It’s that time of year when parents send their kids off to school. In fact, this year 19.9 million students will return to college in the United States and about 16 million pupils will attend high schools around the country. While this is a fun time for students, back to school can be sad and stressful for parents and family members.
If you’re one of the teary eyed parents, grandparents, relatives or family friends, a great gift can be a helpful and meaningful send off for your young scholar. The giving of gifts is an excellent way to wish a student well in the coming year and to let them know how much you care.
We’ve put together this list of useful gifts for new and existing students alike. From laptops to room decor, these gifts will be both appreciated by their recipients and useful to students throughout the year ahead.
1. Microsoft Surface Laptop 2
These days, every high schooler and college kid needs a laptop to do research and complete their homework assignments. Give your scholar a hand up on the competition with the Microsoft Surface Laptop 2. This technologically advanced machine boasts an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of memory. The screen is 13.5 vibrant inches and the battery will last all day long with up to 14 hours of video playback. This computer will do everything a student needs and more.
2. Lemome Academic Planner
BEST FOR ORGANIZATION
Although the trend is to do all things digital these days, students can massively benefit from a physical academic planner. These books help with time management, productivity and stress relief. If those are some things your student needs, you can’t beat the Lemome Academic Planner as a back to school gift. This beautiful planner boasts a faux leather cover and monthly, weekly and daily sections as well as over 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.
3. INIU Portable Charger
BEST FOR THE SOCIAL MEDIA ADDICTED
For the social media addicted or anyone who uses their electronics with regularity throughout the day, it’s obvious how short the average phone’s battery life can be. Students, especially, can feel this pain as they sit in classes all day without access to a plug socket. That’s why any student who knows what’s good for them has a portable charger. These devices have the ability to charge electronics on the go. The INIU Portable Charger, in particular, can charge an iPhone three times over at a rate four times faster than many other charging options.
4. Leaper Retro Messenger Bag
The Leaper Retro Messenger Bag provides a stylish way to get your everyday essentials to and from school. The washed canvas material is both soft and durable while inside you’ll find a more luxurious cloth for added protection. As well as the single over-the-shoulder strap, the bag features a top-mounted handle for an extra carrying option. This messenger bag is also available in over 15 different colors and includes a side pocket, two under-flap slots and a magnetic, snap-button closure for a secure ride between classes.
5. Avantree Neetto Adjustable Laptop Table
BEST FOR HOMEWORK IN BED
Sometimes there’s work to be done but you just don’t want to get out of bed. Thankfully, with the Avantree Neetto Adjustable Laptop Table, you won’t have to. Combine the two tasks for a comfortable, bed/work space or, alternatively, use the table as a dinner tray for eating dinner and watching TV. The fully adjustable legs can fold under the table for a lap-resting option. Plus, it’s available in two different color options and made from lightweight materials for maximum portability.
6. Cooluli Mini Fridge
BEST FOR ALL-NIGHT STUDY SESSIONS
Whether it’s an all-night study session or an all-night party, this Cooluli Mini Fridge is the perfect addition to a dorm room. The small refrigerator will ensure students always have a cold soda, an energy drink or a beer (for the 21+) waiting for them. The fridge can be mounted on a shelf or on the floor and has a capacity big enough for six small cans.
7. Amped & Co. Peace Sign Neon Light
BEST DORM ROOM DECOR
If you’re sending your student off to college for the first time, giving him or her a bit of dorm room decor would be a nice touch. This peace sign lamp is made from genuine neon gas-filled tubes, a rarity in today’s LED-filled world. At 14.5 inches tall, this neon sign adds a fun and funky theme to any desk or table space.
8. JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
BEST FOR THE PARTIER
For music lovers, students on the go and pretty much anyone who enjoys having a soundtrack for their daily life, there’s no better gift than a portable Bluetooth speaker. And while there are loads of cheaper options available on Amazon, you can’t really beat the quality and functionality of the JBL Flip 4. It’s waterproof, features impressive stereo sound and boasts an impressive 12 hour of playtime battery life.
9. Jaxx Six Foot Cocoon Bean Bag Chair
Dorm rooms and high school bedrooms don’t tend to have a lot of seating options, yet young students need somewhere to hang out, play video games or study lazily. If they don’t have one already, a bean bag chair can solve a lot of furniture conundrums for the younger generation. This Jaxx Six Foot Cocoon Bean Bag Chair is highly rated on Amazon and is so comfortable, your student might find him or herself sleeping in it.
10. Beats Studio3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
BEST FOR MUSIC LOVERS
If you like listening to music while you study, walk to school or work out, these Beats Studio3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones deliver high-quality sound as well as an easy way to block out the rest of the world. They’re available in a range of different colors and can be folded down on themselves for easy storage when they aren’t in use. The headphones come with a handy carrying case and the internal rechargeable battery provides up to 40 hours of playback from a single charge.