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10 Gifts College Students Will Love (& Will Actually Improve Their Lives)

Sarah grew up in Monterey, CA and now lives in Los Angeles. When she's not writing, you can find her enjoying a good book, fine wine, sunflowers and long walks on the beach.

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A+ gifts

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A+ gifts

There's a reason everybody refers to college as the best days of their lives. It's because those magical years are pretty freakin' rad.

But on the flip side, navigating that very same period of life is also insanely hard. First, there's the fact that — with homework, parties, part-time jobs and actually going to class — most students only have time to lay their heads down at night for about 10 minutes of sleep. But when they do finally have a moment for some shut-eye, their roommates are so damn loud it's impossible. Throw in some homesickness, an empty bank account, a tiny living space and a stench in the bathroom that just won't quit, and it's not hard to understand why college isn't all rainbows and butterflies.

That's why picking the right holiday gifts is so important. The college student in your life will love you for how cool all these gifts are, and you'll feel good about the fact that they actually make their life a little more pleasant.

Originally published December 2016. Updated November 2017.

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Super-strong candle

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Super-strong candle

Frosted forest-scented candle, $70 at Diptyque Paris

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High-tech alarm clock

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High-tech alarm clock

Beddi Glow Intelligent Alarm Clock with wake-up light, $79.99 at Witti 

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Noise-canceling headphones

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Noise-canceling headphones

QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones II, $349.95 at Bose

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Face wipes

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Face wipes

NIU Body Normal Skin Wipes, $15 at Petit Vour

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Comfortable floor seating

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Comfortable floor seating

Washed corduroy floor pillow, $49 at Urban Outfitters

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Comforting body lotion

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Comforting body lotion

This Works Deep Sleep Night Oil, $46 at Dermstore

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Essential oils room spray

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Essential oils room spray

Species by the Thousands Uplift Meditation Spray, $32 at Anthropologie

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Meal subscription service

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Meal subscription service

Blue Apron meal delivery, prices vary by location at Blue Apron

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Hardcore phone case

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Hardcore phone case

Slam for iPhone X case, $49.99 at Lifeproof

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