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10 Amazing Dorm Gifts for College Students This Holiday Season

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We all know how dorms are – small, cramped, and sometimes they just don’t feel like home. I mean, Mom’s family pictures and Dad’s tacky decorations aren’t everywhere; how is it supposed to feel comfortable?!

Below are 10 awesome dorm gifts for college students to help create a little more relaxed environment for them and to aid in making it their own space. All of these are perfect for dorms because they won’t take up much space and if you have a roommate, they are easy to share or keep out of the way!

Dorm Gifts for College Students:

1. Clip-On Light

LEPOWER Metal Clip on Light/ Reading Light/ Light Color Changeable/ Night Light Clip on for Desk, Bed Headboard and Computers (White)
  • Clip on: Brighten up with the click of a switch on the cord and perfect for Table, Desk, Bed headboard and Computers.The maximum wide of this bedside lamp for clip:2.36 inch.
  • Free Angle Adjustable of arm and lamp holder, place your book light for best viewing.
  • 2 switches on the cord. One has three options: Warm light,off and White light. The other has two options to adjust the brightness: dim and bright.
  • A 2-prong USB AC adapter and 5 feet cord are provided to support the clip on light. FCC listed quality saves your worry. Can be used with normal 110V household current.
  • Eye-Protection Design: The sturdy reading lamp provides a comfortable lighting environment for the eyes, stable and soft lighting avoided shining light stimulation and flicker interference.

This is perfect for your bookworm / night owl who just wants to curl up with a good book! This portable little light can easily attach to a nightstand, edge of a book, or a lap desk to help the user see what’s in front of them without disturbing the rest of the room. Dorm residents truly benefit from this so that if one person is sleeping, the whole room doesn’t need to be lit up while they try to go to bed!


2. Bluetooth Speaker

JBL Flip 4, Black - Waterproof, Portable & Durable Bluetooth Speaker - Up to 12 Hours of Wireless Streaming - Includes Noise-Cancelling Speakerphone, Voice Assistant & JBL Connect+
  • All-Purpose Bluetooth Speaker -Take the party everywhere with Flip 4, a portable Bluetooth speaker that delivers powerful stereo sound. With durable, waterproof fabric, this speaker features up to 12 hours of continuous, high-quality audio playtime.
  • Wireless & Noise Cancelling - Wirelessly connect up to 2 smartphones or tablets to the speaker & take turns playing impressive stereo sound. Plus, take crystal-clear calls from your speaker, thanks to the noise and echo-cancelling speakerphone.
  • Waterproof & Durable - No more worrying about rain or spills: Flip 4 is completely waterproof—you can even submerge it in water. Plus, the improved, durable fabric material and rugged rubber housing protects the speaker on your outdoor adventures.
  • Extra Features - Link over 100 JBL Connect+ enabled speakers together to amplify the party. Plus, access Siri or Google Now from your speaker with a simple button press.
  • Includes Bass Radiator - Hear the bass, feel the bass, see the bass: Dual external passive radiators demonstrate how powerful your speaker is.

Time to parrrr-taaaaay! Or play relaxing, studying music. Either way, a Bluetooth speaker is perfect to help have some constant, background noise in a small dorm. Is your student more of a verbal learner? Perfect! They can play podcasts or online lessons via their Bluetooth speaker to help them retain all that information.

3. Futon

DHP Emily Futon With Chrome Legs, Pink Velvet
  • Modern low profile design futon frame with chrome metal legs and square tufted backrest and seating
  • Split back design provides multiple positions including lounging and sleeping for top comfort
  • Pair with the matching chair, chaise lounger and/or ottoman for a sectional look and extra seating/sleeping space (all sold separately)
  • Futon Dimensions: 71"W x 34"D x 32"H | Sleeping Dimensions: 71"L x 43"W x 16"H | Weight Limit: 600 lb.
  • Ships in one box and assembles quickly | Shipping Dimensions: 45"L x 36"W x 13"H | Net weight: 70.5 lb | Gross weight: 84 lb

If there is a common area in your student’s dorm, a futon is the best way to get the most out of the space. For friends and family who may need to stay the night, a futon is perfect because it can go from couch to bed instantly! So, its ability to compact itself is ideal for a smaller space like a dorm room.


