Gift-Giving Guide: Eight College Dorm Room Must-Haves

Shopping for college can be challenging. Will the storage bins fit under the bed? Is the shower caddy necessary? How about the TV? By the time the final semester rolls around, many students find items they thought they’d use stuffed in the back of their closet or in the dumpster. Make your favorite student’s dorm room feel more like home with these useful gifts. 

Bed risers 

Lift the bed in their cramped dorm room to create storage space with bed risers. One of the most essential items a college student can have, these simple blocks can make all the difference when it comes to convenience in a small living space. 

Tool kit 

With a handy tool kit, they’ll be the favorite person in the suite. You might be surprised how often they’ll need to make quick repairs.

Large duffel bag 

Perfect for overnight trips or a weekend stay, a large duffel bag is a must-have for any student studying outside of their hometown. 

Travel mug 

There’s nothing like your a.m. coffee still being warm in the p.m. If there’s one thing a college student needs more of, it’s an energy boost, likely in the form of caffeine. A travel mug is a simple yet useful gift they’ll be sure to get use out of. 


Instead of relying on computers in the library, make sure they have their own personal laptop. With it, they can work during their own time — not just library hours — and there’s nothing like typing up a paper beneath the trees on a warm sunny day. 

Mini refrigerator 

Back-to-school season is one of the most popular times to purchase a mini refrigerator. Because it’s convenient to keep food and beverages cold, it’s a useful gift for students living on campus.


Juggling multiple classes, extracurricular activities, appointments, and spending time with friends and family can become overwhelming. Give them the gift of organization with a planner — one with many pockets and tabs can go a long way. 


For many people, the years spent at university are some of the best times of their lives. Making lifelong friends, pulling all-nighters, and writing that research paper hours before its due are college classics. Allow them to record and reflect on past experiences with this simple but cherished gift. 

Which college essentials helped you get through your years at university? Leave a comment below!

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