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Birthday Gift Ideas For College Girls

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Need to get a present for a girl who’s still cruising through her college years? I got you!

College girls can feel like a tricky group to get presents for, but all you need to do is truly put yourself in the headspace of someone who’s currently in a university bubble — and if you don’t know what that’s like, don’t worry, because I was once a college girl and I know exactly what you’re gonna want to get her.

That’s why this edition of my gift-giving guides will cover some fantastic birthday gift ideas for women just starting, or already in college so that you can truly hit the nail on the head when it comes to a birthday present this year.

Let’s get into it!

(and go Dawgs)

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Gift her peace and quiet during study sessions with noise-cancelling headphones

Boy do I wish I had one of these back in my college days.

Regardless of whether she's living on greek row, in a dorm or just trying to get some work done at the local coffee shop -- noise-cancelling headphones are a game-changer when it comes to productivity and lack of distractions.

Help her block out all the noise with some high quality noise cancelling headphones so she can actually focus on her work!

If you want to get her the literal best on the market right now, I recommend you go with these Sony's.

Alternatively a much more affordable option are the Commalta's!

A girl with headphones behind a laptop in the sunlight, through the blinds.

Make sure her phone never dies with a portable phone charger

With the amount college girls have to walk around these days, it's crucial for both convenience, work and safety that they always have access to a phone.

So go ahead and get her a portable charger!

And if my niece has taught me anything, it's that her phone is always almost dead.

Come to think of it I should probably get her one of these.



Charging your smartphone from a portable charger, close-up.

Make sure she can rep her school colors with some college merch

Help her rep her college by getting her some cute hoodies, sweaters, sweatpants or whatever else you think she would dig from either her local college merch store or online!

As usual, Amazon can get your merch from pretty much any college - regardless how big or small.

Go dawgs!


Help her capture memories in the most fun and creative way with a polaroid camera

One of the coolest things I saw in my niece's dorm when I helped drop her off at college last year was her wall covered in Polaroid photos she'd taken throughout her years there.

She did it with this camera right here that includes a few packs of film.

It's super cute, help capture memories and a fun and unique way, and looks great on the wall. 


Keep her hydrated with a high quality hydro flask (and straw top!)

Every college girl needs an emotional support water bottle to keep them hydrated and emotionally stable, so get her a Hydro Flask like this one, and then also get this lid for it that has a straw.

You can customize it and everything, and it'll actually encourage her to drink more water.


Gift her a super stylish, customizable and uber-functional backpack!

I'm absolutely in love with this stylish and super-functional backpack by Lovevook.

It has everything a college girl could possibly need, and also just looks super cute.

You bet I woulda rocked this back in my day.


Sometimes easy does it: gift her a quality hair dryer

Do you know the status of hair dryer?

Does she even have a good one at all?

If the answer is no, get her a quality hairdryer like this one that'll actually survive the bathroom of a college girl.


Gift her some string lights to help decorate her room or dorm to make it real cozy

The best way to decorate and make any room super cozy and homey is some string lights like these ones!

It comes with a remote that can switch the color, and it looks super cute regardless of where she decides to put them up!


Make sure she always has access to cool drinks and snacks with a mini fridge

A necessity for any dorm, sorority room or off-campus apartment is a minifridge like this one that'll fit neatly in any girls room.

Those long study sessions become a lot easier when the iced coffee can is just an arm length away. I promise you.


Keep her study space tidy and organized with a cute desk organizer

Especially for the girl just entering college this year, I would really recommend getting her one of these desk organizers.

The organizers really help clean up the limited space she probably has access to, and just looks really neat!

To make it a bigger present, invest in some general school supplies as well so that she can stack it up right away!


Gift her a Ring Light, the most useful tool of the century (apparantly)

According to my niece, this is a must have for any Gen-Z college girl, and I can definitely see why.

Get her a ring light that with help with better lightning during online classes, video calls, selfie-taking, tiktok-creating and when putting on make-up!

Tons of classes in most colleges are still held online or hybrid, and appearantly college kids still party so it's nice to be able to have such a multifunctional tool at hand!


Teenage caucasian girl dancing and recording video using ring light

Another useful tool for any college student: a USB Hub

Another useful tool is a USB hub that will keep all of her tools and gadgets charged with the limited amount of ports that the current generation of laptops tend to have.

This one right here will work with whatever laptop she has, regardless of brand. 


Make sure she can read any book without taking up any space with a Kindle E-Reader

If she don't already have one, it might be because she's being stubborn.

I know I was.

But trust me, my life changed once I switched over to the Kindle Paperwhite.

It's wonderful for any girl that loves to read but has minimal space to hold all her books, and it can even have textbooks uploaded if she would really want to!

Woman lying down on sofa and using e-reader

Keep her protected with Mace Pepper Spray

As sad as it is, being a woman alone at a college campus isn't always safe in todays world.

Make sure she's well protected with this SABRE Defense Spray that she can easily attach onto her keychain or backpack.

When walking alone, she can easily pepperspray any vile man trying to get too close to her!


Gift her the ability to party safely with a Nightcap Drink Cover

Did you know that 1 in 13 college students will get roofied at some point in their college career, and that almost 80% of those are female? (Source)

Make sure she can party and drink in a safe and responsible manner by getting these caps for her and her friends cups that will make it near impossible for anyone to spike her drink.

It works for both frat parties and the local dive bar.


And there you have it! 15 Birthday Gift Ideas For College Girls

No matter what type of gift you decide to give for her upcoming birthday, the most important thing is that it comes from the heart.

If you’re not sold on any of these, that’s okay! We happen to have lots of other guides for you to browse through right here.

Good luck!

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