16 Gift Ideas for a College Budget

The holidays are here, which usually means lots of family time, decorations and good food. But if you’re not careful, it can also mean a lot of this:


The good news is, we’ve rounded up a few gift ideas under $55 perfect for everyone in your life this Christmas. And by the way—most of them also make great (and affordable) White Elephant or Secret Santa gifts.


For Mom

Rollerball Perfume Set $24

Give the gift of fragrances without splurging on a large bottle by giving your mom this set of four rollerball perfumes. They’re the perfect size to stash in her purse, plus she can switch up her fragrance daily.


Bedside Smartphone Vase $32

Aesthetically pleasing and functional, this vase can hold flowers to liven up a bedroom while also serving as an overnight stand for your mom’s smartphone.


Family Cookbook $35

The perfect place to store those secret family recipes, this cookbook makes it easy to enter customized instructions, photos and more, making it the perfect nostalgic keepsake for mom.


Bathtub Caddy $50

This bamboo bathtub caddy can hold a book, drinks and more—perfect to help your mom relax after a long day of work or errands.


For Dad

Recycled Golf Balls $22

For the dad who spends all his free time on the golf course, this pack of 48 recycled golf balls is sure to be a hit.


NFL Scarf $25

Help your football-loving dad get ready for the NFL playoffs with one of these reversible and warm scarves from his favorite team (like the Houston Texans, of course).


Puffer Vest $49

A cozy puffer vest is perfect for your dad’s outdoor adventures in the cold weather—and thin enough to be worn under a heavier coat.


Wooden Watch $54

This stylish and ecofriendly wood watch looks like a splurge (it’s originally over $200), but it’s affordable enough for any budget, and makes the perfect accessory to a professional wardrobe.


For the Young Professional

Blanket Scarf $25

A warm yet stylish scarf is essential for the winter. Give a recent college-grad a cozy blanket scarf they can wear to the office (like this one).


USB Tassel Keychain $26

This charging cord is perfectly disguised as a tassel keychain which can hook up to a portable charger and smartphone whenever they need an extra battery boost.


USA & Canada Travel Guide $40

The New York Times’ ultimate travel guidebook features hundreds of restaurants and hotel ideas to help the travel aficionado plan their next vacation or road trip in North America.


Travel Wallet $45

This fashionable travel wallet features compartments for credit cards, currency, boarding tickets and more—perfect to help anyone who travels keep all their documents organized in one place.


For the Fellow College Student

Star Wars Portable Charger $21

A great gift for Star Wars fans, this R2D2 portable charger will recharge a smartphone to 100% battery, making it the perfect accessory to keep on hand in case of emergencies.


Chocolate Cookbook $27

If there’s anything a college student has time to bake, it’s chocolate. Help satisfy their sweet tooth by giving them this chocolate cookbook from The Mast Brothers, which features recipes for cookies, cakes, brownies and more.


Selfie Remote $39

Selfie sticks are a thing of the past thanks to the growing popularity of smartphone remotes, which let you take photos from up to 30 feet away and will help anyone nail the perfect Instagram shot.


Reusable Water Bottle $45

Help a fellow college student save money (and the planet) by giving them one of these sophisticated stainless steel water bottles that are light enough to be carried around campus all day.

By Priscilla Aceves

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