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11 Awesome Gifts for College Students Under $40

11 Awesome Gifts for College Students Under $40
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Ask any college student what they want for their birthday or for Christmas and you’re likely to hear a list of the usual suspects…a new laptop, a new iPhone, Coachella tickets…

Yeeeesh…do these kids today understand the value of a dollar at all? Those gifts are expensive, and not every occasion warrants a$500+ gift. So if you’re looking for a gift for a college student and a brand new MacBook isn’t in your budget, don’t stress. We’ve got lots of awesome gifts for college students under $40. They’ll love them, and your wallet will thank you. 

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College Care Package BroBox, $29.95

 

You didn’t really think we were going to get through this list without tooting our own horn just a bit, did you? Sorry, but we couldn’t resist, because we have one of the best college gifts under $40 and it’s freakin’ awesome.

The College Care Package BroBox is a college student’s dream (aka free breakfast, free lunch, and free dinner for days!) We’ve packed this gift box full of sweet and salty snacks, crackers, candy bars, popcorn… It’s full of everything we love, and it’s almost a guarantee that nothing in here will go to waste.  

Or you can check out our page that has all of our gifts under $50

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Tile Slim Tracker, $30

 

Between their messy dorm rooms, crowded campus bars, and jam-packed campus coffee shops, college students always seem to be misplacing and losing things, including really important things, like their wallets. But with the Tile Slim tracker, losing that wallet will be a thing of the past. 

 

This Bluetooth tracker is designed for use on any item with a slim profile, like a wallet, a passport, an iPad, or even a phone. As long as you’re within 100 feet of what you’ve lost, you can use the app to locate your Tile and find your misplaced item. A map on the app will display the last known location of the device, so the next time they’re late for class, they can’t blame it on the fact that they couldn’t find their phone

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Mophie Powerstation Mini, $39.95

 

No matter how much you pay for a smartphone, no battery lasts forever. And since college kids are always on the go, having a bit of extra battery power can feel like the difference between having a thriving social life and feeling lost in some miserable existence in the ancient world. 

 

The Mophie powerstation mini is a portable power bank designed to: prevent you from running out of juice, not returning mom’s phone call, and forcing her to send out a search party to scour the entire campus to find you. Every college student needs one.

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A Flask to Hide That Booze, under $30

 

We’ll assume for a moment that your college student is of legal drinking age…(hahaha). With that said, everyone over the age of 21 deserves to have a cool ass flask. And while a classic stainless steel flask is always a great gift, we especially like these customizable flasks from Zazzle. You can add your own photos and graphics, personalize it with a monogram (if you want to keep it classy) or pick from a variety of existing designs. 

 

And do you know why this makes such a great gift? Because you’ll be saving them money. College students are always broke, and cocktails at bars and restaurants are expensive. So any time they can smuggle in some booze means they’ll have to part with a little less cash while they’re out.

Wood Framed Chalkboard, under $20

 

Maybe it reminds us of our childhood days in elementary school. Maybe we love the temporary-ness of writing a message or a note that we can erase (unlike a digital post that just goes to the cloud forever and ever). Maybe it’s the fact that it’s so basic and so simple that it feels retro and cool again. Whatever the reason, a chalkboard is a great gift, especially for college students. 

 

With roommates coming and going in a dorm, a chalkboard is the perfect way to say good morning, we need to buy beer, or it’s your turn to clean the bathroom a**hole. You can find a decent chalkboard for under $20, so spend a few extra bucks and make sure you include an eraser and chalk. 

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$6 Dollar Shirts, $6 each 

 

What do college students have a ton of and can always use more of? Tee shirts. And since they’re probably going to drop pizza on them, stain them with coffee, or splatter them with beer, we say the cheaper the better. Whether your college kid is into movies, gaming, music, science, or politics, $6 Dollar Shirts has hundreds of designs that speak to just about every pop culture reference you can think of. 

