60 useful gifts for college students

September 27, 2023

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It can be challenging to find the best gifts for college students. Admittedly, it helps to know their preferences and favorites. However, some gifts are automatically a good idea because they’re practical and functional. Other gifts are a no-brainer because everyone loves them. We’ve included a variety of functional, practical, and fun gifts to help you find something that your college student will love.

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Packing, storing, cleaning

Whether your college student stays in a dorm room or off-campus, putting “mistake holes” in the walls as they try to figure out the desired place to hang artwork is probably not a good idea. However, these designer hooks can be used on painted walls, wood, tile, glass, and even painted cinder block or concrete. The decorative, self-adhesive hooks, which can hold up to 3 pounds, can be removed easily and cleanly. They can be used to hold wreaths, jackets, keys, and a variety of other items.
Command Designer Hooks – 3-Pack, $11 at Amazon

From cereal to snacks to candy to pantry staples, these stackable, airtight storage containers make it convenient to safely store food. They use a patented push-button operation that makes it easy to seal and unseal. The containers can also be used to store other items, like small tech gear, personal supplies – the possibilities are endless.
OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Pop Containers, $32 at Amazon

Whether you’re shipping packages to your college student or carrying boxes back to school whenever they come home, this tape is designed to secure boxes up to 80 pounds. The clear tape resists splitting and tearing, and is guaranteed to stay sealed.
Scotch Touch Grip Moving Tape, 6 pack, $24 at Amazon

When your college student cooks or eats out, they can freeze their leftovers in these cube freezer trays (with clear lids) that hold 1 to 2 cup portions. The silicone freezer trays, which have a metal frame to keep them sturdy, are also oven safe up to 425 degrees, and can also be used to bake brownies and casseroles. The trays are available in 2-cube, 4-cube, and 6-cube sizes, and in charcoal and black color choices.
Cup Cubes Freezer Tray, starting at $20 at W & P

This multifunction cordless vacuum cleaner doesn’t take up much space, but can help to keep a dorm room or apartment clean. The vacuum cleaner, which has a rechargeable battery, has a 50-minute runtime. The LED display makes it easy to view the suction level, remaining battery time, and mode setting. With a 4-part filtration system that includes a HEPA filter, it captures even fine dust, and keeps it inside. The vacuum can also be converted to a handheld vacuum, and with the mini motorized brush and crevice tool, it can also be used to clean vehicles and upholstery.
Ultenic U11 Pro Cordless Stick Vacuum, $179/Sale $159 at Amazon

When the air is too dry, it can contribute to asthma and dry skin. However, this humidifier, which can disperse either a warm or cool mist, can make the air much better. The top-fill humidifier can hold 1.4 gallons of water, and run for 65 hours before it needs to be refilled. The humidifier also has an auto-shutoff mode, and uses clean tank technology to avoid mold and mildew.
TotalComfort Plus Ultrasonic Humidifier, $99 at Amazon

Keep your college student’s air clean with this smart air purifier that removes smoke, allergies, dust, and household odors. It has a 5-stage purification system that includes a True HEPA filtration, prefilter, ionizer, and UVC-technology (the latter two can also be turned off at the touch of a button). The air purifier has three speeds, a built-in-timer, and a night light.
Homedics 5-in-1 Air Purifier, $199/Sale $169 at Amazon

Cleaning the bathroom isn’t fun, but this electric scrubber at least makes it easier to clean showers, bathtubs, and around toilets – as well as hard floors and sinks in the bathroom and kitchen – and many more spaces. It comes with a large flat brush, dome brush, small flat brush, and corner brush. The scrubber is cordless and the battery provides a 2-hour runtime. The scrubber also has a retractable tube that can extend 46 inches, making it easy to clean without bending or stretching.
HiCOZY Electric Spin Scrubber S1, $69/Sale $59 at Amazon

