Laptops are one of the most popular and useful gifts for graduating teens. Some college bookstores have deals that come with tech support but, before you make a final decision, see what student discounts you can get from Apple, Microsoft, and Best Buy. When shopping for laptops, or other items from national retailers, parents should be aware that they can generally use college student discounts even if their student does not yet have a college ID card. Retailers often ask for a college email address that many schools issue over the summer, and some will give discounts with a college acceptance letter. Consumer Reports recommends the Acer Spin 1 which retails for about $250. MacBooks with enough memory and computing power for undergraduates start at about $1,100.

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The gift-receiving aspect of the holiday season is definitely more important to kids than adults, but that doesn’t mean newly-minted adults should be left off this year’s gift list. College students work hard most of the semester (aside from a few missed assignments here and there). And making it to the holiday 2017 season means they've finished all their final exams and are another semester closer to graduation — and doesn't your favorite college student deserve a gift about it?

The commercialism of Christmas gets more and more out of hand each year. When it becomes difficult to know what to buy someone, that is when you focus on those who have nothing and give to shelters and charities. For families and friends, think of what they like to do and their hobbies. From there, give $10 to $15 gift cards to their favorite restaurant, coffee shop, or retail store. Also, a gift card to a movie theatre is always great because the movie outing has become ridiculously expensive and I can’t imagine anyone not appreciating this idea for a gift.
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2. Shadow box. Many craft and frame stores offer "shadow boxes": a box that has one side made of glass (made to look like a frame) that you can hang on a wall. Create a special one tailored just for your graduate—with mementos, college insignia, and even sports paraphernalia, if appropriate. As an added bonus, shadow boxes work well in an office or in your graduate's new apartment.
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11. Briefcase or nice bag. While a briefcase is the traditional gift for a law school graduate, it can also be a great gift for any college graduate. Don't worry about needing to buy the nicest, brand-name, all-leather bag you can find, either; messenger bags and other options might work, too, depending on your graduate's career field and geographic location.
When the Amazon Echo made its debut, it seemed like a great idea. But the large, expensive gadget was not a great fit for college students. At $49.99 (Amazon Prime) and the size of a small clock radio, the Echo Dot is a much better buy. With voice activation, the Echo Dot can order an Uber, wake you up, get sports scores or the weather, answer your factual questions, and read you an audiobook or podcast. Not surprisingly, it can order anything from Amazon Prime. For college kids feeling particularly lazy, the Dot can do conversions and answer simple math questions shouted from across the room.

i do cheap gifts such as at the dollar store. dollar coffee mugs, cookie tins(then bake sugar cookies) for my boyfriends parents and the neighbors, lotions and bath gels and bath sponges for girls. i also go to wal mart down the travel size isle and get dollar mini axe shower gels, sprays, and shampoos for the guys. very in-expensive. i spent fifty dollars on ten people this year! five a person and it looks more expensive seams i used the dollars store! the lotions look like bath & body!! i spent more on my boyfriend but of course, hehe.
11. Card Game—A part of attending school is having fun with your friends. That can easily be achieved with one of the popular card games like Cards Against Humanity, Never Have I Ever, The Adult Party Card Game of Poor Life Decisions, or Exploding Kittens. These games can be seen as both slightly inappropriate and completely hilarious—a winning combination for many college students.
These budget-friendly gift ideas will spread good cheer without squandering your cash. Sure, you could always go the DIY route, but if you're set on shopping, we compiled affordable gift ideas for kids, friends, and coworkers that are low-cost without looking cheap. Because there's nothing better than great gifts and stocking stuffers that won't break the bank.
In my unscientific but thorough survey of gift ideas for college students, I would say some 94.8 percent of all college students have, at some point, either received a copy of Dr. Seuss’s Oh, The Places You’ll Go or had it quoted at them. It’s a classic read, but as far as gifts for college students go, it’s clichéd — and you can give a practical, useful, and unique gift to a college student that’s better than that. To make things a little easier, I spoke with actual college students about the most memorable gifts they’ve ever received, the gear and gadgets they use every day, and the items on their wish lists to find the best gifts for college freshmen, gifts for college graduates, and all the students in between.

I own both the Livescribe 3 and the Echo pen from Livescribe. I'm not interested in all the features, so I'll just write about what I've focused on doing: transforming handwriting in ink in my notebook to editable text in a Word document. BOTH PENS CAN DO THIS. Though Livescribe 3 does an extraordinary job of keeping this information from you. Livescribe all but sabotages itself with its terrible web site and near useless manuals.
Getting out the door on time and dressed appropriately for the weather is all on her now. Give her the gift of a smooth morning routine with one of Amazon's latest tech offerings: the Echo Plus with built-in Zigbee smart-home capabilities. This top-of-the-line gadget will let her sync up all her music accounts, get news briefs, and request and Uber through a Dolby speaker system — and as she her life evolves, it will grow with her.
I love this! I use this for holding my laptop or iPad while watching tv on the couch. I pay bills, online shop, play video games, etc. I love the size. It's perfect. The wrist rest is awesome for typing to helping to avoid carpel tunnel if you type a lot like me. I haven't had to use the light but I love that it's there. I love that there is an extension on the side for added room though I haven't had to use that yet either. Great product! It's a must have if you are like me multitasking while watching tv in the living room and bedroom.

