Monday, December 4, 2017

Gift Guide for College Girls (Christmas 2017)

Hello, beautiful - and, as always, happy Blogmas! Today I'm back to help you finish up your last-minute Christmas shopping with a special gift guide just for college girls.

I don't know about you, but I always struggle to find the perfect gift for everyone on my list - and because I'm a huge perfectionist, I NEED to find that perfect gift or else. Luckily, I'm rolling in with an ultimate gift guide to help you find that special present for all the college girls on your list this season - you're welcome ;)

Whether you're a student shopping for a fellow college gal on a budget or a family member trying to get some ideas for your loved one, these are all the gifts I've been crushing on this Christmas season. I guarantee that with my ultimate gift guide, your friend, sister or daughter will fall in love with her presents this year! So, say goodbye to gift returns and hello to holiday bliss with these gift suggestions from Haley Marie Blog...

for the fit girl

If you need an idea for your friend who's a total gym bunny, who loves cardio and carbs, who treats her body like the temple it is, here are some of my favorite fitness-inspired Christmas gifts for this season... 

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A pretty journal is a great way for your favorite girl to keep track of her goals, dreams and workouts throughout the New Year. While this white What If journal is no longer available, this This Is My Year journal from Etsy is equally cute and only $10! 

On-the-Go Facial Set

Chances are, your fave fit gal is pretty busy between hitting up the gym and conquering the rest of her life. This on-the-go facial kit from NuFACE is a great way for her to freshen up after a sweat sesh - not to mention, she'll totally nerd out for the hyaluronic acid and unique facial toning device.

String Bag

If you ever heard your girl complaining about how she needs a new gym bag, this string bag from Minga London is the gift she'll absolutely fall for this Christmas season. This bag is just $10, comes in both white and black and has a motivating mantra to inspire your too-fit-to-quit bestie to push herself harder than ever before.

Crystal Necklace

Natural and even mystical health and wellness remedies have recently become just as popular as weightlifting and clean-eating. Help your gal get in on the trend in style with this rose quartz necklace from Amazon.

Graphic Muscle Tank

Gift your girl something cute to work out in this winter with a cute graphic tee. This Etsy tank will give your gal pal a goal to work toward while she's sweating it out at the gym - aka an epic cheat day of Rock-level proportions. 

Bath Set

Chances are pretty high that the busy fit girl in your life takes a lot of her showers at the gym. But just because she's cleansing on the go doesn't mean she can't treat her bod to something sweet! This four-piece Snow Angel set from Philosophy comes with some magnificent minis to help her clean up after she shows up. Not to mention, they smell like total heaven on earth! 

Sleep Mask

Sleep is the fitness game-changer that most of us are missing out on these days - so, why not give your girl the precious gift of shut-eye this X-mas season? This pink silk eye mask from Baublebar will help her relax anytime, anywhere in luxurious style and comfort.

Boxing Gloves

Help your fave fit girl take her game to the next level with a set of pro-quality Everlast boxing gloves. And if she's never boxed before? Sneak a class pass to your local ring inside the gloves for a sweet wintry surprise!

Fitbit Alta

Alta is Fitbit's newest invention for helping you track your health at the touch of a button. With a sleek new style, your girlfriend can open up the Fitbit app to get a detailed overview of her sleep, activity and more. 

Wireless Headphones

Those pesky wires can be so annoying when you're trying to work out. I love my Bluetooth headphones for the gym and highly recommend getting a pair for your favorite fit gal this Christmas season. These Happy Plugs from Bloomingdale's come in stylish white-and-gold and are perfect for wearing on-the-go.

Dry Shampoo

Ever seen that meme "My hair is 90% dry shampoo by now?" Literally me - and, most likely, the fit college girl in your life. Thankfully, Living Proof makes a triple-action dry shampoo that's sure to sap up all the sweat from her workout as she dashes off to her next daily commitment.

Water Bottle

Fashionistas have already fallen in love with's cheeky designs - and now it's time for the gym bunnies to get on board! Get your girl an adorable water bottle that expresses her love for pizza for just $20 at Bloomingdale's.

Personal Blender

Honestly, getting a personal blender when I got my own apartment changed my entire life when it comes to eating a healthy breakfast. If you know a fit girl who's prone to skipping the most important meal of the day, a personal blender will motivate her to whip up some tasty green smoothies and juices to take along with her wherever she goes.

