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Best Tech Gifts for College Students - 2013 Christmas Shopping Guide

Updated on November 13, 2013

Best Tech Gifts for College Students - Stuff they'll love!

Here are practical and fun gifts for college students. Most of these ideas are tech gadgets that are helpful for studying or useful for living in a dorm room. Sometimes it's hard to know what's appropriate for college students who may be living away from home for the first time. I really like getting the best deal, so you won't find very expensive or lavish ideas here. But if you are looking for a going away to school gift (or a graduation gift, Christmas gift, birthday gift, etc) that will be useful and loved... Here are some with up-to-date technology that even the geekiest students will appreciate!

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Smart Pen that Records What You Hear and Write! - Built in recorder, syncs with your written notes.

Livescribe 3 Smartpen for Android & iOS Tablets and Smartphones
Livescribe 3 Smartpen for Android & iOS Tablets and Smartphones

A voice recorder used to be the must have gadget for serious college students. I know my Mom bought me one when I went to school. And it did help but it is a pain to have to fast forward and rewind to get to the part of the lecture that you missed or need to hear again. This smart pen uses special paper and unique technology allowing you to tap your notebook and instantly hear what was said while you were writing notes.

Often high school students are surprised at how fast college professors lecture and it takes some practice to be able to keep up with them. This might help them survive their freshman year of classes and it will continue to be a helpful study tool in later years, even in graduate school.

 

Small Flatscreen TV for the Dorm Room - Affordable 19" TV

Samsung UN19F4000 19-Inch 720p 60Hz LED TV (2013 Model)
Samsung UN19F4000 19-Inch 720p 60Hz LED TV (2013 Model)

Some college students have TV in their rooms... A small TV that's about 19" to 24" is just right for most dorm rooms. Although TV isn't necessary, it sure is a nice way to stay up-to-date on local and worldwide news and also a good way to relax :)

 

Clock Radio Alarm Clock with iPod Dock - For Students who Own an iPod or iPhone

Sony ICFC11IP Lightning iPhone/iPod Clock Radio Speaker Dock (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Sony ICFC11IP Lightning iPhone/iPod Clock Radio Speaker Dock (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Great way to listen to music in the dorm room, while at the same time having a reliable alarm clock.

Compatibility: iPod mini; iPod nano 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G; iPod classic 4G, 5G, 5.5G, 6G; iPod touch 1G, 2G; iPhone 1G, 3G, 3GS

Wake or sleep to iPod/iPhone, FM radio, or buzzer

Digital FM radio tuner with 20 user presets

Sleep timer adjustable to 15, 30, 60, or 90 minutes

Backup battery keeps time in the event of power outages

 

Clever Flash Drive - Goodbye Disks, Hello USB Flash Drives

LaCie iamakey v2 8 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive 131105
LaCie iamakey v2 8 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive 131105

USB Flash Drives are today's alternative to the obsolete floppy disk. This one is designed to fit on a key chain. Every student needs a flash drive to store and back-up school work.

 

Point and Shoot Camera to Capture their College Memories - This also does 720p HD Video!

Canon PowerShot A1400 16.0 MP Digital Camera with 5x Digital Image Stabilized Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens and 720p HD Video Recording (Black) (OLD MODEL)
Canon PowerShot A1400 16.0 MP Digital Camera with 5x Digital Image Stabilized Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens and 720p HD Video Recording (Black) (OLD MODEL)

While many cell phones take pictures, they are not very practical. It's often hard to see the screen in bright daylight, and cell phone cameras have a delay which makes taking pictures of action shots difficult... This camera has a viewfinder, which means you can look through it and see your picture even in bright daylight.

 

Noise Cancelling Headphones - Block out the dorm room noise!

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling Closed-Back Headphones - Wired
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling Closed-Back Headphones - Wired

Students can listen to music for studying and get work done even when it's party night! Or to block out their chatty roommate!

Additionally, if they are flying to school - or on an airplane during school break - then they'll really thank you for this! It's ideal for blocking out engine noise.

 

Music for Studying - I've listened to these CDs and they really do work!

Best Coffee Maker for a College Dorm Room - Brews Coffee Directly into a Travel Mug

BLACK+DECKER Brew 'n Go Personal Coffeemaker with Travel Mug, Black/Stainless Steel, DCM18S
BLACK+DECKER Brew 'n Go Personal Coffeemaker with Travel Mug, Black/Stainless Steel, DCM18S

OK, so this isn't too high tech, but because it's a personal favorite of many college students, I thought it would be a good place to point out this must have dorm room accessory for the coffee drinker.

 

A Few More Gift Ideas for College Students - Dorm Room Accessories

Brentwood Originals Brushed Twill Bedrest, Navy
Brentwood Originals Brushed Twill Bedrest, Navy

This is great for studying in bed... Nice way to prop yourself up and sit with back support.

 
Streamlight 66118 Stylus Pro LED Pen Light with Holster, Black
Streamlight 66118 Stylus Pro LED Pen Light with Holster, Black

A flashlight for emergencies, or for looking in dark places. It helps!

 

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      jillian22 4 years ago

      How clever is the key flash drive -