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20 Amazing Gifts for College Girls You Have to Get This Holiday Season

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Have daughters, nieces, or sisters who just started college? Need to find ideal gifts for college girls? Look no further and have no fear! We have listed gift ideas for any college girl that would find these not only super cute and on-brand, but totally necessary to succeed (and look great!) in school. 

Gifts for College Girls:

1. Airpods

Apple AirPods (2nd Generation) Wireless Earbuds with Lightning Charging Case Included. Over 24 Hours of Battery Life, Effortless Setup. Bluetooth Headphones for iPhone
  • Quick access to Siri by saying “ Hey Siri ”
  • More than 24 hours total listening time with the Charging Case
  • Effortless setup, in-ear detection, and automatic switching for a magical experience
  • Easily share audio between two sets of AirPods on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV

We promise she won’t look like a crazy person in the airport talking to you via her new AirPods. AirPods are one of the newest and most ingenious products of Apple for many reasons. One – no more getting your wires all tangled up in your pocket! Two – they are just way easier to use as wireless headphones. If your college girl is a runner or in athletics, these definitely could help her out a ton!


2. Apple Watch

Fitbit Sense Advanced Smartwatch with Tools for Heart Health, Stress Management & Skin Temperature Trends, Carbon/Graphite, One Size (S & L Bands Included)
  • EDA Scan app detects electrodermal activity which may indicate your body's response to stress and a built-in skin temperature sensor logs yours each night so you can see when it varies
  • Assess your heart for atrial fibrillation –a heart rhythm irregularity- and easily share results with your doctor (The Fitbit ECG app is only available in select countries. Not intended for use by people under 22 years old.Operating temperature: 14° to 113°F
  • An on-wrist skin temperature sensor tracks yours each night so you can see how it varies. You can also see your nightly blood oxygen levels at a glance with our collection of clock faces.Maximum operating altitude: 28,000ft
  • High & low heart rate notifications alert you if yours seems above or below your average
  • Battery lasts 6 plus days plus, fast charging gives you a full day’s charge in just 12 minutes (Varies with use and other factors; up to 12 hours with continuous GPS)

Another incredible invention of Apple is the Apple Watch! With useful features like checking heart rate and the amount of activity one gets in a day, it is a great way to keep track of not only emails and messages, but also your health! For athletes, it can keep track of speed and distance and record that for calorie output. Rather than having to run to your phone to read a message, take a little glance at your Apple Watch to see it right there on your wrist! It’s extremely handy for the little things, all the while being a small device on your arm.


3. North Face Jacket

The North Face Women's Osito 2 Jacket (Past Season), Fig & Faded Rose Stripe, Small
  • Classic fleece jacket for warmth in cool conditionsCenter back length 26.5 inches
  • Soft Silken high-pile raschel fleece100% Polyester High-Pile Raschel Fleece
  • Relaxed fit
  • Hardface stretch fabric at cuff
  • Two secure-zip hand pockets

Being a leader in the fashionable jacket and coat industry, a North Face jacket is ideal for any girl in college. They come in a variety of weights, colors, and styles. When winter rolls around, every girl throws on their favorite North Face to take the cutest Instagram selfies to show off their style and flair all the while being cozy and warm!

These are perfect if your student is in a colder state for school and if Fall is her favorite season, you have to get this for her!


4. Gift Cards! Gift Card in a Black Gift Box (Classic Black Card Design)
  • Gift Card is nested inside a specialty gift box
  • Gift Card has no fees and no expiration date
  • No returns and no refunds on Gift Cards
  • Gift amount may not be printed on Gift Cards
  • Gift Card is redeemable towards millions of items storewide at

Is she continuously telling you she just needs money or not giving a straight answer when it comes to gifts? Get her a bouquet of her favorite things – gift cards. These can be for places like Subway and Applebees where she can grab a quick bite to eat in between study sessions.

Or maybe one big Amazon one will help her get anything she needs (or randomly thinks of) at any point. If she goes to a school that isn’t in the middle of some city and she still has her car, some gas cards or rewards points would be of great assistance!


