new tab. can help.

This is definitely on my wishlist!

Polaroid camera

Polaroids have made a comeback. Check out the Fujifilm Instax MiniOpens in a new tab..

Alarm clock

A lot of people rely on their phones to help them get up, but that isn’t always enough. If you are shopping for someone who has a hard time getting up in the morning, a nice alarm clockOpens in a new tab. can be a useful gift.


A tablet is not required for school (and cannot replace a computer), but it is super nice to have.

Pencil for tablet

It is also super convenient to be able to take notes on your iPad.

To take notes, you need a pencil. I recommend this stylusOpens in a new tab.—it is cheaper than the Apple pencil and works great.

This is what I have, and I use it all the time.


A laptop is an expensive gift, but if you are feeling generous, there is no better gift for a college student.

I LOVE my MacBook ProOpens in a new tab.! I think they are worth the steep price tag and will forever be a Mac girl now.

But if you are looking for a less expensive option, I recommend an HP laptopOpens in a new tab..

I would recommend this not be a surprise gift. Talk to her to see if she really needs a new laptop, their requirements, etc… They will be beyond thrilled.

Gifts for their phone

Most college girls love their phones, so a gift for their device is always a good idea.

Screen protector

College students are constantly having trouble with their phone screens, which makes a screen protector for their phoneOpens in a new tab. a great gift.

A cute new case for their device

Phone sanitizer

With all the germs going around, a phone sanitizer that uses UV light to kill germsOpens in a new tab. makes the best gift!

Phone grip or stand

A phone stand is great, so you can set your phone up and watch something while working on something that doesn’t need your concentration (hello, Works Cited page).

It is an inexpensive gift that will be used all the time! Seriously, I use my phone stand daily.

This phone standOpens in a new tab. is popular, and I have one similar to this oneOpens in a new tab. that I love.

People also like this phone ring holderOpens in a new tab..

Battery pack (Portable charger)

Everyone has been out, and their phone dies. This is where a portable battery packOpens in a new tab. comes to the rescue. It is small enough that you can carry it around in your purse and always be able to charge your phone when you need to.

This will be something that college girls might not think to buy for themselves, but they will use it all the time—that makes it the perfect gift.

Extra long phone charger

It seems like the outlet you need to plug your phone into is always just a little too far away.

Solve this problem by getting an extra long phone chargerOpens in a new tab..

Gifts to help college girls get/stay organized

Organization gifts are always useful.


A nice gift idea is an organizational tool, such as a habit trackerOpens in a new tab., bullet journalOpens in a new tab., or plannerOpens in a new tab..

Storage containers

It seems like there is never enough space. Storage or organizational gifts, such as plastic binsOpens in a new tab. or a storage cartOpens in a new tab., are always useful.


What student hasn’t forgotten to save their work and ended up having a computer problem and lost all the work they have done for an assignment? Ugh! It is the worst!

You can help them avoid this by getting them a super inexpensive gift- a flash driveOpens in a new tab.!

External hard drive or Dropbox subscription

In addition to backing up a specific assignment, it is important for people to back up all of their files.

Trust me, I lost all of my files and photos a couple of years ago, and it was the worst! You need a backup (and then you also need to actually use it)!

I have gotten several Seagate external hard drives over the year, and they have all been excellent quality (plus, their technical support is super helpful). I recommend getting at least the 2TB size external hard driveOpens in a new tab..

If you think backing things up on the cloud may be more her style, consider getting them a Dropbox subscription.

Computer anti-virus software

This is not a particularly fun gift, but it is extremely useful!

Good anti-virus software like McAfeeOpens in a new tab. or MalwarebytesOpens in a new tab. is worth a lot.

Supplies for their study space

Help them set up their study space.

Desk lamp

A good desk lampOpens in a new tab. can help college girls organize their study space.

Desk organizer

Another great gift for their study space is a desk organizerOpens in a new tab. where they can put all their pens, highlighters, notecards, etc…

You can also get an organizer for inside their deskOpens in a new tab..

Power outlet strip

A power outlet stripOpens in a new tab. can be a great addition to a study space so that they can plug in their laptop, phone, iPad, etc…

Depending on their area, an extra-long power stripOpens in a new tab. can be handy.

Under desk footrest

An under desk foot restOpens in a new tab. is a great addition to their study space.

Nice webcam

A nice webcamOpens in a new tab. can be used for video calls for classes or interviews (which pretty much all college students will have).

Lighting device

For a great lighting device that can be attached to your laptop, check the Lume CubeOpens in a new tab..

For a less expensive option, check out this Selfie Ring Light TripodOpens in a new tab..

