45 Christmas Gifts Under $50 for College Students and Teens (2022)

We’ve found a slew of Christmas gifts, all under $50, for college students and teens that are practical and others that are just for fun. We guarantee that they will love these birthday or holiday gift ideas.

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Christmas gifts under $50 for teens and college students

1. Bombas Gripper Slippers

Bombas calls these half socks, half slippers, but 100% comfortable. They come in 7 colors, are at a perfect price point, and have their own travel case.

Limited time – 20% off sitewide.

Bombas Slippers

2. slip

Pure Silk 6-Pack Skinny Scrunchies.
slip scrunchies

3. 1/4 Front Snap Quilted Jacket 

This quilted jacket is in a very popular 1/4 snap style. Available in four colors.

snap jacket

4. HASHIBO Shape Shifting Box 

Award-winning, patented fidget cube.This fidget box features 36 rare earth magnets and that transforms into over 70 shapes. Fits comfortably in your hand.

5. Women’s Button-Down Shacket Blazer – Universal Thread™

This plaid pattern and oversize fit are both popular right now.

6. University Wine Glasses

We love these stemless wine glasses with campus and college logos. Perfect for your 21+  college student.

7. Caboodles On-The-Go Girl Makeup Box

Keep all your makeup in one organized place. These sell out like crazy!!

caboodle makeup

8. SPIbelt Large Pocket Running Belt for Adults

Expands to fit anything you need to carry on a run. Comes in many color combos for the runner in the family.

9. Waterproof Electric Razor

Eighty-seven percent gave this wet/dry razor with two attachments 5 stars.


11. Igneous from Aesop

Luxurious Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser and Geranium Leaf Body Balm in an eco-friendly box.


12. Sand Cloud Large Turkish Beach Towel 

Fast drying, made from Turkish cotton. It’s great for the beach, the bath, or as a blanket on the green. 

13. Fresh Lip Care Collection

We love the Fresh Sugar brand of cosmetics and think this lip therapy gift set is so pretty, too.

14. Anker Magnetic 2-in-1 Charger

Fast wireless charging for two devices at once. This one gets great reviews.

Anker charger

15. Leather Charger Roll Up

Add small essentials to the pockets, roll them up, and tie the leather tie. It’s a great way to stay organized. You can get it monogrammed — a good one for the guys in your life.

16. Anker High-Speed Charging Bank

No one wants a dead phone battery and, with this charging bank, your teen or young adult will never have an excuse of an uncharged phone, again.

anker power bank

17. LapGear Home Office Lap Desk

Fits your laptop, other devices, and accessories.

18. Felt Board With 300 Letters

This 10×10 felt board is perfect for creating a fun, inspirational sign with words of wisdom, humor, or whatever whimsical expression suits your son or daughter’s mood. Available in 20 different colors.

felt board with letters

19. Moshi Digits Winter Touchscreen Gloves

These warm knit gloves let you continue working on your devices while keeping your hands toasty. These cloves get the top ratings.


20. The USB Lighter Company Electric Lighter

Rechargeable and long-lasting.


21. Crocs Unisex-Adult Classic Clogs

Yup, they’re back and who doesn’t want a pair of these classics — they sell out quickly — so many great colors. Great dorm shoes.


22. e.l.f. 11pc Brush Collection

This 11-piece brush set has everything you need to do an expert makeover. We love that each brush tells you precisely what it’s for. This is a great brand, and our teens love it.

23. JIGGY Jigsaw Puzzle-800 Piece Decorative Artwork Puzzle 

For the puzzle-loving family-these are so much fun, and they are beautiful.


24. Lululemon Claw Hair Clips Set 4 Pack

Set of 4 beautiful hair clips to keep your hair off your face from one of our favorite brands.

25. Selfie Ring Light, Tripod and Phone Stand

Whether your teen wants to improve their lighting for Zoom classes or is an avid vlogger, they can up their tech lighting game with this multi-piece kit. The tripod is adjustable and easily used on a desktop or fully extended. The light is dimmable and has a Bluetooth remote to connect with a phone that rests on the stand.

selfie right Light and try pod

26. Drunk Elephant Moisturizer Duo

A travel-size duo of an exfoliating lactic acid serum and protein-packed moisturizer to restore healthier skin.

27. Chapter Travel Kit

Organize everyday items in this kit with a convenient carrying handle and a waterproof zipper detailed main storage compartment.

