The holidays are already around the corner, and the people cannot wait to give and to receive gifts. We can feel the chill from the winter air. However, college students might feel the chill coming from all the looming academic works. This season, instead of knitted sweaters and quilted sheets, why not give them something techie and helpful? From smart speakers to portable gaming systems, you have a myriad of gadgets to choose from for your special college gift.

Here are ten useful gadgets that might be on your student’s wish list.

1. Nixie Ramos Clock

Price: $399.99

This walnut colored, retro alarm clock might not be the cheapest in the market, but it ensures that your college student will never have any excuses for sleeping in.

The clock forces its user to face the morning because it needs a code punched in for it to shut off. In case the code won’t work, a wireless panel is placed somewhere far away from the bedside so you need to actually get up and walk away from your bed to shut off the alarm.

2. Apple AirPods

Price: $159.00

Your child needs a decent set of headphones and the Apple AirPods is one of the best picks. Why?

The headphones are widely compatible with iPhone and Android devices. In addition, they have Bluetooth connectivity, they are portable, compact, and have a long battery life.

3. Google Chromecast

Price: $35.00

There are other streaming devices available in the market, but Google Chromecast might be the best among all of them. It lets users cast what they are seeing in their smartphones directly to their TV.

The tool also has a “guest mode,” where users can allow their friends’ devices to connect to the Chromecast so they can share the content of their smartphones too.

4. Kindle Paperwhite

Price: $119.99

Giving a Kindle could never go wrong in any way. Not only it is comfortable to hold and read, the model also has a good backlight for nighttime reading, and an extremely long battery life. If your kid is an avid reader, then the Kindle Paperwhite might be one of the best gadgets you can give this holiday season.

5. Ruban Notebook Lock

Price: $8.99

There is nothing more horrifying for a modern student than having their laptop stolen. A quick way to avoid this situation is to have a security lock and cable to secure your valuable laptop by your side.

Ruban offers cheap yet sturdy notebook locks. They have coded locks with cables measuring up to 6.2ft. The lock can firmly keep your laptop in place unless you input your four-digit security code.

6. Motorola G5S Plus

Price: $239.99

If you have a child bound for studying abroad, then the Motorola GS5 Plus might be one of the best gadgets you can give.

The Motorola G5S Plus is a very versatile smartphone equipped with all the basics. The phone boasts of a 5.5-inch with 1080p display, fast charging capabilities, decent front and back cameras, and an all-metal unibody design.

7. Nintendo Switch

Price: $299.00

You cannot remove games from a student’s life. Sometimes, they only need a gaming console to help them cope up with their everyday stresses.

Nintendo Switch is iconic because it is portable. The console is capable of plugging into a TV as a regular console, or as a portable system by docking the controllers beside the console. It also has a built-in stand if you wish to play while traveling.

However, if you are thinking of giving a Switch for a gift, you need to pre-order quite early, as these units are so hot that they tend to get sold out quite quickly.

8. Olympus Dictaphone

Price: $32.00

A Dictaphone is one of the devices proven very useful for a student’s academic career. It eases the process of note taking; students can record class lectures so that they can concentrate more on the lessons rather than taking notes. A good Dictaphone model that we recommend is the Olympus VN-7200. The model is very durable, has a long battery life, and can deliver crisp and clear recordings.

9. Texas Instruments T1-84 Graphing Calculator

Price: $149.99

Without a doubt, students taking science and math related courses would really appreciate a graphing calculator. Though graphing calculators are not cheap, they are indispensable throughout the academic career.

Texas Instruments T1-84 Graphing Calculator comes with a variety of applications, functions, and formulas. It can save up to 10 functions and is capable of simultaneously analyzing multiple equations.

10. Sonos One

Price: $199.00

Sonos’ latest smart speaker, along with its great audio, features supports for Bluetooth and Amazon Alexa. Although the speaker may be a bit pricey, there are actually a lot of things to discover with this smart speaker.

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