Adjustable laptop stand

Students can use a laptop standOpens in a new tab. to adjust the height and angle of their laptop.

Gifts to help them in school

Students often need gifts to help them in school.

Reusable notebook

A reusable notebookOpens in a new tab. is an eco-friendly gift for college girls who take a lot of notes.

Grammarly subscription

A premium Grammarly subscription is one of the best gifts that I got when I was in college. I wish I had gotten it sooner!

The free version is super useful, but the premium version makes editing papers a breeze. It has made me a better writer.

Gifts to help her sleep

Everybody needs their beauty sleep, and these gifts will help her get some!

Sleep mask

A sleep maskOpens in a new tab. blocks all the light so she can have a good night’s sleep.

Memory foam mattress topper

If her mattress is not very comfortable, a memory foam mattress topperOpens in a new tab. can make all the difference to help her get comfy in bed.

Comfy gift ideas for college girls

Who doesn’t love getting some comfy for a gift?


There are several different kinds of blankets that all make great gifts.

Comfy blanket

The classic fuzzy soft blanketOpens in a new tab..

Heated blanket

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If the person is typically cold or lives in a really cold area, a heating blanketOpens in a new tab. will be able to make them cozier.

Cooling blanket

I was very skeptical about a cooling blanket, but I recently got one, and I love it! I sleep better with a blanket, but I also run super hot, so a cooling blanket is the perfect solution. It actually does stay cool, and it doesn’t trap my body, so I don’t wake up in the middle of the night because I am hot.

I got this Sutton Place Cooling ThrowOpens in a new tab. (though I got it for a much better deal from Costco, so check if your Costco has it).

Weighted blanket

A weighted blanketOpens in a new tab. is on my wishlist. They have been shownOpens in a new tab. to reduce anxiety, calm the nervous system, and improve sleep.

The Comfy

The ComfyOpens in a new tab. is a fuzzy blanket that you can wear like a sweatshirt. Being cozy and being able to use your arms to do schoolwork, win, win!

Comfy clothes

College students also like comfy clothes, such as

  • Leggings
  • SlippersOpens in a new tab.
  • Pullover 
  • Yoga pants
  • Lounge Pants
  • Sweatshirts
  • Workout clothes

Heating pad

A heating pad is a great gift for girls since they help with cramps. Seriously, nothing helps my cramps like my heating pad Opens in a new tab.does!

Heating pads can also help with any muscle tension they get (college can be stressful!)

Back massager

This deep tissue back massagerOpens in a new tab. looks amazing.

Pillow back support

A pillow back supportOpens in a new tab. is perfect so they can be comfy while reading or doing schoolwork.

Lap desk

Lap desks let students work from anywhere (including the couch or their bed).

You can get a lap desk with a mouse padOpens in a new tab. or without a mouse padOpens in a new tab..

Fun games

Get your college girls some fun games, such as:

College merchandise

College merchandise, such as t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, etc… make good gifts.

Best food and drink gifts for college girls

Everyone loves to eat and drink! It is a great gift idea for college girls.

Food or cookware

You can get her some of her favorite snacks. 

If she likes to cook, consider getting her some cooking products, such as an Instant PotOpens in a new tab..

Water bottle

A water bottle is a great gift to encourage them to drink more water and not waste non-reusable plastic bottles (plus, they are popular).

Check out the wide-mouth Hydro Flask with the strawOpens in a new tab. or Hydro Flask without the strawOpens in a new tab..

Tea essentials

If your college girl is a tea lover, a nice electric kettleOpens in a new tab. and their favorite tea makes the perfect gift.

Coffee essentials

There are several good gifts you can get a coffee lover.


If they like coffee, a Keurig is a wonderful gift. It is small, and they can make a single cup of coffee.

Iced coffee maker

If, instead, they prefer ice coffee, you can get them an iced coffee makerOpens in a new tab..

Mug warmer

A mug warmerOpens in a new tab. is a great gift for both tea and coffee lovers (and all of us hot chocolate fans).


The Yeti tumblerOpens in a new tab. will keep tea or coffee (or hot chocolate) warm so they can travel with it.

Care package

A care package is so much fun to receive! You can get someone beauty care packagesOpens in a new tab. or snack care packagesOpens in a new tab..

You can check out Amazon, Etsy, and Collegecarepackages.comOpens in a new tab. to find a ton of care package options.

You can also go the DIY route and put together all your college girls’ favorite things.

Now you should have plenty of gift ideas for what to get a college girl.

You may also be interested in checkout out the 50+ Best Gifts for Online College Students (Ultimate Gift Guide)Opens in a new tab..

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