Eating, drinking, cooking

Let’s face it, college kids are going to microwave as much food as possible, so you might as well make it safe and easy to do so. This set of microwave cooking essentials includes a large deep dish, large shallow dish, medium deep dish, medium shallow dish, and 2 small dishes. The plastic-free set (made of borosilicate glass) is also airtight and leakproof, oven safe (500 degrees for containers, 400 degrees for the lid), freezer-safe, and dishwasher safe. College students can microwave everything from potatoes and pasta to chicken breast and frozen shrimp – also reheat leftovers. Color choices include black sesame, blueberry, and kale.
The Complete Set, $200/Sale $170 at AnyDay

This cordless mini blender is ideal for making healthy drinks anywhere. It has 6 stainless steel blades for blending fruits and veggies and is easy to use. The mini blender recharges via USB cable, which means it can not only be charged with a wall outlet, but also the USB port on a power bank, laptop, or even in a car. The portable glass container has a leakproof travel lid, so it’s easy to blend and then take the smoothie or shake to class. Color choices include pink, black, and blue.
Hamilton Beach Cordless Portable Blender, $29 at Amazon

This small 2.1-quart air fryer is small enough to save valuable space, but also large enough to cook perfect portions for one person. It actually has 4 cooking functions, and can air fry, roast, bake, and reheat. And since it uses little to no oil, food is much healthier. The touch control display is easy to read and operate, and all of the parts are dishwasher safe. The air fryer comes in four colors: green, grey, red, and white.
Cosori Mini Air Fryer, $59 at Amazon

Consider one pan that does everything. It has a natural non-stick coating, and can be used to make French Toast, scramble eggs, stir-fry shrimp and rice, make hamburgers, and more. In fact, the pan can fry, bake, broil, roast, sauté, sear, simmer, and bake. It can be used on any type of stovetop, and is oven and stovetop safe to 750 degrees F. The 11-inch, 2.75-quart pan includes a matching self-basting lid and is available in sage, peppercorn, and meringue.
The Everything Pan, $150 at Kilne

This compact knife set includes all of the essentials: Chef’s knife, carving knife, bread &utility knife, Santoku knife, utility knife, paring knife, and kitchen shears. The carbon stainless steel knives are lightweight and have triple-rived handles. The knives fit neatly in a stylish, wooden storage block.
BergHOFF 8-Piece Knife Block Set, $261/Sale $200 at Kohl’s

College students may miss those family cookouts in the backyard, but with this electric indoor grill, they can prepare their own grilled favorites. The smokeless indoor grill doesn’t take up much countertop space, but it has a large 9 x 12 grill grate that can sear food like an outdoor grill. The appliance has a temperature range of 120 to 450 degrees F, and the various functions include grill, broil, steam, air fryer, roast, bake, griddle, slow cook, stew, keep warm, and dehydrate. There’s only one knob, making it easy to operate, and the indoor grill has an automatic shut-off feature
Paris Rhone Electric Indoor Grill, $199/Sale $149 at Amazon

A single-serve coffee maker is simple and easy to use. This one can also use grounds (which is much cheaper than pods) and doesn’t require paper filters. The compact coffee maker can brew 8 to 14 ounces at one time, and can also brew directly into a travel mug. In addition, it has a 40-ounce removable reservoir, which can keep several days’ worth of water. There’s also a setting to choose between regular and bold brew strengths.
Hamilton Beach Single Serve Coffee Maker, $69/Sale $55 at Amazon

Treat your college student to new and interesting coffee blends as well. For example, Mr. Espresso makes French Roast, Dark French Roast, Chiaroscuro, Decaffeinated, and Golden Gate House Blends. Zend Coffee makes globally sourced sample packs that allow coffee drinkers to experiment with various flavors, such as Balanced Blend, Espresso Blend, Full-Bodied Blend, Breakfast Blend, and Decaffeinated Blend. Big Island Coffee Roasters has delicious varieties, like Peaberry (deeply sweet, cinnamon, caramel, and plum), and blends like Hawaiian Harmony (butterscotch, cocoa, nutmeg).
Big Island Coffee Roasters, starting at $16
Mr. Espresso Coffee Blends, starting at $15.00
Zend Coffee Sample Packs, starting at $23

