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10 Gift Ideas for College Freshmen

Your child isn’t little anymore, and it is time to let them know exactly how much you appreciate their dedication to furthering their education. No matter what gender the student is, there are gift ideas for college freshmen that everyone can appreciate. Below are ten of the best gifts available on the market no matter what budget you are working with. Moreover, they were picked based on highest customer ratings.

Midea Compact Refrigerator

Midea WHS-65LB1 Compact Single Reversible Door Refrigerator

We start off our list of gift ideas for college freshmen with this miniature refrigerator, the perfect size for any dorm room. This fridge has a reversible door and is less than 2-square feet in size. They can store drinks, snacks, and foods in the refrigerator area. Also, there is a small freezer section perfect for freezing foods and making ice cubes for drinks. Moving into a dorm room is a big adjustment for freshmen, so it is important that they always have a snack and drink within arms reach to keep them hydrated and full.

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Utopia Towels Premium 8 Piece Towel Set

Premium 8 Piece Towel Set

Whether your freshman likes to use the gym, engage in sports, or just needs to take a shower, this towel set by Utopia is one of the best gift ideas for college freshmen yet. This soft towel set is highly absorbent and made of 100-percent ringspun cotton. Woven with all-natural materials, these towels are free of harmful chemicals and synthetic materials. Now that your teen is out of high school and starting college he will need a lot of items, for more inspiration you can look into our graduation gift ideas list.

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“The Freshman Survival Guide” by Nora Bradbury-Haehl

The Freshman Survival Guide

This survival guide by author Nora Bradbury-Haehl will let your new student know that you care about their wellbeing. The book dissects the experience into twenty-five categories, including tips and tricks to adjust to the new college life. Ms. Bradbury-Haehl is one of the world’s most trusted authors and inspirational writers around. She has written numerous survival guides and has been an inspiration to young adults for years. This is a must-have item for every young adult attending college for the first time.

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Hiwill Double Walled Travel Coffee Mug

Double Walled Vacuum Insulated Travel Coffee Mug

This double walled vacuum insulated travel mug works to keep drinks at the appropriate temperature longer than competitive brands. This mug is made with food grade 18/8 and 304 stainless steel inside and out and is available in five different colors. The mug itself has a wide-mouth design that is easy to refill and allows you to add ice when needed. This high-quality item keeps drinks at the appropriate temperature for up to 12-hours without letting off any condensation or changing the flavor of the drink.

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Campus Survival Kits Meals on the Run

Meals on the Run Campus Survival Kit

Meals make excellent gift ideas for college freshmen that they can stow away in their dorms and pull out whenever they are hungry. The plate, utensils, and cup are included so your freshman can microwave and enjoy their meal within minutes. Each item is expertly packed and arrives within 3-days to your student’s dorm. You can include a personalized message or a gift wrap with your purchase. You can have this item shipped out every few weeks to keep them fed throughout the entire year.

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Sleepwish 4 Pcs Bohemian Luxury Boho Bedding

Sleepwish 4 Pcs Bohemian Luxury Boho Bedding

This duvet cover is the perfect stylish addition to any freshman’s dorm. This four-piece set includes a duvet cover, two pillow shams, and a cushion cover. The set is wrinkle resistant, machine washable, and eco-friendly. It is an excellent choice because it is extremely easy to clean and care for. Moreover, it does not require any ironing or extended drying time. This set is available in a red or a blue theme and is perfect for any gender. The material is microfiber and it is extremely breathable, durable, and hypoallergenic.

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Sorbus Set of 4 Foldable Drawer Dividers

Sorbus® Set of 4 Foldable Drawer Dividers

Sorbus offers this set of four foldable drawers perfect for any college freshman to store their clothing and small items underneath their bed. This set is a lightweight solution for all storage needs, the four bins are multi-sectional, so they can organize various types of clothing within a single bin. The drawers are collapsible and extremely durable, made of moisture-proof non-woven fabric, easy to clean with a damp cloth. Also, these bins are excellent for storing garments and are of various sizes so they fit into any space. Moreover, these bins come in three different colors so you can find the perfect one to match the style and personality of the space.

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Attmu Mesh Shower Caddy

Attmu Mesh Shower Caddy

Showering and grooming in dorm locker rooms are something that will take some getting used to. Make the process easier for your freshman with this mesh shower caddy. This organizer has a carry strap that makes it easier to secure and transport all the basic essentials; like toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoos, soaps, razors, and conditioners, during trips to and from the shower. It also has eight storage compartments that circle around a large middle section, which is perfect for storing towels and a change of clothing. This bag is made with top quality mesh and it dries very quickly.

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DigitGear Essential Oil Diffuser

Essential Oil Diffuser

This diffuser comes with an ultrasonic whisper quiet cool mist system that fills the area with essential oils guaranteed to lift the mood and improve the overall health and well-being of the new college student. The three mist setting allow the user to choose a continuous mist, no mist, or intermittent mist; as well as a waterless auto shut-off function. Not only can essential oils help improve mood and health, but the added moisture in the air helps prevent and improve dry chapped skin and sinuses. Diffusers are a safer and more reliable option for dorms when compared to candles.

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First Aid Only All-purpose First Aid Kit

First Aid Only All-purpose First Aid Kit

A first aid kit is a perfect addition for any freshmen dorm room. The kit itself is large, yet compact, filled with 299 items that are essential for basic first aid. The full-fledged, easy-to-tote first aid soft pack holds all the physician-recommended supplies safely. The kit can be stowed away under the bed, inside a drawer, or even in a freshman’s backpack. Let’s face it, students run the risk of paper cuts, headaches and illnesses, and other small injuries that they need to address on their own.


Each of these gift ideas for college freshmen is unisex, and they are suitable for new students no matter what major they choose. Whether you are looking for a gift to address safety concerns, food, or basic needs, this list has you covered with all of the best gift ideas to choose from for college freshmen. Which one did you pick? Let us know in a comment below!

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