Yoga Ball

Whether you know it as a yoga ball, exercise ball or stability ball, your girl will work her core like never before with this rad fitness gift. Amazon offers great options for as little as $8 from brands like Fit Spirit.

Speed Rope

Jump rope was all the rage when we were kids, but it's actually still a great form of exercise today! This speed rope from Amazon totally takes the jump roping trend to the next level.

Adidas Hat

Every fit girl needs a good hat for hiding her messy ponytail on her way out of spin class. Get her a stylish baby pink one with the Adidas brand logo and you might just find her wearing it outside the gym, too!

Asics Running Shoes

The one thing that every fit girl needs, but might not shell out the money to buy herself is a good pair of well-fitting running shoes. A lot of celeb trainers, such as K&K from Tone it Up, swear by Asics as the best running shoe brand around - and these cute Asics sneaks are perfect for crossing the finish line looking like a total babe.

Yoga Mat

A good yoga mat is the foundation of any college girl's dorm room fitness routine. This one from Nike is both super supportive and #aesthetics.


Because unruly hair shouldn't get in the way of a good workout. Not to mention, these ones from Nike are on sale!

Essential Oil Set

Last but not least, give your girl the gift of natural beauty and health this Christmas with a luxury essential oil set, like this one from Bodhi Herbal Spa. Essential oils are a great way to boost your immune system, de-stress your body and make your skin glow - all without nasty chemicals or additives.

for the girlboss

What do you get for the girl who might not have everything, but is determined to get whatever she lays her eye on? Hmm...for the greatest girlboss in your life, I've compiled a collection of sassy yet functional gifts she'll love for helping her hustle hard - and hustle hard in style. 

French Press

As a fellow coffee addict, adding a French press to my coffee routine totally changed my life. This pink ceramic French press is both stylish and functional, so your favorite girlboss will never hit that afternoon slump again.

Beautiful Notecards

The girlboss life is full of people to thank and networking to do, so naturally, ya girl's gonna need a LOT of notecards to keep up with her busy social life. Help her keep in touch in style with these cute succulent notecards from Chronicle Books!

Monday Sweater

When you're a girlboss, Mondays don't suck - they're the day you commit to slaying throughout the rest of the week! Get your girl hyped for that Monday vibe with this pink sweater she can wear all week long.

Chic Globe

A chic white globe makes the perfect desk decor for the leading lady who never stops working. Help your girl feel more creative, productive and inspired by making her workspace the prettiest place she'll never want to leave.

Cute Mug

You've got your girl covered for all her coffee needs - but what's she going to drink it out of? This adorable plant-themed mug, perhaps? 

Book Lover's Candle

If old books are the smell that haunts your girlfriend's dreams, rather than red roses or Chanel No. 5, Frostbeard Studio makes the perfect candle for her. With these reading-inspired scents, your fave girlboss will never want to leave her office sanctuary.

Pen Set

I don't know about you, but when I have pretty pens and stationery, I feel all the more inspired to write with it. Inspire her with these kickass pens, whose "Take Note, Bitches" mantra will leave her laughing and "yassss"ing all at the same time. 

Stila Stay-All-Day Liquid Lipstick

A busy gal ain't got time to be touching up her lipstick every 20 minutes in the office bathroom. As a longtime fan of the Stila Stay-All-Day Liquid Lipstick, I can totally attest that this lip color truly pulls through. Get it for $24 at Revolve.

Kitty Case

Your fave girlboss might joke that she's a crazy cat lady, seeing as she works too hard to have time to waste with f*ckbois. But, you've gotta admit it: your best gal's phone would look pretty darn cute in this not-so-crazy cat lady case. Telephone conferences never looked so good on her!

Perpetual Calendar

Because why not go green in style? Decorate your fave gal's desk with this rose gold calendar that never runs out. (Just don't forget what year it is, or you'll be outta luck.)

Desk Pad

If the girlboss you've got in mind is the kind who litters lists wherever she goes (um, hi - welcome to the club!), then she needs this desk pad from Rifle Paper Co. this Christmas. Period.

Sheet Mask

Chances are, your girl is constantly on the move - and all that jetsetting can really dehydrate your skin. Next time she hits the skies, encourage her to bring these 24k gold sheet masks on the plane and do them mid-air. After all, what could possibly be a better gift than perfect skin?


