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10 Gifts Every College Student Wants

When the kids are off to college, they'll no doubt start to miss the creature comforts of home. While you'd probably like to send them off with a well-stocked fridge full of good-for-you fare, it’s not likely to fit in the trunk with the rest of the dorm items.


Luckily, we've got a pantry full of delicious and useful goody ideas to help your young academic sail through classes, studying, and dorm life in general. Here are a few student favorites that are all available online, ready to be shipped and enjoyed in mere days by the lucky recipient!

1. The Big Dipper


Staying up to study late or just gathering with friends to watch a game? Send along a four-pack of Harry & David's Pick Four Salsas where you can customize the options to suit your starving artist's palate. If he or she likes it hot, opt for a jalapeño verde or a habanero salsa. Or there's a mango salsa if they prefer it sweeter, along with a raspberry chardonnay salsa for more sophisticated tastes ($27.99 for four on Harry & David).

2. Snack Attack


After a week full of classes and cramming, it might just be time for a movie night in with pals. A stressful week also calls for some serious nibbling, and the Moose Munch Snack Trio is the perfect treat to share while watching a flick. Three bags of gourmet popcorn, including milk, dark chocolate and classic caramel covered offerings will keep students fueled until the next movie marathon ($24.99 for 3 bags on Harry & David).

3. A Big Congrats!


Is your academic getting top-notch marks? You can congratulate him or her with Harry & David Chocolate-Covered Cookies, which (literally) spell out “Congrats” in white chocolate lettering! These dark chocolate-coated crisp cookies have frosting in the middle, and will make any academic achievement even sweeter ($69.99 on Harry & David).

4. Pampered Feet

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If your student is also an athlete or simply someone who appreciates pampered feet, consider gifting him or her with a home spa Pamper Your Tootsies kit from the San Francisco Soap Company. The vintage box is filled with Ultra Soft Night Socks and eucalyptus & tea or a peppermint scented foot cream ($22.99 on Harry & David).

5. Hydrate


With all of the walking around campus—and perhaps some less-than-healthy nights out—your student needs to stay hydrated. Keep it eco-friendly and colorful with a Mira insulated, leak-proof, stainless steel, water bottle ($19.95 on Amazon).

6. Shower Proof

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The dorm’s bathroom accommodations aren’t exactly luxury, so shower shoes are a long-standing must have. These waterproof, lightweight, slip-free and stylish flip-flops will keep your student’s feet healthy in the communal showers, and are also great to slip on while rushing to class when the weather gets warmer ($11.99 on Amazon).

7. A Birthday Treat

If your student is celebrating during the school year, send sweet greetings with a Birthday Cookie Gift Box, which includes four birthday cookies, six vanilla shortbreads, two chocolate chunk cookies, and two frosted shortbread cookies. Perfect for sharing with roommates! ($29.99 on Harry & David)

8. Carry All

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To make carrying toiletries to the dorm shower a snap, give your student this quick-dry, hanging bath organizer. Eight storage compartments with breathable mesh makes this the go-to show caddy for the gym, dorm and camping ($9.98 on Amazon).

9. Nibbles

Late night studying calls for late night snacking, and Harry & David's Sweet Potato Sticks is a healthy option to satisfy the craving for salty and sweet. Always baked, this delicious snack is seasoned with brown sugar, sea salt, cinnamon, and pepper to enhance the natural sweet potato taste ($6.99 on Harry & David).

10. Party Mix

Sure, there may be some tech changes since you were in college, but one thing has remained the same: It’s still a party! Arm your student with a crowd-pleasing bag of Super Party Mix…and (of course) a reminder to celebrate safely ($6.99 on Harry & David).

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