27 Fabulous and Festive Kitchen Gifts for College Kids

After dorm shopping freshman year, we thought we were done. So it was a big surprise when our kids moved off campus and there was a second wave of shopping for their new apartments. With the holidays right around the corner, these are all practical kitchen gifts they will put to good use in their new apartments.

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Top Kitchen Gifts for College Kids and Young Adults

Newbie – Never Lived Off Campus and Needs the Basics

Pots and pans

Revere Copper Confidence Core Cookware

These are an updated version of the iconic copper-bottomed pots and pans. Revere pots are tough enough to endure all the many moves in your kid’s future. Trust us, there will be many.

Kitchen gifts for college kids and young adults

Cast Iron Dutch Oven

From stove top to oven, a dutch oven is great for one-pot cooking.

Kitchen gifts for college kids and young adults

3-Piece Baking Sheet Set

Don’t buy one that’s so flimsy it will buckle with use.

Kitchen gifts for college kids and young adults

Chef’s Knife

A good all-purpose knife is a must; a set is even better.

Cutting Board

Look for one that is dishwasher safe.

Kitchen gifts for college kids and young adults

3-Piece Mixing Bowl Set

A set of nesting mixing bowls of varying sizes are very versatile kitchen gifts.


Tongs, bottle opener, can opener, spatula all make great kitchen gifts and stocking stuffers.

Kitchen gifts for college kids and young adults

Advanced Cook – Knows Their Way Around the Kitchen

Instant Pot

There’s a reason why this one cooking device has taken the world of home cooks by storm. Short of going grocery shopping the Instant Pot is transformative, a kitchen gift your young adult  will thank you for every day.

Kitchen gifts for college kids and young adults

Morning Person – Loves Breakfast and Good Coffee

French Press Coffee Maker

Single cup coffee makers offer convenience but a French press produces better joe without the environmental waste of the K-cups.

Kitchen gifts for college kids and young adults

Electric Kettle

A fast way to get the water boiling for coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Plus, the automatic shut off is an excellent safety feature.

Kitchen gifts for college kids and young adults

Coffee mugs

A cute set of matching mugs in a pretty color is a must.

Bagel Slicer

If your kid loves bagels, get one of these to prevent all too common accidents.

Nonstick Dishwasher Safe Cookware Set

Eggs. Enough said.

Kitchen gifts for college kids and young adults

Health Nut – Lives on Green Drinks and is Forever Slicing and Dicing


For those who would rather eat zucchini noodles than pasta, this is a must.

Kitchen gifts for college kids and young adults


Smoothies and green drinks don’t happen without a blender. Look for one with a to-go cup attachment.

Kitchen gifts for college kids and young adults

Salad spinner

Greens washed and dried in no time.

Apple slicer

No better way to get the once-a-day fruit.

Steamer basket

Veges cooked in a way that retains more of the nutrients than other cooking methods.

Popcorn maker

A good source of fiber, homemade (not microwaved) popcorn is a healthier alternative to chips and satisfies that desire for a crunchy snack.

Entertainer – Loves to Invite Friends Over for Dinner

Set of dishes

Pick dishes that are stylish, affordable and extremely durable.

Ball Mason Jar 6 pack

Mason jar glasses are big this year with kids who love the “heritage” look.

Kitchen gifts for college kids and young adults

Kitchen linens

Part of entertaining is making the table look inviting so consider a set of placements and with coordinating kitchen towels as a kitchen gift.

Salt and pepper grinders

A set that can be used for cooking and looks great on the table top, too.

Kitchen gifts for college kids and young adults

Baker – Has Made Cupcakes Since Elementary School

Oven mitts

Too easy to burn hands without these.

Mini mixer

A small mixer in a cute color brightens any kitchen.

Measuring cups and spoons

Baking, like Chemistry, is one place where precision calls for great tools.

Muffin Pan

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