5. Good Winter Jacket

SoTeer Parka Jacket Women Warm Winter Coat with Hood Faux Fur Lined Outwear Jacket (Black, XL)
  • Warm Lining: The Women Winter Coat is of high quality Fax Fur Lined which is soft, comfortable, lightweight but super warm, providing an excellent weight-to-warmth ratio, so you'll be able to stay warm without feeling weighed down.
  • Classic and Fashion: Long Sleeve Parka jacket with hood, which artificial lamb lining with nice faux fur trim to protect your head from wind and snow, keep you warm in winter and make the overcoat more stylish.
  • Flexible Space of Parka Coat: Adjustable drawstring waist to hide your flesh, accentuate your curves, give more space in the waist part and for a flattering fit in winter. You can adjust it to any fit you like, making you slim or casual look but also warm and comfortable.
  • Windproof Outwear: Plus size winter coat features full front zipper and button closure for double warmth security and securing cold wind out when need. Military Jacket has Two Big Front Side Pockets with button closure, to keep your hands warm and convenient to keep your small things, like wallet, keys or phone.
  • Versatile Parkas: The winter parkas can handle various occasions easily, such as heavy fog or snow day. It's best for downhill skiing, snowboarding, camping, hiking, journey, and other winter outdoor sports or various occasions.

Unless your child decided to go to any Southern California or Arizona school, you are going to need to get her a sturdy winter jacket. Companies like Canada Goose create these durable and long-lasting jackets for places that will be covered with snow by Christmas morning. This is ideal for those winter intense cities she may study in and also, it is just really smart to have one, regardless!


6. Makeup!

Helloooo, Sephora! You can never go wrong with getting Kylie’s newest lip kit (if you can get it before it’s sold out within 15 minutes) or anything with the words “Too Faced” written across it. Honestly, if she uses makeup at all in her life and you get her a Sephora or Ulta gift card or get her the new eyeshadow palette she’s been talking about, that will be such a special gift because frankly, makeup is like gold these days. SO. EXPENSIVE. And when you’re in college, you can’t just drop money like that when you need to eat. So makeup is a great little gift idea!


7. Cute Pair of Shoes

Women's Fashion Suede Booties (5.5 B(M) US, Khaki PU)
  • Shaft measures approximately 4" from arch
  • Platform measures approximately .25"
  • Synthetic suede upper
  • Zip closure
  • Shaft height: 4 in. Shaft circumference: 11 in. 3-1/2 in. block heel

OMG, shoes! Does she have a dance coming up? What about a presentation that she feels a little nervous about speaking in front of so many people? How about a date with that cute junior in her econ class that Dad doesn’t know about? Send her a pair of lucky shoes to get her feeling herself and ready to take on any challenge! In the wise words of Marilyn Monroe, “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.”


8. Cute Purse

MICHAEL Michael Kors Ciara Leather Medium Messenger Bag Handbag (DK SANGRIA)
  • Shoulder bag model
  • Metal inserts and MK pendant in light gold
  • Michael Kors written in metal letters on the front
  • Double handles
  • Exposed zip closure

With all of these new brands and styles coming out, there is no way you can mess up by getting her a purse. There are new styles like the “see-through bag” where you can literally see right through and observe all the contents in one’s purse. But, there are always the classic Coach and Louis Vuitton bags that are of normal shapes and sizes. They are great for hauling all of that stuff back and forth from class to home so might as well make it stylish!


9. Bluetooth Speaker

JBL Charge 3 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker (Gray)
  • Bluetooth - Wirelessly connect up to 3 smartphones or tablets to the speaker and take turns playing powerful stereo sound.
  • Built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery supports up to 20 hours of playtime and charges smartphones and tablets via USB.
  • IPX7 Waterproof
  • Take crystal clear calls from your speaker with the touch of a button thanks to the noise and echo-cancelling speakerphone.
  • Build your own ecosystem by connecting multiple JBL Connect enabled speakers together to amplify the listening experience.

Bluetooth speakers are some of the most essential tools in a young adult’s home at this moment in time. You don’t just throw a party and listen to music on them anymore. You can have an Alexa or Google Home Hub where they can help you plan your calendar, schedule your route from school to work, and also let you know what the weather is going to be like for the next week. They can also play educational podcasts to listen to or play out loud an online lecture from their professor. 


10. Candles

Bath and Body Works White Barn Champagne Toast 3 Wick Candle 14.5 Ounce Basic White Barn Label
  • Bubbly Champagne, Sparkling Berries, Juicy Tangerine
  • Topped with a decorative lid
  • Burns approximately 25 - 45 hours
  • Measures 4" wide x 3 1/2" tall

**Granted, please take a moment to review community guidelines to see if candles are allowed in your students dorm. If they are, continue on!** Candles are great for making her small space smell good, look good, and overall just feel good! With the holidays approaching, grab some pumpkin and cinnamon smells to get things started off on the right foot!


11. 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.

To help save her a few bucks and be able to cozy up in her bed with a nice cup of coffee, a great gift idea for any college girl is a Keurig. Don’t forget to add a couple of dozen K-Cups and maybe a cute coffee mug or two!


