10 Must-Have Gifts for College Students from AAPI Businesses

By: EnVi Culture Team
12/05/2023
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Shopping for Christmas gifts for college students can be daunting, because the things that they need to get through the semesters just seem endless. You may find yourself debating between practical student needs, like bags and stationery, and dorm essentials to help spruce up their space. We’re here to help you look no further than this list of 10 Gifts for College Students. From class equipment and dorm essentials to self-care products for a bit of TLC, this list encapsulates the necessities of a college student living the dorm room life away from home. As college students and graduates ourselves, we guarantee that whatever you get from this list is probably something that they need and would totally love!

Sijo Bedding

Sleep is a daily essential for any college student. With Sijo’s sustainable bedding, you’re sure to enter dreamland comfortably. Sijo offers a wide array of pillows, pajamas, linens, candles and more. Their products utilize eucalyptus, softness and high-quality fabric to optimize relaxation and a soothing environment for your home. The clear emphasis on rest and relaxation corresponds with Sijo’s commitment to daily comfort.

AiryWeight Eucalyptus Comforter

Somehow airy and weighted at the same time, this duvet insert will keep you warm and cozy without getting you hot and sweaty.

Hey Dewy Humidifier

Winter is upon us and the dry-skin season is beginning. Co-founded by Cindy Kang, Hey Dewy provides relief to those with dry-skin, allergies or even wanting to add a new product to their skincare routine. With up to eight hours of use on a single charge, this portable humidifier can go from your car to your dorm.

Hey Dewy Wireless Facial Humidifier (Pearl)

It’s time to unplug! The Hey Dewy Wireless Facial Humidifier is wireless and rechargeable, you can truly take this with you wherever you go – around the home, to your office, in your car, while you travel. Hydrate your skin throughout the day with 8-hour battery and water capacity.

Sach Scented Candles

The scents used in Sach’s coconut wax candles are inspired by the founder’s heritage and experience growing up Asian American. From the memories of all-purpose ointments to parents assembling plates of fruit for their kids, these candles encapsulate nostalgia and comfort into their well thought out scents. Perfect for adding a touch of home to any dorm room and making the space cozy and comfortable.

Sophie’s Garden

Jasmine • Plumeria
Burn time: 
40-50 hrs

This candle is a reference to the Studio Ghibli film, Howl’s Moving Castle.

Blueland Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

What’s better than having a clean room? Blueland provides an alternative to common household cleaning products. Their cleaning kits, spray bottles and containers are environmentally-sourced and single-use, perfect for those who want to cut back on annual waste. In addition to household cleaners, they also offer hand soaps, laundry detergent, toilet bowl cleaner, and more in a variety of packs, bundles, and kits.

The Clean Essentials Set

The Clean Essentials set includes: Foaming Hand Soap, Multi-Surface Cleaner, Bathroom Cleaner, and Glass+Mirror Cleaner

Pink Moon Gua Sha

A Gua Sha tool is a simple way to elevate a skincare routine and reduce the effects of college stress. Pink Moon uses ethically sourced rose quartz to create individualized Gua Sha that works to improve blood circulation and ease the muscles. The tool comes with a travel-sized storage bag and instructions for proper use. By subscribing to their email, customers are also granted access to ask questions from their licensed Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner and acupuncturist.

Rose Quartz Gua Sha Facial Tool

A mini gua sha kit that comes with an ethically-sourced Traditional Chinese Medicine rose quartz tool, an instruction booklet, and storage pouch for your daily Gua Sha rituals.

Poketo’s Daily Weekly Monthly Planner

A planner is just what a college student needs to stay on top of a hectic schedule, especially if they prefer an analog approach to organization. Poketo’s Daily Weekly Monthly Planners are open-dated, with sections for organizing tasks and space to add timestamps, notes and sketches. This planner also comes in four different covers for you to choose from.

Daily Weekly Monthly Planner

The classic Daily Weekly Monthly Planner is an open-dated planner that features space to timestamp events and tasks, room for notes, and sketches with matching spiral binding for ease of use.

Chunks Hair Clip

Chunks hair clips are the perfect statement piece to the college student updo! Founded by Tiffany Ju, this hair clip comes in various sizes and colors. The Seattle-based brand is famous for their long-lasting hair clip. This is a perfect gift especially for the festive season!

Oval Allie Clips in Double Glitch

A perfect pair of alligator clips. Small metal teeth provide a strong hold with no snag. Ideal for all hair types and lengths. Great for taming bangs and flyaways.

KonMari Organizer

Functional, aesthetic, and soothing to the eye, products by the famous Marie Kondo and her Konmari organizing method make great gifts for the college students looking to elevate and maximize their organizing scheme. Add Marie Kondo’s storage essentials to your Christmas shopping list and gift these minimalistic and clean organizers. 

Collapsible Bamboo & Cotton Rectangular Storage Basket

This fabric-sided storage basket adapts to what you need it to hold. The bamboo frame ensures it always keeps its integrity and makes it easy to carry from room to room. Collapse it and tuck it away when not in use.

Neuro Energy & Focus Mints

Students need to stay alert and motivated throughout the day. Neuro’s Energy & Focus Mints are a naturally balanced source of caffeine, L-theanine, and vitamin B6. These are a great alternative to artificial sources of caffeine that cause jitters and crashes and can hinder a student’s performance. The Energy & Focus Mints are vegan and sugar-free with peppermint and cinnamon flavors.

Energy and Focus Mints (6 Pack)

Tapping into the synergy between natural caffeine, L-theanine, and B vitamins, this Energy & Focus provides a smooth, balanced source of energy without the jitters or crash.

Kodak Ektar H35 Half Frame Film Camera

College is all about making memories for a lifetime. Get your student a Kodak Ektar H35 This reusable film camera yields up to 72 photos per roll and is lightweight and pocket sized for your convenience. This sleek camera comes in four different colors to fit your student’s personal style.

Kodak Ektar H35, 35mm (Reusable)

The new classic, KODAK EKTAR H35 Half Frame Camera is ideal for photographers looking to reduce film usage and related costs. It features a built-in flash and a small-and-light body, and is designed to be handy and easy-to-use; even film beginners can handle KODAK EKTAR H35 effortlessly.