Gift Ideas for Teens and College Students

Gift Ideas for Teens and College Students

30 Ideas for Best Gifts for Teens and Best Gifts for College Students

Shopping for teens and college students can be fun and challenging. It seems that the older kids get, the smaller and more expensive the presents are. I remember needing two rolls of wrapping paper to wrap a giant plastic car for my toddlers. Now I sometimes need barely a square of wrapping paper and the gift costs 5 times what the giant plastic car cost. But, if you know where to look, there are many gifts for this age group that do not need a charging cable. Read through this list of Best Gifts for Teens and Best Gifts for College Students for awesome present ideas that will not break the bank.

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 Gift Ideas for Teenage Boys and College Guys

Teenage boys can be SO HARD to buy for. Here are some unique gift ideas for teenage boys.

If your teen or college student (boy or girl) does not have a pair of AirPods, I promise you they want them.

Nice workout socks like these from Bombas will be worn everyday whether they are working out, lounging around, or every day with tennis shoes.

11 in 1 Wallet Multitool

This 11 in 1 Wallet Multitool would make a good stocking stuffer for all of the men in your life. It's a screwdriver, bottle opener, cutting tool, wrench, and more.

Hydroflask has figured out what other makers of stainless steel water bottles have not by making the opening large enough for ice cubes. These stainless steel bottle are the best! Our family loves them. (The girls love them too!)

Bath and Body Gift sets like this one from Kiehl's will definitely be used. Every guy needs soap and shaving cream. Having nice products will make them feel good and confident.

 

Gift Ideas for College Students, Teenage Boys, and Teenage Girls 

 

Here are some fun ideas for all of the teens and college students on your list

“Stranger Things” is an original series on Netflix about a group of teenagers in the 1980s. The 80s culture is spot on and the characters are relatable for teens and the adults who were teens in the 80s. (I'm raising my hand!) A Stranger Things Trivial Pursuit game would be such a fun by the fire or snow day gift for any teen. There is even a portal in the game to send players to the “Down Under.”

Phones never have enough battery and a portable phone charger is a must. Mine has saved me more times than I can count.

An air lounger is perfect for the backyard, the beach, the quad on campus, or the family room. My daughter had one she used to take to track meets. You do not have to blow these up. Just swing through the air and fold into position.

Help them keep their phone where they can see it so they are not fumbling around the car for it. Whether they are using the GPS or listening to music, a car phone vent mount will make their day.

The Harry Potter books these kids grew up reading are now available in full-color, beautifully illustrated editions. You can buy a set of books 1-3 or buy them individually. The fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, was just released in October 2019.

We have life hammers in all of our cars. These hammers can help you escape your car in an emergency. They will cut a seat belt and break a car window

Everyone needs a new pair of house shoes. House shoes keep your feet warm in the winter and are great to slip on in the dorm to keep your feet off the perhaps less-than-super-clean floors.  

Do they like movies? Challenge them to see the top 100 movies of all time with this movie bucket list scratch off poster.

Give the high school kids a Planning for College Planner. It will help them organize the entire college search and application process in one place – including building their resume beginning as a high school freshman.

 

Best Gifts Ideas for College Girls and Teenage Girls

The girls are easier and often more fun to buy for – there are so many possibilities.

Any college girl would LOVE this steamer. My husband and I have one of these in our bathroom. It is AMAZING. Wrinkles gone in a flash without setting up an ironing board. (Some of the guys might appreciate it as well. My sons think they are good with a bottle of Downey Spray….)

My daughter and I both love our real acrylic makeup storage units. Real acrylic ones are sturdy and last for years (instead of months with cheap plastic ones). 

Love these new travel jewelry cases by Stackers. Any woman in your life would love one of these!

I love everything made by The Rifle Paper Company – gorgeous covers and thick, bleed-free paper. I have this set of notebooks. They each have a topic for my notes and journaling. Any girl would feel special to whip one of these out in class.

A beautiful and fun set of gel pens would go great with the Rifle Paper Notebooks.

Teens and college girls are always taking their makeup places – to a friend's house or back and forth from college. A new makeup bag would fit the bill. I like how this one has a separate zip pouch at the bottom for brushes or whatever she would like to separate from her other items.

Everyone needs a felt letter board. These are so fun for commemorating events in pictures. (See my daughter holding one on her first day of school here.) They are also fun for encouraging messages!

“Meh” is one of the many things I hear my daughter say that I was not aware were words. May as well put it on a coffee mug.

How about a high school bucket list book? 97 Things to do Before You Finish High School sounds like an instagram worthy project.

Drop these super fun lipstick highlighters in their stockings!

Give her an easy way to spend some time with God with this 3 Minute Devotions Guide.

