Going Away to College Gifts for Guys

August 14, 2013    |    By +
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Goodbye lockers, hello dorm rooms! As summer looms to an end and fall is almost upon us, recent grads start packing their gear in eager anticipation of the big move to college. For most students, this is a really exciting time, but even the most courageous of the bunch can be a little nervous. I was so excited to move on my own (there may have been a countdown involved), but when the time came for Mom and Dad to drop me off, many a tear was shed. The best way to support the endeavors of a new college student is through love and guidance, but a friendly gift can also be a way to help transition him into his new life. There are a ton of products and items the new student will need and an additional lot they will want. Read on for my list of perfect and easy gifts for guys heading off to university.

While some students are lucky enough to live near their folks, most college freshmen will be schlepping their dirty duds to the laundromat. A laundry duffle will ensure guys have a spot to keep dirty laundry off their floors and neatly tucked into a bag. The Lands End Canvas Laundry Duffle ($39.50) has a classic, unisex look. It can be personalized (so no one snags his instead of their own) and has helpful interior pockets for laundry detergent and dryer sheets.


Now that he’ll be living on his own, he’ll need a few simple tools on hand. The Essentials 4 Piece Homeowners Tool Kit ($10.99) is a great place to start for just the basics. It comes with a hammer, pliers, a Phillips-head screwdriver and a slotted screwdriver so he can set up his space or make minor fixes.


Most guys I know don’t wear pajamas or robes, but if he wants to stay cozy in his new dorm room I suggest a new pair of slippers. The L.L.Bean Handsewn Fleece Lined Slippers  ($39.95) will keep his feet warm all winter, but are still wearable during warmer months. They are super cushioned and have a special fit that form to your feet. I can personally vouch for these slippers and their extreme comfort!


If you want to give a gift that’s a bit more fun, an Apple TV ($99) is the way to go. I just got one for my apartment and it has been in use non-stop. Perfect for streaming-addicts, Apple TV allows the user to enjoy all types of entertainment straight from their TV. They can choose from thousands of movies on iTunes, stream directly from Hulu or Netflix, or access content on Vimeo, YouTube and more. You can’t beat the bang for your buck on this one.



One huge trend I have noticed recently is wireless Bluetooth speakers. Since most people tend to listen to store music on their smart phones, using a wireless speaker is a great way to enjoy music. Best of all, many of these speakers are quite portable so they can be lugged around easily and enjoyed anywhere. My current favorite for the young crowd is the iLuv MobiTourPortable Wireless Speaker ($28.99). It comes in a bevvy of fun colors that will brighten up his new space and he will love listening to his favorite music on it.


For a complete list of dorm essentials, check out our helpful Dorm Checklist and check out more ideas for gifts for college students at Gifts.com!


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