The Best Gifts for College Kids and Newlyweds

This was a new gift list for me, but it was a fun one to put together! The best gifts for college kids and newlyweds. The great thing about kids this age is that they are usually poor and paying for a lot of things on their own, so they are especially grateful for anything and everything! If you don’t find something to love, check out the other lists HERE! So many great ideas. And if we are missing something, please let us know!

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The best gifts for college kids and newlyweds

I must start off with what is generally true….kids in this stage mostly want:


If you don’t want to do money or want it to go to a specific purpose, think about gifting one of the following:

Netflix subscription, Spotify subscription, gym membership, date night gift cards, restaurant gift cards, gas gift cards, or grocery store gift cards. When you are on a tight budget, there is nothing better than not having to spend your own money on necessities or fun.

Another cool idea is a subscription box with either something they need or something they want each month or tickets to an event they can’t afford but would love!

You could also buy one of the less expensive gifts on the list and add a gift card or money that would go with it!

Now that that is out of the way, here are some other ideas they might love!

The Best Gifts for College Kids and Newlyweds:

Under $20

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Meaningful, Thoughtful Scripture Advent Calendar

This is fun for a couple just starting their holidays together. This gives them an excuse to connect over something spiritual daily and provides a cute Christmas decoration.  ($5)

Sushi Go! – The Pick and Pass Card Game

This is a fun game for 2-5 players, so it makes a lot of sense for a couple. ($12)

Sewing Kit

The kit contains all the necessary tools that are required for performing basic repairs when your mom is no longer around. A great gift for college kids! ($7)

Cleaning Gel for Car Detailing

 Car putty is super great to get into the gaps and little crevices on the car to pick up the dust, debris, crumbs and pet hair. Makes a great stocking stuffer! ($10)

Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover Liquid Pen

These are amazing for the kid who won’t get right to his wash but doesn’t have the money to replace every article of clothing that gets spilled on. A great stocking stuffer!  ($8 for 3)

Car Cup Holder Garbage Can

I saw this idea from Everyday Reading and loved it so much! What a perfect little gift for just about anyone! The little garbage can sits in your cupholder to collect all those gum wrappers and receipts. What an awesome invention and perfect gift for a neighbor, friend or co-worker! ($8)

Microwave Cover

Save relationships with this microwave cover. No more disgusting microwaves or fights over whose turn it is to clean it! ($9)

Not Paper Towels

I have loved these in my own house and they would make an awesome item for a dorm or apartment since no one likes washing the dishrag. They are reusable dish cloths, that are heavy duty enough for about a week of use, but then you can toss them when you are done…no smelly dish rags hanging around. They are my favorite. You can get 10 for less than $10 when you use my code BrookeR15. ($15)

Electric Lighter

Ideal for lighting candles, fire pits, or grills!  A great stocking stuffer! ($10)

LED Beanie with Light

This is not only a warm Winter beanie hat, but also a hands free LED flashlight to make you warm and light up your way at night. The battery is rechargeable, so it’s a favorite for all runners, hikers, and campers.  ($16)

Mini waffle maker

This small kitchen tool is awesome for waffles, eggs, paninis and just about anything else you need to cook quickly. Also small and perfect for a shared kitchen! ($13)

Clip on Lamp

We love this clip on book light! If you have a reader or studier, this is the perfect extra gift!  ($12)

Smartphone Screen Magnifier

If you have a kiddo who is using their phone a lot for watching movies or even doing online school, this is an awesome option to enlarge the screen and allow them to be hands free! ($29)

Foldable Automotive Windshield Shade

The easiest way to keep the sun from baking your car. It goes up and down just like an umbrella!  ($13+)

The Great Dalmuti Card Game

This is such a fun group game. A light card game where players gain status by going out first. Seat positions change and the cards are re-dealt. It’s always nice to have something fun to play with roommates or new friends. ($14)

Car Fresheners

One of my favorite, useful stocking stuffers! ($14)


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Audible Membership

This is a great gift for the book lover who is often commuting! Also great gift for a couple who wants to read together. ($15 and up)

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Geometry House Towels and Dishcloths

These are the best! They make a darling gift for any new couple or single who has ventured out on their own. I also LOVE the “not paper towels.” They are the perfect alternative for dishcloths that are always smelling up the sink. Use code BrookeR15 for an awesome discount!

