2022 Holiday Gift Guide: For Your Favorite College Student Returning Home for the Holidays

10 perfectly unique gift ideas for the students in your life.

It's that time of year again!

The trees are being decorated, the lights are being hung and Christmas music is streaming from every device you come across. Yep, the holidays are just around the corner and you’ve probably already started to think about who made your “nice” list this year.

If you have a college student in your life, finding a gift that is both practical and personal can be a daunting task. Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. While gift cards, cash, and a warm pair of socks are always appreciated, there are some better presents that will make your college student thank you with emojis you’ve never used before.

We didn’t just come up with this list arbitrarily. We went straight to the source, asking HBCU students and those attending other colleges and universities for their top picks on what they’d love to unwrap this year.

Here are 10 hot and trendy items that will make any sleepy co-ed come alive on Christmas Day.

  1. Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds II - $299.00

    (Photo: Bose)

    These earbuds are convenient and portable, making them ideal for commuting, studying, exercising, or just vibing out. They have noise cancellation that can be changed to various modes and feature CustomTune technology, which automatically adjusts to the ears' liking, for top quality sound.

  2. Xebec Tri-Screen 2 - $449.00

    (Photo: Xebec)

    This is the perfect gift for any student on the go who wants to carry a multi-screen setup with them. Your favorite graduate-to-be will have the ability to connect two 10.1-inch monitors to both the left and right of their laptop, so they can boost their productivity (or watch their favorite Netflix flick for inspiration) wherever they are.

  3. Legacy History Pride’s College Motto 2.0 Varsity Jacket - $410

    (Photo: Morehouse College)

    There's no better way to rep school pride and champion college spirit than to don a stylish officially licensed HBCU varsity jacket. Black owned Legacy History Pride (LHP) offers HBCU apparel and its own LHP-branded gear and a streetwear line. Even with so many cool options available, there’s just something extra special about this retro-styled, expertly crafted varsity jacket that’s really worth the investment. Plus, the jackets are designed with everyone (unisex) in mind so find your favorite HBCU and order one for the most memorable gift of the season.

  4. Fenty Mini Skin Must Haves - $59

    This kit is a great gift for any student who wants to up their skincare regime and get into a daily cleansing routine. It includes Rihanna’s on-the-go essentials for glowing skin during the holiday season and beyond. You’ll find Fenty Skin Total Cleans’r, Pre-Show Glow, Fat Water Toner Serum, and Hydra Vizor SPF 30, all in mini travel sizes.

  5. Cloth & Paper Goal Mapping Notebook - $13.99

    (Photo: Cloth & Paper)

    The founder of Cloth & Paper is a young Black woman who is a self-proclaimed “paper-loving, pen-hoarding, notebook collector.” While on the hunt for a new planner, Ashley Reynolds noticed that there weren't any on the market that quite fit her minimal aesthetic or needs. If you know a student who loves cute, minimalist stationery, they’ll love this range! Assist in kick starting their new year’s plans with this book, specifically designed to help put goals into actionable steps.

  6. Peloton Guide - Starting at $295.00

    (Photo: Peloton)

     Let's be honest, hiring a personal trainer can get pricey, particularly for a student on a budget. Anyone can exercise in the comfort of their own home with the help of this stylish gadget that transforms all televisions into an AI-powered personal trainer, providing instant access to expert instructors and the well-loved Peloton content library.

    Buy Here: Peloton Guide 

  7. Air Jordan 11 Retro - $225.00

    (Photo: Air Jordan)

    In just a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to get your hands on the new Air Jordan 11 Retro, trust me, you’ll be at the top of their favorite person list if you gift these! The iconic sneakers (available December 10 at 11:00PM GMT) return in classic colors. From the slick patent leather mudguard to the frosted outsole, sneakerheads will be over the moon for this Tinker Hatfield design bringing the off-court allure to everyday style.

  8. Dyson V12 Detect Slim - $499.99

    (Photo: Dyson)

    Give your loved one (who may be suffering from severe allergies) this gift and we guarantee you’ll walk into a spotless dorm room  the next time you visit. The new, compact, cordless vacuum has a slender design that allows it to fit into even the smallest areas. It also features laser illumination that makes microscopic dust visible for a deeper clean.

  9. Telfar Puff Shopper - $320.00

    (Photo: Telfar)

     If you’ve been trying to get your hands on the sold out Telfar shopping bag, you’re in luck because they’ve launched a new collection just in time for the holidays, but you’ll have to be quick! The unisex puffer bag comes in three different sizes with a choice of black, red, grey or olive green.

  10. Polaroid P2 Music Player - $129.00

    (Photo: Polaroid)

    This new, portable, bluetooth speaker has a playful retro feel, with great sound and a variety of fun color options. The size is perfect for traveling, propping up at home or sitting outside on the campus green.

    –Creative contribution by Ileya Robinson Williams

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