 

Are they the super cozy, perfectly worn-in, buttery soft vintage-style tees you buy from independent brands and luxury boutiques? Absolutely not. They’re regular cotton tees with regular screen-prints, do don’t be shocked if they start to crackle and fade after a dozen or so washes. But for $6 apiece, they’re WAY better than you would expect. 

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Mattress Pad, $15 

 

Regardless of whether it’s at an elite private university or a football-first state college, you know what all college dorms have in common? Mattresses that hundreds of students have slept on before. 

 

For the most part, dorm mattresses suck, but adding a mattress pad on top can make a huge difference. Will a simple mattress pad turn a dorm bed into a Casper or a plush Purple mattress? It will not. But at the very least it puts a bit of a barrier between your sheets and the hundreds of other drunk college students who have passed out and puked on it before. Just make sure you buy the right size (most dorm mattresses are Twin XL).

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Hydro Flask Water Bottle, $33

 

In between all the beer, the coffee, and late night study session and party sessions, it’s important to stay hydrated with some good old H20. And the Hydro Flask is a cool and easy way to do exactly that. This reusable water bottle features double-walled insulation to keep cold drinks cold up to 24 hours. If you decide to fill it with coffee instead, it keeps hot beverages hot for 12 hours.

 

It’s made from stainless steel that’s easy to keep clean, and it’s got a slim profile that makes it easy to carry and easy to slip into a backpack. You can use it to carry water to the gym, to carry coffee to class, or to smuggle in beer at a football game. It’s an eco-friendly solution to cut down in the use of single-use bottles, plus the little Hydro Flask logo on the outside makes it a bit cooler than carrying a disposable water bottle or a paper coffee cup. 

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Backpack Laundry Bag, $14.99

 

Doing laundry sucks. And whether you have to carry it through the dorm or carry it home to mom, just carrying it becomes a chore. Those bulky plastic laundry baskets don’t work in a dorm room. They take up too much space and they’re a pain to carry. But a backpack laundry bag that you can carry hands-free? That’s where it’s at. 

 

For less than $15 you can give your college student one of the most useful gifts of all time – a backpack laundry bag that they’ll use over and over and over again. This nifty design does double duty: it’s a hamper in the dorm and a comfortable carrying case when it’s time to head to the laundry room. Want to make this gift even better? Include a bottle or two of detergent and a pack of dryer sheets so their dirty duds come out of the wash smelling oh-so-fresh.

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Garment Steamer, $20

 

Granted, most college kids live in sweatshirts, tee shirts, and jeans…but there will inevitably be an occasion or two when they need to dress to impress. Interviews for internships…fraternity/sorority formals…dinner dates where they’re really try to woo their new boo…there will definitely be times when a wrinkle-free shirt is in order.

 

This handheld garment steamer is perfect for use in a college dorm. It’s small enough to tuck away in the back of a closet yet powerful enough to get serious wrinkles out of the crispest cotton shirt. Unless he’s interviewing with Mark Zuckerberg and wearing a hoodie to emulate the boss, this is the gift that college students don’t even realize they need – until they need it.

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Locking Storage Box, $34

 

You know what else college students don’t realize they need until they need it? A secure place to stash their valuables. This locking storage box is perfect for that – and it’s small enough to tuck under a bed or place far back in the closet so that the roommates don’t even know it exists.

 

It’s great for holding cash, jewelry, and valuables…three things that most college students don’t have. But it’s also perfect for holding a passport, house keys, or even a notebook filled with passwords and username logins for every website they visit for shopping or banking. Everyone has something of value that’s worth keeping under lock and key, and this little box serves as the perfect hiding spot for all of those goodies.

We hope you enjoyed out post on awesome gifts for college students under $40.  Let us know what you thought or any awesome ideas you have in the comments below. 

 

Cheers!

