Gift Ideas for Students moving into a Dorm – Q

Q: What is a really good gift idea for a student who is moving away from home to live in a dorm or rooms?

A: Space is often very limited for students living away from home as often they move into a dorm or shared accommodation and they may have to share a room. As such gift items for students moving away should be based on ‘need’ and ‘usefulness’ and of course ‘comfort’and they need to be compact and easy to store.

Comfort items can include anything from a really comfortable bed pillow to an instagram picture featuring family and friends who the student may miss. Entertainment items such as iPods, iPads and MP3 players also count as ‘comfort’ items.

Needed items would include a sleeping mask (maybe the students room mate reads late) and earplugs for any dorm corridor noise etc. Toiletries, laundry bag, towels, dressing gown, pyjamas and slippers are also welcome items they’re likely to need. Any of these items which can be personalized with a monogram or name is a great gift idea as that puts an end to squabbles over who owns what! And lets not forget an alarm clock so they don’t sleep through lessons.

Useful items may include a journal, letter writing stationery (postage stamps incl.) lecture books, a cash book to maintain their cash budget. A small safe to secure valuables, passport and any other items is also a good idea and can be stored easily. Other items that the student may enjoy are scented drawer liners, air purifer, air freshner for all those nasty niffs! Cash and Gift Cards are always in demand.

Below I have handpicked some items I think would make great gift ideas for students moving away from home. Some of them are great matches for the ideas presented above and others are just for fun but they’re still great and compact and easy to store.

