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Top 10 Gifts For The College Student

: Ten Smart Buys They'll Actually Keep

: Ten Smart Buys They'll Actually Keep

It's true what they say: it doesn't get much better than college. Even when juggling school, work, and friends, the four years spent at an academic institution are top contenders for the most exciting years of life. It's hard to believe that the college experience could be sweetened any further, but it can—if you give the right gift. No longer do you have to try to keep up with the trends to determine what the college girls and guys in your life will actually use. The Rank & Style algorithm cut through the clutter and uncovered what cool gifts college students will actually use this holiday season, from electronics to cookware and clothing. So go ahead and check out the line-up to see if one present in particular speaks perfectly to someone collegiate in your life. 

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December 7, 2016

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Ban.do External Battery Pack for iPhone

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From class to an internship to the gym and a party, the college kid on your gift-list is always on the go. The other guarantee? They are constantly connected, too. Keep them in touch with the world with this blinded out battery pack made for any situation.


LuMee Special Edition Marble iPhone 6/6s Case

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This case was designed by Kim Kardashian, so it should come as no surprise that it packs an extra-good punch when it comes to capturing the perfect selfie—thanks to the flattering embedded lighting. 


Swell Water Bottles Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

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For the environmentally-concious college student, grab a gorgeous water bottle from S'well. It's insulation can keep cold drinks chilled for 24 hours and hot liquids warm for 12. Kiss disposable plastic goodbye!


Rebecca Minkoff Wristlet for iPhone 7

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Rebecca Minkoff's wristlette was designed specifically for the iPhone 6 and 7, but it also does an excellent job storing credit cards and cash. It's a chic way to keep the essentials secure and organized while on the run. 


T-fal OptiGrill Stainless Steel Indoor Electric Grill

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For the college guy or gal that misses home cooking comes this electric indoor grill that serves up perfectly prepared steaks and kabobs (and much, much more)—just like mom did.


Madewell The Transport Crossbody

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A multifaceted life requires a multifaceted carryall. Help your pal get from one place to the next with the essentials in tow with Madewell's crossbody bag.


Foreo LUNA Play Gift Set

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Who would have thunk it? Herein lies the perfect gift for the person who loves gadgets and beauty—a hard-to-shop-for combo. This gift set comes with the electric brush and complementary day and night cleansers. 


Amazon Fire Tablet

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Amazon upped its gifting game with the release of the latest Fire tablet, equipped with Alexa voice control, lightening fast processor, and millions of movies, shows, and books a mere tap away.


Outdoor Voices Women's Kits

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Athleisure is all the rage on campuses around the country, in large part thanks to the cool-girl (and cool-guy) vibe Outdoor Voices promotes. Give the gift of a kit to the active college student on your list, which comes with three staple pieces from the clothing line. 


Hunter Original Tall Rain Boot

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Come rain or snow, college students still have to get to class (that's why they're there, right?). Best to invest early on in some gear that will get them to their seats on time. At the top of the list are these Hunter boots, which actually look just as good when the weather is clear as when it's not. 

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