10 Gifts that College Freshmen Will Absolutely Adore in 2021
10 Gifts that College Freshmen Will Absolutely Adore in 2021
Gifts that they will actually use and appreciate.
10 Gifts that College Freshmen Will Absolutely Adore in 2021
Keira Wan
5 min read

As September is approaching, it means two things: summer is coming to the end and students are getting ready for schools. Do you remember the excitement of going for back-to-school shopping back in the days?

For students who are leaving home for colleges, back-to-school shopping can be more challenging — for many of them, college is not only a place for higher education but also tuition for adulting.

Even though they might already have a list on hand for all the dorm room essentials, there are a few items that they don’t think that they need until they own them. We asked our Gifterns what would they like to receive as a gift if they are college freshmen again so you know what to get for them.


  1. Homesick Candles
    You never know how much you are attached to your hometown until you left. Homesick can be a struggle for many college freshmen since it is their first time to leave homes for so long. Thankfully, these homesick candles are designed for them. Each scent is created for a state or even a city. Many customers raved about how precisely the candles capture the spirit and memory of their hometowns.

  2. Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones

    It is a guarantee that they will use them every day. Try to focus in a packed library or dorm room is a daily struggle for college students so they will definitely appreciate these wireless headphones which battery life is up to 40 hours. Not to mention how cool they look on ears. Get it here for US$149.

  3. Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress Topper

    When juggling with studying, part-time jobs and social life, sleeping becomes a luxury once they start the semester and unfortunately the quality of the mattresses in dorm rooms are usually disappointing but there is a solution — this green tea extract infused mattress topper provides additional support and comfort and it’s able to absorb odor. No wonder it has more than 6000+ reviews and 4.3/5 rating on Amazon. Get it here for US$25.86.

  4. Phillips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light Therapy Alarm Clock

    Many people are guilty of this, but it is really not adult-like to use your phone as an alarm. Not only it will encourage you to scroll social media mindlessly first thing in the morning, but it also affects your sleeping quality. This alarm simulates the sunrise with gentle beeps and will wake them up more naturally and comfortably (even in gloomy winter mornings) so they can start the day with more energy.
    It can be doubled as a bedside lamp too and don’t we all love a multifunctional product? Get it here for US$39.95

  5. Electric Gooseneck Kettle

    A kettle is probably not in their minds at all when they shop for necessities for dorms but boy oh boy, they DO NEED this! They will thank you later when they are able to make coffee, tea or instant noodles in the late nights without leaving the rooms. This smart electric kettle has 5 different presets so the drinks will always taste right. Get it here for US$64.99.

  6. Mini Fridge

    It is no secret that your food and drinks will get stolen if you place them in the shared kitchen and it’s frustrating when you desperately need your coconut water or yogurt to make your day. With this compact-sized fridge, their favourite snacks and drinks are safe in their rooms. They can also use it as a skincare fridge. Yes, it’s a thing these days. Look it up, boomers. Get it here for US$49.99.

  7. BANG & OLUFSEN Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

    Small but mighty. While showering, picnicking, partying or just chilling, you just need the right tune to get the good vibe feeling. It delivers up to 18 hours of playtime at typical listening volumes. This refined portable speaker will make them the cool kids with good taste at the campus. Get it here for US$250.

  8. Schwinn Wayfarer Bike

    It’s hip. It’s environmentally friendly. It’s practical. It’s classic. This unbelievably stylish bike will get them around the campus effortlessly. Get it here from US$250.

  9. Fjällräven Kånken Laptop 15"

    You have seen it on Instagram or Pinterest but it is more than a trendy backpack. This classic backpack aims to be timeless and durable which means it will last for years and more environmentally-friendly. Moreover, it has room for up to a 15” laptop in a special padded compartment at the back so they won’t need an extra bag for that. It is a staple piece for Swedish students in the past few decades so I’m sure it’s good enough for all the college students out there. Get it here for US$120.

  10. iPad

    It’s no surprise that this is the most popular answer among our Gifterns. Can you blame them though? There are so many things that they can do on this tablet: readings, assignments, drawing, meetings, jotting notes…etc. so they don’t have to carry the heavy laptops all the time. It is pricey but definitely worthy. Get it here from US$329.


While social distancing, it is possible that you will not be able to see them and give them the present in persons before they leave for college. In that case, Giftpack’s personalized gifting service is what you have been waiting for. We buy and deliver the gifts for you with a personal touch (handwritten cards and a hug, for example). We will also record the experience so you won’t miss the special moment. Show your loved ones that you care and find out more on our website.

10 Gifts that College Freshmen Will Absolutely Adore in 2021
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