28. Cervical Heat Pack | Heat and Cold Therapy

Relieve muscle pain and tension-gentle pressure and warmth. Suitable for the teen who carries all the stress.

29. BAGGU Duck Bag

Canvas everyday tote that is spacious and roomy. They have a great versatile style.


30. Peepers Women’s Showbiz Square Blue Light Blocking Reading Glasses

Filters most Blue Light from digital devices and other potentially harmful sources, reducing eye strain. And they look great too.

31. Beeswax Hand Cream by Savannah Bee

Hand Cream Tube Trio — Royal Jelly, Beeswax, Propolis, and Honey — for smooth and soft hands.

32. Ergonomic Foot Rest

Your teen or college student is likely taking some if not all, classes at home and needs a comfortable study space. This ergonomic footrest can be a soft spot for feet and provide support for improved posture.

foot rest

33. Ikea Frakta Storage Bag 8 Pack

These may not be exciting, but your teen will need them sooner than you think, especially if they are off to college in the fall.

IKEA blue bag

34. She’s Birdie

These safety alarms are made by women, for women, because we live in a crazy world. Loud alarm and flashing strobe light. This has been a BIG seller in the Grown and Flown community, especially to give to our college women.

she's birdie

35. Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Beautifying Lip Set

A lip kit from your daughter’s favorite brand.

Lip kit

36. Levoit Air Purifier Mini

Levoit is a top brand in air purifiers and this mini version  is perfect for a dorm room, bedroom, office or apartment living room. With a real HEPA filter, your teen or young adult can have cleaner air filtered for smoke, allergies, pet dander, odor, and dust.

Add essential oil to the fragrance pad for aromatherapy. 10 inches high.

levity mini

37. Kendra Scott Rose Gold Necklace

We are big fans of Kendra Scott jewelry and think that your daughter would love to have something special under the tree on Christmas morning. This pretty necklace is a bestseller.

38. Lodge Cast Iron Skillet 

If your teen or young adult has begun to cook for themselves, getting them this highly-regarded cast iron skillet will be a gift they will love to use.

cast iron skillet

39. ONO Roller Black

A handheld fidget toy for adults that help relieve stress and keep you focused while on an endless Zoom.

40 Christmas Cracker Set by Jo Malone London

Body cream, cologne, and hand wash all smell delicious and these are very cleverly packaged in a cracker-shaped box.

Jo Malone

41. Multi-Port Car Charger

No one wants a dead phone and for teens and college students who drive themselves to and from school or work, having a car charger is a convenient way to keep a phone battery fully charged. We love this one because there is room to charge five devices simultaneously fast.

multi-port car charger

42. Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock

For your heavy sleeper, this alarm clock with take your place if you are still trying to get your teen up and going in the mornings.

alarm clock

43. Santa Barbara Design Studio Massager Roller and Pumice Stone Brush Tool

Put your feet up and take care of them with this two-piece set.

44. YETI Insulated Tumbler With Collegiate Logo

If you’ve not yet experienced the fantastic heat-keeping capabilities of a YETI mug, NOW is the time to do so. Your young adult can make an oversized coffee at home and skip the expensive Starbucks on the way to work. The same is true of cold drinks if they prefer a cold brew or an iced coffee. Now — customize a tumbler with a collegiate logo or their initials.

45. 11-Piece Blender 

Are your teens big smoothie drinkers? This is a well-priced and compact blender that they can use to make their favorite green drinks or smoothies and also functions as a mixer or chopper for the more advanced cooks.


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Finding the right gifts for your college student can be challenging but this gift guide has the best gift ideas for under fifty dollars for your college student to make their college life feel more like home. #college #collegelife #giftideas #giftguide #holidaygifts #giftsforteens #giftideasforteens #giftsforcollege

About Helene Wingens

Helene Wingens has always been passionate about painting pictures with words. She graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in psychology and three years later from Boston University School of Law with a Juris Doctor. In a year long clerkship for an appellate judge Helene honed her writing skills by drafting weekly appellate memoranda. She practiced law until she practically perfected it and after taking a brief twenty year hiatus to raise her three children she began writing a personal blog Her essays have been published in: Scary Mommy, Kveller, The Forward, and Grown and Flown where she is Managing Editor. You can visit Helene's website here

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