Subscription Care Packages for College Students

 Give the gift that gives all year. A monthly or quarterly subscription box. Every month or quarter the gift recipient will receive a box from the subscription service filled with goodies for them to enjoy.

My daughter LOVES her Fab, Fit Fun subscription. Every quarter a box arrives with full size beauty products, accessories, and other goodies for her to enjoy. Use FLOWERS for $10 off your gift box.

For those who want to be stylish, but desire vegan and cruelty free products, give a Love Goodly subscription.

Snack Nation provides healthy snack box subscriptions in three categories – tasting, deluxe, and gluten free. Perfect for a student who is having difficulty finding healthy treats on campus.

Do you have ideas for the Best Gifts for Teens and the Best Gifts for College Students? Share them in the comment section below.

 

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Graduation Gifts for Girls

Graduation Gifts for Girls

Graduation Gifts for Girls

 

Girls are so fun to buy for! Instead of giving money, find a fun and unique graduation gift for the girls on your list. From useful gift ideas to jewelry gift ideas to ideas for a college graduate headed into the world, this post has them all. I have compiled a list of all of the Almost Empty Nest posts with ideas for Girls' Graduation Gifts.

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This list is exclusively for girls and includes ideas that will help her survive her first year in the dorm: 10 Incredible Graduation Gift Ideas for Girls

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Is she a college graduate headed into the real world? College Graduation Gifts for Girls

DIY Gifts: These gift baskets with free printables will thrill her as she moves off to college. Have Loads of Fun in College Care Package and the Going Away to College Coffee Gift Basket. Don't Forget a First Aid Kit. It is also an excellent gift.

There are more Gift Ideas for Teens and College Students in this post.

And finally, the Ultimate Graduation Gift Guide with ideas for all of the graduates you know.

 

 

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Graduation Gifts Under $10

Graduation Gifts Under $10

Graduation Gifts Under $10

 

 

Sometimes you need to buy some inexpensive gifts especially if you need a whole lot of graduation gifts for friends. Cute Graduation Gifts Under $10 are not that hard to find if you know where to look. And if you wrap them up super cute they will charm even the pickiest gift recipient. 

For more Graduation Gift Ideas:

Ultimate Graduation Gift Guide

10 Incredible Graduation Gift Ideas for Girls

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Graduation Gifts Under $10

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I am going to start with the obvious – gift cards. The key to giving gift cards is in the presentation. Buy a pile of coffee shop gift cards and order these adorable completely customizable gift card holders for only .97 each from the Almost Empty Nest Store.

I can't say this enough – Presentation is Everything!! These sacks (8 for $2.95) filled with goodies or any of the smaller graduation gifts under $10 on this post and tied with a ribbon and cute card will garner a lot of oohs and ahhs on any gift table.

These first aid kits are only $6.99 and every dorm room needs a few bandaids and items for cuts and scrapes.

Another minor emergency that can be solved for less than $10 is a missing button or loose hem. Mom and her sewing drawer will not be available in a dorm room or apartment. Give an emergency sewing kit for $8.99.

Another key to giving amazing graduation gifts under $10 each is to buy in bulk. If you buy one acrylic frame, you are over $10. If you buy a set of 5 acrylic frames for $36.99, then they are $7.40 each. Add a special photo of the two of you and you have the best gift on the gift table!

Is this not a gorgeous jewelry holder and it is only $9.99!! Give her a place to put her earrings and bracelets as she takes them off on her desk or beside her bed.

Are you giving gifts to gals who like to work out? These amazing Invisibobble hair ties have a strong hold, will not damage hair, or get sweat-soaked.

Can you believe this gorgeous chalk board with included chalk marker and 5 magnets is only $9.99 and as of this writing is on sale for $7.99???

My daughter and her roommate have several strands of these photo light sets around their dorm room. They are $9.41 each.

There are a lot of inspiring graduation books, but only a handful that you can use as a graduation gift under $10. I Wish You More is a book filled with wishes for the new graduate.

Whatever You Are, Be A Good One is another inspirational graduation gift book available for under $10.

The smaller of these grid totes is $9.99. It would be perfect for the guys who do not take as many items to the shower as the girls. The totes have holes in the bottom so they will not collect water.

Help her dress up her planner with this set of college planner stickers.

Make some Netflix binge night packs with these cute popcorn bowls – $7.95 each or a set of two for $13.95. Add some candy or microwave popcorn.

How about a cute acrylic memo block at $9.99 (currently on sale for $7.99)?

This 4 1/2 star rated make up bag is only $6.99. Customers say it is very durable and it even has an inner pocket for smaller items. 

