Things College Students ACTUALLY Want As Gifts

College students speak up about what they really want as gifts. Whether it’s a care package or a birthday, we’ve created a list of items that students actually want. 


1. Money

Money. It’s literally the best thing a college student could have. Asking for money gives you the freedom to buy whatever you want. This could be anything from alcohol, food, video games or you know, textbooks for next term.


2. Gift Cards

Gift cards kind of fall under the category of money, but they make it so you can’t just go on an impulsive spending spree. Also, you don’t feel like you’re actually spending money! They make gift cards for just about all your favorite things like Chipotle, Netflix and Fred Meyer!


3. Food

There’s no worse feeling than going to the store and spending your money on necessary groceries and snacks. It leaves fewer funds for fun activities. Getting the gift of food is seriously the best and a huge cost saver!


4. Noise Canceling Headphones

You don’t have to worry about finding a quiet place to study during finals anymore. Play your music or enjoy the silence with a pair of these bad boys.


5. A good, reusable water bottle

Yeah you can get free ones and cheap 5 dollar plastic ones around campus and in town. But a good, reusable water bottle tends to be a bit more durable and last a lot longer.


6. Portable Speaker

A portable speaker is a great thing to have. You can take it with you to a friend’s house or even outside to enjoy the sunshine that’s to come in spring term.


7. A single serve coffee maker

A lot of times, we students are in a rush to get to our 8am classes. We don’t necessarily have time to wait for a pot of coffee to be brewed, only to leave ¾ of it sitting in the pot for the rest of the day.

8. Duct tape

Because duct tape fixes everything. You never know when you’ll need it!

9. Comfy & durable shoes

With Oregon and its unpredictable weather, it’s good to have a pair of shoes that can take a beating and are comfortable to walk around all day in. Nothing’s worse than sore, wet feet.


10. A travel bag

Having a bag that can hold a fair amount of stuff and not take up a lot of room is great. College is a great time to take trips with friends, whether they’re during breaks or just a quick weekend get away!