4. Cozy throw blanket

Bedsure Navy Blue Throw Blanket Fleece - 300GSM Throw Blankets for Couch, Sofa, Bed, Soft Lightweight Plush Cozy Blankets and Throws for Toddlers, Kids, Boys
  • Now Thicker and Warmer: Made with premium micro-fleece yarns this blanket provides a velvety feel. The higher the GSM, the thicker and heavier the fleece blanket. In the latest iteration of Bedsure’s flannel blankets, the GSM in this blanket has been increased by 40 GSM. This subtle yet important change brings you the ultimate in comfort and warmth.
  • Lightweight Blanket: This fleece blanket is thicker than cotton and keeps you warm without being too heavy. Fleece is a suitable alternative to wool with comparable warmth, yet without the scratchiness.
  • Durable: Bedsure utilizes 100% polyester microfiber in all layers of this blanket to last the long term. Based on an integrated design, neat stitches enhance strong connections at the seams and provide better structural strength.
  • Versatile: Introduce ultimate warmth and comfort to your décor with this classic throw blanket from Bedsure. Available in five sizes and twenty-six colors, this Bedsure blanket is highly versatile. Whether you're watching a TV series with a mug of hot chocolate on the couch or enjoying an extra layer of warmth on your bed while sleeping, this super cozy blanket is a perfect companion.
  • Easy Care: Machine wash in cold water on a gentle cycle. Tumble dry low. Do not use any detergent with chlorine. Do not dry clean or iron.

What better way to get all cozied up than with a fun, comfortable throw blanket! Depending on the time of year, they usually have holiday themes or can just come in solid colors. And these are the perfect way to add a pop of color or personality to their dorm.


5. Keurig

Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker K-Cup Pod, Single Serve, Programmable, 6 to 10 oz. Brew Sizes, Black
  • Brews multiple k-cup pod sizes: (6, 8, 10 ounce) – the most popular k-cup pod brew sizes. Use the 6 ounce brew size to achieve the strongest brew.
  • Large 48 ounce water reservoir: Allows you to brew 6 plus cups before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. The water reservoir is removable, making it easy to refill whenever you need to.
  • Descaling: An important part of cleaning your keurig brewer. This process helps to remove calcium deposits, or scale, that can build up inside a coffee maker over time.
  • Auto-off: An auto-off feature is easily programmed to turn off your coffee maker after it has been idle for 2 hours, helping to save energy.
  • Simple button controls: Just insert a pod, select your desired cup brew size, and brew a great-tasting cup in under a minute.

Oh, every college student needs a Keurig! If you really want to win brownie points from your student, the perfect dorm present is a Keurig and a couple dozen K-Cups! This can help save money from stopping by a coffee shop every morning for a $5 cup of Joe. But also, K-Cups have the best coffee and having a nice cup of coffee in bed is a great way to start the day! 


6. Swell Water Bottle

S'well Stainless Steel Water Bottle - 17 Fl Oz - Blue Granite - Triple-Layered Vacuum-Insulated Containers Keeps Drinks Cold for 36 Hours and Hot for 18 - BPA-Free - Perfect for the Go
  • TRIPLE-LAYERED INSULATION: S’well Blue Granite 17oz stainless steel water bottles feature triple-layered, vacuum-insulated construction, designed to keep beverages cold for up to 41 hours or hot for up to 18 with our exclusive Therma-S’well Technology. Each water bottle features unique colors, prints, patterns and textures, all while delivering superior functionality. Hand-wash only
  • THE PERFECT FIT: Our metal water bottles and beverage containers are designed with an opening wide enough for most ice cubes so you can easily refill and reuse it over and over. Whether you're hitting the road, bike trails, or the gym, you’ll find S’well fits just right in most standard-size cup holders
  • DON’T SWEAT IT: S'well beverage containers are insulated with a copper wall layer to eliminate condensation by providing an exterior that won't sweat on your hands or in your bag
  • WORRY-FREE HYDRATION: Your search for safety is over. All S’well containers are BPA-free and composed of 18/8 premium food-grade stainless steel. We are compliant with California Prop 65 regulations and our products are certified to meet all regulatory requirements by an independent and accredited testing facility
  • SUSTAINABILITY WITHOUT COMPROMISE: You won’t have to compromise fashion and functionality to live more sustainably with our sleek, beautifully crafted, built to last bottles. Every S’well purchased counts towards displacing millions of single-use plastic bottles. As a Certified B Corp, we proudly maintain the highest levels of verified social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability

