Finding the perfect gifts for college students can be tricky if it’s been awhile since you were in college. A lot has changed, and a lot is still the same. They’re still broke, still have roommates, but now they need a lot more technology.
Scanmarker Digital Highlighter and Reading Pen
Taking notes can be hard work, but with the Scanmarker Air Pen Scanner, it’s easy. Scanning 3000 character per minute, this pen will transfer text directly onto a chosen computer application (such as Word), and will even read the words back to them, making taking note a lot easier.
Money can be tight for students, and they might not have enough for those treats that make life more enjoyable. The CraveBox Care Package contains 45 delicious treats to keep them going, with favorites such as Cheez-Its, Goldfish, Laffy Taffy, and loads of other goodies.
If you want them to eat more than dehydrated noodles when they’re away, the Dezin Electric Hot Pot will let them cook delicious meals, even without a stove or oven. Ideal for frying, sautéing, boiling and more, this handy non-stick pan means that as long as there’s a socket, they can cook.
It can be tough taking notes in lectures, especially if they’re not a fast writer. This EVISTR 16GB Digital Voice Recorder will allow them to record lectures, transfer files to the computer, and even be set to voice activation so it only records when the tutor is speaking.
Give them iced coffee whenever they need it with the HyperChiller by Maxi-Matic. Compatible with all coffee makers – whether single brew or K-Cup – this machine will chill coffee (and any other favorite beverage) in just 60 seconds. It can even be used to chill wine when they bring it home!
Parents always worry that their kids are eating well and keeping warm, and with The Comfy, they can at least be assured of the latter. Made from plush fluffy Sherpa, this wearable blanket is perfect for lounging, studying, gaming, and even going from dorm room to dorm room.
The BedShelfie will make a thoughtful gift for college students who need to make the most of their space. Available in 4 styles to suit most beds, this clever shelf can be used to keep essentials close at hand, or as desk or eating space when there really isn’t much room.
Sharing a room isn’t easy, especially when they’ve been used to having their own space at home. Give them their own room within a room with the Privacy Pop Bed Tent. Easy and quick to set up and take down, this durable tent will fit full-size beds for cute and cozy privacy.
If getting out of bed in the morning is a problem for them, the Ruggie Alarm Clock will ensure they rise and shine on time. Fitted with a loud alarm, the Ruggie will continue to ring until it senses pressure from them standing on it. Then, and only then, will it stop.
Life is for living, and this bucket list poster will make sure they do it in style. Printed with 100 awesome things to do, from simple and inexpensive to adrenaline-fuelled, this poster features silver scratch-off panels that will reveal colorful artwork once the activity has been completed.
It’s so important that students have a way to let off steam. SpikeBall is the fun and frantic game that can be played indoors or out. Played like volleyball but with a small horizontal net, players must bounce the ball off the net before the other team takes possession.
They might not have space for a full-size safe in their dorm room, but they can still keep valuables secure with the Master Lock 5900D. Big enough to hold a phone, keys, cash, and/or important documents, this combination safe can be tethered to other objects to keep it immovable.
Caffeine is a must-have when studying, but it goes cold so quickly. The Ember Smart Mug is temperature controlled, and will keep tea or coffee hot for up to 90 minutes, or, if it’s used with the included charging coaster, will keep it toasty all day long.
Sticky Notes are incredibly handy for making notes to aid studies, but they can be hard to organize and keep track off. The Redi-Tag Divider Sticky Notes solve the problem by coming with tabs that stand out at the edge of the book, making them easy to see at a glance.
Bounce Battle is a fun game that can be played in a number of different ways to ensure no-one ever gets bored. Easy to set up, the game consist of a wooden frame, and 26 balls (plus one spare) that need to be bounced into the frame in a chosen configuration.
Here’s a book that will make sure they make the most out of their college experience. You want them to have a well-rounded time while they’re there, and not leave any stone unturned. This book lays it out nicely and makes sure they don’t leave out anything meaningful.
Reducing ambient noise by up to 90%, the Anker Soundcore headphones will make studying easy. Wireless for added convenience, these headphones have a 40 hour playtime on one single charge, and offers an exceptional sound experience with 100% stronger bass output.