No stovetop? No problem. This kettle is electric, so your college student doesn’t even need a kitchen. It can heat water at a temperature range of 100 degrees to 212 degrees F. There’s a display on the left side that shows the temperature, and the operating button on the right has selections for on/off, boil, keep warm, and increase or decrease the temperature. The gooseneck spout provides a precise pour, and the anti-scald design keeps the kettle cool.
Paris Rhone Gooseneck Electric Kettle, $72 at Amazon

Lunch boxes have come a long way. Exhibit A is this modern, Bento-style trendy lunch box with a two-tone matte finish. The outer shell bottom is contoured, and the locking clip is metallic. The compartments have removable dividers to create 3 or 4 separate sections. The lunch box is leak-resistant and has a microwave-friendly removable tray. Color choices include navy, mint green, dark gray, orchid, and white.
Bentgo Modern Lunch Box, $39/Sale 34 at Amazon

Another option for healthy snacks is this variety pack of organic granola, which contains no sweeteners and no grains. The original blend includes organic Tiger nuts, pecans, walnuts, coconut oil, coconut flakes, and other yummy ingredients. The organic granola can be sprinkled on cereal, fruit, yogurt, smoothies, salads – anywhere granola would normally be used.
Struesli Organic Granola Variety Pack, $23 at Amazon

Bed & bath

College students can sleep better on this organic mattress, which is naturally breathable. It’s actually made of natural rubber, along with GOTS-certified organic wool and organic cotton. As a result, it dissipates body heat, absorbs pressure and bounces back, and is supportive to the spine and joints, while preventing back pain, for a good night’s sleep. The mattress is available in Twin, Twin XL, Queen, King, and California King – and also in a firm and a medium firm option.
Earthfoam Organic Mattress, starting at $699 at Earthfoam

There’s no way of knowing how frequently college students will wash their sheets. However, this resort-inspired sheet set is made with HEIQ Pure technology which inhibits bacteria and limits odors, resulting in more hygienic and fresh sheets. The breathable sheets are made of a durable, 100% sateen weave cotton, and are OEKO-TEX certified. Color choices include blue, ivory, sage, silver, taupe, and white. The company also makes a hypoallergenic duvet insert that can be used as a comforter or duvet – either alone or under a duvet cover.
Sobel Westex Sheet Set, from $97 at Sobel Westex

This two-piece towel set – which includes a bath towel and a hand towel – is made of 70% sustainably-grown cotton and 30% upcycled fibers. Both pieces are quick-drying and antimicrobial, and they have a hanging loop to conveniently hand on door or wall hooks. Color choices include gray, white, and navy blue.
Nebia Bath Towel Set, $69 at Brondell

If your college student needs a new duvet cover set and matching sheets, these luxury bamboo items provide a luxurious experience. Both the duvet cover set and sheet set are made of 100% rayon from bamboo. This material feels good against the skin and is naturally moisture-wicking and temperature-regulating. Both the duvet set and the sheet set are available in several colors, including slate, indigo, dusk, white, and pewter, and in Twin through California King sizes.
Bamboo Duvet Cover Set, starting at $104 at Nest Bedding

Organize any bathroom with this 3-piece set of stylish toilet accessories. It includes a toilet brush and holder, toilet paper holder, and toilet roll dispenser. The anti-drip toilet brush is made of silicone and does not hold water or bacteria. The toilet paper holder provides a modern way to display toilet paper and keep it easily accessible. The toilet paper dispenser can discretely keep 2 rolls of toilet paper handy and uses a smart lift system that makes it easy to refill. Color choices include mineral infinite grey and mineral infinite white. The toilet brush holder and toilet roll dispenser can be placed on the floor or mounted on the wall.
Brabantia Mindset Toilet Accessory Set, $152 at Amazon

Study essentials

Whether conducting research, writing papers, or gaming, this wireless, mechanical keyboard can actually be used both wired and wirelessly. (Multiuse Bluetooth provides switching between multiple devices.) The thin, low-profile keyboard doesn’t take up much space, and it uses RGB lighting, which can be customized to preferred lighting schemes. It’s available in black w/MX red switches, black w/MX red switches, white w/MX red switches, and white w/MX brown switches.
Cherry MX 3.OS Wireless Mechanical Keyboard, $159/Sale $139 at Amazon

