The Best Gifts For College Students (When You Can’t Cancel Their Student Loans)

We're pretty sure that if the college students in your life were to give a completely honest answer to what they want for the holidays, their answers would be: pay off my student loansgive me a job after graduationmake going into an actual classroom safe again. We're also pretty sure that very few of you reading this can provide such things. Even so, you probably won't disappoint with a lesser, but still well-thought-out gift for those friends, siblings, and cousins who are working their way through an unprecedented school year.
The thing is, we know college students are a very diverse bunch. If we were to put any other group into one category — say, "people in their 30s" — it would sound a bit ridiculous to pick out a handful of gifts that would please them all. But we know some basic things that most people in college have in common. (This also goes for people in their late teens and early 20s who are not currently earning a post-secondary school degree.) They live in dorms or cramped, cheap apartment shared with others, or they recently had to move back in with their parents. They're figuring out how to be adults during a global pandemic and economic crisis (though aren't we all?). Needless to say, they could always use a few extra comforts.
With those needs in mind, we made sure the following options were a little bit practical, but also super fun, both to give and to receive. 
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