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The college student’s guide to Christmas: Awesome gifts under $20

With the holiday festivities approaching, you may be scrambling to find thoughtful (and cheap) gifts for family and friends. Here are 10 gifts $20 or less selected for every college student on a budget.

For the girls:


















1. State Lovin’ Metal Keychain ($15.00) – B+C Shop

This is perfect for those who want a small reminder of their roots while they’re away at college. Customized to whichever state your heart goes out to.

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2. Pride & Prejudice Earl Grey and Lavender Soy Candle ($14.00) – PenAndCandle

For the Jane Austen lovers in your life, these homemade soy, lavender and earl grey candles are a prefect pick. Made by PenAndCandle owner Amanda Gibson on Etsy, there are candles for any bookworm’s favorite novel such as “Wuthering Heights” and “The Great Gatsby.”

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3. Hanging Bubble Terrarium Teardrop ($20.00) – Bliss Home and Design

Create a hanging terrarium with this 7-by-4.5 inch teardrop shaped blown glass. Place a candle inside for a simple decoration, or fill it with soil and plants to make your own mini garden.

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4. Lokai Bracelet ($18.00) – My Lokai

Injected with water from Mount Everest and mud from the Dead Sea, these two beads are placed opposite of each other to represent the highest and lowest points on earth. It is meant to remind the wearer that life is a cycle and the highs and lows of life is path is up to them.

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5. Monogrammed iPhone Cases for various models ($16.99-$19.99) – Simply Monogram

For iPhones of all shapes and sizes, Etsy creator SimplyMonogram makes monogramed iPhone cases in many colors and styles, from pink and teal chevron to black and white polka dots.

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For the guys:

1. Skillet Bacon Spread ($9.95) – Sur La Table

Because who doesn’t love bacon on everything? This cured bacon spread is the perfect manly gift, straight from Skillet American Diner of Seattle.

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2. Great Moustache Mug ($13.00) – Uncommon Goods

This mug is adorned with 14 different iconic moustaches. Each is numbered with a printed key at the bottom of the mug for your drinking convenience.

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3. Magnetic Man ($16.00) – Busted Tees

Known for their amazing tees, Busted Tees is also a producer of some quirky gifts for guys. Magnetic Man is a magnet strong enough to hold a stapler. Colors available are red, green, blue and black.

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4. Plush Zombie Slippers ($17.99) – Think Geek

These zombie slippers are for keeping feet tasty toasty. Put them on in the morning when you have half a brain. They’re oversized to fit most feet.

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5. Ocean for Men ($12.50) – Bath and Body Works

This 2-in-1 makes showering even easier and makes them smell better too! It dries in three scents including fresh cypress, vetiver and cool ocean air.

Get it!




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About The Author

Allie Taylor

Allie Taylor is a rising senior in the journalism program, and has dedicated most of her life to writing (whether scooping stories on campus, or practicing her creative fiction). She can recite the entirety of Bo Burnham’s “What?” and loves marathons… of Netflix, of course. When Taylor is not in the newsroom, you can find her rehearsing with the cast and crew of S(He) Will Fade, drinking her weight in coffee at Starbucks or burrito-ing herself in a blanket in her dorm room.

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