5 Tech Gift Ideas For Students

Posted: Nov 25 2017, 12:55pm CST | by , in News | Hot Gadgets

 
5 Tech Gift Ideas for Students
5 Tech Gift Ideas for Students

5 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Student in Your Life

Almost everyone has a high school or college student on their gift-giving list this holiday season. And while some people find it easy to find good gifts, it can be a challenging demographic for some to conquer. Thankfully, you can never go wrong with a cool, useful, tech gift.

Here are some ideas to make your holiday shopping a little bit easier.

1. Tablets

In case you haven’t noticed, today’s students like versatility in their devices. There are times when they need a laptop to write a paper or do some research, but there’s also a time and place for the convenience of a tablet (like for taking notes in class or watching a movie in bed). A convertible laptop-tablet is the answer. And, believe it or not, there are actually some options available for less than $300.

Suggested Gift: ASUS Transformer Mini 10.1”

2. Headphones

If there’s ever a time in your life when you need a pair of quality headphones, it’s when you’re in high school or college. Between loud roommates, distractions in the library, and long walks to and from class, headphones give you the opportunity to escape from the world.

The biggest problem with earbuds is they get tangled easily and always fall out of your ears, so look for a product that’s wireless and form-fitting.

Suggested Gift: Bose SoundSport Free Wireless Earbuds

3. Internet Connectivity

Students need internet like they need air (at least they think so). And while most college campuses now feature free Wi-Fi in all major buildings, there are always dead spots on campus that can make it problematic to get work done.

Want to give a student something they’ll actually use? A mobile hotspot allows them to create a secure connection anywhere there’s a data connection. This means they can use it while sitting on the bus, relaxing in the park, or hanging out in a dorm room. It’s amazing how often this can come in handy.

Suggested Gift: Netgear Unite Express Hotspot

4. Software

Want to send a not-so-subtle signal to the student on your list that they need to buckle down and get more serious about their studies? You can always buy some student-specific software for them.

A good productivity or note-taking software is ideal – especially if they have a tablet they use in class. Many of the newer software solutions on the market will let students take notes with a digital pen and then convert them into shared files that can be edited in a text document later.

Suggested Gift: Microsoft OneNote

5. Wearables

Wearables are hot right now and the student on your list could benefit from owning one. While they used to be expensive and dysfunctional, the products that have recently come to market are much more cost-effective and useful. They often contain features like fitness tracking, sleep tracking, heart rate monitoring, and Bluetooth connectivity.

Suggested Gift: Xiamo Mi Band 2

Give a Gift a Student Actually Wants

One of the problems with holiday gift giving is the obligation you feel. When you feel obligated to give someone a gift, it often backs you into a corner where you don’t really know what they want or need. Then, you end up giving a gift that the recipient doesn’t actually like. In order to avoid wasting your time and money, consider trimming your list down and focusing on those who are most special to you.

If it includes a student or two, the products mentioned in this article will nudge you in a good direction.

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