Top 10 Gifts For A Student

School is officially in session, and we’ve compiled a great list of the 10 best gifts for students. Depending on the age and grade of the student each gift might need a different variation, but we think this top 10 list will spark a vision or idea for gifts for students. And of course, we have a suggested Christmas ornament to go with each gift. 


Of course, a student needs a backpack, and probably they already have one, but is it time for an upgrade? Backpack design has gotten good with special care and attention paid to protecting a laptop with special pull-out cases, extra padding, and straps to keep it secure. 


It’s so obvious, it’s boring. However, a student with elevated taste might appreciate the elevated pencil. Blackwing, used by Grammy, Emmy, Pulitzer, and Academy Award winners have perfected the pencil and feature the iconic square eraser. It’s time to up the pencil game.

Noise-Cancelling Headphones

School can be loud, and so can home. Give the gift of silence—to any aged student—with a pair of noise-canceling headphones. There is a pair for every budget. Increase concentration and productivity with headphones that invoke calm with a flip of a switch. 


Though pricey, a new laptop makes a great gift. It’s functional and portable for any student. Easy to type out notes or papers for the college student, but convenient for even the youngest student typing their first essay. 


Not an exciting Christmas gift for most, but we have a feeling there are a few students out there who would geek out over receiving a calculator as a gift. For those studious students, Texas Instruments has a corner on the calculator market. 

Musical Instrument

For the musically inclined student, receiving their instrument of choice can be a hefty investment. However, if the time is right, an instrument makes a significant gift for Christmas. Who wouldn’t love to be serenaded by the tuba, violin, saxophone, or guitar on Christmas?

Sports Equipment

Christmas is a great time to stock up on sporting goods, to replenish the depleted collection, or venture into new equipment. Pickleball is taking the country by storm, so everyone will need a pickleball set, but a new soccer ball, baseball mitt, or pair of running shoes will please the student-athlete on Christmas morning. 


Giving a nap for Christmas could be the greatest gift. Students are tired after a long semester of studying and navigating finals, papers, and research. The gift of a nap could include plans for a quiet house, a new set of flannel sheets or down-filled comforter, a cozy fire, and soft music in the background. Though they might not realize it’s at the top of their Christmas list, this gift could be their favorite thing. 

Quarters for Laundry

Though also boring, and quite heavy, a hefty load of quarters ensures clean(er) clothes next semester. Eliminating the excuse of “I have no quarters” will be banished with a few rolls of quarters tucked into their stocking. Just make sure your college student doesn’t forget them when they head back. 

Christmas Ornaments

Christmas ornaments make the best gift for all students of every age. Our glass-blown ornaments commemorate significant events, special hobbies, and proud memories from Kindergarten to college. Plus, we have an entire collection of college team-specific ornaments for your student and all their fans. 

Giving Christmas gifts should be a joyous occasion, and shopping early reduces the stress that comes with planning, buying, and wrapping. If there are students on your list this year, hopefully, this top-ten list has generated many good ideas. 

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Written by

Rachael Mitchell

Rachael Mitchell is a freelance writer based in Seattle, Washington, and has over 15 years of writing experience. She’d never be able to pick just one favorite ornament, but narrowed it down to the S’more and Tennis Ball. She always looks forward to s’mores in the summer with friends and family adding gourmet ingredients, and played 4 years of college tennis in the mid-west.

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