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Cover Your Assets

Another good group game that might turn into a favorite.  ($16)

Microwave Popcorn Maker

This is such a useful gift for a movie or popcorn lover. Pop the kernels right in your microwave for a healthy and delicious snack! ($16)

20L Lightweight Packable Backpack

The ultra-lightweight shoulder bag. Save your space to fold into its built-in pouch as a Sandwich size.  One of the best gifts for college kids because it’s easy to pack into a suitcase for those trips home. ($19)

 LED Neck Reading Light

The perfect reading light! Rechargeable and long lasting! Great if you share a room and need the light longer than your roommate! ($20)

Head Lamp

This would make an awesome stocking stuffer. Perfect for dark tag, camping, or even reading at night. Super useful. ($20)

Two Person Games

It is nice to interrupt Netflix with a little game every once in awhile! This is a great game that can work with two people. ($25)

The Best Gifts for College Kids and Newlyweds:


52 Modern Manners for Today’s Teens Volume 2

This is the gift that keeps on giving! 52 ALL NEW modern manners to help your young adults learn the physical, social, and technology skills that can help them be successful in our modern world. It stands up as a display so kids can learn on their own or through discussion. Makes a great family gift for any woman in your life! ($21)

52 Modern Manners for Today’s Teens

Every young adult, married or single, needs this book! So many great tips to start a successful adult life! ($21)

Tool Set

Everyone needs a basic tool set when they move out. All the necessary items to get you started! We have used our simple one for 20 years! A great gift for college kids and newlyweds. ($21)

First Aid Kit

Not all that exciting, but certainly necessary when you venture out on your own! Peace of mind can be the best gift for college kids. ($21)

Hamilton Beach 6-Speed Electric Hand Mixer with Whisk

Another useful kitchen item that they will be glad they have! My friend has had this model for over 10 years and it still works great. Include a few cake or brownie mixes or a recipe for a go to dessert! ($21)

Before You Go Toilet Spray

Be a great roommate and let the honeymoon phase linger by using this in the bathroom. ($18 for 2)

Solar Powered Charger

Great idea for anyone who is often on the go! ($20)


Tried and true gift for anyone who loves the outdoors! this one has room for two!  ($25)

Battery Storage Organizer

This would be such a great gift for a young adult, especially if you filled it with batteries…they are pricey when you are on a tight budget! The battery tester in the center makes this even cooler! ($25)

Hand Warmer Power Bank

This is the best! A hand warmer and charger in one. It is easy to throw in your pocket when your hands are cold. Awesome for a kid who loves winter sports.  ($25)

Top Films of All Time Bucket List

This scratch off poster is filled with films loved by both fans and critics worldwide – from influential classics to modern blockbusters and award-winning animation. Your movie loving kid will love finding a new one to watch each weekend! ($25)

Portable Campfire

Bring the campfire with you anywhere! The Radiate Portable Campfire weighs only 4lbs and is 8″ wide, making it the hassle-free outdoor fire pit you can use wherever life takes you. Also awesome for emergency preparedness. ($36)

6 Pack Heavy Duty Oversized Storage Bag

A lightweight, economical, and convenient alternative to traditional cardboard moving boxes or clear plastic storage bin containers. No need to buy boxes or look for packing supplies. Just unfold, unzip, and begin packing and loading. Oversize and super large capacity to fit many items. ($30)

Charging Station

I love this handy charging station. No more looking for cords and places to plug things in. This is perfect for your techy, apple loving girl! ($30)

Smart WiFi Essential Oil Aromatherapy Diffuser

If your kids want their room to feel like an oasis, this is awesome. Use it like a normal diffuser or download the companion app to control features like LED color, mist intensity, timer settings, scheduling and more directly from your phone. ($40)