If you’re worried that they’ll never get out of bed without you there to call them, Clocky will make a fine ‘mom substitute’. Once the alarm goes off, Clocky will jump from the nightstand and roll around the floor so that they have to get out of bed to catch him.
This set is awesome, and will allow them to set up an impromptu game of ping pong anywhere there’s a table. The net extends to 72” and can clamp onto a table or desk, and it is accompanied by two paddles, three balls, and a handy carrying case.
They say that being an adult doesn’t come with a manual, but actually, it does! ‘Adulting 101’ is full of insanely important advice for those important things that go hand-in-hand with growing up, like how to find a job, pay rent, have successful relationships, and how to save and invest.
Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life
It’s the little things we do that determine how much we succeed, and this book will teach any young person how to get it right. ‘Make Your Bed’ by Navy Seal Admiral William H. McRaven shares the things he learned in training that will set anyone up for a successful life.
This toolkit will make an invaluable gift for college students, so they can make minor repairs around their accommodation without calling for help. Available in red, pink, blue, and orange, this case contains 39 essential tools, including both Phillips and slotted screwdrivers, pliers, hammer, and a 10’ tape measure.
When you can’t be there with them when they’re feeling under the weather, the Hey Girl Feel Better Tea will help. Made with Lemongrass, Echinacea, honey, lemon, and more, this green tea will boost their immune system as well as their vitamin intake in just 1 – 3 cups a day.
Ramen is a staple food of most students, especially when they live away from home. Make it healthier and quicker for them with this innovative microwave ramen maker. Using half the water means that not only do the noodles cook quicker, but less sodium-filled seasoning is required, too.
With disposable income in short supply, there’s never enough left over for non-essentials like make-up. Treat her to a monthly supply of beauty products at a fraction of the RRP with a Birchbox subscription.
Super strong and tear resistant, this large bag will keep all their washing in one place until laundry day. Fitted with a hook for hanging, this large bag also comes with a drawstring top and two handles, which will make it easy to carry when they bring it home to Mom.
If they’re fending for themselves for the first time, give them a basic grounding in cookery with ‘Prep: The Essential College Cookbook’. Using 10 basic lessons, this book will cut through the jargon and show them how to create nutritious meals and snacks while they’re away.
While they might be happy wearing creased clothes most of the time, there will be occasions where they need to look smart. This travel clothes steamer will take care of creases quickly, and provides 15 minutes of continuous steam so they can smarten more than one garment at a time.
A healthy breakfast is the way to start the day, and with this breakfast sandwich maker you help them avoid leaving the house without a good meal. It also helps prevent them from buying greasy and unhealthy fast food breakfast sandwiches while on the go.
Space saving cookware is a must in student accommodation, and this silicone popcorn maker is ideal. Collapsing almost flat when not in use, the bowl can hold ¼ cup of kernels which will provide a full bowlful of healthy, delicious popcorn in just 2 to 4 minutes in the microwave.
Help them make the perfect cup of tea with this perfect tea maker from Teavana. A college student cannot live on coffee alone, and tea makes a healthier option while also providing the necessary caffeine they’re craving. Brews tea quickly and makes it taste exactly how it should taste.
An essential gift for college students, this kettle will look cool as well as provide them with super-quick boiling water for tea, coffee, and even hot water bottles. Faster than a microwave, this Hamilton Beach kettle is made from clear glass, which glows with a blue light as the water boils.
Just because they’re a broke college student now doesn’t mean they’ll always be broke, hopefully. Give them this complete guide to money and investing from the Wall Street Journal and you can help instill some money smarts that will stick with them long after college.
For many students, attending college will be the first time they’ve been away from home. These soy candles will offer them a state scent profile from where their family is and help remind them of home.
Totally cute and perfect for small bathrooms, the Octopus Caddy will hold up to 9 bottles, tubes, tubs, brushes and more safely off the window sill and bath side. Fully waterproof, this latex creature even saves money, as bottles can be stored upside down so they can access every last drop.
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