23 Gifts That Will Help Him Handle College
Shopping for someone who's heading to college? We created the ultimate gift guide for the college guy in your life, whether they're a freshman or embarking on their senior year. From back-to-back classes, internships, or extracurricular activities, college students are balancing it all. Getting them a gift that makes their life easier, efficient, and entertaining can go a long way. From the coolest, most coveted tech to fun and useful finds they'll get a kick out of, we rounded up the best gifts you can give the college guy in your life.
Help him take on the semester with clever finds like the Rocketbook Everlasting notebook, a reusable notebook that converts written notes into a digitized version. Or get him a new Apple iPad that he can use to take notes, record lectures, and, of course, binge-watch his favorite TV shows. Plus, we discovered plenty of fun finds that will make dorm life a little more bearable. Turn his dorm room into a mini Starbucks with a Keurig coffee machine or other coffee-related presents, like the Ember Mug that will keep his coffee warm for a longer time. Whether you're shopping for a sneakerhead, a gamer, or an adventure seeker, these gifts will truly impress him. Shop our top picks ahead.
— Additional reporting by Lauren Harano and Haley Lyndes
Best Athletic Shoes For College Guys
Hoka Gaviota 5 ($175)
The Hoka Gaviota 5 is perfect for the college guy who has an active lifestyle. He can get his cardio in or comfortable walk from class to class without feeling sore. Available in many different colors and patterns, it's a stylish and functional sneaker he can wear to the gym or out and about. These have plush cushioning and stability to ensure a smooth ride.
Best Durable Water Bottle For College Guys
Shopping for a college guy doesn't have to be so complicated when you can get him something he'll use all the time, like this Rambler Insulated Water Bottle from Yeti. This insulated water bottle will keep his drinks cool and refreshing for a long time. It's also leakproof so he can carry this in his bag or clip it onto it. This comes with a chug cap, but the straw cap accessory is also compatible. The Rambler comes in a ton of colors too, so choose his favorite!
Best Portable Espresso-Machine For College Guys
The Wacaco Minipresso Machine is something every espresso-lover will appreciate. He can use any of his Nespresso Original pods and have an espresso on the go — just add hot water into the tank, unlock the piston, and pump it a few times to add pressure. In a few minutes, he'll have yummy espresso. It's perfect for those who travel, commute to work, or love hiking.
Best Noise Canceling Earbuds For College Guys
Apple AirPods Pro Wireless Earbuds With MagSafe Charging Case ($199, originally $249)
Get him these Apple AirPods Pro; they're the number-one bestseller on Amazon. He'll get good sound quality and up to 24 hours of listening with the MagSafe charging case. Perfect for those who already have Apple products, they'll let him block out noise for immersive sound or switch to transparency mode to hear what's happening around him. They're also sweat and water resistant, so he can work out with them.
Best Smart Notebook For College Guys
Rocketbook Multi-Subject Smart Notebook ($44, originally $48)
This Rocketbook Multi-Subject Smart Notebook will be his go-to for lectures. It's a scannable multisubject reusable notebook equipped with dividers so that he can stay organized while getting through a day of back-to-back classes. He can export the pages of the notebook to his email or Google Docs and then just wipe them clean and start all over. It comes in plenty of cool colors as well.
Best Humorous Card Game For College Guys
If he has the same sense of humor as Michael Scott, he'll get a laugh out of the "That's What She Said" Game. He can flex his wit and dirty sense of humor with twisted innuendos and more. All he has to do is match the red setup card to the even funnier white phrase cards.
Best Lightweight Tablet For College Guys
Apple iPad Air ($500, originally $599)
The iPad Air will make juggling his campus life a little easier. The 11-inch screen is perfect for recording lectures and taking notes, as well as for catching up on Netflix. It's equipped with Apple's powerful M1 chip, so it's as fast and productive as a laptop with an all-day, long-lasting battery life. It can run apps like Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Office, so he can stay productive and creative. It's lightweight, making it easy to carry from classes to student activities to internships.
Best Massage Pillow For College Guys
Viktor Jurgen Neck Massage Pillow ($40, originally $60)
Treat him to this relaxing Viktor Jurgen Neck Massage Pillow to help take the edge off. It's portable, so he can take it just about anywhere. It's great for his desk setup in his dorm.
Best Noise-Canceling Headphones For College Guys
These noise canceling headphones from Sony are an editor-backed pick that's perfect for campus life. These wireless Bluetooth over-the-ear headphones are noise canceling for an immersive sound experience. They have a 30-hour battery life, plus a touch sensor for easy listening and control. They even have the ability to automatically reduce the volume of the audio when they detect that he's in a conversation. Read our review of the Sony WH-1000XM5 Noise Canceling Headphones.
