I remember moving into my first apartment like it was yesterday. It was fun to buy food and stock my refrigerator, but we all know after paying rent, a security deposit and utilities, there isn’t much left over when you are just starting out. We want our kids to succeed by being independent, but it’s nice to give them a boost. These holiday gifts under $50 for college kids and other young adults will make their dorms or first apartments feel much more like home.
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Holiday Gifts Under $50 for College Kids and Teens
Having a plush throw blanket to wrap up in will make this a prized holiday gift. It’s available in four sizes and more than a dozen colors.
Find your son or daughter’s favorite cookie recipe, the chocolate chip or brownies that you sent them in that first college care package, and have it engraved on a wooden cutting board. The handwritten recipe engraving is free. We love this sentimental – and practical – reminder of home!
No one wants a dead phone and, for teens and college students who drive themselves to and from school and work, having a car charger is an efficient way to keep a battery fully charged. We love this one because there is room to charge five devices at once, super fast. This one made it on Oprah’s list of Favorite Things, 2018.
Belkin is a leader in charging technology and they have excellent devices that are designed to work extremely well with Apple products. This pad will charge iPhone model 8 and later in record time. Led light indicates when it is fully charged. Also compatible with other Qi-enabled devices from Samsung, LG, Sony and more.
If you’ve not yet experienced the amazing 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. Same is true of cold drinks, if they prefer cold brew or an iced coffee instead. Now, check to see if your son or daughter’s alma mater is listed on the drop down menu to order one they will love.
How fun does this look to you? And how excited will your grown kid be when they open one of these inflatable sofas? Unlike other inflatables, this one does not need a pump but fills up when you wave it in the air. Lightweight and easy to store, this is perfect when extra seating, and lounging, is called for.
It is so easy to misplace keys, a phone, a bag and now Tile, the ingenious tracking device company, has created a new model, the Sport, that has a 200 ft. range – twice the current range and an even louder tone. Waterproof and durable, the Tile trackers are some of our favorite gifts under $50.
Taking a large bag when you are out and about is not what many of our daughters do. Instead, they grab their phones and go. Here is an adorable bag that can they can slip their phone into and that has an outside pocket for cash and cards. It comes in 13 colors so pick her favorite.
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 functions, also, as a mixer or chopper for the more advanced cooks.
Steaming clothes is so much easier than getting out the ironing board and iron. A portable steamer is the way to go and will keep those dresses, suits, and button-downs looking sharp when your college student has a job interview! (fingers crossed)
One of the best-sellers for the holidays, this alarm clock by Phillips will gradually increase the light in a bedroom to simulate the sunrise during the thirty minutes before your young adult needs to get out of bed. It also serves as bedside illumination for reading which is pretty perfect.
Those bulky travel pillow that many people use when flying are great for support but awkward to cary around when you are also hauling a bag and a cup of coffee. Try this lightweight and compact travel support, instead.
This comfy chair will be the favorite of anyone who comes to visit your kid in their dorm room. Durable and stain resistant, this may even become the go-to chair for your own student for reading assignments.
This ottoman that doubles as a storage chest will be great for keeping clutter hidden. It can also be used as extra seating and comes in a variety of colors.
Everyone needs at least a few pieces to store leftovers. These containers are also perfect for bringing lunch into work if your student has a part-time job. These are so much nicer than mismatched tops and bottoms and are very practical gifts under $50.
A few ideas over $50 for holiday gifts for college kids
While we tried to focus on gifts under $50, we found a few more things that were a bit more expensive:
The incredibly popular Instant Pot now comes in a mini-3 Qt model, perfect when your college student is just cooking for one. Instant Pots are a must have for every home. It’s a Crock-pot, pressure cooker, steamer, warmer and more. Whether you are cooking for one or ten, it makes you feel like a Master Chef.