42 Popular Christmas Gifts for College Guys (2023)

Gifts for guys can be challenging, and I often struggle to decide what to buy my son. But here are some of our favorite 2023 Christmas gifts for college guys — sons, nephews, or any adult male on your holiday shopping list.

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Favorite 2023 Christmas gifts for guys

1. Anker Power Bank (Amazon)

Here is the ultimate easy way to power an Apple iPhone while on the go. The Anker power bank has a built-in lightening connector so no more tangled and messy cords needed. 

2. RUGGED & DAPPER Lip Balm (Amazon)

rugged and dapper

This four-pack of lip balms will let your son keep a tube in a backpack, desk, bathroom, and pocket. Made with Beeswax, Vitamin E, Sunflower, Jojoba, and Rosemary Oil.

3. Levoit Air Purifier (Amazon)

Being cooped up indoors for work or study at home makes an air purifier an even better and healthier gift idea for your son. This one gets top reviews for small spaces, reduces pollutants, and improves indoor odor. Real HEPA filter. Now in a compact size.

levity mini

4. Bombas (Bombas)

Bombas wins ALL of our FEEL-GOOD points for the highest-quality gifts that give back. Their everyday essentials (socks, t-shirts, underwear) are comfortable, durable, and last for years — even college guys are no match. Plus, they donate an item to help the homeless on your behalf for every item purchased.

5. Mongolian Cashmere Crewneck (Quince)

This comfy, lightweight, cozy classic sweater is perfect for guys looking for a style upgrade. This cashmere is warmer than wool and is sustainably and ethically sourced. It comes in 11 colors and has more than 1,200 five-star reviews.


7. Patagonia Vest (Backcountry)

We are big fans of Patagonia because of its durable products and commitment to environmental sustainability. Your son would love this sterling fleece vest for warmth over a sweater or under a jacket for truly frigid days.

8. Pickleball Set (Amazon)

Has your son become a Pickleball player, or would he like to become one? This portable set from FILA includes paddles, balls, and a net that can be packed into a bag. It can be set up for indoor or outdoor play.

9. YETI Mugs (YETI)

yeti tumbler

Stainless-steel mugs made by this Austin-based company keep coffee hot for 12 hours and cold drinks cold for even longer. The heat-storing capability is a big part of the magic of the brand. YETI offers excellent new colors, styles, and personalization with initials or logos.

10. Belkin Charging Duo Station (Amazon)

Belkin charging dock

This platform provides fast wireless charging for iPhones plus AirPods in one compact MagSafe Duo.

11. Resistance Band Set (Amazon)

Resistance bands

It’s not always easy to get to a gym when traveling, and this portable exercise set is just what your son or nephew would LOVE for Christmas if he likes to stay fit. Regardless of where their travels take them or what current living conditions allow, these graduated resistance bands, door anchors, and more will provide an excellent workout.

12. Moon Light (Amazon)

moon light

This light has been incredibly popular this year, and your son will be mesmerized by the remote control that gives him 16 colors to choose from. It comes with a stand and is available in different sizes.

13. Money Clip and Card Case (Amazon)

These thin leather cases will keep all your grown kids’ essential credit and ID cards, plus any cash they need, in one compact card case. They are available in different colors of leather.

14. Magic Bullet Blender (Amazon)

A blender is a quick way for your son to make himself a healthy snack. The Magic Bullet is #1 in the category on Amazon.

15. Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them (Amazon)

Defining Decade

We have loved this book and were thrilled to be able to interview the author, Dr. Meg Jay, about the revised and updated version of her bestseller. This book is for your twenty-something son, who might be surprised to discover why this decade is so consequential and how to make every day count.

16. Spikeball (Amazon)

spike ball

This incredibly popular game has been on our list for several years for a reason — it remains a great outdoor activity that college kids and teen boys love to play. 


18. Leatherology Slim Wallet (Leatherology)

weatherman wallet

We think these slim leather wallets are wonderful and available in many colors. They get the top reviews for men’s wallets, and it is easy to see why. 

19. Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) (Amazon)

AirPods Pro

This is THE #1 tech gift for teens and college students for the 2023 holiday. Apple AirPods Pros will let them listen to music, have conversations, and ask Siri questions wirelessly. They also have noise cancellation ability, which is incredibly helpful in a noisy dorm or apartment.

20. Silicone AirPods Pros Case Cover (Amazon)

Air Pods Pro cover

Don’t forget to add a protective case cover like this one, available in many colors that will help keep the case (and AirPod Pros inside) from scratches or damage.