The compact and portable design will allow you to easily move your space heater to any room you want. Make sure that chilly room is nice and warm. ($24)

Portable Charger

Every young adult wants an extra charger so this one  would be a very welcome stocking stuffer! Help them get a little more use out of their old phone. ($30)

Stanley IceFlow Stainless Steel Tumbler

Our favorite tumbler! It keeps water cold for such a long time, plus it can take a beating. Everyone in our family has one. It comes it so many colors too. ($31)

Unfinished Ornament Kit

25 Days of Christ Ornament Kit

If your kids are having their own Christmas, this is an awesome gift to help them focus their season on Christ! Such a fun gift for college kids or newlyweds. ($34) Use my code BROOKEROMNEY for 20% off.

Vacuum Storage Bags

A great way to save space. These can  be used for a range of items! Store away your clothes, coats, duvet, bed sheets, towels, blankets, and more! 80% more space than other bags on the market! Great for the missionary trying to save space too. ($35)

Camping Chair

The perfect addition to any outdoor lover’s trunk…a comfortable, useful camping chair. ($45)

Magnetic Dart Board

This dart board won’t hurt your walls with sharp pointed darts. It is so fun for a college room! ($33)

Massage Gun

This is such a great gift for any person with sore muscles! We got one for Christmas and it has been in constant use around here. Affordable and super useful! ($40)


Need something fun to add to a dorm space? This ring toss game can add hours of entertainment. ($20)

Car Emergency Kit

I really love purposeful gifts, so this one isn’t glamorous, but it is awesome. An emergency kit for the car that includes jumper cables, first aid, raid jacket, tools, tire gauge, flashlight and more. A great gift for any driver! ($39)

72 Hour Survival Kit

This is the survival kit we have and it is AMAZING. Northstar thought of everything! After last year, I felt a push to be more prepared and having these 72 hour kits gives me a little peace of mind. This is a gift I felt great about gifting from a company that guarantees quality. ($39+) Code Brooke15 gives you 15% off everything on their site!

Crepe Maker

This is a fun, more indulgent gift, but who doesn’t love weekend crepes? ($39)

Binoculars with Upgraded Phone Adapter

Capable of delivering a clear face from more than 650 feet away. Perfect for bird watching, hunting, sports events. Your detail oriented son will love it.  ($39)

 Lap Desk with Wrist Rest, Mouse Pad, and Phone Holder

This lap desk is packed with work-friendly features. Easy and convenient to use anywhere. ($39)

The Best Gifts for College Kids and Newlyweds:


Secret Hitler

A fast-paced game of deception and betrayal. Beautiful wooden components and solid game boards with foil inlay. It has hidden roles and secret envelopes for five to ten players. A great group game that teens love. So fun! ($40)

Hive- A Game Crawling With Possibilities

Another fun game that can work with two people. ($40)

New Towels

Who can’t use a fresh set of towels when they venture out on their own? This set has everything you need! ($33)

Personalized Pillow

There is nothing better than a personalized gift just for you! These are the best and well made. You can do pets, people or anything your child loves! Get 25% off with my link. ($40+)

The Adventure Challenge

If you are really needing to add variety to your life or just looking for some great, screen free ways your family can bond together, the Adventure Challenge family edition would make an awesome family gift! You scratch off the family challenge, complete it and take a photo to remember the fun you had. So great for a family looking for more screen free adventures together this year! ($40+ and use code BROOKEROMNEY for 10% off)

Small Cooler

This portable cooler is perfect for a road trip or picnic! This is something every young adult will put to use for years and years to come! Fill it with a bunch of groceries they love to make it even more loved! ($43)

Oil and Vinegar Tasting Kit

If you are gifting to a foodie, this would be such a fun surprise! ($43)


If you have an outdoor lover, this gift provides all kinds of adventure and memories! ($46)

Hand Held Fabric Steamer

This is a great alternative to an iron. This steamer combines the performance of an iron with the power of steam to instantly smooth out wrinkles in clothing and upholstery while killing 99.9 percent of germs, dust mites and bed bugs. ($55)