Best Classic White Sneakers For College Guys
Every sneakerhead will be eyeing these Nike Air Force 1 '07 Sneakers. These are a timeless pair of white sneakers that will go with nearly everything in his closet. They're '80s-throwback sneakers remastered with a cool low-cut profile.
Best Gaming Console For College Guys
Get the gamer in your life this Nintendo Switch system. It has three modes of playtime — TV mode, tabletop mode, and handheld mode — for gaming whenever and wherever. It has a battery range of four to nine hours, depending on software usage and conditions. It can even connect over WiFi for multiplayer gaming.
Best Phone Charger For College Guys
PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer ($37, originally $80)
Get this PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer for the guy who's always sanitizing. The device uses UV lights to get your phone 99.9 percent germ free. This is perfect for his desk or bedside, since it can also amplify audio so he can't miss alarms and notifications. It comes in plenty of cool colors as well.
Best Record Player For College Guys
Get the music-lover in your life the Crosley Voyager Bluetooth Record Player. It can play old-school records and stream from his phone via Bluetooth. It's the best of both worlds. It comes in three colors, including black, light blue, and pink. Read our in-depth review of a Crosley Voyager Bluetooth Record Player .
Best Star Wars-Inspired Waffle Maker For College Guys
Star Wars Darth Vader Waffle Maker ($45, originally $50)
The Star Wars Darth Vader Waffle Maker is such a fun gift and can be put to good use if he lives in an on-campus apartment. It can make seven-inch waffles in the shape of Darth Vader's helmet. Any morning where waffles are being made is a good morning.
Best Adjustable Dumbbells For College Guys
Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells ($429, originally $549)
Get the fitness enthusiast in your life these Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells to complete his at-home gym. Each dumbbell can be adjusted from five pounds to 52 pounds and takes up so little space at home. He can use these for a quick dorm-room workout or on days he doesn't have time to hit the campus gym.
Best Streaming Device For College Guys
Fire TV Stick 4K Max Streaming Device ($27, originally $55)
Level up his streaming game with the Fire TV Stick 4K Max Streaming Device. He'll be able to house and watch all his subscriptions and live TV in one smooth-streaming platform. He can even control any smart lighting and plugs, game like a pro, and do so much more; just ask Alexa. This is a great way to upgrade his TV.
Best Beer-Pong Game For College Guys
Wall Pong ($60)
If he loves playing beer pong but doesn't want to deal with the hassle of setting up the table, the Wall Pong is perfect. This wall-mounted version is a sleek, space-saving option for rec rooms, basements, garages, and more. The first one to sink four cups wins!
Best Smart Water Bottle For College Guys
If you're shopping for someone who loves to live a healthy lifestyle, the HidrateSpark Pro Smart Water Bottle will be his new best friend. It's a smart water bottle that will remind him to drink water throughout the day by glowing. It even tracks his exact water intake and lets him know his progress on daily goals. How cool is that? Read our in-depth review of the HidrateSpark Pro Smart Water Bottle.
Best Slim Coffee Maker For College Guys
If he has limited counter space, this Keurig K-Slim + Iced Single Serve Coffee Maker is perfect for his apartment kitchen or dorm room. It automatically adjusts the brew temperature for iced drinks, so he can directly brew over ice without it tasting watered down. It can brew three cup sizes in just mere minutes. Plus, it's only five inches wide, so it can fit in narrow spaces.
Best Virtual-Reality Headset For College Guys
Meta Quest 2 ($299)
If he's a gamer, the Meta Quest 2 is the ultimate splurge! It's a virtual-reality headset that will let him fully immerse himself in video games, concerts, and more. It's a complete immersive experience with 3D positional audio and hand tracking to make the virtual worlds feel real.
Best Smart Coffee Mug For College Guys
Ember Mug ($116, originally $130)
This temperature-control Ember Mug will keep his drink at his desired temperature for however long he decides to nurse it. It's perfect for those who need a warm cup of coffee to get through the late-night study sessions. He can customize the settings in the accompanying app.
Best Mini Fridge For College Guys
Every college guy will appreciate a mini fridge for their dorm. It can hold up to 60 cans of beverages and cools to 37 degrees, so he can even store leftovers or takeout. It's compact enough to store underneath his desk or bed, and it can even serve as a functional side table.
Best Oversized Mug For College Guys
Playful Sports Mugs ($25)
The Playful Sports Mugs is such a fun way to start his mornings off. He can use this to drink coffee, make hot coco with marshmallows, eat cereal or oatmeal, drink soup, or even hold chips. You can choose between a basketball mug with a hoop, a hockey mug with a net, a soccer mug with a goal, a softball mug with a glove, or a baseball mug with a glove.