The Guys @ The Brobasket

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11 Awesome Gifts for College Students Under $40
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Ask any college student what they want for their birthday or for Christmas and you’re likely to hear a list of the usual suspects…a new laptop, a new iPhone, Coachella tickets…

Yeeeesh…do these kids today understand the value of a dollar at all? Those gifts are expensive, and not every occasion warrants a$500+ gift. So if you’re looking for a gift for a college student and a brand new MacBook isn’t in your budget, don’t stress. We’ve got lots of awesome gifts for college students under $40. They’ll love them, and your wallet will thank you.

  • Facebook
  • Pinterest

College Care Package BroBox, $29.95

 

You didn’t really think we were going to get through this list without tooting our own horn just a bit, did you? Sorry, but we couldn’t resist, because we have one of the best college gifts under $40 and it’s freakin’ awesome.

The College Care Package BroBox is a college student’s dream (aka free breakfast, free lunch, and free dinner for days!) We’ve packed this gift box full of sweet and salty snacks, crackers, candy bars, popcorn… It’s full of everything we love, and it’s almost a guarantee that nothing in here will go to waste.  

Or you can check out our page that has all of our gifts under $50

Related image
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest

Tile Slim Tracker, $30

 

Between their messy dorm rooms, crowded campus bars, and jam-packed campus coffee shops, college students always seem to be misplacing and losing things, including really important things, like their wallets. But with the Tile Slim tracker, losing that wallet will be a thing of the past. 

 

This Bluetooth tracker is designed for use on any item with a slim profile, like a wallet, a passport, an iPad, or even a phone. As long as you’re within 100 feet of what you’ve lost, you can use the app to locate your Tile and find your misplaced item. A map on the app will display the last known location of the device, so the next time they’re late for class, they can’t blame it on the fact that they couldn’t find their phone

  • Facebook
  • Pinterest

Mophie Powerstation Mini, $39.95

 

No matter how much you pay for a smartphone, no battery lasts forever. And since college kids are always on the go, having a bit of extra battery power can feel like the difference between having a thriving social life and feeling lost in some miserable existence in the ancient world. 

 

The Mophie powerstation mini is a portable power bank designed to: prevent you from running out of juice, not returning mom’s phone call, and forcing her to send out a search party to scour the entire campus to find you. Every college student needs one.

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  • Facebook
  • Pinterest

A Flask to Hide That Booze, under $30

 

We’ll assume for a moment that your college student is of legal drinking age…(hahaha). With that said, everyone over the age of 21 deserves to have a cool ass flask. And while a classic stainless steel flask is always a great gift, we especially like these customizable flasks from Zazzle. You can add your own photos and graphics, personalize it with a monogram (if you want to keep it classy) or pick from a variety of existing designs. 

 

And do you know why this makes such a great gift? Because you’ll be saving them money. College students are always broke, and cocktails at bars and restaurants are expensive. So any time they can smuggle in some booze means they’ll have to part with a little less cash while they’re out.

Wood Framed Chalkboard, under $20

 

Maybe it reminds us of our childhood days in elementary school. Maybe we love the temporary-ness of writing a message or a note that we can erase (unlike a digital post that just goes to the cloud forever and ever). Maybe it’s the fact that it’s so basic and so simple that it feels retro and cool again. Whatever the reason, a chalkboard is a great gift, especially for college students. 

 

With roommates coming and going in a dorm, a chalkboard is the perfect way to say good morning, we need to buy beer, or it’s your turn to clean the bathroom a**hole. You can find a decent chalkboard for under $20, so spend a few extra bucks and make sure you include an eraser and chalk. 

Chicken Butt
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest

$6 Dollar Shirts, $6 each 

 

What do college students have a ton of and can always use more of? Tee shirts. And since they’re probably going to drop pizza on them, stain them with coffee, or splatter them with beer, we say the cheaper the better. Whether your college kid is into movies, gaming, music, science, or politics, $6 Dollar Shirts has hundreds of designs that speak to just about every pop culture reference you can think of. 

 

Are they the super cozy, perfectly worn-in, buttery soft vintage-style tees you buy from independent brands and luxury boutiques? Absolutely not. They’re regular cotton tees with regular screen-prints, do don’t be shocked if they start to crackle and fade after a dozen or so washes. But for $6 apiece, they’re WAY better than you would expect. 