Microfiber Quilt Set

A nice quilt set that comes in any color you want. ($55)

Pickleball Set

There is nothing better than having a past time you love! Pickleball is great for all skill levels and will give you hours of fun! ($60)

Portable Blender

Smoothies are a great staple in a college kid’s life! This blender would make a great gift for college kids and is easy to store and use! ($60)

Queen Size Sleeping Bag

Such a fun idea to have a sleeping bag big enough for two! ($70)

Roll Up Piano

For the music lover who wants to play for themselves or others, this is a great option! ($70)


Spikeball is the perfect indoor/outdoor game. This portable, easy to play ball game is a great investment for the whole family. Great as a lawn or beach game or played in the basement during cold weather. ($70)

Cordless Power Drill

If your kiddo does not have a drill, this is, hands down, our most used tool. Every home needs one, so order it pronto. Super affordable too. ($98)

Countertop Microwave

This compact microwave is just what you need to reheat those leftovers and cook a few meals. ($82)

SINGER | M1000.662 Sewing Machine

Simple, portable and easy to use sewing machine for those that want to continue a hobby even once they leave home.  ($85)

Printer with Ink

It’s always nice to have your own printer, especially when the ink comes with it! ($85)

Luxury Blanket

We love this blanket and it comes in extra large.  It feels weighted and doesn’t make you too warm. You can add embroidery to make it extra personal. Nothing like coming home after a hard day and wrapping up in this! ($99+)

The Best Gifts for College Kids and Newlyweds:

Over $100

Air Fryer

This is the kitchen tool dreams are made of and perfect for the person who is just learning to cook! Great for reheating or trying to make each meal delicious and healthy.  ($75)

Cuisnart Ice Cream Maker

This is a bit of a splurge, but so fun to have homemade ice cream to share! ($100)

Instant Pot/Slow Cooker

This is a bit of a splurge, but it is so cool to have two appliances in one…it is both an instant pot and a slow cooker! Perfect for people who are just testing out their kitchen skills. One of the best gifts for college kids with limited kitchen space. ($100)

Good Sheets

Nice sheets make bedtime blissful! These are awesome and will keep you sleeping like a baby! ($100)

Car Battery Jump

If your college kids are dealing with a less than reliable car, this is a great item to have on hand! Portable and easy to use. ($100)

Tool Set

A basic tool set is something everyone needs! This will keep them stocked for years to come! ($110)

Card table and chairs

Perhaps one of the most useful gifts ever! this will stick around for years to come and can even be a kitchen table for as long as needed! ($95)


This is an awesome gift to go along with a gift certificate or an airline credit! Perfect for the young adult with Wanderlust. ($116)

10 Inch Wifi Digital Picture Frame

A great way to stay connected through the years! Help your newlyweds get their wedding pictures uploaded to remember their special day! ($160)

Apple Watch

Tech gifts are always well loved! This is one of the best gifts for college kids who are navigating a new place, with a new schedule, and trying to stay in touch with old and new friends.  ($155)

Cotopaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack

This is the perfect pack for traveling.  It has so many pockets that help you fit everything in. It is carry-on size so it fits in the overhead compartment on planes. ($200)

Nintendo Switch

If you have a gamer, chances are they will be thrilled with the new Nintendo Switch. This is a serious investment, but if you are okay with it, it is sure to bring a hearty smile. ($300)

Go Pro

Do you have a kid in your life that loves to video or is an extreme sports addict? The Go Pro Hero has gotten much more affordable than it used to be and is a ton of fun to use! ($250)

Oculus Quest 2

This is the coolest VR option out there to enjoy games, concerts and so much more. Great as a family gift or for entertaining big groups! ($249)

Outdoor Games

Outdoor games are awesome to keep parties going and couples active. You will love this my list of all the best ones. Just click the title above.

I hoped this sparked some great ideas for those kids who are maybe too big for Santa but desperate for presents! What gifts for college kids and newlyweds do you like to give?

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