Christmas Gift Ideas for Your College Student

Christmas will be here before we know it, and we are sure you cannot wait to have your IWU student home again! Along with this busy season comes Christmas shopping, and it can be difficult to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones.  That is why we want to help you out with this list of potential gift ideas for your student!

Gift Ideas:

Bluetooth Speaker

Sometimes students need to play their music and listen to it out loud with friends!

Streaming Service Subscriptions

With the recent debut of Disney Plus, your student may be itching to relive their childhood and watch some of their old favorite shows and movies! Netflix and Hulu also provide a nice selection of movies and shows that will help your student decompress after a long day of classes and homework.

Portable Charger/Car Charger

We all have days where our phones run low on battery. Help your student stay prepared between classes and during long drives by giving them a charger that will follow them!

New Backpack

Sometimes a new backpack is just what any student needs to begin the semester prepared!

Gift Cards

For students running low on cash, a gift card is the perfect answer for a night out with friends! Gift cards for Texas Roadhouse, Buffalo Wild Wings, McConn, Starbucks, and gas make great options. A gift card for Kohl’s will also help your student pay for the perfect clothing item or accessory they need to complete an outfit!

Diffuser and Essential Oils

Students often love to make their rooms smell nice. A diffuser is an easy, mess-free way to accomplish this!

Coloring Supplies

Does your student enjoy being artistic? A coloring book or a sketchbook and colored pencils make the perfect gift, especially during hectic semesters when stress-relief is extra important!


A game night with friends is a wonderful way to make memories and enjoy college! Your student may enjoy receiving games such as Apples to Apples, Dutch Blitz or Jenga.


Does your student read for pleasure? If so, a book may be a great gift to receive during Christmas Break to read during down time!

Spirit Wear

A warm IWU sweatshirt or an IWU mug can be a fun way to show school spirit on and off campus! Spirit wear can be purchased from the bookstore online at


A soft, new pillow, warm blanket or fresh sheets make great gifts for encouraging your student get enough rest!

A Coffee Maker

Sometimes students enjoy making their own drinks instead of going to McConn. A coffee maker will make it easy to make tea or coffee any time of the day!

A Small Blender

Smoothies make a healthy treat for college students, and a small blender makes it easy to make one! The NutriBullet is a popular brand that you can buy in stores or online!

Stocking Stuffer Ideas:

Stress Ball

Who doesn’t want a fun way to relieve stress?

Face Masks

Face masks are one of many ways students can practice self-care on their own or with friends!

Sewing Kit

With a sewing kit, your student will not need to worry about what to do when their sweater has a hole in it!

Fuzzy Socks

What is better than feeling cozy?

Were these suggestions helpful? What gifts do you plan to give your students this year? Let us know in the comments below!


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