15 Holiday Gifts That Won’t Affect Your Student Budget

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The season of holidays and gifts is coming. How much do you plan to spend on gifts this year?

$500? $800? More?

According to Prosper Insights & Analytics, on average, consumers this year will spend $608 on gifts for family and friends.

This amount is not so small for a student.

You might be wondering…

How can you reduce your expenses?

Don’t panic! We’ve gathered cool college gift ideas that will spare your budget.

1. Samsung Metal Waterproof USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Samsung 16GB USB Flash Drive

Almost every one of us has lost or washed a flash drive with important information. Are there among your loved ones those who keep almost all of their lives on one flash drive? If so, the Samsung Metal Waterproof USB 3.0 Flash Drive will be the perfect gift for your college mates.

This memory storage drive is shockproof and waterproof—and resistant to magnets, high temperatures, and x-rays—with a 5-year warranty.

Price: $13.99 for 32 GB memory storage

2. Mancro Anti-Theft Backpack

High tech anti theft backpack by Mancro

Even the most demanding fashionista will be delighted with this gift: a high-tech anti-theft backpack by Mancro that allows you to take anything you want on a walk, whether to college or on a small trip. Three large and nine small pockets keep order inside, and an external USB with built-in charging capabilities provides convenient charging for your gadgets.

The backpack is made of water-repellent fabric and is ideal for notebooks with a diagonal of up to 17″.

The backpack is available in 5 colors: gray, black, coffee, blue, and pink.

Price: from $25.99

3. Corgi Socks

Socksmith Womens Corgi Socks

Who says that giving socks for a holiday is a faux pas that only grandmothers commit? These fantastic Corgi socks are an excellent budget gift idea. You can choose black or emerald for women’s and steel blue or black for men’s socks.

Price: from $8.00 (women’s) and $10.00 (men’s)

4. Death Wish Coffee

Death Wish Ground Coffee

A perfect day starts with a cup of tasty coffee. If among your loved ones are those who cannot imagine their lives without this fragrant and invigorating drink, you obviously need to give them the world’s strongest coffee.

Just one cup of coffee is more than enough, and your friends or family can forget about going to the store for creamers or additives.

Besides, this present won’t affect your limited student budget.

Price: $18.99 for a 16-oz pack

5. Sunrise Wake Up Light Digital Alarm Clock

Sunrise Wake Up Light Digital Alarm Clock

Just a couple of years ago, a flying alarm clock was really popular. Remember it? That alarm clock had a flying propeller and sounded like an airplane taking off.

For some, it was a real panacea for waking up late. But today, there is an even better alternative for anyone who is tired of chasing their alarm clock in the morning.

Give your friends a soft awakening and an easy time falling asleep. The Demeao Wake Up Light Alarm Clock is specially created for a gradual awakening to the sounds of nature: forest, waves, birds… The soft multicolor lights allows you to adjust the clock according to your current mood—with options including red, orange, green, indigo, blue, purple, and creamy white.

The clock is environmentally friendly and powered by a 5V USB port.

Price: $36.99

6. Portable Wireless Karaoke Microphone

Portable Wireless Karaoke Microphone

Become the best friend ever by giving this portable karaoke microphone to your friend. This device is compatible with both iOS and Android systems and supports Bluetooth 4.0.

The microphone is equipped with LED lights so your friend can create a perfect party atmosphere anywhere!

Price: $36.99

7. Game of Phones


Are there any fans of Game of Thrones in your friend group? Are you tired of hearing about Daenerys Targaryen and Cersei Lannister? Then the simple card game Game of Phones will become your salvation—a game that even those who do not usually like cards can enjoy.

Price: $31.95

8. Salbree Microwave Popcorn Popper

The Original Salbree Microwave Popcorn Popper

Who does not like popcorn-filled movie nights with friends? From now, popcorn can be made healthier with the Salbree popcorn popper because your friend won’t need to add any oil. Besides, the compact size easily fits into the limited space of a student dorm, and the simplicity of cleaning will please even the laziest person!

Price: $15.90

9. Chic Buds Headphones

Luv Buds headphones

These lovely headphones can be the perfect gift for girlfriend or teenage cousins. Eight colors and a tangle-free cord, a microphone for hands-free calls and a very powerful sound—every music lover will be delighted!

Price: from $11.99

10. Anker Portable Charger

Anker 20000mAh Portable Charger

Do you have a friend who likes to travel or who regularly loses phone chargers?

They can forget about hoarding a pile of different chargers for phones, tablets, and iPads by using the Anker Portable Charger. This gadget is compatible with both iOS and Android devices. Its high capacity (20000mAh) allows you to charge a Samsung Galaxy S6 five times, an iPhone 7 five times, and iPad mini 4 twice.

The portable charger is lightweight—only 12.5 oz—is safety certified, and delivers a fast charge thanks to its PowerIQ and VoltageBoost combination (does not support Qualcomm Quick Charge).

The charger comes with a Micro USB cable, travel pouch, and 18-month warranty.

Price: $39.99

11. Fantastic Cityscapes: A Mister Mourao Coloring Book Paperback

Fantastic Cityscapes A Mister Mourao Coloring Book

Who said that coloring books are only for children? Or that coloring books have to be about zentangles?

Mourao’s Fantastic Cityscapes book presents a collection of whimsical cityscapes and will become a great addition to any mindfulness practice. The book contains 96 pages.

Price: $7.48

12. Chanasya Plush Blanket

Chanasya cozy blanket

Don’t say a word! This 50”x65” cozy blanket will say it for you.

It’s made of high-quality velvet and can embellish both the living room of a luxury house and the bed of a student dormitory.

The blanket does not shed and can be cleaned with a gentle machine wash.

Price: $28.99

13. Moleskine Limited Edition Star Wars Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) Diary

Moleskine Star Wars

Are you ready for The Last Jedi release? The whole world has been waiting for it.

So why don’t you buy this Moleskine Star Wars Limited Edition Notebook?

Perfect quality, themed stickers, an elastic closure—everything is made to satisfy the most demanding user.

Just buy this diary for your loved one, and may the force be with you!

Price: $23.96

14. Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Black Tea with Orange and Sweet Clove

There’s always time for hot tea, especially in the winter.

Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice black tea will be an outstanding and cheap gift for any tea lover.

The combination of spiciness and sweetness requires no sweetener and makes a blend that everyone is sure to enjoy.

Price: $13.40

15. Cuff Bangle Bracelet

Kendasun Cuff Bangle Bracelet

“You are Braver than you Believe Stronger than you Seem and Smarter than you Think.” These words would motivate even the saddest person in the world. Needless to say, we all need support and warm words from our loved ones. So why don’t you buy this bracelet for your girlfriend?

The bracelet is adjustable and made of stainless steel, so you can be sure that it won’t stain, rust, or corrode.

Price: from $15.97

So, what would you buy as a present for your friends or family? Share your holiday gift ideas with us in a comment below!

Irene Fenswick
Irene Fenswick

Irene Fenswick is a freelance writer and blogger with a Master's degree in English Literature. She has been working as an academic advisor for undergraduate students for five years and she is willing to share her knowledge about writing. Irene has 15+ years of expertise in solving academic-related issues.

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