You can rarely find something with “jumbo” in the name for less than $10. This Jumbo Weekly Task Pad is on sale for $6.39.

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College Graduation Gifts for Girls

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College Graduation is a momentous occasion. The graduate is headed to the workplace or to even more school. But regardless of her destination, life will change. Whether it is dressing more professionally or living alone for the first time, she will have many new needs. This College Graduation Gifts for Girls guide will give you some ideas for the graduate in your life.

 

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  1. Frame her new diploma so it will not spend years in a cardboard tube. Options are from the very basic to frames that are licensed by her alma mater.
  2. This beautiful set is called the “Made to Shine” Gift Box Set. It includes a journal, canvas pouch, trinket dish, and premium note cards. All of the items contain scriptures to encourage the new graduate in her new endeavors.
  3. Offices are notorious for being too cold. A professional looking cardigan like this one from Barefoot Dreams will serve her day after day. I also love the J. Crew Sweater Blazers. I have two of them – one in khaki and one in pink!! So many compliments and they go with everything.
  4. If she works somewhere that allows a bit of self-expression, a Confetti Lanyard by Packed Party will brighten her day everyday!
  5. Her wardrobe needs are definitely changing. Get her a gift card to Rent the Runway where she can rent designer clothes for an interview, wedding, or other special occasion
  6. These Kendra Scott earrings will be a gorgeous addition to her professional wardrobe.
  7. Make sure she has a good stainless steel travel mug with a lid for her commute to work. It will keep her beverage warm and the lid will help her avoid a messy spill on her desk
  8. A quality tote is something every woman needs. A tote by Longchamp is one she will be proud to carry. I am also in LOVE with this BP Leather Total for only $49.
  9. Will her new job require travel? Give her a travel jewelry case to protect her jewelry on the road.
  10.  Erin Condren is the Queen of Amazing Planners customizable for every need, schedule, and lifestyle. Her new “Be the Hero” Wonder Woman Collection for “Powerful Productivity” is especially Wonder-Ful!

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Graduation Jewelry Gift Ideas

Graduation Jewelry Gift Ideas

Graduation Jewelry Gift Ideas

Jewelry is a special gift to celebrate a graduation, whether it is from high school, college, tech school, graduate school, or beyond. Jewelry will remind the recipient of a special person or occasion in her life. Inspiring and sentimental, read on for Graduation Jewelry Gift Ideas.

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Give her this beautiful and stylish Love You Forever necklace to remind her of you while she is away. 

Every grown woman needs a go-to set of pearl earrings.

Showing up is half the battle. Remind her with this Show Up bracelet. 

This Kendra Scott Birthstone Pendant would look beautiful around her neck.

Remind her that she is loved by God and by you and always will be with this beautiful “You are Loved” necklace from Day Spring.

She is strong and will be able to accomplish anything life throws at her. Tell her you know she can do it with this “Strong” necklace.

This Kate Spade Initial Pendant is simple and elegant.

These Kendra Scott Friendship bracelets come in a variety of colors.

Just because it is impossible with man, does not mean it is impossible with God. She will treasure this “I can do all things through Christ” necklace.

A beautiful and elegant watch will be worn for many years.

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Ultimate Graduation Gift Guide

Ultimate Graduation Gift Guide

Ultimate Graduate Gift Guide

 

 

I've searched high and low and all through the internet to bring you the Ultimate Graduation Gift Guide. There are some great ideas out there for all the graduates in your life from basic necessities to books they can't live without to items to make college more homey and fun.

Some of my favorites are “The Naked Roommate,” a Keurig (don't forget to add some coffee pods), and the Showa-Flops.

So, get out your list of graduates and start gifting!

Ultimate Graduation Gift Guide

 

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Graduation Jewelry Gift Ideas

Whether you are looking for a graduation gift for your girlfriend or a traditional graduation gift for her, a beautiful piece of jewelry may be just the answer.

Graduation Gifts for Guys

Guys may seem hard to buy for, but there are many unique, fun, and practical gifts that any high school graduate would love to receive.

10 Incredible Graduation Gift Ideas for Girls

There are tons of great graduation gift ideas for girls. Here are 10 of the best ideas.

Graduation Gift Ideas Under $10

Sometimes you need to buy some inexpensive gifts especially if you need a whole lot of graduation gifts for friends. Cute Graduation Gifts Under $10 are not that hard to find if you know where to look. And if you wrap them up super cute they will charm even the pickiest gift recipient.

Going Away to College Coffee Gift Basket

Making gift baskets is a great idea especially if you need to make a lot of gifts.  This graduation coffee gift basket would be a great treat for the graduates in your life.

Have "Loads of Fun" Laundry Care Package

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