Attending college is for many people a transformative period. Not only are you intensely devoting yourself to some field of knowledge in the hopes of landing a career in it, but you are also thrust into new, exciting and challenging social situations as well. Likewise, many students will find themselves in need of more than a few specific items if they are to have an overall frictionless experience. Of course, if this is their first experience in an institution of higher learning they have no idea what to expect. Naturally, more adept students can always use pretty much whatever you throw their way. We’ve put together a list of great gift ideas for them if you’re interested…

Custom bags, cases, etc.

As a student it’s common to have to lug around lots of books, gear and equipment, that’s just the way it is. Of course, who says that you have to be relegated to those off-the-shelf offerings, believe it or not you can actually design your own, if you so choose to. Rickshaw bagworks (like this) is a website which allows you to do just that, there you can choose from a number of different models and further customize. That’s not all though, they also offer sleeves, folios and other accessories too.

8th generation gaming console

Gifts for Students

There are loads of different reasons as to why someone might want to purchase an 8th generation gaming console, after all, simply using it is its own reward. Naturally, college kids are apt to game like crazy, but it should also be noted that machines like the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One are also great entertainment centers in their own right. Seriously, you can essentially replace all your other players, streaming devices, etc. with one of these consoles. Moreover, this latest generation features so much power and graphical prowess that it’s almost ridiculous. If you are thinking about buying one of these offerings then don’t forget to throw in a good AAA game or two, just to sweeten the surprise.

New smartphone / iPhone

It should go without saying that there are a lot of different smartphone / iPhone models to choose from and in all likeliness your student probably already has several. However, one shouldn’t overlook the fact that a new model is always welcome. Even more so, consider gifting them with some type of special plan or rate if you’re a parent, in this way you can rest assured that they won’t be able to shirk your calls or be unable to contact you in the event of an emergency. Also, having someone hand you a new model iPhone is just incredibly cool, right?

New Laptop or PC

Even though many of today’s smartphones can achieve what large computers were able to just a number of years ago, every student really needs either a laptop or PC if they’re going to be active on the internet. In fact, for some fields of study having a computer that’s up to par isn’t just a good idea or a luxury, it’s a complete necessity. Meeting the demands of whatever software they’re running is the key here, so be sure to either thoroughly question them about their requirements and/or present them with a gift card that might allow them to pick out the best machine for themselves. Additionally, if you really want to do something special, why not actually make it possible for them to build their own computer, sites like this can help you both get started going in that direction .

Gift card(s)

Speaking of gift cards, there are numerous outlets and shopping centers that allow you to gift any amount you’d like. The big benefit here is that you’re essentially providing them with the means to get exactly what they want; likewise, it saves you the trouble of having to actually rack your brain in figuring out what to buy as well. Consider the following retailers:

  • Shell
  • Amazon
  • Panera bread
  • Office depot
  • Domino’s pizza
  • ESPN
  • US airways
  • American Apparel
  • Abercrombie & Fitch
  • And many, many more…

Single serve coffee maker

coffee makers

Running around like a crazy person on tight, sometimes ridiculous schedules is just part of what college is all about, it would seem. At the same time, everyone needs their daily coffee fix, however due to time constraints it isn’t always easy to squeeze it in. Moreover, who wants to create a whole pot of coffee when you really only need a single cup? Enter the single serve coffee maker, which is really basically made for people with little space and limited time. Where that is concerned, consider machines like what’s offered by Keurig.

Portable speakers / dock

Lastly, consider some type of portable speaker array or a dock which your student can attach their mobile device to. There’s lots of options out there in that regard.

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