With a 1200 x 1920 FHD display, this 10-inch tablet has a sharp and bright resolution for studying, web surfing, and reading e-books. It weighs a little more than a pound, making it also quite portable. In addition, the octa-core processor and 3 GB of RAM, combined with dual speakers, an 8MP rear camera and 5MP front-facing camera, make it fast enough for seamless streaming and video chatting. The tablet’s battery lasts for up to 8 hours before it needs to be recharged.
TCL Tab 10S Tablet, $189/Sale $159.99 at Amazon

When the days get shorter, some people develop seasonal affective disorder. However, this happy light can mimic the sun and provide light therapy as well as task lighting. The gooseneck floor lamp has customizable settings to choose from, 5 levels of brightness and 3 temperature hues, and the brightness level goes up to 10,000 lux. The light also has a telescopic pole that can adjust in height by 15 inches.
Verilux HappyLight Duo 2-in-1 Light Therapy & Task Lamp, $149/Sale $129 at Amazon

For college students who use dual computer monitors, this docking station has 2 HDMI 4K ports, and 2 DP 4K ports. The dock also has 2 USB-A ports, and a Gigabit Ethernet port. In addition, the 100W PD 3.0 charging port can charge a MacBook Pro in 1.5 hours.
UGreen 9-in-1 USB-C Docking Station, $199 at Amazon

Eliminate messy desktops with this compact 7-in-1 charging station. It has 3 AC outlets, 2 USB-C ports, and 2 USB-A ports, providing plenty of power for charging a laptop, tablet, phone, smartwatch, and also a monitor, printer, and more. The touch control charging station also provides surge protection, and shock protection.
Baseus PowerCombo Pro 65W Charging Station, $69/Sale $59 at Amazon

This cool floor lamp has a modern design and doesn’t take up much floor space, but it adds brightness and color to any dorm room or apartment. The 1500 lumens light has adjustable brightness levels, ranging from clear white for working, cool white for reading, and warm white for relaxing – and the RGBIC color palette includes 64 preset scene modes. Since it can also sync with music, the light also has 6 music modes. The floor lamp can be controlled via the Govee app, and is compatible with Alexa.
Govee RGBIC Cylinder Floor Lamp, $169 at Amazon

For college students sitting at a desk or on the sofa, a full-length weighted blanket may be too bulky. However, this weighted lap blanket, which measures 22 x 36 inches and weighs 8 pounds, is the perfect size for them to place across their shoulders, torso, or lap. Weighted blankets can help improve focus and concentration, and this one can also be taken to the library or anywhere else. It’s made of chemical-free cotton and lead-free glass microbead fill. The machine washable weighted lap blanket is available in Luna blue and silver sage.
Daydreamer Weighted Lap Blanket, $88 at Baloo

Fun & relaxation

This tabletop speaker could also be considered room décor. It’s transparent, which reveals the cool architecture inside, and the 40W speaker is both Hi-Res Audio and Hi-Res Audio Wireless Certified. It also has preset light effects, and the app provides light customization features. A mechanical knob controls the mood light colors and brightness levels, and there’s a digital clock on the front bottom. The Bluetooth speaker also has a USB-A port and auxiliary jack. Color choices are black and white.
Edifier QD35 Tabletop Speaker, $199 at Amazon

College students will enjoy these comfortable earbuds, which also fit securely and are water- and sweat-proof. They have active noise cancellation to block out exterior sounds, and provide clear phone calls. However, there’s also an option to let ambient sounds come through as well. The earbuds can work together – or only one earbud can be used. Each earbud has a 7-hour battery life, and with the case, the earbuds last up to 28 hours. Connect via Bluetooth 5.2, and be controlled manually, via smartphone, or voice assistant. Color choices include black, mint, navy, and dark grey.
Jabra Elite 4 Earbuds with ANC, $119/Sale $109 at Amazon

