Student Life

Top 22 Cool Items for Students

Check out this list of cool items any high school or college student can use this fall.

Shawna Newman

November 16, 2023

Top 22 Cool Items for Students
Students want these!
Tis the season for gift-giving, and if you have a student in your life, you know how important it is to get just the right thing. Fortunately, we know what students want. While you can never go wrong with the latest tech gadget, students also love gifts that can make their dorm or off-campus apartment feel more like home. Before you visit the store or do your online shopping, check out this student wish list for 2023.

Top Items for Students

At the midway point in the school year, many students realize there are a lot of items they could really use. We've broken this list into categories to help you find the best student deals and top school supplies and technology for the rest of the school year.

Technology Gift Ideas for Students

Technology and gadgets change every year. Just as you can have a smart home, you can have a smart study space.


With AirPods, you can listen to music and podcasts hands-free while walking through the halls or across campus. Get your AirPod case engraved so you and your roommate don't mix them up.

Bluetooth Speaker

Shop Speakers at Relaxing and listening to music is a form of self-care. Be sure you have the audio tools you need to focus, relax, or get pumped up!

Noise Canceling Headphones

Sony EXTRA BASS Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones with Portable Battery There will come a time this year when you need to drown out your roommate, friends, or people nearby while trying to focus. That's when noise-canceling headphones will come in handy.

Portable Power Bank

Power Bank Nearly Night You never know where you'll be when your phone runs out of battery – especially when you’re always on the go. You'd be wise to purchase a backup charger to always keep with you. It's compatible with most devices, but make sure that it fits yours before purchasing.

Bluetooth 3-in-1 Keyboard and Organizer with Tablet Stand

Eliminate desk clutter with this multi-purpose keyboard that can hook up to your desktop, tablet, or phone.

Room Décor, Dorm Room Gift Ideas

Clutter makes it harder to study. Organize your room before classes start to set yourself up for a successful semester.

Sunset Light

With fewer hours of daylight, it helps to have ambient lighting in your room. This type of lighting can be used to mimic a sunset or to help students create videos.

Bed Risers

Whether you're in a dorm room, apartment, or still a high school student living at home, bed risers are a lifesaver because they allow you to store off-season clothing out of view. These fit most extra-long twin and full-size beds, too.

Underbed Storage

Store all your extra blankets and shoes under the bed in these easily accessible pull-out chests. To make it even easier on yourself, use bed risers to double your storage capacity.

Style Station Organizer

Save counter and desk space with this style station organizer.

Weighted Blanket

Bare Home Weighted Blanket with Cover - Improved Heavy Blanket with Premium Glass Beads Quality sleep is SO IMPORTANT as a student. Whether you are concerned about homesickness as a college student away from home, test anxiety, or general stress, you can sleep better with a weighted blanket. This blanket is portable and can even be washed with its removable cover.

Non-Slip Hangers

Plastic and Velvet Non-Slip Hangers (35-Pack) You'll find you have tons of extra space when you use these ultra-skinny hangers. Plus, they're velvet, meaning your clothes won't be slipping off and falling on the floor.

Storage Ottoman

When you're limited on space, the key rule to follow is to find dual-purpose items whenever you can. Use a storage ottoman as a footstool, a table, and to tuck away any items you may like to store inside. Talk about multi-tasking – this is one impressive little ottoman!

School Spirit Decals

Show your school spirit with decals that celebrate your school team. The decals will easily come off post-season.

Dry Erase Wall Decals

You can finally color the walls thanks to these dry erase wall decals! They look cool and will serve some important – and fun – purposes. Write yourself inspirational notes and reminders.

Photo Clip String Lights

Make your college memories look like magic with a Photo Clip String Light. This fun wall décor will add ambiance as well as keep track of your growing friendships.

Relaxing Aromatherapy Neck Pillow

Take time after your study sessions to pamper yourself. Try this Microwavable or cooling neck wrap to give yourself some much-needed relaxation.

Clip-On Mini Fan

You may not have temperature control in your dorm room and if your dorm is in the Midwest or southern states, late spring or early fall can feel warm. Circulate some air and cool off with this mini fan.

Ergonomic Laptop Riser

Experienced college students will tell you that comfort is key when studying. Use an ergonomic laptop riser to enhance your study sessions.

Cooking Tools for Students

While four-course meals may be out of the question in your dorm room, it's a great place to brew your first cup of coffee for the day or munch on snacks during a late-night viewing of your favorite sitcom. This tools will certainly spice up your culinary experience in the dorm.

Microwavable S'Mores Maker

It's going to happen—you will have a late-night study session where snacks are needed. Everyone should have one of these—no additional explanation necessary. Keep a healthier snack by using dark chocolate with a few almonds!

Coffee Maker

Hamilton Beach Single-serve Coffee Maker Save money by making your coffee at home or in your dorm. Purchase a single cup mini brewer so you don't have to make space for a bulky coffee pot.

Mini Instant Pot

Cook dinner fast, even in a small room. This gift will help to feed your graduate for many years to come. They can use the slow cooker to make rice, yogurt, and casseroles. Soon-to-be college students need to be sure these are allowed in on-campus housing or dorms.

More Student Item Ideas

This category is for all those tools or resources that may come in handy.

Insulated Water Bottle

Water bottles are a must. They help save the environment by eliminating plastics and keep you hydrated throughout the day so you can stay alert. It is worth the extra money to buy an insulated water bottle, so your drink stays the temperature you want longer.

Gift Cards

For the parents or family members asking how they can help you prepare for school, you may consider asking for gift cards. You can use gift cards all year long! If they want to give you something specific with the freedom to choose for yourself, ask for a themed gift card. This could be food or food delivery gift cards, gift cards for gamers, make-up gift cards, or even personalized Visa gift cards.

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