Keep her from being late during those busy days of appointments with a designer watch from Kate Spade. Not only will you show her how much you care, but you'll also show her that you have great taste! 

Lilly Pulitzer Agenda

Favored by girlbosses the world over, Lilly Pulitzer planners are the perfect way to keep all those to-dos and meetings organized. Plus, she'll totally be inspired to work hard (& play hard) by this stylish, shimmery cover!

Initial Necklace

Understated jewelry can be the most meaningful gift in the world - especially to a busy gal who's constantly dressing to impress. This initial necklace is so dainty she can wear it with any business ensemble, yet so beautiful she'll never want to take it off anyways!

Bed of Roses Nail Polish Set

Deborah Lipmann nail polish is, TBH, the sh*t when it comes to beautiful color that lasts and lasts. Give your girl the gift of perfectly pampered nails with these subdued rosy hues that her girlboss heart will totally fall in love with. 

Charlotte Tillbury Gift Set

For the perfect classy makeup look to get her through a long day of work and play, gift your gal this Charlotte Tillbury gift set. It comes with everything she'll need for the softest smoky eye and the plumpest pink lips a girlboss could ever dream of!

S'well Water Bottle

Hydration is *key*, both for staying healthy and for achieving the big tasks in life. Give your girlfriend the gift of self-care this Christmas with a stylish S'well bottle that makes it easy to drink water.

Boss Lady Tote

Every girl needs a big tote bag for lugging around laptops, textbooks, library books & her latest farmer's market discovery. With this handy Groupon, you can get her a totally stylish, totally functional tote for as little as $13. Can I get a heck, yeah?!

Fenty Beauty Match Stix

I'm predicting that Fenty Beauty products will be the hottest X-mas gift this season for any gal on your list. These multitasking match stix will simplify your busy gal's beauty routine by allowing her to cover up, contour and highlight all in one fell swoop.

Enamel Pin

Your girlboss is a strong lady, make no mistake about that - so what better way to treat her this holiday season than with an enamel pin that makes a bold statement? (Hold all applause until the end of this post, please.)

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Gift Set

The Olsen twins' signature line of Nirvana perfumes will get your girl in the right mood for any occasion. Whether she's feeling flirty and flowery or musky and bold, this inexpensive gift set will give her the scent she needs to rock out all day (and all night) long.

Pearl Earrings

Because there's nothing better than a gorgeous pair of statement studs for getting the #girlboss job done. Get them from Net-a-Porter for ~$363 (275 British pounds).

for the bookworm

If your favorite girl is more the quiet, introverted type who'd rather curl up with a good book than go out to the bar, then never fear: I've found the perfect comfy-cozy gifts to totally nail her Christmas style.

Hogwarts Tote

There's no way your fave bookworm has given up hope on her Hogwarts letter. Ask her why, after all this time, and she'll probably just tell you "Always." In other words, if "it must have gotten lost in the mail" is her favorite line, then she needs this cheeky tote for Christmas this season.

Banned Books Pouch

Uncle Tom's Cabin. Of Mice & Men. Their Eyes Were Watching God. These literary masterpieces and more all suffered from censorship at some point in their artistic lives. Help your girl do them justice this holiday with a literary pouch from 

Fresh Sugar Lip Balm

If the gal you've got in mind is more interested in the next chapter than in putting on a full face of makeup, then this simple lip balm is the perfect way to treat her to some holiday bliss. The Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Balm will soothe those wintry chapped lips, so she can stop fussing about in the mirror and get back to her book sooner than ever before.

Time Turner

Like hell if you thought Harry Potter ended years and years ago. Even if it did, your girl would probably rather turn back time than say goodbye to Harry, Ron & Hermione. Give her the gift of time travel in style with this chic time turner necklace from Amazon.

Cat Sweatshirt

You might argue that your gal isn't a crazy cat lady, but she's not denying the truth. Help her embrace her true self in a comfy sweatshirt she can bury herself and her fur baby in this holiday season.

Blanket Scarf

It's a scarf that doubles as a blanket. Need I say more? 

Madewell Watch

If your favorite bookworm has classic, timeless style (as I'm sure she does), then she'll surely appreciate this Madewell watch. The Horse Original Watch will never give up on her when she's tracking her words per minute or catching the next train to her newest destination.

