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40+ Awesome Christmas Gifts that Teens & College Kids Actually Want

With the holiday season quickly approaching, we always end up with the same question: What do we give for presents?! I polled over 200 high school & college kids and they shared with me the gifts they actually want this Christmas! Below are tons of great gift ideas they will use and love! Everything from everyday essentials to items you may have never knew you needed in your dorm! Don't miss out on a complete list of stocking stuffer ideas at the bottom!




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Keep them hydrated with the most trendy water bottle out there! Stainless Steel,Reusable, & Vacuum Insulated with a Standard Mouth Flex Lid! I personally love the thin version of the bottle it fits perfectly on the side of your backpack and in your cars cupholder! Sizes range from 20 ounce to 42 ounce!


Stocking Stuffer Idea : Water-bottle Stickers , Carabiner Ring to attach to backpack


Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Polaroid Instant Camera! Such a fun way to capture new memories! Photos instantly print in Polaroid form so you can decorate your room with all your fun pictures! The combo pack below is what I'd suggest! Comes with everything you would need to start snapping right away! Stocking Stuffer Idea: extra film, camera case, album for their Instax photos, fairy lights with clips, Polaroid printer that prints cell phone photos




If volleyball and foursquare had a baby it's name would be Spikeball. A fun, active, easy-to-learn game that can be played anywhere by anyone. Spikeball is easy to learn but difficult to master! The perfect addition to your yard game collection!


Stocking Stuffer Idea : LED hoop light , Leg Floats & Anchor


  • Dorm Games

What do you Meme, Cards against Humanity, Catan and Telestrations were the most mentioned games in my poll! I personally love all four of these games! They are so fun to play with family and friends!


Stocking Stuffer Idea : What do you meme Expansion Pack , Cards Against Humanity Expansion Pack, Catan Expansion Pack , Telestrations After Dark






The perfect addition to your college dorm! This space saving refrigerator stores food, soda,goodes with minimal energy and without taking up too much space.


Stocking Stuffer Idea: Fridge Magnets , Ice Tray


Perfect for a workout session at the gym or studying in the library! Headphones were recommend by so many kids! Apple AirPods, Dre Beats Wireless, Dre Beats Over Ear Headphones were the most popular picks!


Stocking Stuff Idea : Head Phone Case

Charge & store your devices and everyday carry essentials with a docking station!


Stocking Stuffer Idea : I-Phone Charger Pack , Apple Watcher Charger


It may be on the spendier side for a Christmas gift but it's the gift that keeps on giving! So many uses for an Apple Watch! Add your class schedule to your calendar app for the quarter, use the reminders app for upcoming assignments, track your steps during school hours!


Stocking Stuffer Idea : Apple Watcher Charger, 6 Patch of Apple Watch Bands




These speakers have Wireless Bluetooth streaming , 15 hours of playtime & they are waterproof! Perfect addition to your dorm room! Check out the JBL clip on speaker for on the go music!


Stocking Stuffer Idea : Hardshell Speaker Case, JBL Speaker Charger





A must have for college! This electric mug warmer can slow down the cooling speed of any hot beverage. The mug warmer has a built in auto shut-off function after working 4 hours.


Stocking Stuffer Idea : Fun Coffee Mug , Starbucks Instant Coffee Sticks , Hot Cocoa



Sometimes getting out of bed just isn't in the books! That's why this lap desk is the perfect Christmas gift! I love that it has a cell phone holder built in!


Stocking Stuffer Idea : Blue Tooth Mouse , Starbucks Gift Card , Ghirardelli Chocolates



Curl up in bed or on the couch, floor with a good book and relax in our pillow’s arms for comfort and support while using your lap desk!


Stocking Stuffer Idea : JBL Clip Speaker , Amazon Fire Stick , Fairy Clip Lights


The perfect bag to bring back home to visit or take on family vacation! This carry on maximizes your packing power and meets most carry-on size restrictions! It also comes in multiple colors and has a 10 year warranty!


Stocking Stuffer Ideas : Travel Luggage Tags , Travel Cord Organizer , Travel Pillow



Ingenious chin support keeps head from falling forward, provides neck support by filling gap between head and shoulders making it the best patented travel support pillow for travel and home. I was surprised to see kids suggesting this on my poll! So I bought one and now I won't travel without it!


Stocking Stuffer Ideas: Travel Jewelry Box , Travel Make-up Bag




The gift they never knew they needed!




Can use on the go and easy to store! This blender is great for smoothies and protein shakes!


Stocking Stuffer Idea : Reusable Straws , Shampoo Brush




This mini coffee maker brews delicious coffee in minutes! It fits anywhere, brews any size cup between 6oz - 12oz, and you just have to add fresh water!


Stocking Stuffer Ideas : Keurig Cup Variety Pack

There's no storage on the top bunk but this nifty little gadget will solve that problem!


Stocking Stuffer Idea : Bedside Caddy



One can never go wrong with a cozy blanket.




Housed in a vintage suitcase this record player features UPGRADED PREMIUM SOUND QUALITY and sits on sound isolating feet that prevent vibration. It is perfect for your bedroom, dorm or office. It also comes in so many different colors!



When threatened, activate Birdie's LOUD siren and flashing strobe-light to create a diversion and to help deter an attack. The alarm is as loud as a jet engine 100 feet overhead! A must have when sending your child off to college!




Hammock for two: The DoubleNest is versatile, durable, and compact, making it perfect for camping, hiking, or lounging around with a friend. Highly Suggested by college kids!




These were super cool! You can make anything from waffles to eggs to burgers! Perfect for kids heading off to college or Sunday mornings with the fam!


I hope you found a couple of fun gifts for your kiddos this holiday season! If you found this helpful be sure to share it with your family and friends!


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Taylar Dawn Senior Portrait Photographer | Dickinson North Dakota



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