12. MacBook Pro

Apple MacBook Pro (13-Inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB Storage) - Space Gray (Previous Model)
  • 2.4 GHz 8th-Generation quad-core Intel Core i5 Processor
  • Brilliant Retina Display with True Tone technology
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  • Ultrafast SSD

Again, Apple is doing it right! A MacBook Pro is ideal for the art student in your life and with its many features, she can start perfecting her graphic design almost instantly. They are also incredible for keeping notes in class and storage for all of her iFiles!


13. Cute Throw Pillows

Phantoscope Set of 2 Decorative New Luxury Series Merino Style Pink Fur Throw Pillow Case Cushion Cover 18" x 18" 45cm x 45cm, (Pack of 2), 2 Count
  • 【Faux Fur Pillow Cover Material】-Top grade materials 80% Modacrylic and 20% Polyester bring you with top grade hand-feel. It’s also skin-friendly so that you can enjoy the soft touch of your throw pillows without worrying about allergies.
  • 【Furry&Fluffy】- The plush pillowcases are expertly made to be soft and with the premium stitching craftsmanship, they look like real fur. Its Mongolian style adds a luxurious tone, especially in the fall and winter seasons, the faux fur pillow covers accent your home decoration with appealing warm touch and elegant appearance.
  • 【Hidden Zipper】- The throw pillow covers feature invisible zipper closure, very easy for insertions and replacements and meanwhile keeps an elegant look.
  • 【Package Includes】- The pillow cover measures 18x18 inch/45x45cm. Package contains 2 pieces of throw pillow cases. INSERTS ARE NOT INCLUDED; In order to present the best shape, a bigger size pillow insert is recommended.
  • 【Easy Care】- Our pillow covers are safe for wash machine, cold water, gentle cycle. More plus,the fur pillow cases are specially designed and manufactured with fade resistance, will keep the original hand-feel after long-time use.

A creative way to get her place feeling like her own is to send some cute throw pillows to add to her bed or futon! Target or TJ Maxx are perfect to grabbing a couple of these so that you don’t have to pay much for them!


14. Phone Case

TORRAS Lock Series iPhone X Case/iPhone Xs Case 3-in-1 Luxury [3rd Generation] Anti-Scratch Hard Cover with Electroplated Frame Case for iPhone Xs/X, Silver
  • [3-in-1 Stylish Design] The electroplated golden portions perfectly combine with the plastic back panel, the iPhone X/Xs slim case makes your phone looks luxury and sleek
  • [Upgraded Button Design] Based on customers' feedback, the side buttons was upgraded and now they're tough and strong, withstand thousands of clicks; the raised edges for screen and camera offer protection, and the matte finish surface gives you a comfortable grip
  • [Thin and Slim fit] The case for iPhone X/Xs is lightweight, thin, no adding bulk, easily slide in/out of pocket, and the buttons are sensitive and easy to find
  • [Wireless Charger friendly] The iPhone X/Xs case is compatible with most wireless chargers, the plastic material won't interfere with charging
  • [What you will get] A brand new TORRAS iPhone X/Xs case, Exclusive Service. If you have any question, contact us and we'll get back to you within 20 hrs

Just because she can’t get the new iPhone 11 just yet doesn’t mean she can’t just refresh what she has now! A new phone case is perfect to just give a little bit of new flair to her phone all the while saving YOU the cost of a new one!


15. Self-Care Kit

Bath Bombs for Kids with Toys Inside for Girls Boys - 12 Surprise Gift Set, Bubble Bath Fizzies Vegan Essential Oil Spa Fizz Balls Christmas Gift Kit
  • BATH BOMBS WITH TOYS INSIDE: Each bathbomb has a built-in surprise toy, watch for which toys inside after fizzing. When the bath bomb fizzes out, they have a fun toy sure to be one of their favorite gifts.
  • 100% SAFE for KIDS: These bath balls made from organic ingredient and contain no artificial flavors or colors ,they are safe and gentle for kids.
  • HAND-MADE, NO TUB STAINS: Handmade, no colorant,will not leave a oil ring around your tub. Your tub water will turn a light shade of color, but will be easy to clean.
  • HELP YOUR KIDS FALL IN LOVE WITH BATHING: Rich bubbles, colorful colors, sweet smell, these are enough to attract your child to take the initiative to take a bath, no more fighting with your kids to bathe
  • PERFECT GIFT IDEAS: Our bath fizzers use safe ingredients, fun assorted colored for any age. Perfect bubble bath gift set for surprise, birthday gift, Christmas, anniversaries, Spa/bath gifts, Easter basket stuffers, valentines day or other holidays, perfect gifts for baby, toddlers, teens, women, men... 30 Days Money Back Guarantee.

