The 10 Craziest Back to School Gifts for New Students

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* Gifts that will be useful, but never boring
* Inspired by movies, myths, video games and more
* All priced under $150

It’s that time of year when parents send their kids off to school. 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. We’ve put together this list of useful gifts for new students, and to spice things up a bit, we chose unique gifts that probably won’t be seen around the dorm.

1. Han Solo in Carbonite Shower Curtain

Instead of a plain white shower curtain, let your geek flag fly with one that depicts the classic Star Wars image of Han Solo frozen in Carbonite.

Han Solo Shower Curtain Image courtesy of ThinkGeek


2. Shark Attack Bowl

Ideal  for cereal and snacks, this shark mouth bowl is a great way to get your kid started with kitchen necessities.

Shark Bowl Image courtesy of ThinkGeek


3. 8Bitdo DPad USB Hub

Charge multiple devices at once with this handy USB hub that’s shaped like a video game controller DPad, complete with light-up arrows.

USB Splitter Hub Image courtesy of ThinkGeek


4. Dancing Groot Speaker

Have the most adorable member of Guardians of the Galaxy dance along with you to your favorite songs with this fun speaker. It comes pre-loaded with the classic “Come a Little Bit Closer” from the Guardians soundtrack.

Guardians of the Galaxy Speaker Image courtesy of ThinkGeek


5. Mermaid Sequin Backpack

This backpack is covered in iridescent teal sequins that change color to matte black when you run your hands over it – perfect for in-class boredom.

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6. Hatsune Miku Keytar Sling Bag

Carry books and gadgets in this retro-inspired keytar sling bag. Made of polyester with silicon details, this bag will make you feel like Herbie Hancock, the first man to use a keytar, way back at the ’84 Grammys.

Keytar Sling Bag Image courtesy of ThinkGeek


7. Tetris Stackable LED Desk Lamp

This stackable Tetris desk lamp comes with seven interlocking pieces that light up when stacked together in any combination. It’s much more fun than the lamps at big box stores.

Tetris Desk Lamp Image courtesy of ThinkGeek


8. Unicorn Attack Plaque

Hang this 20-inch resin unicorn plaque on your wall and regal guests with the tale of how you caught the mythical beast.

Unicorn Wall Art Image courtesy of ThinkGeek


9. Star Trek Borg Cube Fridge

Every dorm has a mini fridge, but none as cool as this one. Made to look like a Borg Cube from Star Trek, this fridge features a glowing green light behind the outer shell, and allows for cooling or warming.

Star Trek Mini Fridge Image courtesy of ThinkGeek


10. Pokémon Snorlax Bean Bag Chair

At over 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide, this Snorlax bean bag chair is a great way to relax comfortably after a long day, and rep your favorite video game.

Pokemon Bean Bag Image courtesy of ThinkGeek

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