  • Bath Wrap - Red
  • Merchant:Beau-coup.com
  • Description:Our cotton velour bath wraps make great gifts that are as practical as they are cute! Add matching slippers and engraved soap and wow! Wraps are one size fits most and are secured with a velcro closure.
  • Price: $44.00
  • State Patterned Personalized Hand Towel
  • Merchant:Beau-coup.com
  • Description:Take cooking to the next level with a personalized oven mitt. Keeps your hands from buring while making your hands hot! Looks great in any kitchen and makes the perfect hostess gift or housewarming gift! Text will appear exactly as typed i.e. UpPeR a
  • Price: $34.00
  • Secret Journal Light Pink Journal
  • Merchant:Beau-coup.com
  • Description:Faux leather cover journal features 160 lined pages with gilded edges and ribbon marker. Journal is great for taking notes in school, at home or at work. Cover is light pink and features the saying "Secret Journal" in gold foil.
  • Price: $19.95
  • Leather Writing Pad Portfolio Journals
  • Merchant:Modern Artisans
  • Description:Designed to hold a standard 5" x 8" writing pad, the portfolio is crafted of thick-stitched leather in two complimentary color tones with a leather buckle closure. Expertly handcrafted in the USA.
  • Price: $49.99
  • Personalized Toiletry Bag
  • Merchant:Arttowngifts.com
  • Description:A traveler's necessity that always comes in handy. Made of long-lasting leather and featuring engraved personalization, give for a special occasion or to commemorate a celebration. Personalized with two lines of up to 20 characters per line. Size: 11 1/2
  • Price: $39.99
  • Leather and Canvas Hanging Travel Kit Personalized
  • Merchant:Arttowngifts.com
  • Description:Jet off on vacation with all of your accessories packed neatly in this very stylish Leather and Canvas Hanging Travel Kit. Inside, find travel-sized bottles included. The canvas bag stands on a counter or hangs from a hook (hook included). Its canvas exte
  • Price: $55.99
  • Personalized Small Cosmetic Bag
  • Merchant:Arttowngifts.com
  • Description:There is little more important than those girly necessities! Keep them safe with a trendy cosmetic bag in your choice of colors. Water repellant vinyl lining and a zippered closure keep your cosmetics safe while a satin exterior makes for a gorgeous acces
  • Price: $13.59
  • Create Your Own Polyester Lumbar Pillow 13" x 21"
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Create Your Own Polyester Lumbar Pillow 13" x 21" is designed on the pillow and would interest those who like template, create your own, personalize, personalized, custom lumbar, lumbar, and custom stuff.
  • Price: $34.95
  • Gamer Microbead Pillow
  • Merchant:Beau-coup.com
  • Description:There's always room for one more fun, bright, comfy, crazy pillow - especially when it's as fun as this yummy treat of a pillow. This bright, fullcolor printed pillow is super comfortable and squishy since it's filled with microbeads that move with you. T
  • Price: $29.95
  • Home Is Where the Pants Aren't Funny Type Pillow
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Home Is Where the Pants Aren't Funny Type Pillow is designed on the pillow and would interest those who like home, where, pants, aren't, funny, teal, and typography stuff.
  • Price: $29.95
  • Hamburger Throw Pillow
  • Merchant:Stupid.com
  • Description:Talk about SUPER SIZE. This deliciously, super-soft Pillow will stand out anywhere you place it but finding one place for it is harder than you think. The sesame seed bun will entice you to put it in your bedroom, the lettuce will beckon you to place it
  • Price: $16.99
  • Personalized Plush Spa Robe
  • Merchant:Beau-coup.com
  • Description:Bring the spa to your bridal shower! This spa robe is perfect for pampering the bride and her bridesmaids.
  • Price: $48.94
  • Space Robe: Star Wars Brown Fleece Robe
  • Merchant:Stupid.com
  • Description:Don the appropriate attire for space living in this Space Rug: Brown Fleece Robe. Just like the great Jedis of our time, you too can wear a cloak of epic proportions. This Robe is so soft that it befits training, long journeys, watching tv on the sofa,
  • Price: $39.95
  • Personalized Satin Robes
  • Merchant:Beau-coup.com
  • Description:Pamper the bride-to-be and her beautiful bridesmaids with pretty personalized satin robes.
  • Price: $52.95
  • Undergirl Spongebob Onesie
  • Merchant:Dolls Kill
  • Description:Undergirl Spongebob Onesie at Dolls Kill, an online punk rock clothing store. We ship internationally. FAST FREE SHIPPING. Find your favorite brands like UNIF, Wildfox Couture, JOYRICH, Cheap Monday, BOY London and Minimale Animale.
  • Price: $34.90
  • Zombie Hooded Onesie
  • Merchant:Dolls Kill
  • Description:Zombie Hooded Onesie at Dolls Kill, an online punk rock clothing store. We ship internationally. FAST FREE SHIPPING. Find your favorite brands like UNIF, Wildfox Couture, JOYRICH, Cheap Monday, BOY London and Minimale Animale.
  • Price: $33.90
  • Iron Alarm Clcck Radio & iPod Speakers
  • Merchant:Stupid.com
  • Description:We love wrinkles at Stupid.com and we know you will too when you discover what this gift can do. Who needs a real Iron when you can have an Iron-shaped Radio/Alarm Clock/Ipod Speaker! This incredible invention basically fits in the palm of your hand a
  • Price: $23.95
  • Hot Cookie USB Warmer
  • Merchant:Stupid.com
  • Description:Plug in this Cookie and it'll warm your cup of joe, hot chocolate, or latte while you work. It looks like a giant, scrumptious Oreo Cookie but it functions as your Warmer. It works especially great for those of us who get caught up in working, okay, i m
  • Price: $14.95
  • Fetch My Keys, Key Finder
  • Merchant:Stupid.com
  • Description:If you lose your Keys a lot or even just once in a while, you know it's no fun. This little Dog changes everything! You lose your Keys, simply whistle and the Dog Keychain will beep and his nose will flash. You're saved! He even works outdoors but you
  • Price: $11.95
  • Keep Calm and Proofread Poster
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Keep Calm and Proofread Poster is designed on the poster and would interest those who like geek, english, teacher, school, back to school, classroom, and student stuff.
  • Price: $16.00
  • Reading quote Walnut Bookmark
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Reading quote walnut bookmark is designed on the mitercraftwoodenbookmark and would interest those who like reading, books, literature, library, collegiate, teacher, and student stuff.
  • Price: $12.95
  • Keep Calm and Proofread Mug
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Keep Calm and Proofread Mug is designed on the mug and would interest those who like english, teacher, school, back to school, graduation, student, and geek stuff.
  • Price: $16.95
  • how to be an amazing math student Posters