This ain’t your mama’s hydro-flask! Getting them a Swell water bottle is perfect when they have those long days in class or when they will be studying through the day. They are large enough to hold a lot of coffee or water for their classes as well as keeping the contents warm or cold for the entire day! 


7. Memory Foam Pillow

Beckham Hotel Collection Bed Pillows for Sleeping - Queen Size, Set of 2 - Cooling, Luxury Gel Pillow for Back, Stomach or Side Sleepers
  • Superior Comfort: Our cool pillow is encased in a 250-thread count cover, and filled with a soft down alternative.
  • Keep Cool: If you easily overheat, or maybe you're looking for cool queen size pillows for night sweats, the breathability of our bed pillow can offer welcome relief.
  • Safe & Sound: These bed pillows are made in an OEKO-TEX Standard 100 factory that ensures textiles meet high safety and environmental standards.
  • Easy Clean: Unlike a memory foam pillow, our side sleeper pillow is designed to make life as easy as counting sheep! Simply pop them in the washer and tumble dry.
  • No Shift Construction: Whether you're a supine sleeper, a power napper, or you love a sideways siesta - our cooling pillows for sleeping can accommodate! The plush bounce-back design will shape to your favorite position.

What better way for your college student to relax after a long, study-filled day of classes than to rest their heads on a memory foam pillow? Many of these now come with a feature of having a “cool side of the pillow” so that no matter how many times they will flip it, they’ll have a cool pillow. This also helps relax neck and back stiffness after long days of sitting in those chairs!

8. Wheeled laundry basket

Sterilite 12228003 Wheeled Hamper with Handles and Wheels, White
  • Plastic
  • Contemporary design
  • Ventilated base
  • Durable construction
  • 19-5/8-Inch length by 12-7/8-Inch width by 28-1/8-Inch height

Let’s face it, college kids do everything at the last minute. This includes laundry. So that means clothes will pile up to the point it would be too much to just carry down the hall! Getting a wheeled laundry basket is perfect for your student to be able to keep all of their stuff in one basket while also being easy to move about the rooms. Not to mention, a lot of these are collapsible so storage is a breeze!


9. LED String Lights

Making a dorm room their own can be tough, but adding LED string lights on their walls can really brighten things up – literally! Hanging these fun lights on the walls can add an Instagram-like feel to things while also adding a pop of personality. These can also be perfect for taking those fun college pics in front of!


10. Mattress Pad

Linenspa 2 Inch Gel Infused Memory Foam Mattress Topper, Full, 2 Inch
  • Two inches of ultra-plush memory foam that conforms to your curves and hugs you to sleep
  • Infused with temperature regulating gel beads that capture and dissipate heat to help prevent overheating
  • Comfortable memory foam distributes weight evenly to soften the feel of your mattress
  • Available in plush 2-inch and 3-inch profiles; the 3-inch topper will hug your body more than the 2-inch topper
  • A comfortable and affordable way to rejuvenate an old mattress, soften a hard mattress, and prolong mattress life; Backed by a 3 year warranty

If there is one thing any college student needs to make those tiny beds a little more comfortable, a mattress pad is necessary. Adding that little bit of extra softness and padding can add so much comfort to lead to a good night’s sleep. And every college kid really needs one, every now and then! 


Getting the perfect dorm gift for college students doesn’t have to be stressful or be a trip to Target where you fill up your cart on stuff that truly no one needs. This is a perfect little guideline to help you take a sneak peek in the life of what your student might need to get things a little more relaxed for them as well as making the best of a tiny living situation!


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Written by The Metamorphosis

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