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With finals looming and the holiday season quickly approaching, there is not much time nor money to spend worrying about finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list.  

These unique finds cover everything from tech gadgets to fashion and home decor. All items are under $25, making it budget-friendly for every college student on a budget. 

Technology Lovers

  1. As the pandemic continues, creating a comfortable home office space can be an essential part of working from home. A monitor stand is perfect for anyone looking to clear up some space on their desk or release strain on their neck while looking at a computer screen for hours at a time. This sleek and simple monitor stand from Target is $19.99. 

  1. Every laptop owner knows the sound of an overheating fan after one round of Netflix binging. With this laptop cleaner, users are able to sweep away the dust and dirt with the soft brush end while also removing smudges or fingerprints from the screen with the microfiber pad. This dual-ended tool is available on Amazon and at Bed Bath and Beyond for $9.99. 

Chefs of America

  1. Family recipes seem to always invoke the holiday spirit. With this personalized cutting board, found on Etsy for $24.95, you can follow along any recipe, making it a must-have gift that can be cherished for years. 

  1. Coming up with recipes can be hard enough on its own, but not having the correct kitchen tools can make the process altogether impossible. However, this $20 kitchen utensil set from Target has every possible utensil needed to cook a mouth-watering meal that even Gordon Ramsay would be impressed by.

  1. Whether you have just come back from Dickson or had a fun night at home, drinking always has a way of leading to the munchies. Complete with tests to see how drunk the reader is, the Drunken Cookbook offers simple recipes that can be cooked while intoxicated and is available on Amazon for $9. 


  1. From Kendall Jenner to Leonardo DiCaprio, celebrities wearing bucket hats have popped up all across social media. Paired with vintage jeans and standout sunnies, a bucket hat makes the perfect accessory to any outfit. Urban Outfitters offers a wide variety of colors for only $14.  

  1. Perfect for the minimalist or anyone with limited pocket space, this card case wallet from Hershel is only $21.99. Offered in multiple designs and colors, the wallet provides several card slots while still being slim and durable. 



  1. These poster hangers offer a unique twist in displaying pictures or artwork. For a pack of two, listed on Amazon for $17.99,  the natural teak wood, use magnets that won’t damage your pictures or artwork. 

  1. For anyone affected by insomnia, anxiety, or other conditions that make falling asleep difficult – we all need a little extra comfort sometimes – tucking yourself into a weighted blanket can make it easier to drift off. This 12 pound blanket from Walmart goes on sale Nov. 25 for $17 and is available in gray and tan. 

  1. Whether you're a milk-first or cereal-first type of person – this cereal-scented candle will leave your whole room smelling like Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Melted in a bowl and topped with fake Cinnamon Toast Crunch, this two wick candle is available on Etsy for $15. 

Stocking Stuffers 

  1. Let’s be honest, everything is cuter in miniature form. Making it harder for your sneaky-eyed opponents to see your cards, this mini set of Uno cards is only $6 at Urban Outfitters. 

  1. Consistent with the miniature theme, this Himalayan salt lamp night light gives off a warm glow while also releasing negative ions to absorb dust and purify the air. Listed for $11.99 on Amazon, this light is the perfect stocking stuffer. 



  1. Make a single bottle smoothie to go with the Oster, a personal blender perfect for any busy college student with limited space and money. It’s on sale on Amazon for $19.99. 

  1. For any hikers, campers or travelers, the Lifestraw makes contaminated water safe to drink by removing most waterborne diseases, bacteria, parasites and microplastics. Drink from any body of water with confidence using the Lifestraw on the go, available on Amazon on sale for $13.69. 

  2. Tik Tok users find the most interesting items on the internet and are somehow able to convince millions of users to buy products that they never knew they needed. This simple modern insulated tumbler has been making its rounds on TikTok and is $22.99 on Amazon. 


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