What College Women REALLY Want for Christmas: 25 Gifts Under $100 (2023)

It can be challenging to find the perfect gift for your college daughter, niece, or special young adult woman in your life. Here are our top 25 gift ideas (that she will love and can actually use) for college women under $100.

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Christmas gifts for college women

1. Apple AirTag 4 Pack (Amazon)

If she is always losing her keys, purse, or bag, she can put an AirTag on it so that it will be easily locatable.

2. Polaroid Camera (Amazon)

Having a Polaroid camera is so fun in college for capturing moments with friends and instantly having the memory printed out. Great colors. These also can be hung on the wall for adorable wall decor.

3. Mini Projector (Amazon)

A mini projector is ideal for fun movie nights in college. She can grab popcorn, candy, blankets, and this projector for the perfect night in with friends.

4. Snowcone Machine (Amazon)

If your daughter is out of the dorms and living in a college apartment or house, this is a fun kitchen addition. She can make delicious snowcones to share with housemates or friends.

5. Ninja Air Fryer (Amazon)

An air fryer is another great addition to the kitchen and makes delicious crispy foods. It is great for cooking fries, vegetables, chicken nuggets, and more. (Save 41%)

6. Hair Straightener Brush (Amazon)

These hair straightener brushes are trendy for teen girls and work great for creating smooth, straight hair. The straightening brush is a huge time saver in the mornings because it reaches more hair with every pass than a typical straightener. And, it protects hair against overheating damage. (Save 20%)

7. Soundcore Noise Cancelling Headphones (Amazon)

Noise-canceling headphones are essential for living with roommates. These have 40 hours of playtime and memory foam ear cups.

8. Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker (Amazon)

Having a speaker in college makes hanging out with friends much more lively and fun. This waterproof speaker has 12 hours of playtime and is available in several pretty colors.

9. Heated Blanket (Amazon)

Help your daughter feel extra cozy with this heated blanket during those cold winter nights away at college. It has 10 heating levels and is made of soft sherpa. (Save 6%)

10. Luxe Sateen Starter Bedsheets (brooklinen)

Sateen bedsheets are so comfortable and soft. This set is machine washable.

11. The Dewy Skin Cream (TATCHA)

This popular moisturizer drenches skin in rich, long-lasting hydration with hyaluronic acid for a dewy glow. It visibly plumps fine lines, seals in moisture, and protects skin from oxidative stress for softer, more supple skin (94% of reviewers give it 4 or 5 stars)

12. Dr. Martens (Amazon)

Dr. Marten boots can be worn with almost any outfit and are one of the most popular boots for college women. Made with classic leather, they are comfortable and provide good abrasion and slip resistance.

13. Kyle Cavan Collegiate Jewelry (Kyle Cavan)

With custom jewelry for your daughter’s college or sorority, she will be thrilled to wear a necklace or bracelet that celebrates her college allegiance long after graduation. Select from sterling; sterling dipped in 12k yellow gold or 14K gold.

13. Ninja Personal Blender (Amazon)

Personal blenders are ideal for eating healthy smoothies in college because they are easy to use, blend quickly, and do not take up much kitchen space. Ninja blenders get excellent reviews. (Save 8%)

14. UANEO Sweatsuit (Amazon)

This sweatsuit is a comfy but cute outfit that she can wear to early morning classes. Comes in 10 colors, and the pants are high-waisted.

15. Lucid Memory Foam Mattress Topper (Amazon)

Help her start 2024 by getting her best sleep with a memory foam mattress topper. This makes any dorm bed or apartment bed so soft and comfortable. This Lucid mattress topper has plush gel material to help control temperature. (Save 21%)

16. Shattered Glass Ceiling Necklace (Uncommon Goods)

This shattered glass ceiling necklace is symbolic, representing that women can achieve anything they put their mind to — and pays tribute to the accomplishments of empowered women everywhere. It is a constant reminder to her that she can do amazing things.

17. Keurig Mini (Amazon)

A Keurig is ideal 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 and 12oz with Keurig K-Cup pods. (Save 29%)

18. Candle Warmer Lamp (Amazon)

If she loves candles but is not allowed to have them in the dorms or her college apartment, this candle lamp melts candle wax to activate the scent without lighting it.

19. Kate Spade Wallet (Kate Spade)

This leather wallet is so cute and has 5 credit card slots, 2 slip pockets, and an exterior top zip coin compartment.

20. Stanley Quencher (Stanley)

This is the most common way college students carry their water, tea, or other drinks. It keeps cold drinks cold or hot drinks hot for hours. Comes in 15 colors.

21. Conair Clothes Steamer (Amazon)

There is never enough space for an iron in a dorm room or apartment. A clothes steamer is the perfect alternative to an iron for de-wrinkling clothes without taking up space.

22. Leather Laptop Sleeve (Amazon)

This sleeve will protect laptops from scratches and dents and is simple and minimalistic. It has an ultra-thin design, so it does not take up too much space in a backpack.

23. Fitbit 2(Amazon)

Help her keep track of her health with a Fitbit that monitors steps, distance, hourly activity, calories burned, heart rate, sleep, and more.

24. Tempur-Pedic Memory Foam Pillow (Amazon)

A quality pillow will improve her sleep, make her feel more well-rested, and have more energy during the day. This pillow adapts to the head, neck, and shoulders for personalized comfort and support. (Save 51%)

25. BlissLights Sky Lite Projector (Amazon)

This skylight projector instantly improves the vibe of a dorm room or college apartment. It is great for hanging out with friends, movie nights, or studying.

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About Madeleine Korn

Madeleine Korn is a recent graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara. After graduating, she worked in marketing for a cybersecurity company for a year and a half. For the past year, she has been traveling the world while volunteering in hostels. Starting this fall, she will be teaching English in Spain. To learn more, here are her social media accounts: TikTok and Instagram. She loves writing and creating videos and really enjoys working for Grown and Flown!

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