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20 Christmas Gift Ideas for a Starving College Student

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College. It’s a time for new experiences and fun. But along with that, comes being so broke that Cheerios becomes a gourmet meal. Here are a few Christmas gift ideas for that starving college student in your life.

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We all know how hard it is to survive on student loans as a college student! Move over ramen noodles, these gifts will have your college age kid living large and eating like a king.

Unique Gifts for a Starving College Student on a Tight Budget

All these gifts are great to help out anyone who’s living on a tight budget but they’re especially useful to college students who are living in shared spaces or dorms.

Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker, Warmer & Sterilizer, Includes App With Over 800 Recipes, Stainless Steel, 6 Quart


Dried rice and beans are the cheapest way to get protein, but who has the time to cook them from scratch? With an Instapot, they sure will! Dried in the package to fully cooked in half an hour. They can make all sorts of healthy and nutritious food quickly with one of these.

$5 a Meal College Cookbook: Good Cheap Food for When You Need to Eat

$5 College Cookbook

A cookbook where all the meals are under $5 and not from the dining hall? Sign me up! This book has over 300 recipes that are yummy but won’t break the bank.

Kinda Hungry Kinda Tired T-Shirt

There has never been a more relevant t-shirt, especially for a college student. Also, getting a new shirt in the mail is just another reason not to do laundry.

Last Name: Hungry First Name: Always Mug

Your hungry college student can pair this with their t-shirt if they’re really struggling that day. Mugs are a perfect gift because there is no college student who isn’t addicted to coffee.

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20 Packs Of Ramen Noodles

Ramen is an easy go-to that college students just have to accept. You can make it in less than five minutes and can amp it up however you want.

Weekly Meal Planner

Weekly Meal Planner

If your college student is trying to cook on a budget, then a meal planner is the only way to go. By planning out meals, it’ll be less easy to go out to eat because everything is already mapped out for you.

COLLEGEBOX Snack Box (50 Count) Halloween Variety Pack Care Package Gift Basket Adult Kid Guy Girl Women Men Birthday College Student Office School

A Premade College Care Package

Have a busy schedule yourself? Well thankfully, there is a service that puts together care packages for you and can send them to your student whenever you want. This way, you’re both winning.

Oster Belgian Waffle Maker with Adjustable Temperature Control, Non-Stick Plates and Cool Touch Handle, Makes 8' Waffles, Stainless Steel

Waffle Maker

You can make a lot of things in waffle form. Brownies, eggs, waffles, anything really. It’s a hot surface with no open coil (which most colleges prefer) and cooks quickly!

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A Nice Bowl For Meals

It really does make a difference to have one really nice bowl. If your student is in a dorm, it gives them just a little something that is theirs.

Brita Large Water Filter Pitcher for Tap and Drinking Water with 1 Standard Filter, Lasts 2 Months,10 Cup Capacity, BPA Free, Green

A Brita

Sometimes, colleges forget that you need water in your room and the tap water doesn’t always cut it. But, a Brita will provide a pitcher of clean water to quench their thirst at one a.m.

Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids Food Storage Containers, Racer Red, 42 Piece Set

Tupperware Filled With Food

When students come home, they are usually hoping to come back with a few Tupperware’s full of homemade food. This is the one free gift that they will always be grateful for.

Wendy's $20 Gift Card

Fast Food Gift Cards

Sometimes, the dining hall and ramen just don’t cut it. But, fast food becomes a delicacy when on a budget. Gift them with some of their favorite fast food gift cards, and you’ll see love like never before.

Safeway $100 Gift Card

Grocery Store Gift Cards

If your student has their own apartment and likes to cook but is usually limited because of their budget, grocery store gift cards are #1 on the list of gifts. It still gives them the freedom to shop and cook.

Starbucks Holiday $25 Gift Card

Coffee Gift Cards

This one is a no-brainer. Most students have a crazy schedule and sleep is not high on their list. Coffee is the only way to stay alive.

Food Scented Candles

Food Scented Candles

Eating mac and cheese again? Just lite a cupcake candle and you can imagine you’re eating that instead.

Winsome Oversize Snack Table Set, Walnut

TV Dinner Tables

Sitting a real table can be too much for a lazy student. Having a pop-up TV tray table is the perfect way to go on those casual nights.

Travel Kettle, Portable Electric Kettle Small Water Boiler for Travel and Work, with Temperature Control and LCD Display, 370ML and 316 Stainless Steel

An Instant Water Boiler

You’ll actually be surprised by how handy this is. No one in college has time to sit and boiler water on a stove, so this little nifty machine really comes in handy.

A Cozy Coloring Cookbook: 40 Simple Recipes to Cook, Eat & Color

A Food Coloring Book

What better way to procrastinate then to color? Add in some delicious food pictures and recipes and your student is good to go.

Food Network Magazine

A Subscription to Food Network Magazine

Food Network is a dream for anyone learning how to cook. And if your student is looking to get their own place and learn to cook, anything Food Network is the way to go.

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A Food Mural

Now, this would be more of a gag gift but something a college student might actually like. It gives them some way to decorate their room and some foodspiration! What’s better than having a picture of pizza on your wall?

With any of these Christmas gift ideas, your starving college student will be forever grateful and full of (kinda) delicious food.

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