27 Dorm Gift Ideas For Their Home Away From Home

Updated on January 24, 2024 Updated on Jan 24, 2024
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    Are you looking for the perfect college dorm room gift to make your favorite college student’s new living space feel like a true home away from home? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve curated a list of awesome dorm gift ideas that bring comfort and style and add extra practicality to their cozy college quarters. So, buckle up and get ready to explore these fantastic finds that’ll have them saying, “Home sweet dorm!” in no time.

    Lap Desk


    This lap desk is built with an environmentally friendly wooden panel and dual bolster cushions for comfort and support. It can be used while lying on your bed or sofa or traveling. The laptop desk has a tablet holder, pen holder, and phone holder to have everything in one place. The wrist pad provides a comfortable position to place your wrist while preventing the computer from slipping off. 

  1. Shower Caddy
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    Whether embarking on her first year or heading back to the dorms, there’s one thing she will need- a perfect shower caddy. This shower caddy is suitable for every type of bathroom situation. It can hold every toiletry imaginable and make her new digs feel like a slice of home—a great dorm gift for any college girl or guy heading off for their first year.

  3. Mini Fridge
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    This little guy has a large capacity and takes up minimal space, making it the perfect fridge for any area, whereas standard refrigerators can be a tad too much. This fridge can hold healthy snacks, water, cold brew coffee, and more. This fridge is a great high school graduation gift! 

  5. Bedside Caddy
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    Whenever it’s time to relax after a long, hard day, you want to make it easy to keep all the essentials close by when you’re finally lying in bed. This Bedside Caddy Organizer offers plenty of storage space for TV remotes, books to read, your tablet or laptop, glasses, and other small items, so you can unwind and get comfy without having to search for the things you want the most.

  7. Round Power Strip
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    A college dorm’s two most prized things are space and electrical outlets! This round power strip will ensure all their devices have a place to charge up. The ribbon has six outlets and four USB ports and is lightweight and portable. 

  9. Mattress Topper
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    Dorm beds are not known for comfort, but this topper will give them the extra comfort and support they need to get a good night’s sleep every night. The plush gel-infused memory foam mattress pad conforms to your curves for personalized comfort that hugs you to sleep—available in 2 or 3-inch mattress topper profiles.

  11. Breakfast Sandwich Maker
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    Just choose your bread and layer on the fixings: egg, cheese, precooked meat, or the ingredients of your choice. Your perfectly assembled breakfast sandwich is ready in five minutes or less. In addition, you can customize your breakfast sandwich with a practically endless variety of fresh ingredients. This gadget makes a great Christmas gift. 

  13. Bed Side Shelf
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    Forgot the nightstand. This shelf is perfect for the college student who sleeps on the top bunk! The stand can hold everything they need at night or while studying, reading, or watching TV from bed. The stand is available in seven styles, including one with a divet to hold a cup. This may be the most practical gift for dorm life. 

  15. Noise Canceling Headphones
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    These trendy headphones are dorm room necessities. Even if you love your roommates, sometimes you must tune them out. Beats Studio Wireless headphones deliver a premium listening experience with Pure Adaptive Noise Canceling (Pure ANC) to block external noise actively and real-time audio calibration to preserve clarity, range, and emotion. Earbuds kind of person? You can’t go wrong with Apple AirPods.

  17. Laundry Bag
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    This might not be the most fun gift, but is 100% necessary. The bag can be hung on the wall or door for more accessible storage. The adjustable shoulder straps make it easy to tote back and forth to the laundry room or car. Complete the gift with some laundry necessities.

  19. Digital Picture Frame
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    While a digital frame may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about college essentials, there are several reasons why every college student could benefit from having one. Digital frames provide a space-saving way to display photos without occupying physical space. Also, a digital frame allows students to easily update and showcase their memories with friends and family back home, providing comfort and connection.

  21. Portable Bluetooth Speaker


    They can take their music anywhere with this portable Bluetooth speaker, even the beach and pool! The speaker is waterproof and can quickly hook onto a backpack, purse, or bike. In addition, the speaker provides up to ten hours of playtime with a full charge. 

  23. Personal Alarm
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    The perfect way to help keep your favorite college student safe with this personal alarm. When the top is pulled off, the alarm will emit a loud siren and a flashing strobe light. The sound is as loud as a jet engine flying 100 feet overhead! The batteries are replaceable and can last up to 40 continuous minutes. 

  25. Weighted Blanket
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    College life and dorm living can be a bit stressful. This weighted blanket provides the warmth and comfort of a gentle hug – even when you are not there. Research suggests weighted blankets may benefit people with anxiety and insomnia, among other conditions. Sleep and feel comfortable throughout the night, and wake up feeling renewed! Take a nap, cuddle up on movie night, or read a book. 

  27. Dorm Safe 


    You can’t be too careful with expensive items like phones, watches, keys, jewelry, and other valuable items, especially in a shared space. This safe will help protect their belongings. The safe has a programmable electronic lock and a steel tethering cable.

  29. Flameless Candles
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    Some dorms may not permit students to have candles. These LED candles are the next best thing! The candles are made of soy wax, and the LED “flames” flicker and dance like natural candlelight. The candles are three, four, and five inches high and run on 3 AAA batteries. 

