Easter basket gift ideas for college students


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By Daija Hammonds, Lifestyle Editor

We all loved receiving Easter baskets when we were younger. They were nicely decorated and filled with our favorite chocolate and candies. Now that we’re college students it may seem like we’re too old now, but with our budget as college students, it wouldn’t hurt to receive an Easter basket with some necessities in it. 

Cleaning supplies and detergent

Whether the student lives on or off-campus there is always a need for cleaning supplies. They have to wash dishes, clean their desk area and do laundry. To get them started, a bottle of dish soap and a sponge should do the job just fine. 

You could also get them a pack of disinfectant wipes to quickly wipe things down and clean spills. A three-pack of Clorox Disinfecting Wipes is available at Walmart for $10.

“I do a lot of laundry so I could always use laundry detergent,” said Keondra Hamilton, an undeclared first-year. 

Tide Liquid Laundry Detergent is a good choice as it’s easy to carry and better than pods because they have a chance of not dissolving completely in the washing machine. You can get it at Walmart for $13.


Candy was a great Easter gift as a child and it’s still great now. There’s a range of chocolate bunnies, chocolate eggs and spring-themed M&Ms.

For peanut butter and chocolate fans, you can get  Mini Reese’s Easter Eggs at Target for $7.

For fruity candy lovers, try the ​​Egg Hunt Sweet and Sour Assortment Candy available on Amazon for $22. It includes Sour Patch Kids, Jolly Ranchers, Twizzlers and Swedish Fish.

Everyone might not enjoy marshmallow candy, but you can’t go without Peeps during Easter; it’s tradition. You can find them in a variety of colors at Walmart for around $2.


We all know college students are on a budget, so it doesn’t hurt when parents decide to send some money to get through the rest of the semester. You don’t have to go out to buy anything and you would be helping a broke college student.

Khris Patingo, a junior health sciences major, said that he wouldn’t mind receiving gas money for Easter. 

“With how gas prices are looking now, I could really use the extra gas money,” Patingo said. 

Clip-on fan

It’s spring, which means warmer temperatures and even warmer dorm rooms. A clip-on fan can be used on a desk, a shelf or a bed frame. 

The Comfort Zone clip-on fan from Walmart is $14 and only needs to be plugged into an outlet. It’s a small and portable gift that can be used for many years.

While most of these items may not fit into an Easter basket, think of it more as a care package and know that any college student would be grateful and happy to receive any of these gifts.