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable how to be an amazing math student posters is designed on the poster and would interest those who like classroom, school, math, motivate, encourage, amazing, and student stuff.
  • Price: $18.65
  • The Messenger Handmade Wool Journal
  • Merchant:Modern Artisans
  • Description:Bound in brilliant merino wool, the handmade Messenger Journal features 160 pages of thick, acid-free, cotton parchment, perfect for all types of media - pen, pencil, even watercolor! Made in the USA.
  • Price: $54.99
  • Old Antique book, retro faux leather bound Binder
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Old Antique book, retro faux leather bound Binder is designed on the binder and would interest those who like old book, antique book, classic book, classic, vintage, leather, and leather bound stuff.
  • Price: $20.95
  • instagram photo mug
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable instagram photo mug is designed on the mug and would interest those who like film strip photo instagram, instagram photos, photos, instagram, my instagram photos, photo sharing program, and social networking stuff.
  • Price: $18.95
  • instagram monogram soup bowl Soup Mug
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable instagram monogram soup bowl soup mug is designed on the zazzlesoupmug and would interest those who like instagram photos, instagram, my instagram photos, photo sharing program, selfie, selfy, and selfie express stuff.
  • Price: $25.95
  • Custom Monogram Instagram Photo Collage Tote Bags
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Custom Monogram Instagram Photo Collage Tote Bags is designed on the bag and would interest those who like monogram, name, personalized, cute, custom, photo, and photo collage stuff.
  • Price: $11.95
  • Custom Instagram Photo Collage Pillow
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Custom Instagram Photo Collage Pillow is designed on the pillow and would interest those who like personalized, modern, custom, photo, photo collage, family, and custom photo stuff.
  • Price: $33.95
  • Monogram Modern Family 12 Instagram Photos Pillows
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Monogram Modern Family 12 Instagram Photos Pillows is designed on the pillow and would interest those who like instagram photo collage, photos, create your own, make your own, your photo here, modern, and monogram stuff.
  • Price: $33.95
  • Mousepad with its photos of the Instagram creates
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Mousepad with its photos of the Instagram creates is designed on the mousepad and would interest those who like they instagram, glue, and mosaic stuff.
  • Price: $11.95
  • Your Family Memories Custom 25 Photo Collage Gallery Wrapped Canvas
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Your Family Memories Custom 25 Photo Collage Gallery Wrapped Canvas is designed on the canvas and would interest those who like modern, trendy, personalized, family, chic, instagram photo, and photo template stuff.
  • Price: $149.95
  • Black and White Trendy Photo Collage with Monogram Compact Mirrors
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Black and White Trendy Photo Collage with Monogram Compact Mirrors is designed on the photousacompactmirror and would interest those who like modern, wedding, family, monograms, collages, chic, and friends stuff.
  • Price: $16.95
  • Rustic Chic Home Sweet Home Pillows
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Rustic Chic Home Sweet Home Pillows is designed on the pillow and would interest those who like cute, burlap, monogram, love, quote, home, and family stuff.
  • Price: $38.95
  • Home Away From Away Box Sign
  • Merchant:Beau-coup.com
  • Description:Wooden box sign is painted olive green with the phrase "welcome to our home away from away" and will look great at your vacation home!
  • Price: $29.95
  • New Home Sweet Home Postage Stamps
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable New Home Sweet Home Postage Stamps is designed on the postage and would interest those who like new, sweet, home, moving, moved, key, and vintage stuff.
  • Price: $22.75
  • Personalized Message in a Bottle Print with Wood Frame
  • Merchant:Arttowngifts.com
  • Description:An improvement on the original, try this method to convey your message. Our Message in a Bottle image announces your special event or sentiment loud and clear. Ideal for marking any special occasion. This personalized image is handsomely framed and matted
  • Price: $47.99
  • Happy House Door Hanger
  • Merchant:Beau-coup.com
  • Description:Reclaimed wood is painted white, distressed and then stenciled in back with the phrase "happy house". Hang on the door or on the wall using the attached twine hanger for a rustic addition to a home. Makes a great housewarming gift or hostess gift.
  • Price: $9.95
  • Greetings from Home Greeting Card
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Greetings from Home Greeting Card is designed on the card and would interest those who like home, rat, pizza, and thompson stuff.
  • Price: $2.95
  • Home Fragrance Diffusers
  • Merchant:YesStyle.com
  • Description:Brand from China: MEO. Color: Lavender - White, Materials: Ceramic + Essential Oil + Rattan, Size: Bottle Height: 10cm; Length: 6.3cm; Width: 3cm, Care: Wipe Clean
  • Price: $22.32
  • Home Fragrance Diffuser
  • Merchant:YesStyle.com
  • Description:Brand from China: Urawa Stationery. Color: N/A, Materials: N/A, Size: N/A, Care: Wipe Clean
  • Price: $18.32
  • Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Jar - Welcome Home
  • Merchant:Beau-coup.com
  • Description:Special Little Story... These homemade cookies are loaded with love. For 30 years, Nammy made delicious bits for eleven grandchildren for birthdays, holidays or just because. A lot of love has been spread throughout the family with Nam's treasures. We thi
  • Price: $11.95
  • Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies - Welcome Home
  • Merchant:Beau-coup.com
  • Description:Special Little Story... These homemade cookies are loaded with love. For 30 years, Nammy made delicious bits for eleven grandchildren for birthdays, holidays or just because. A lot of love has been spread throughout the family with Nam's treasures. We thi
  • Price: $11.95
  • Home Style Soup
  • Merchant:Gifting Inc
  • Description:Be it Christmas Eve or any evening during the winter; many of us just enjoy a good cup of hot soup and this soup gift delivers. Yummy Roasted Corn Chowder doesn't need a big roaring fire to enjoy it just take a sip, close your eyes and you're already the
  • Price: $50.04
  • Last Minute New Home Gift Basket
  • Merchant:Arttowngifts.com
  • Description:Coming home is always sweeter with this gourmet gift! Here's a Great Housewarming Gift that will Welcome them Home! Our house gift box is jammed with those tasty treats & snacks that will warm the hearts of your new neighbors. What a Perfect way to Welcom
  • Price: $54.99

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