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Do you know a college student that you plan to buy a gift for this holiday season? Here are 10 great gift ideas for any college student, with a range of options for your budget or your student’s preferences:
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Tablets are the hottest gadget this holiday season, and there are a range of options to fit any budget. Amazon’s Kindle Fire is a budget-friendly model with a lot of options for students to read books and surf the Web, and the popular iPad sits at the high end of the spectrum in terms of price and features. Shop tablets now!
Many college students carry a laptop for note taking and portability for study options. Help them protect this precious cargo with a cool case. Find a case at Zappos and get free shipping (as well as free return shipping if your recipient doesn’t like your gift).
Most students carry a smart phone now, allowing them to stay in touch with family and friends, keep track of classes, check e-mail and much more. Help your student personalize a smart phone with a fun case. Zazzle has options for iPhones and Android phones, and you can upload your own photos or personalize the color or style.
Caffeine fuels late-night study sessions – as well as long lectures. Students can use a portable mug for their iced and hot coffee and other drinks. These mugs from Cup Couture are also more stylish than the typical cardboard-sleeved cup. Shop portable mugs now!
Stylish Lunch Bags
Dorm food gets old, and students don’t have the budget to eat out every day. Help them save money and avoid brown bagging it with a stylish lunch tote instead. eBags offers a variety of styles and designs, and the site is currently having a 30% off sale for most items.
Let your student turn a smart phone into a sound system with a speaker dock to play downloaded music. A variety of styles are available on Amazon for all types of smart phones and mp3 players. Shop speaker docks now!
Not many students can afford a car in college, and it can get tiresome always asking for a ride or cramming onto a packed bus. A bike can help students have freedom of movement and get in some more exercise. Amazon offers up to a 60% discount on retail prices for a variety of bikes. Shop bicycles now!
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Save your college student a gym membership and promote healthy exercise with a good workout DVD or two that can be followed in a dorm room. Jillian Michaels, Bob Harper, and the rest of the Biggest Loser crew have multiple DVDs available for different fitness goals and interests.
A gift card to a favorite restaurant is an excellent gift for any person in your life, but especially for a college student who doesn’t get to eat out that often because of budget constraints. Pick a favorite restaurant, or browse some options at Restaurant.com for discounts at local eateries.
Students love to download music, movies, television shows, and games. Help them to do it legally with an iTunes gift card. You don’t need to have an iPod or any other iDevice to get content from the iTunes store. Buy iTunes gift cards for less than face value from Ebay.com.
Do you have any other great gift ideas for college students? Share your thoughts in the comments!