For college students who prefer earbuds with earhooks, these have a lot of features, including an ergonomic ear hook, and an IP54 water resistance rating. This makes them a good choice for working out and running. The AI call noise cancellation feature blocks outside noise during phone calls. The earbuds also provide a premium audio experience and multipoint pairing, along with an option to download the app and personal EQ modes and button functions. The 7-hour battery life increases to 28 hours when charging with the case. Color choices are black and beige.
Shokz OpenFit Wireless Earbuds, $179 at Amazon

For those who prefer headphones to earbuds, this inexpensive pair has memory foam earpads for a comfortable fit. The lightweight headphones use hybrid active noise-canceling to reduce background noise and provide clarity during phone calls and video chats. The battery lasts for up to 30 hours, and the app can be used to control the sound profile.
Phiaton BonoBeats Lite Headphones, $69 at Amazon

College students can create a peaceful environment anywhere with this hammock, which includes two 11-feet tree straps with 18 daisy chains, and 2 aluminum carabiners. The single panel design (as opposed to the traditional 3 panel design) not only looks better, but provides a comfortable position for lounging and sleeping. The design also reduces stretching and sagging. The maximum weight recommendation is 250 pounds.
Klymit Traverse Single Hammock, $54/Sale $39 at Amazon

Another choice for relaxing outdoors, tailgating, camping, and picnics, is this director’s chair. The backrest has 3 reclining positions, and the breathable nylon mesh, polyester fabric, and powder-coated steel frame provide comfortable yet sturdy seating, and has a weight limit of 250 pounds. The chair also has a side pocket, and comes with a matching ottoman and plastic side table with a built-in beverage holder. Everything opens and folds up quickly, and weighs only 16 pounds.
GCI Outdoor 3-Position Reclining Director’s Chair, $85/Sale $74 at Amazon

Personal care & useful tools

College students with sinus and allergy issues can use this bioelectric device to relieve sinus pain, headache, and congestion. It’s a medication-free solution so it doesn’t cause drowsiness – and it eliminates the need for nasal flushes and strips, as well as sinus sprays and nasal solutions. The clinically-proven and FDA-cleared device works by gliding it slowly along the facial cheek area, and then it gently vibrates. The device recharges via USB cable, and a 5-minute treatment lasts up to 6 hours.
Tivic ClearUP, $249/Sale $199 at Amazon

This portable, compact shaver not only looks cool, but can be recharged via laptop, power bank, or adapter. Just a 1.5-hour charge can last for a month or two. It’s lightweight and compact, has a IPX7 waterproof rating and the entire shaver is washable. The shaver has an alloy body and a high-speed mode, with a soft mode and a power mode, along with triple flexible floating blades and a 10-degree forward-tilting head. It also comes with a portable leather travel case.
Yoose Compact Foil Shaver, $109/Sale $76 at Amazon

Hair dryers can be bulky, but this lightweight hair dryer is only 9.45 inches tall and weighs 0.8 pounds. However, it’s powerful, and the high-speed design includes a 112000 RPM brushless DC motor that rapidly dries hair faster than traditional hair dryers. Using intelligent temperature control technology, it makes automatic adjustments to prevent heat damage, frizziness, and excessive drying. The hair dryer has 4 heat settings, 3 speed settings, a self-clean mode, and overheat protection.
SYLPH High Speed Hair Dryer, $109 at Amazon

A handheld flashlight is always a smart gift, and this one is superbright, with 120000 lumens. The flashlight has a waterproof rating of IPX5, so it can be used when it’s raining or snowing. The flashlight can be used for up to 12 hours before the battery needs to be recharged – and the power display and indicator light provide charge reminders. In addition, the LED flashlight has a zoom feature and 5 light modes: high, medium, low, strobe, and SOS.
Exqulife Handheld Rechargeable Flashlight, $31/Sale 29

Eliminate the need for irons and ironing boards with this handheld garment steamer. With 1600 watts, and a large capacity water tank, it can steam clothes, curtains, and other fabrics with 2 continuous steam modes. The 10-foot cord and ergonomic handle make the steamer easy to use, and it’s small enough to be easy to store as well.
CHI Handheld Garment Steamer, $54 at Amazon