Fuzzy Socks

Keep those toes cozy while she's cuddled up in her reading nook with these classic fuzzy socks. They make the perfect stocking stuffer or inexpensive gift for any bookworm who's known for living a life of hygge.

To the Moon & Back Pillow

This pillow likely describes how your girl feels about her favorite literary heroes - and you, of course. Strengthen her fierce loyalty and love by gifting her an adorable pillow that sums up all her feels without her having to say a word. We promise she'll appreciate the careful thought! 

Travel Mug

Any avid bookworm knows that a warm cup of coffee or tea is non-negotiable for cozying up with your favorite book. Help her enjoy those sips in style with a Jarvis travel mug that's perfect for all her favorite brews.

Chai Tea

To go with her travel mug, why not gift her a tin of chai tea? Because everyone knows the chai tea latte is the preferred drink of bookworms the world over.


Essential oils are the perfect way to bring a little natural relaxation into your favorite bookworm's life. Next time she's curled up in bed with her newest read, invite her to diffuse a little lavender or eucalyptus oil in this beautiful diffuser from Chando. It's so gorgeous, she'll mistake it for home decor - yet so handy for all of her reading needs.

Personalized Bookplates

Allow your girl to stake her claim on her favorite needs with these personalized bookplates from Sarah and Abraham. All she'll need to do is peel, stick and shelf! 

Winter Mittens

Winter is coming - and you'll want your best gal to be ready for it. I promise your fave college girl will totally fall in love with these silky soft mittens from Avon this Christmas season. 

Throw Blanket

Every bookworm needs a giant throw to snuggle up in their reading space with. Give your gal pal the gift of comfort and warmth this Christmas with a chunky knit blanket from Layla Grace.

Book Lover's Candle

Our book lover's candles return for, of course, your favorite bookworm! This soy candle smells like "reading at the cafe" (aka coffee and chocolate pastries). Your girl won't be able to get enough of it this Christmas season as she's decking the halls.

Little Miss Austen Book

Who says your girl has to grow up? This cute adaptation of Jane Austen for toddlers will remind her of her childhood and make the perfect decorative addition to any bookworm's coffee table. 

Oh K! Face Mask

Simple as your fave bookworm's beauty routine may be, chances are that pampering is an important step in her week to keep her sane. So, why not give your gal the gift of relaxation and fresh, clean skin with this three-step charcoal mask from Oh K!? 

Coloring Book

Literature isn't the only type of book your gal will love this holiday season. Buy her this Twilight Garden coloring book for some romantic relaxation that will spark her creativity this Christmas.

Rose Quartz Bookends

To turn your leading lady's favorite novels into a stunning statement, turn to these rose quartz bookends for a beautiful decor option she'll love.

Teacup & Saucer

Help your girl enjoy her favorite sips with all the grace and poise of an English queen. This Kate Spade teacup set is the most stunning way to enjoy a delicious cuppa in bed with your favorite book.

Floral Chocolate Gift Set

For the sweetest girl with the sweetest tooth in the world, chocolate is always the way to her heart. These floral chocolates set themselves apart from the crowd with unique flavors like lavender and orange geranium, yet will still satisfy her craving for the sweet stuff. 

Pastel Nail Polish Set

I know, I know: Deborah Lippmann's lovely nail polishes keep coming back for more! But it's true: for the girl whose nails may not be perfectly polished, but loves bright colors and feeling joy, these pastel colors are a much better option than Deborah's rosy nudes.

for the sorority girl

Everyone knows that girl: the preppy girl who's like a ray of sunshine in everyone's life, who loves her sorority and somehow gets straight As at the same time. But what do you get the girl who literally has everything? I'm here to show you! 

Instax Mini

The modern version of a Polaroid, the Instax Mini camera is the perfect way for this girl to capture all the most memorable moments spent with her friends. Nowadays, you can get them for as little as $60 from stores like Jo Ann Fabrics to brighten your favorite girl's Christmas Day.

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Plus

As a fellow fake tanner, I swear by St. Tropez for all my bronzing needs. If your girl is looking for a gradual tan that will make her glow under the party lights, this everyday bronzing lotion is exactly what she needs to get ready for her big night out. 

Deborah Lippmann Happy Days & Splish Splash Set

Chances are, this girl is all about the bright colors and cheery nail polishes. If that's the case, then this nail set from Gilt is the perfect present for her this holiday season.

