If you have teens to buy gifts for, shopping can be tricky since it’s almost impossible to keep up with which brands are in or out. College kids are no easier, especially since they are no longer under roof for most of the year.
We are here to help! We’ve been asking our kids (and their roommates, friends, and significant others) and gathered their responses for this list of their favorite 2019 gifts. We love their suggestions and hope that you and your kids will too. These may be perfect for all of the grads in your life.
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2019 Holiday Gifts for College Kids and Teens
Taking a large bag when you are out and about is not practical, or particularly stylish for our teens. Instead, they grab their phones and go. Here is an adorable vegan leather bag that can they can slip their phone into and that has an outside pocket for cash and cards. It comes in many collegiate colors and is very well priced.
These bluetooth-enabled Apple AirPods connect instantly to the latest Apple devices, providing high-quality audio once they are positioned in your ears. They keep a charge for five hours of wireless listening time or three hours after just 15 minutes in the charging dock. This is THE tech gift your kids will love.
Hydro Flask Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Teens and college kids should all have their own water bottles and, when it is one like this one, they will be much less likely to leave it behind or mistake it with a roommate’s or teammate’s. Comes in a variety of great colors.
Taking and printing out photos – instantly – with a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9, makes old school photography cool again. Cameras come in light blue, cobalt, flamingo pink, smokey white, and lime green. Comes with a selfie mirror and macro lens to allow for one-of-a-kind keepsake photos.
This delicate chocker necklace, “Pearls of Love” Sterling Silver and Pearl Necklace, is sooo pretty. Check out all of the Dogeared necklaces, many of which have messages of encouragement as part of the design. In both silver and gold, there are many price points and make great grad gifts.
This is a handy and very well-priced organizer to help teens and young adults keep track of all the devices, charger cords, and ear phones they can’t live without.
Teens and college kids often leave home in the morning and don’t return until late in the evening and the last thing they need is a dead phone battery. The Anker Candy-Bar Portable Charger is a top-selling charger that is super small and light weight.
LuMee Illuminated Cell Phone Case
A phone case that lights up around the perimeter, creating better visuals for selfies even at night, is a perfect gift for your selfie-loving kid. Take a look at the range of colors offered, too.
Exploding Kittens Card Game
Playing card and board games has become a very popular activity with teens and college students and this game, with the unlikely feline title, is one of the best sellers.
Convert a water bottle into a humidifier to use in over-heated dorms or bedrooms with this battery-operated stand. Perfect for traveling, too.
Anker High Speed Charger
This charger will get your student’s electronics fully-charged in rapid time, keeping expensive devices protected. Lightweight, perfect to throw into a backpack.
College kids across the country have discovered this lively game. Four players compete, two on two, and spike a small ball on what looks like a mini trampoline. Described as a cross between four-square and volleyball, this is great for cross training or a super-energized work out.
Umbra Reflexion Jewelry Box –
This Toronto based company makes beautiful and inventive jewelry/storage boxes that we love for both our sons and daughters. This one, the Reflexion, caught our eye for girls – it does double-duty as a makeup mirror which pops up when the lid is opened.
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 in the brand, NOW with great new colors and styles.
Blue tooth speakers
The choice of wireless speakers is seemingly endless so we looked to see which models get solid reviews, are waterproof and come in under $100. We chose the JBL Flip 3 Splashproof for these reasons but also because it comes in a rainbow of colors.
Cards Against Humanity
This is one of THE most popular games our college kids and young adults play. This is definitely a game for the 18+ crowd.
Don’t forget a sturdy lock like the UShake Bike Lock Cable that will help your kid keep their new bike stored safely around campus.
Another inventive accessory for your bike-rider? A bracket for a phone like the Vibrelli Universal Bike Phone Mount Holder so they can keep both hands on the handlebars instead of holding their phone.
Dorm Gifts for College-Bound Teens
Looking for a gift for a college-bound kid that they can use in the dorm? Here are our top choices for true dorm essentials:
Read 10 Things All Freshmen Need to Bring to College and consider some of these suggestions, all good, all different price points.
1. Twin XL Sheets… Amazon Basics
3. Mattress Encasement…AllerEase brand for mattress and pillow encasements.
7. Shower Caddy…Hanging Mesh Shower Caddy
8. Towels…Cotton 6-Piece Towel Set
Photo credit: Laura LaRose