Using Scentaste, this water bottle provides the scent of flavored waters without the actual flavors. It uses plain water, but the scent flavor pods create the illusion of drinking flavored water. Some of the various scent pods include mango-passion, wild berry, ice tea peach, cherry, strawberry-lemongrass, apple, watermelon, and raspberry-lemon
airup Bottle and Pod Set, starting at $39 at airup

A smartwatch that won’t break the bank, this one has an easy-to-read ultra-HD Amoled display, and over 150 watch faces with matching always-on displays (15 of the watch faces are animated and 23 can be edited). Health metrics include heart rate, stress level, breathing rate, and blood-oxygen saturation, in addition to in-depth sleep monitoring. The smart watch also tracks motion during outdoor running, walking, indoor walking, treadmill, outdoor cycling, rowing machine, elliptical, and pool swimming. Battery life is 12 days, and the watch is water resistant up to 50 meters. There’s also a mini smartwatch with a super slim and light design.
Amazfit GTR 3 Pro Smartwatch, $189/Sale $139 at Amazon

College students can save money by maintaining their own nails with this easy-to-use manicure and pedicure set. The battery-operated set provides 3 hours of use when fully charged. It has multiple speed settings for nails and calluses. In addition to the electric nail drill, attachments include a crystal callus file, sapphire callus rasp, coarse and fine sapphire filing disks, sapphire and felt cones, cylindrical and flame milling cutters, and a protective cap. The set also comes with a storage bag.
Pure Enrichment PureNails Luxe Rechargeable 12-Piece Manicure Set, $59 at Amazon

When their favorite barber is too far away, your college student can reach for this pro hair trimming kit that provides barbershop-quality results. The cordless trimmer has a 90-minute run time, making it convenient to use anywhere. It includes 7 different adjustable blade attachments, along with a cleaning brush and blade oil.
TRYM Pro Hair Trimming Kit, $39 at Pure Enrichment

Clothes & shoes

Made of 100% grade-a Mongolian cashmere (ethically sourced from Hircus goats in Inner Mongolia), this 12-gauge turtleneck sweater dress is soft and luxurious. It can be dressed up or dressed down, depending on the occasion. The relaxed slim fit is both comfortable and flattering to all shapes. Color choices are plentiful and include brown, charcoal, moss, heather grey, oatmeal, navy, burgundy, and black.
Mongolian Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater Dress, $99 at Quince

These colorful and high rebound sneakers have an upper lay made with plant-based Sorona yarn laminated to GORE-TEX fabric. The mid-foot panel provides lateral stability while remaining breathable. Underneath is HX-Impulse foam with meta-rocker geometry and a flared swallowtail rear. The sneakers are available in both women and men sizes, and in various colors, including blue/yellow, black/olive, black/red, and cyan.
X-SCAPE SNKOUT GTX Sneakers, $180 at DeckersXLab

Whether it’s worn tucked or untucked, this classic long sleeve shirt is wrinkle resistant, and it’s also made with odor-fighting recycled ocean material (95% polyester, 4% seawool). The shirt is available in several prints and colors, including blue heron heather, blue yonder highland check, true navy heather, Tannenbaum ginghemmed, true navy ticker tape, monument highland check, and true navy ginghemmed.
Men’s Airflex Shirt, $118 at Mack Weldon

This black dress can be dressed up or down – and it’s soft and cozy – making it perfect for almost any occasion. From wearing it as a sweater with tights, to styling it with boots or heels, it’s versatile and hand washable, which makes it easy to care for. The dress is made of 66% acrylic, 20% nylon, 10% polyester, and 5% wool. It has a ribbed round neckline, and an A-line silhouette.
Black Ainsley Dress, $128 at Tuckernuck

These lightweight hiking boots have a thermal insole with built-in temperature-regulating technology that absorbs and releases heat. The smart thermal layer is designed to keep the user’s feet warm or cool, depending on the environment’s temperature. Also, the sole is puncture resistant. The upper and lining are made of 100% wild hide, RPET, wool, and elastane. Designed for any type of terrain, the tracking boots are available in women’s and men’s sizes and in 3 colors: ancient scroll, obsidian-misty rose, and sage.
VivoBarefoot Women’s Tracker Decon FG2 Tacking Boots, $199 at Amazon