21. Leatherology Duffel (Leatherology)

We love this great-looking leather duffel with nickel hardware. It is available in five beautiful colors and can be personalized with your son’s monogram.

22. lululemon Men’s Clothing

lululemon has an extensive line of apparel and more for women and men. It has become a VERY popular choice for the guys in our lives. 

23. Throw Throw Burrito – A Dodgeball Card Game (Amazon)

What happens when you cross a card game with dodgeball? We’re not sure either, but the ultra-popular Exploding Kittens makers are the masterminds behind this game. Everyone can play, but it is a proper match for college guys (still boys at heart).

24. Stocks plus Napkin Finance

Napkin Finance

A practical gift could be the gift of stock. He can watch as the stock increases over time (one hopes.) Add a copy of the book Napkin Finance to help boost his financial literacy.

25. Vuori Joggers (Vuori)

These joggers are among the most comfortable leisure pants we have ever worn (yes, they make them for women, too.) Your son will live in these all holiday.

26. Marine Layer  Reversible Quilted Pullover (Nordstrom)

This reversible pullover by Marine Layer will quickly become his go-to shirt. It’s great looking, comfortable, warm, and, best of all, reversible. Several colors are still available.

27. Fleece Hoodie (Target)

Does your son love to live in hoodies and could use a new one for a Christmas gift? Check out the hoodies from Target that come in various nice colors.

28. L.L. Bean Boot (LL Bean)

ll bean boot

Guys who go to college in snowy climates need a boot, and the L.L. Bean Duck Boot is durable and very popular everywhere. This is the one boot they will wear when the weather turns bad.

29. Fanatics College Merchandise (Fanatics)

sports gear

You will not find a more extensive site for college merchandise (and pro) than Fanatics, with officially licensed merchandise from more than 500 colleges and universities. Shop t-shirts, hoodies, shoes, hats, banners, and more.

30. Hatch Restore – Sound Machine, Sunrise Alarm Clock (Amazon)

An Amazon choice, this device will let you wake up naturally. Also, a soft glow reading light.

31. ULTIMATE EARS WONDERBOOM 2, Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (Amazon)

This Bluetooth speaker is top-rated and is available in several colors. The hard shell cover makes it waterproof and dustproof. 

32. At Home Workout Set (Amazon)

This workout set includes two sets of resistance bands, attachments, a training guide, an exercise chart, and online workouts for home, and this kit particularly targets strengthening the shoulders.

33. Hot Sauce Collection Sampler Set (Amazon)

This hot sauce sampler set contains thirty uniquely flavored hot sauces in mini glass bottles with varying heat levels. These sauces are a great addition to chicken wings, pizza, tacos, chili, and dips.

34. Apple Watch (Amazon)

An Apple Watch is useful for monitoring fitness, sleep, heart rate, crash detection, and much more. Great for college guys who are into health and/or fitness.

35. Mini Fridge (Amazon)

Keep drinks cold with this mini fridge. It holds 6 cans and comes in 4 colors.

36. Bluetooth beanie (Amazon)

Bluetooth beanies are great for listening to music on his way to class. This winter cap has a 24-hour play time, a built-in microphone and HD stereo speakers.

37. Countertop Ice Maker (Amazon)

Having an ice maker is so convenient for college students to make smoothies, iced drinks, or even just to have a cold glass of water.

38. Keurig Coffee Maker (Amazon)

For any coffee lover, a Keurig is necessary to have in their college dorm or apartment for making coffee in the mornings. This one is less than 5 inches wide — perfect for small spaces like a college dorm. It brews any cup size between 6-12oz with Keurig K-Cup pods.

39. Bedside Caddy (Amazon)

Help him store his phone, books, glasses, snacks, and drinks with this bedside caddy. This is especially useful since many dorms do not come with nightstands.

40. Power Strip Surge Protector (Amazon)

College rooms never come with enough outlets to charge all devices at once. This power strip includes 6 Outlets, 2 USB ports, and 1 USB-C port. It also features fire resistance, overload protection, and surge protection.

41. AirTag (Amazon)

If your son is always losing his wallet, backpack, or keys, have him put this AirTag inside so that he can track it and find it.

42. Instant Beverage Cooler (Amazon)

For an instant chilled drink, this machine brings room-temperature drinks to ice cold in just 60 seconds.

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About Mary Dell Harrington

Mary Dell is the co-founder of Grown and Flown, the #1 site for parents of teens, college students and young adults, reaching millions of parents every month. She started the Grown and Flown Parents Facebook Group and is co-author of Grown and Flown: How to Support Your Teen, Stay Close as a Family, and Raise Independent Adults (Flatiron Books) now in paperback.

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