  31. Snack Care Package
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    The Snack Box by Duogreen is a collection of 40 individually wrapped single-serve snacks. This snack box includes a flavorful mix of fun and popular snacks they will love. Perfect for snacking in between classes or when they have late-night cravings.

  33. Reusable Utensils
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    Sometimes, you don’t feel like going to the dining hall and would prefer to order or microwave a little something in your room. This set of reusable utensils is perfect for days like those and students who don’t want to use disposable plastic utensils. They also make a great gift for campers and travelers. 

  35. Shower Slides
  36. Communal showers in dormitories or shared bathrooms are used by multiple people, which means there’s a higher likelihood of encountering germs, bacteria, and fungi like athlete’s foot. Wearing shower slides provides a protective barrier between their feet and the shower floor, reducing the risk of infection. They’re easy to clean and quick to dry, making them the perfect hygienic and practical choice for dorm life.

  37. Echo Dot
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    The most popular Echo is now even better. With a new speaker and design, Echo Dot is a voice-controlled smart Bluetooth speaker with Alexa, perfect for any room. Just ask for music, news, information, and more. You can also call almost anyone and control compatible smart home devices with your voice. This is perfect iSo if you’re looking for tech gifts for a gadget lover!

  39. Table Top Fan
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    A fan will have two great uses for a college student. First, it can help keep the air circulating in a stuffy dorm room or apartment, and it can help block out noise when they’re trying to sleep or have a study session. The fan has three speeds, and the head pivots 90 degrees to get the right angle. 

  41. Rapid Ramen Cooker
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    Perfect for late-night snacks or quick meals in between classes. The secret behind the delicious taste of every Rapid Brands Cooker is the unique, patented, thick-bottomed construction. Our products are made with highly durable and heat-resistant Polypropylene, which is dishwasher-safe, BPA-free, and microwaveable! This container is an excellent gift for the first-time dorm cook! 


  43. Homesick Candle
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    Homesick offers specialized candles that tap into your sensory memory through nostalgic scents that can remind you of the place where you grew up. Homesick’s fragrances capture the most specific nostalgia — making them the MVP of thoughtful gifting. The concept of these candles is genius: Homesick distilled its signature smells into a nostalgic blend for each state. For example, Michigan calls on tart cherries and rich chocolate, paying tribute to summer on the Great Lakes through honeysuckle, rose, and cinnamon.

  45. Electric Tea Kettle
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    People love hot tea and pour-over coffee, and a fast boiling kettle saves much time on brewing. In addition, the kettle chamber illuminates beautiful blue lights while it is heating and turns off when boiling is done. Great for a cup of joe or a cup of noodles.

  47. Keurig Mini Coffee Maker
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    The Keurig K-Mini single-serve coffee maker features a sleek design and is less than 5″ wide – the perfect size for a dorm room or college apartment. In addition, it’s effortless to use. Add fresh water, pop in a K-Cup pod, and press the brew button—the perfect gift for a coffee lover.

  49. Amazon Prime Membership
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    Amazon will send your gift recipient an email on the day you choose, along with redemption instructions. The gift recipient can start their Prime membership right away. If the recipient is already a Prime member, the gift can be exchanged for an Gift Card at the original gift purchase price value plus any applicable sales taxes paid. 

  51. Storage Containers
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    Storage space can be hard to come by in a dorm or apartment. These storage containers will help! They can be stored under the bed and out of the way. The tops are see-through, so it’s easy to see what’s inside at a glance, and include handles, so they’re easy to transport. 

  53. Slim Desk Lamp
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    A desk lamp provides focused lighting that helps reduce eye strain and fatigue, which is crucial for students who spend long hours studying and reading. A slim desk lamp also takes up minimal space and can be easily adjusted to provide the right amount of light without taking up too much desk space. Additionally, many modern desk lamps come with features like dimming options and USB ports, which can be incredibly useful for charging devices and creating the perfect study environment.

    What are the dorm room essentials college students need?

    Every college student needs a few essentials to make their dorm feel like a home away from home. A cozy bedding set, including sheets, a comforter, and pillows, is a must for a good night’s sleep. Organizational items like storage bins and a desk organizer help keep the limited space tidy and clutter-free. And don’t forget about fun wall decor, like fairy lights or a cool poster, to give their room some personal flair!

    What dorm gift ideas can help students feel more at home while living away?

    To make a dorm feel more like home, consider gifting items that provide comfort and familiarity. A soft throw blanket in their favorite color or a personalized photo frame with a cherished memory can bring warmth and happiness to their space. Customized wall art featuring an inspiring quote or a care package filled with their favorite snacks can also help students feel more connected to their loved ones while at college.

    College is all about living your best life and gaining your independence. The best gifts for college students are ones that help solve day-to-day problems, from organization to coffee intake. So skip the weird, fuzzy socks and gift cards this year and get gifts for college students that are practical and cool.

    What are the best dorm gifts for college students?

    Whether they are a freshman or OG seniors starting their last year, college students deserve a gift that will make their lives easier and less stressful. From dorm upgrades to snacks, we’ve found the best gift ideas that any college kids would be happy to receive. Our gift guide has the best ideas for college guys and girls to use on and off campus.