If you are looking for the perfect gifts to give to teens and college students, I feel your pain. As kids get older it becomes harder and harder to shop for them, especially within means. Teens pretty much either want pricey high-tech gadgets or games, and college students are so confused they don’t know what they want! I’ve compiled this gift guide based on items I’ve discussed with my teen and college student. There is a mix of stock stuffers as well as techy gadgets kids are really wanting this year!
If you are shopping for teens and college students this year, you’ll need to think very clearly about the gift or gifts you will be purchasing. Be sure to check out all the other holiday gift guides I’ve put together for friends, family and budget friendly ones too.
1. Amazon Fire Tablet – $49.99
The Amazon Fire Tablet has a beautiful 7″ display and fast 1.3 GHz quad-core processor with rear and front-facing cameras. The all-new Amazon Underground, a one-of-a-kind app store experience where over $10,000 in apps, games and even in-app items are actually free – including extra lives, unlocked levels, unlimited add-on packs and more. With 8 GB of internal storage and free unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and photos taken with Fire devices; upgradable to an additional 128 GB of storage with a microSD card.
2. Hickies and DooHickies – No Tie Shoelaces – $9.99 and up
Doohickies – for kids and Hickies – for teens and adults come in their respective one size fits all no tie shoelace system. MAde with memory fit material that reacts to movement, these no tie shoelaces turns any sneaker into a slip-on! Customizable fit with a variety of lacing techniques, stylish, fashion forward, always unexpected, and favor elegant, luxe sneakers. No more tying laces. No more messy looks. Just sleek, slip-on, slip-off functionality. Comes in a variety of colors to match any shoe! For the full selection, visit the Hickies website.
3. Cards Against Humanity – $25.00
If you have someone on your list with a great sense of humor, Cards Against Humanity would be a fantastic gift! This is basically the grown up version of Apples to Apples and is called a party game for horrible people. With the right group of friends who have a sense of humor and are not easily offended, this game can be hilarious and tons of fun! Unlike most of the party games you’ve played before, Cards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a Black Card, and everyone else answers with their funniest White Card. The combinations that can be played out are what equals lots of laughter!
The weather was awful the other day and the printing stations at school were down. What’s a kid to do when they have to turn in a paper STAT!? Perfectly sized for the dorm, and great for kids rooms too, all their printing needs will be taken care of! Your student will be able to print from virtually anywhere with the HP Envy Wireless All-in-One Color Photo Printer! Let your creativity soar while keeping printing costs low (plans start as low as $2.99/month and are based on pages printed, not cartridges used) with HP Instant Ink – enroll in the program prior to 12/31 and get 6 months of free ink w/ code HOLIDAY15 at checkout. This HP ENVY 5540 wireless all-in-one is the easiest way to print lab-quality photos and laser-quality documents in fewer steps from your smartphone or tablet. There are so many options with this printer and it can fill all the needs that your student shall have! #NeverRunOut
5. Amazon Student Prime Membership – $49 after free trial
Student Prime will give your student some very cool perks like free movie streaming, free shipping, and a few other great perks. With Amazon Prime students are given access to all the things that a typical Amazon Prime membership includes but at a cheaper rate. They will have access to Prime Instant Video titles, Prime Music, and a Kindle book to borrow for free each month from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. Your student will be able to keep this for four years or until they graduate, whichever comes first. All you need is an .edu email address to qualify.
I’m actually about to order this for J-bird. His roomies can share it and probably come up with stuff for the 6th edition. This gift idea would be a little on the humorous side of gift giving, yet is packed with a ton of information! This book is now in it’s 5th edition, and is on the New York Times bestselling list! The Naked Roommate is the #1 go-to guide on dorm and college life! Harlan Cohen’s tips and advice on student life -from sharing a bathroom with 40 strangers to sharing lecture notes-provide the behind-the-scenes look at EVERYTHING freshmen need to know about college (but never knew they needed to know). This essential, fully updated edition is packed with real-life advice on everything from managing money to managing stress. Hilarious and outrageous, with stories from students on over 100 college campuses this book covers the basics, and then some!
7. HoverBoard – $178 and up
Likely to be sold out everywhere come Christmas time, Hoverboards are the HOTTEST new item to hit the streets. HoverBoards hit at a max speed of around 12 MPH and come with a rechargable battery and wall charger. Many companies are producing them making them much more affordable when they first launched. HoverBoards come in a variety of colors and patterns. Getting around campus has never been easier! Shopping for teens and college students has never been easier with this HOT item under the tree.
8. Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 Plus – $45.99
Teens and college students will LOVE the Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard for all the lazy reasons in the world! Enjoy effortless control of your TV-connected computer with this compact and slim comfortable keyboard with quiet keys and large (3.5-inch) touchpad. The 33-footwireless range ensures trouble-free connection in most rooms, even suite style dorm rooms. It’s plug-and-play design make it a snap to set up and has a battery life of 18 months. Compatible with computers/laptops that work with Windows 7, 8, 10 or later, Android 5.0 or later, and the Chrome OS.
Shopping for teens and college students doesn’t have to take your breathe away or break your wallet. But if you want to wow your teen, be sure to consider the HoverBoard if you can find it within budget. Maybe just getting one big item instead of a bunch of small items would be what they might really want! I know my kid wants one, and my big kid (Papa) does too. From time to time I receive items for review and consideration of inclusion into gift guides – some of the items mentioned above were submitted for consideration. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.