Holiday break is an important time for college students. Semester finals are over, and they want to relax, unwind and catch up with their family. Whether they live states away or are still in the same town, you want these moments back home to fuel them through another successful year. We understand how daunting it can be choosing the right gift for your college students. Should you find something that helps with their studies or alleviates their stress? We’ve put together a list of ten gifts that do both. Your college students will be thrilled that you found a present that makes their time away at school more enriching, engaging and memorable.
Anker Astro E3 $22
Students rely on their cell phones for studying, socializing and, most importantly, calling home. The Anker Astro E3 makes sure they never run out of juice when they’re sprinting from class to class. This charger works with all major brands and fully charges a phone four to five times before needing a recharge. Your students will thank you when their phone is still at full battery after the long ride back to campus.
Roadside Assistance Services
Allstate Motor Club $52
Going away for college often means long drives between home and school. If something goes wrong on the highway, you can feel confident knowing Allstate Motor Club can take care of it. The roadside assistance plans cover most major concerns, including flat tires, dead batteries and even your students locking themselves out of the car at a tailgate party. We’re impressed with the GPS-enabled phone app, which tells dispatchers where they’re stranded.
Single Cup Coffee Maker
Black & Decker Brew 'n Go $20
If your students have full schedules, they’re going to have to pull a few all-nighters. The Black & Decker Brew ‘n Go is simple to use, meaning less time brewing and more time studying. It’s small enough for a dorm room, and your students will love that the machine doesn’t use coffee pods or K-cups. They’ll be awake and environmentally conscious at the same time.
College isn’t only about studying. Your students need time to relax and enjoy the campus. Fugoo are rugged speakers that provide excellent audio, whether they want to listen to music on the grass, at the beach or in their room. On a full charge, Fugoo have a 40-hour battery life. And speaking of studying, we’ve heard classical music improves memory. This Bluetooth speaker will add great bass to Beethoven.
Sunpentown RF-244SS $125
Your students are going to need something to store all those holiday leftovers in, and there isn’t a better option than the Sunpentown RF-244SS. This compact mini fridge fits easily into tight spaces. That makes it great for dorm rooms. The Sunpentown also has a built-in freezer, perfect for a steady college diet of pop tarts and hot pockets.
Personal Finance Software
Quicken Premier $68
College means becoming an adult, and that means your students need to take charge of their finances. Quicken Premier sets the bar for finance software. The program syncs all their accounts, including savings, credit cards and college loans. Your students will appreciate the tracking features that make sure they stay under budget and don’t come home begging for money.
Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum $144
You may not be able to make sure your college students are brushing up on their calculus every night, but you can make sure they enjoy brushing their teeth. The Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum is lightweight and comfortable, and it has a long battery life. This electric toothbrush also has a nice travel case for trips for those trips between home and campus.
Garmin Nuvi 2589LMT $220
College often means getting used to a new town, and the Garmin Nuvi 2589LMT can make sure your students don’t get lost when they’re out exploring. This car navigation GPS is made to fit comfortably in any car and has a display that works both horizontally or vertically. This means your students won’t have to rely on their cell phone and can stay focused on the road.
Sennheiser PXC 450 $215
When your students need to study, they need to remove distractions. The Sennheiser PXC 450 blocks up to 23 decibels, enough to cancel out the sounds of loud roommates, noisy lunchrooms and even annoying pencil taps in study hall. These lightweight headphones fit well in a backpack and only require 1 AAA battery for the noise-cancelling feature.
Apple iPad Air $418
Your college students need a versatile tablet that’s lightweight enough to haul around campus but powerful enough to hold important apps and data. The Apple iPad Air is still at the top of its class in both functionality and portability. The tablet’s 9 hour and 20 minute battery life should last through your students' entire class load. And don’t forget how important those FaceTime sessions are for catching up!