Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide: College Student Edition

Holiday shopping for college students can be tricky, or for some nearly impossible. Thinking clothes or jewelry? It will probably get exchanged for something else…Maybe a new perfume? Trying to avoid a scent that doesn’t trigger scarring memories of middle school becomes quite the task (hint: avoid anything with the words “warm vanilla”). But, there’s a secret to holiday shopping for the college gal in your life: Nothing screams the season of joy for a twenty-year-old like getting gifted all the necessities they would have had to pinch pennies to pick up next month. 

There’s no reason the gift giver should be pinching pennies either! We’ve scoured the Brandefy database to pick out the best product dupes to help you fill a stocking with care (while still being careful about your wallet!).

L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise

A solid mascara is essential to any college students every day makeup routine. L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara offers an intense volume similar to the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, but at a fraction of the price. Order Here

Savings = $15

Maybelline Masterchrome Highlighter

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If you haven’t heard, college students don’t always get as much sleep. Dull, tired skin is often a harsh consequence. Enter: highlighter. The Maybelline Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter is practically identical to cult favorite Becca Pressed Highlighter. The only major difference is in the cost: the Becca version carries a hefty $38 price tag, while the Maybelline highlighter is less than $8 at most stores. Order Here

Savings = $30

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink

Maybelline’s matte liquid lipstick gives the Nars Powermatte Liqued Lip a run for its money. With an 84% comparison score, the drug store version provides a true matte finish, long lasting wear, and great pigmentation. Order Here

Savings = $19.31


Up & Up Eye Makeup Remover

This is one of the best dupes there is, and destined to save college students after late nights in the library (or out with their friends). The Up & Up Eye Makeup Remover has a 95% similarity rating to the tried-and-true Neutrogena version. Do your favorite college student a favor this holiday season, and introduce them to this dupe.

Savings = $1.90

Up & Up Skin Refreshing Apricot Scrub

Flaky, dry skin be gone! Everyone loves to give their skin a little TLC during the dry winter months. This Target brand dupe for the St. Ive’s Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub offers a similar, but gentler, exfoliation. Order here

Savings = $1.65

Finish it off with some classic Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate (its richer than the Publix version) and you’ve got a stocking ready for the mantelpiece.  

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