Do you remember writing letters to Santa? Asking for the latest toy, trinket, or game? Or maybe you remember when your kids asked Santa for those things, but you had to make it happen? Making Christmas lists is one of the most fun things about being a kid, and it’s no exception for college bound students.

As a parent, you’re may be wondering what to get your college bound senior for the holidays! We’ve compiled a list below of great Christmas gifts for a college bound senior that will actually set them up for success next fall and maximize their resources down the road. Read on to get some great ideas and helpful links!

Invest in a great laptop

This is something we HIGHLY recommend. Every student needs a high quality laptop in college, but this is definitely one of the greatest expenses as well. This is why it’s a great time to buy now! A christmas gift + a college necessity all in one! Kill two birds with one stone and get your college bound senior something they’ll love. We’ve linked a great MAC and PC option for you below!

MacBook – thin, light, powerful, and great battery life for late night study sessions!

Microsoft Surface Pro – touch screen, great speed, and detachable keyboard to be used as a laptop or tablet!

Gift cards

Make a “College Pack” full of gift cards for gas, restaurants your student loves and a big box store like Walmart or Target so they can stock up on the essentials next year!

Cell Phone / Plan

If your student’s phone has seen better days, this is a good time for an upgrade! Again, killing two birds with one stone – a great phone, a great Christmas present, and a way to stay in touch next year!


These are an essential for any college student! Listening to music during a study session or walking across campus, as well as listening to online lectures and videos. Here’s a few great options!

Airpods – wireless, light, and great connectivity.

Mpow Flame – affordable and extremely high quality wireless headphones

Beats Solo 3 – great battery life and incredible sound quality

Audible or Kindle Unlimited Subscription

Everyone learns and absorbs information differently, so give your student the gift of audible books or an unlimited subscription to a million different titles via Kindle. Some of our most recommended books for a college bound senior include:

Start with Why – Simon Sinek

7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey

How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age – Dale Carnegie

Developing the Leader Within You – John Maxwell

The Naked Roommate – Harlan Cohen

These are just a few ideas to help get you started on Christmas gifts that aren’t just great to give now, but will also pay off later! Do you have any other ideas to give to a college bound senior? Leave them below!