Travel Mug

This "This is Probably Wine" travel mug has the same charming candor as your favorite gal pal. I'm willing to bet she'll fall in love with it just as quickly as you've fallen in love with her.


Yes way Rose. Need I say more?

Happy Hour Tray

Help your girl keep all her bits and baubles at bay with this jewelry tray that screams "cheers" to happiest hour of her day. 

Monogram Necklace

If she doesn't own a monogram necklace, is she really in a sorority at all? Give her the gift of family pride this season with a necklace that shares the initials she loves most with the entire world.

Sorority Jacket

As many sorority items as she already owns, chances are none are as nice as this Charles River rain coat from Etsy. Not only is it embroidered with her letters, but it's also incredibly soft inside and super high quality. Trust me when I say this jacket will truly give you your bang for your buck.

Kate Spade Card Holder

Whenever your girl leaves the house to go out, she probably doesn't want to bring her entire purse with her - yet she wants something a bit classier than the classic stick-on pocket on the back of her phone. So, what's the answer? This Lily Avenue card holder, of course! 

Pastel Phone Case

This girl's entire social life revolves around her phone, so it only makes sense that she'd want to protect the thing she loves most. This case is the most beautiful way to keep her phone safe in style, so she can take it to the club or her next philanthropy event without a care in her mind.

Sorority Pillow

Let the entire world know where her true home is this Christmas season. Whether she's a Theta or a Kappa, Simply Sisters sells a pillow that will speak to her inner Greek.

Sea Salt Caramel Popcorn

Even the happiest girl in the world gets a sweet tooth every once in awhile. This Funky Chunky sea salt caramel popcorn will satisfy that sweet tooth faster than you can say "sugar rush" - trust me!

Cards Against Humanity

This girl is always the life of the party - and when there's a dull party, she knows how to liven it up. A raunchy card game is a surefire way to get the audience going before they can slip away. My pick? The classic Cards Against Humanity. Chances are, she already has the O.G., so try one of these expansion packs from Amazon.

Ray Ban Sunglasses

If she's wearing sunglasses, they're going to be Ray Bans. Fuel her designer addiction with these classic aviators from Net-a-Porter.

Cheers, Bitches Flask

There's another way to liven up a dull party - any guesses? ;) Hint: this flask might help her out!

Hair Smoothing Kit

Can I let you in on a secret? Every girl wants soft, silky strands - okay, so it might not be a secret. But at least help her reach her goal this Christmas with this pro flatiron kit from Gilt.

Sorority Throw Pillow

If there's anything I know to be true about all sorority girls, it's that their sisters are the most important thing in the world to them. Getting her a sorority pillow shows that you recognize the importance of that force in her life and are willing to honor the connection she's made. That's something special she won't get from just anyone this Christmas.

Mermaid Makeup Brushes

Your girl is a true mermaid in every sense of the word: gorgeous, unique and full of life. Now, let her pamper herself like one with these fun makeup brushes that'll make her smile at her stocking.

Zoella Gift Set

Zoella embodies everything this girl strives to be. Classy, stylish and successful, it only makes sense that she'd be a huge fan of this Brit. Now, she can channel her favorite style icon with a gift set designed by the social media maven herself. Total score!

bliss fatgirlslim Cream

Okay, okay: though the name of this cream is deceiving (and a bit body-shaming), I have to admit the wonders it can work on cellulite. And let's face it - when you get as many invites as this party girl does, ain't nobody got time for lumpy thighs beneath her dress. Get it and give it for $35 from Nordstrom.

Hello Wall Decor

Cheery and coral, this wall decor is just as friendly and inviting as the girl herself. Brighten up the walls (and the whole room) by gifting her this sign to decorate her pad with. After all, a little touch of home never hurt anybody, last time I checked :)

Travel Manicure Kit

This mani kit is record-setting in that it's the cheapest item on this list! Clocking in at only $4, this is the smallest, yet most priceless way to put a smile on your girl's face. In my opinion, there's no better gift than the gift of self-care - and there's no better way to take care of yourself than to take care of your nails. Am I right or amirite?

Beats Pill

Last but not least, music makes the party, and the party makes the girl! This portable speaker comes with Bluetooth and stellar sound quality. For a splurge gift that just keeps on giving, I highly recommend the Beats Pill for Christmas giving this winter.

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