Another great gift is wax bears. Get a slab of wax 7-8 dollars at flee market 2 bottles of the same scnt 20.00 melt wax adf sent get a stufged animal dip it in sented wax comb fur out let dry and harden can make 8 or 10 bears. Varying on size of bear. Tjen it will smell for ever if it stops smelling all you have to do is take a blow dryer and run across it its a great gift for moms grandmas aunts….anyone!


Starting last month, my Roku 4's fan started running constantly and making strange noises that I could hear 2 rooms away. I thought other reviewers were exaggerating about the noise, but it is LOUD. I contacted customer service to report the issue and worked through their suggested steps of rebooting the thing, unplugging it, resetting... Read more
I know the gift was nice and fresh and on time unfortunately the seller was not helpful with a very simple task. I have no problem buying again from anyone else willing to comply with a simple direction. There were no gift options and theseller acted like I was wrong for asking to leave out the reciept. Now my mother knows how much I overpaid for her gift. She did love it even though she saw the cost.
Cell phones are an indispensable, and expensive, piece of equipment and your student needs a relabel case to keep it from shattering if they drop it (which they will.) While you can find many more expensive models, the Silk phone case has a texture that makes it grippy, not slippy, is lightweight, has protective corners (“airbags for phones”) and is very well-priced. Plus, it gets top marks by the NYTimes Wirecutter.

While cleaning might not top their list of fun, it must be done. This Bissell Featherweight stick vacuum makes doing it as easy and enjoyable as possible. It’s super lightweight (just over 2.5 pounds), and it can easily convert from a stick vacuum to a hand vac, so you can reach all the nooks and crannies in every room of your house. The cord is 15 feet, so you can cover a large area, and it works on most surfaces, including carpets, upholstery, and bare floors.
Go to Whole Foods, or whatever vaguely chichi market you have in your town, and loiter in the wine section. Look a little confused. It won’t be long before a concerned person wearing an apron or a name tag will wander up to you and ask you if they can help. And, oh, can they! Tell them your budget, what your friend likes, and they’ll give you plenty of options. Be upfront if you don’t know anything—they can still make recommendations. Wine store employees are a lot like librarians: they wander about all day just dying for someone to ask them a question.
The gift-receiving aspect of the holiday season is definitely more important to kids than adults, but that doesn’t mean newly-minted adults should be left off this year’s gift list. College students work hard most of the semester (aside from a few missed assignments here and there). And making it to the holiday 2017 season means they've finished all their final exams and are another semester closer to graduation — and doesn't your favorite college student deserve a gift about it?
The Roku 4 worked fine for the first 3 months and I was happy with it overall. I wanted a 4k streaming device that supported multi-channel audio. I also wanted a platform that had the widest range of compatibility, so the Roku 4 fit the bill. The menu and controls were more responsive than my smartTV (Samsung from 2013). Netflix and Amazon Prime worked well without any probs. The remote is just ok. I don't like the dedicated channel buttons, especially since I don't use rdio or sling. It would be nice to be able to configure those for channels I actually use.
Laptops occupy a difficult tech landscape to navigate, and by many accounts, the Apple range dominates the student world. But $2,000 is a steep price to pay for the laptop, even if it is essential to students’ success. The Dell Inspiron 7000 gives students a tablet and a laptop in the same bundle. Here’s a quick rundown on the specs: an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256 GB solid state drive, and a convertible touchscreen with a 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution. In other words, this thing is the perfect entertainment-meets-schoolwork machine at a pretty stomachable price.
Believe it or not, there are toys that make beautiful music. Perfect for all ages, Munchkin’s Mozart Magic Cube inspires creativity and interactive play while teaching how sounds combine to create eight classical music masterpieces by the master composer. With a touch of a button, this interactive cube lets your child add or subtract from any combination of five different instruments, including harp, French horn, piano, flute, and violin. 
It’s time to get rid of that disgusting, dirty, crumb-infested backpack that your teen has been carrying for four years. Great options from standard-bearers like Jansport or North Face start at $30, while trendier brands like Herschel or FjallRaven can run north of $150. Just remember that whatever you buy will be disgusting, dirty, and crumb-infested four years from now.
Whether it’s a family heirloom or a new gift, a piece of jewelry can be deeply personal, with meaning for both the recipient and the giver. Alex and Ani have a 2017 graduation charm bracelet ($28) and Monica Rich Kosann has beautiful necklaces with personal messages ($130 for sterling silver). Two ideas with a bit of home are jewelry personalized with the latitude and longitude of a special place, like Lat and Lo, and Dogeared for necklaces with a home state-shaped charm.
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Fitbit is just the right gadget to have on your team to wage a war against the freshman fifteen. Fitbit will help them stay on track with their fitness goals. The sleek wristband looks just like a small bracelet but has the capabilities to track sleep, steps, heart rate, calories burned, and active minutes. To really kick into motion, challenge your friends to daily and weekly activity challenges.
Your mileage on something like this is going to vary based on who you're getting it for and how much stuff they like. Might work better as a one-off care package for starving college students rather than how I did it, a subscription item for my teenagers' school lunches. In my case the kids pick through just what they like, leaving behind what they don't until the next box comes, and I'm left with a growing mountain of those radiant orange peanut butter cracker sandwiches.

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
“Wedding registry–type things make sense,” adds Cassidy Olsen, another soon-to-be graduate of Tufts, “because a lot of us are moving into places for the first time permanently. I know nothing about glassware, so I couldn’t say what glassware, but a combo of drinking glasses and wine glasses would be good.” We here at the Strategist love the Bormioli Rocco Bodega short tumblers, which do double duty as wine glasses and drinkware.
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