When it comes to a pure gift from home, nothing beats a good ol’ self-care package. Fill up a box with some facial masks, nail polish, bath bombs, essential oils, tea bags, and come comfy sweatpants. Remind her to always take care of herself before helping others! Maybe even add a few notes from you, her dad, siblings, or friends from back home. That is a guaranteed smile from her!


16. Cute Wall Art

Van Eyck Audrey Hepburn Tiffany Blue Bubble Gum Canvas Poster Wall Art for Bedroom Decor Kitchen Decoration Living Home Decorations(12x16 Inches Inner Frame)
  • Dimensions: 16x12 inches (40x31CM ) with innner frame
  • High quality durable fabric, fading resistant
  • A perfect choice for home decor, guest room decorations, cabinet, hotel decorations or other indoor decor, a great gift idea for Christmas, Holidays,Birthday Wedding and other occasion gift to your family and friends.
  • This painting provide your room with a fantastic look, having nice mood every time you see it.
  • Note: If the painting have any problem,Please contact us,We know that your's shopping experience is very important to us,we will try our best to help you

With fun, colorful art pieces or simple motivational quotes, getting some cute wall art décor is a sure-fire way to get things feeling like her own and even remind her of you! We could all use a simple reminder to “live, love, laugh” or she could really use having a beautiful recreation of her favorite art piece to hang over the futon.  


17. Smart TV

TCL 40-inch 1080p Smart LED Roku TV - 40S325, 2019 Model , Black
  • Easy Voice Control: Works with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to help you find movie titles, launch or change channels, even switch inputs, using just your voice. Also available through the Roku mobile app
  • Smart Functionality offers access to over 5,000 streaming channels featuring more than 500,000 movies and TV episodes via Roku TV
  • 1080p Full HD Resolution excellent detail, color, and contrast
  • Direct lit LED produces great picture quality with 60Hz refresh Rate for fast moving action scenes with virtually no Motion blur
  • Inputs: 3 HDMI, 1 USB, RF, Composite, Headphone Jack, optical audio out

Get the party started with the coolest TV in all the dorm rooms! NFL Sundays and The Voice on Mondays just got a lot more interesting. She will have no problem getting friends to come over for a scary movie marathon with her new Smart TV that can play from hundreds of apps!


18. Swell Water Bottle

S'well Stainless Steel Water Bottle - 25 Fl Oz - Milky Way - Triple-Layered Vacuum-Insulated Containers Keeps Drinks Cold for 48 Hours and Hot for 24 - BPA-Free - Perfect for the Go
  • TRIPLE-LAYERED INSULATION: S’well Milky Way 25oz stainless steel water bottles feature triple-layered, vacuum-insulated construction, designed to keep beverages cold for up to 48 hours or hot for up to 24 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.
  • SUSTAINABLITY 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.

The perfect way to hold all that coffee and water (nooo not wine coolers or anything else.) Swell water bottles are great for keeping things hot or cold all day long without any other assistance. So she might have an all-day soccer tournament and she’ll have you to thank when she doesn’t become dehydrated by the end of it!


19. Luggage Set

KENNETH COLE REACTION Out of Bounds Luggage 4-Wheel ABS 3-Piece Nested Set: 20" Carry-on, 24", 28" Upright, Charcoal
  • Fitted with premium 4-wheel multi-directional spinners that allow for smooth effortless 360°-degree free-weight maneuvering.
  • Luggage is made of a durable, lightweight hard ABS exterior with reinforced protective molded corner guards that absorb shock for maximum impact resistance and durability.
  • Interior main compartment is fully lined with a tear-resistant lining and features double-sided packing, a zippered organization pocket, and garment restraint straps to hold your clothes in place.
  • Exterior features a top and side grab handle for easy maneuvering and four molded side feet that allow luggage to stand upright on its side.
  • Equipped with a sturdy and user-friendly push-button retractable trolley handle system.

Get your girl the best luggage set out there to look #JetSetReady! Have her travel in style with the cutest luggage set in stores! Many sets now come with one gigantic bag, a normal-sized one, and carry-on size for all of those traveling babes out there!


20. College Cookbook


This is a great way to practice cooking in the real world rather than getting McDonald’s every night. Even though we love some Mickey D’s!


Get your loved one off on the right foot in college. It can be such a scary and emotional time, but with any of these gift ideas, they will feel a ton more assured within themselves. All thanks to YOU! Between making sure they look their best to having the cutest dorm in all of the halls, your girl is going to make a big splash in college!

Not to mention, now she’ll have the best time year-round all because of the cool and fashionable stuff she has hanging out in her room! 

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Written by The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis is a lifestyle blog about the journey of college to adulting. Here you can find the tips for college, self-improvement, adulting, and more.

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