College students will appreciate this trench coat, which can be used in any weather. It has a water-resistant finish, and the lining is made of 100% polyester. The coat has just a bit of stretch (2% spandex), and button closure. There are also two side pockets and one interior pocket. The transitional coat goes well with jeans, khakis, and dress clothes. It’s available in two colors: light khaki and navy.
Comfort Stretch Trench Coat, $99 at Quince

This comfortable dress is made of sustainable bamboo rayon and breathable cotton for a relaxed, comfortable fit. It’s also versatile: the reversible dress has a V-neck on one side and a high, boat-neck on the other side. There are pockets on either side and a removable waist tie for more functionality. The hand- or machine-washable dress is available in espresso, moss, cream, and black.
Sevilla Dress, $135 at Monos

These comfy shoes can go from the dorm room/apartment to class to running errands. They have enhanced arch support and no-slip traction. The outsole of made of a cushioned, durable rubber, while the insole is made of a natural cork, and the upper shoe is breathable and has a vegan leather mudguard. Color choices include nomad cozy, black, and emerald swell.
Men’s Cushion Homey Slip-Ons, $75 at REEF

College students can keep warm in any weather with this soft and comfortable hoodie, which is the perfect outer layer. The curved bottom provides more coverage when bending over or working out. Combine the hoodie with these aviation jogger pants (with soft-touch 4-way stretch woven fabric, real knee panels, and 4 pockets) for a complete outfit. The hoodie is available in 3 colors: black heather, stone heather, and navy heather.
Hawthorne Tech Hoodie, $95 at Legends


This multifunctional backpack can be used for various purposes. It has a 14-inch laptop sleeve and fleece-lined pockets. The backpack is perfect for photographers who want individual (removable) cubes to house their camera and lenses. However, it also has a laptop compartment, and is also ideal for carrying a tablet, gaming console, water bottle, sunglasses, smartphone, and various other accessories. The weather-resistant backpack has mesh pockets, luggage handle pass-through, and a key clip. It comes in several colors, including black, Wasatch green, Aegean blue, Yuma tan, Sedona orange, and multicam black.
WANDRD PRVKE Backpack, $324 at Amazon

Here’s another backpack option. It has an 840D nylon face and the carbonate polyurethane coating is both durable and weather-resistant. The side exterior is made of 1680D Cordura ballistic nylon, and the interior has a soft woven lining. There’s a padded laptop pocket that can hold up to a 16” MacBook Pro, and an exterior water bottle pocket. The backpack also has interior pockets for other essentials, a sternum strap, padded mesh back panel, and luggage handle passthrough.
Aer Day Pack 2 Backpack

For college students who prefer laptop sleeves to backpacks when walking around campus, this one has a separate pocket for a 16-inch laptop. It’s made of recycled polyester fabric, recycled polyester lining, and vegan leather trim. The laptop sleeve also has several internal pockets, and since it’s made of waterproof fabric, the lightweight sleeve is as functional as it is stylish. Color choices include navy blue and black.
Portfolio Laptop Sleeve, $95 at Mujjo

Perfect for Spring Break and weekend getaways, this suitcase is designed to be rugged and good-looking. Instead of outer zippers, it has 2 latches with TRA-approved locks. The shell has an aerospace-grade polycarbonate shell, anodized aluminum corner guards, and a metallic finish. It’s lightweight and durable and comes in three color choices: silver, black, and champagne.
Monos Hybrid Carry-On

For eating and drinking on the go, this titanium mug is invaluable. It’s especially useful when camping, since the mug can be used to boil water over an open flame. But since the mug can also be used directly over the stove as well, it can also be used to heat food and keep it hot, or it can be used as a coffee cup. The corrosion resistant mug has air vents, and the handles can fold out of the way for storage.
Tomshoo Titanium Mug, $22/Sale $17 at Amazon

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