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Pottery Barn: 30 Christmas Gift Ideas for Teens and College





The holiday season is just around the corner and it’s time to start finding presents for your high school or college student. Pottery Barn Teen has a large selection of Christmas gift ideas for teens for their bedrooms or for college students to use in dorms or apartments.  

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Christmas gift ideas from Pottery Barn Teen

Gift Ideas

1. Bean Bag Chair

If your student wants to add seating to their bedroom or dorm, a bean bag chair is a wonderful option. Having a bean bag chair creates a snug place where they can get studying done or watch Netflix. Plus, the cover is removable for easy cleaning. 

2. Atlas Tapestry

Does your student love geography and/or travel? An Atlas tapestry is a cool way to decorate a bedroom, dorm, or college apartment. It is made from recycled plastic water bottles in an eco-friendly style.

4. Sherpa Robe

This super-soft Sherpa robe is sure to keep them warm, is very stylish, and is made from recycled materials.

5. Backpack

Get your student a brand new backpack. These Northfield backpacks are so unique and trendy. They even offer personalization, where you can put your teen’s initials on it so it will never get mixed up with someone else’s backpack. 

6. Carry-On Luggage

If your teen likes to travel, get them a nice, hard-shell carry-on suitcase. This one is customizable and you can add their initials to it.

7. Dry-Erase Calendar

Help them start 2022 on the right foot with this dry-erase calendar. This is ideal for staying organized because they can write down everything they have planned for the month. No nails are needed for installation.

8. Cookie Decorating Kit

Who doesn’t love decorating cookies? This is something fun that they can do with the family or with friends and enjoy eating delicious cookies afterward. This kit is a Pottery Barn Teen x William Sonoma collaboration.

9. Pajama Set

A pajama set is always a fun holiday gift. Sleeping in new, fresh pajamas is always so cozy! Pottery Barn offers tons of different pajamas including a Santa pajama set, a floral sateen pajama set, a variety of Harry Potter pajamas, and much more!

Bedding and bath gifts

If your teen will be heading off to college next fall, these are some of the things they will need and might want to have in their college dorms. Get a jump on shopping for them by gifting some of their dorm needs this holiday season.

10. Microfiber Pintuck Comforter & Sham

This comforter is sustainably sourced and features elegant pin-tucked details. It is perfect for any girl looking for a luxury look for her bedding. It is machine washable and would look so cute in a dorm room or apartment.

11. Xander Plaid Comforter & Sham

Plaid bedding is super popular among college guys right now. This comforter is made of 100% cotton percale and filled with 100% polyester. It is perfect for a guy who wants more than just a plain bedspread but doesn’t want something too crazy.

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12. Bundles

Bundles are a great gift for the holidays so that your student can be ready for their new college life next fall with brand new bedding, towels, and more. This set is 11 pieces, including a sheet set (Benzoyl Peroxide resistant), Organic Bath Towel Set, Down Pillow, 3 x 5 Shag Rug, Vegan Leather Dopp Kit, Recycled Essential Laundry Backpack and Shower Caddy. One-click and you are done!

Take a look at all the bundles that Pottery Barn Teen offers.

13. Luxury Memory Foam Mattress Topper

A mattress topper will help your teen get their best sleep yet. College mattresses are often uncomfortable because they have been well-used. Using a memory foam mattress topper made my dorm bed feel even more comfortable than my bed at home. This specific mattress topper from Pottery Barn is 2” thick and even conforms to the body shape. It is also ventilated to regulate body temperature.

14. Bohemian Fringe Plush Pillow

Help them spice up their dorm room or apartment with throw pillows. These throw pillows are a trendy and adorable addition to bedding or a living room couch. Throw pillows add a pop of color to the room, making it more inviting.

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15. Himalayan Faux Fur Throws

These blankets are fuzzy and are machine washable. They are extremely soft and are great for movie nights! Having throw blankets is nice for the days when it’s extra cold in the dorms.

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16. Harry Potter Bedding and Decor

If your teen is a Harry Potter fan, take a look at the amazing ways they can not only decorate the bed but also add whimsical touches of decor. No guarantee that the dorm will look like Hogwarts but they can always dream about it.

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Storage ideas

17. Jewelry Organizer

A jewelry organizer makes finding necklaces and bracelets much easier. This wall piece has space for rings, necklaces, earrings, and more. With this jewelry organizer, your daughter can see exactly where all of her jewelry is and she will never struggle to find her smaller jewelry pieces again. 

18. Bed Risers

Consider using bed risers which allow you to store much more underneath the bed. Because the space in the dorms is so limited, having this extra space is a life-saver.

19. Smart folding over the door hook

This over-the-door hook holds up to five hangers and is perfect for hanging up their favorite jackets. This also will add space to their closet. 

20. Punching Bag Laundry Hamper 

This punching bag hamper is excellent for the dorms because it is designed with handles to easily carry it to and from the laundry room. Made with vegan leather, this hamper was inspired by vintage boxing gear. Hampers like this will definitely last your student all four years of college or even more. 

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21. Slim Rolling Storage Cart

Storage carts are convenient in the dorms because they are easy to move around. With limited storage in dorm rooms or college apartments, this slim cart is very useful for storing small items.

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22. Hanging Closet Organizer

If your college student is struggling with not having enough storage space in their room, this hanging closet organizer is perfect. It is a practical gift that any college student will use throughout college. It can be used to store snacks, clothes, shoes, or miscellaneous items. This hanging closet organizer will add tons of much-needed storage space to their closet.

23. Recycled Classic Shower Caddies

It’s important to have a shower caddy while in college. This shower caddy has plenty of pockets to fit shampoo, conditioner, body wash, a razor, and other toiletries. Pottery Barn is big on being sustainable and environmentally friendly, and this shower caddy is made from 100% recycled polyester. It is made from over six recycled plastic water bottles and is available in six colors.

Lighting

24. String Lights

String lights are very popular for college students. They really brighten up a room and give the room a fun feel. 

25. Shine-On Task Lamp

This task lamp is an awesome desk lamp. Dorms often don’t have the best lighting and desks definitely need a lamp for studying late at night. It comes in gold or nickel, either of which is a nice accent to any room.

26. Glass Spotlight Floor Lamp

This floor lamp is perfect for adding lighting to any room. It has a modern look which is definitely in style right now.

Decor ideas

27. State Pride Flag

If you want to get your student some decor, state pride flags are very popular among guys in college! It is an easy and simple way to decorate a whole wall in the dorms or a bedroom. 

28. Ombre Tassel Performance Rug

This rug comes in the cutest pastel colors and is sustainably sourced and handcrafted. Rugs genuinely make the room feel much homier and warmer. This rug would look super cute right next to the bed.

29. Pinboard Framed Mirror

Having a full-body mirror is ideal for being able to see an entire outfit. This bestselling mirror is so fun because the outside is a pinboard, where your student can hang their favorite pictures or post-it notes. 

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30. Vanity Mirror

A vanity mirror is another great idea for a college student. The dorm mirrors are typically dirty, scratched, and oftentimes crowded. Having their own vanity mirror will save them the stress of trying to do makeup in the communal bathrooms. 

Pottery Barn sustainability commitment

One other important thing to know about Pottery Barn is their commitment to sustainable manufacturing processes and materials. When you are on their site, look for the products made with organic cotton, recycled materials, Greenguard Gold, and Fair Trade Certified. They are the only home furnishings retailer to make Barron’s list of Top 100 Most Sustainable Companies for the last four years.

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