Comfy Foam Mattress Topper (Twin XL) Beige - Room Essentials™ - image 1 of 2
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest

Mattress Pad, $15 

 

Regardless of whether it’s at an elite private university or a football-first state college, you know what all college dorms have in common? Mattresses that hundreds of students have slept on before. 

 

For the most part, dorm mattresses suck, but adding a mattress pad on top can make a huge difference. Will a simple mattress pad turn a dorm bed into a Casper or a plush Purple mattress? It will not. But at the very least it puts a bit of a barrier between your sheets and the hundreds of other drunk college students who have passed out and puked on it before. Just make sure you buy the right size (most dorm mattresses are Twin XL).

Slide View: 2: Hydro Flask Standard Mouth 21 oz Water Bottle
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest

Hydro Flask Water Bottle, $33

 

In between all the beer, the coffee, and late night study session and party sessions, it’s important to stay hydrated with some good old H20. And the Hydro Flask is a cool and easy way to do exactly that. This reusable water bottle features double-walled insulation to keep cold drinks cold up to 24 hours. If you decide to fill it with coffee instead, it keeps hot beverages hot for 12 hours.

 

It’s made from stainless steel that’s easy to keep clean, and it’s got a slim profile that makes it easy to carry and easy to slip into a backpack. You can use it to carry water to the gym, to carry coffee to class, or to smuggle in beer at a football game. It’s an eco-friendly solution to cut down in the use of single-use bottles, plus the little Hydro Flask logo on the outside makes it a bit cooler than carrying a disposable water bottle or a paper coffee cup. 

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  • Facebook
  • Pinterest

Backpack Laundry Bag, $14.99

 

Doing laundry sucks. And whether you have to carry it through the dorm or carry it home to mom, just carrying it becomes a chore. Those bulky plastic laundry baskets don’t work in a dorm room. They take up too much space and they’re a pain to carry. But a backpack laundry bag that you can carry hands-free? That’s where it’s at. 

 

For less than $15 you can give your college student one of the most useful gifts of all time – a backpack laundry bag that they’ll use over and over and over again. This nifty design does double duty: it’s a hamper in the dorm and a comfortable carrying case when it’s time to head to the laundry room. Want to make this gift even better? Include a bottle or two of detergent and a pack of dryer sheets so their dirty duds come out of the wash smelling oh-so-fresh.

Conair Garment Steamer - White - image 1 of 3
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest

Garment Steamer, $20

 

Granted, most college kids live in sweatshirts, tee shirts, and jeans…but there will inevitably be an occasion or two when they need to dress to impress. Interviews for internships…fraternity/sorority formals…dinner dates where they’re really try to woo their new boo…there will definitely be times when a wrinkle-free shirt is in order.

 

This handheld garment steamer is perfect for use in a college dorm. It’s small enough to tuck away in the back of a closet yet powerful enough to get serious wrinkles out of the crispest cotton shirt. Unless he’s interviewing with Mark Zuckerberg and wearing a hoodie to emulate the boss, this is the gift that college students don’t even realize they need – until they need it.

Vaultz Locking Small Storage Box - Black, Combination Lock
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Locking Storage Box, $34

 

You know what else college students don’t realize they need until they need it? A secure place to stash their valuables. This locking storage box is perfect for that – and it’s small enough to tuck under a bed or place far back in the closet so that the roommates don’t even know it exists.

 

It’s great for holding cash, jewelry, and valuables…three things that most college students don’t have. But it’s also perfect for holding a passport, house keys, or even a notebook filled with passwords and username logins for every website they visit for shopping or banking. Everyone has something of value that’s worth keeping under lock and key, and this little box serves as the perfect hiding spot for all of those goodies.

We hope you enjoyed out post on awesome gifts for college students under $40.  Let us know what you thought or any awesome ideas you have in the comments below. 

 

Cheers!

The Guys @ The Brobasket

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