ATH-M50X Headphones by Audio Technica – $187.99
Everyone loves music, but a great pair of headphones offer so much more. Good headphones can make a big difference in the college experience. They can be used for blocking out noisy roommates while studying, listening to lecture material or audiobooks, or for relaxing after a long study session.
The Sound Guys rated the ATH-M50X by Audio Technica as the best headphones under $200 and one of the best headphones you can get for your money.
Bose SoundLink Color – $129.99
We’ve discussed the fact that everyone loves music, but music also brings people together. Whether it’s a bonfire on the beach or a study session in the Quad, your group is going to want some tunes.
The Bose SoundLink Color is one of the best values on portable speakers. It has large sound, great bass, and recharges with a standard micro-USB cable. It plays for up to 8 hours on a charge and even provides voice prompts to make setup a breeze.
AAXA P300 Pico Projector – $367
Sometimes you need portable music, but what about portable video?
We live in the future where you can carry a theater in your pocket, or bring some visualizations to a get-together.
The AAXA P300 has a high contrast, a bright light, and has an optional battery for times where there may be no power. Pair it with the Bose speaker for a truly portable multimedia experience.
Tile Tracker – $25
Losing your keys is expensive. In college, it can be even more expensive when you add in an expensive fee for key replacements. Don’t even mention misplacing your laptop bag or purse!
The Tile Tracker prevents you from losing your items – keys, backpacks, purses or anything else you can attach it to. The phone app will let you activate an alarm in the Tile within 100 feet. It even works in reverse – press the tile to find your phone! If the item is outside of Bluetooth range, the app will display the last known location of the item.
Eno Singlenest Hammock – $59.99
Who said school is all about studying? Sometimes it’s about relaxing and hanging out with friends.
A hammock from Eno is just the thing for a college student to have – light, simple, and easy to carry when camping, swimming, hiking, or napping in the quad! Instantaneous stress relief is brought to you by Eno.
Drinkmate Mini Breathalyzer – $29.99
Let’s face it: In college, alcohol happens. You can pretend it doesn’t, or you can help your collegiate stay safe when driving or riding with others.
The Drinkmate is the world’s smallest breathalyzer. It fits in your pocket with ease, and plugs into your Android smartphone (an iPhone version is on its way). Within seconds, it display’s a person’s BAC.
Goat Story Mug – $29.99
The Goat Story mug is a modern redesign of the travel mug. Trendy, ergonomic, and just plain cool, the Goat Story mug is easily portable with a carry strap and an insulating ring that doubles as a stand in case they do actually pry the coffee from your hands!
Grab this fashionable, functional, and sleek mug for the coffee addict college student in your life.
Aeropress – $29.95
Let’s keep the coffee theme going for a moment: consider the cramped space of your typical college dorm room. Think about how hard it can be to get up early enough to make it to class, let alone make a coffee stop. Then think about the Aeropress.
Small enough to fit in a drawer, no heating element to remember to shut off with 4 hours’ sleep, and it produces what some consider the best coffee around. Pair this with an electric water kettle and your student can whip up some great java without endangering his or her dorm-mates!
Polaroid Snap Camera – $99.99
Remember Polaroid? Well instant photos are back and have gone digital!
The Polaroid Snap Camera uses Zero Ink (ZINK) Technology to print photos immediately. It also stores the photos digitally just like any other digital camera.
The recipient is sure to love the nostalgia, the photos, and most of all – the fun of instant gratification and sharing prints with friends. This is the perfect gift for the collegiate on your list.
MonoRover R2 – $499.99
Campuses are big and college students have a lot on their plate. This is the most expensive item on the list, but sometimes it’s important to splurge.
The MonoRover R2 is the leader in the current crop of electric-powered personal transport. These self-balancing two-wheeled scooters can go up to 12 miles per charge at up to 7.4 miles per hour.
They’ll never have to worry about being late to class again!