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Lifestyle and Education: 9 Inexpensive Gifts That Will Knock the Socks Off Any Student

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The holiday season is right around the corner. Folks in most parts of the world are making plans to surprise their loved ones. Some gifts are generic, while other ideas derive from the personality of the person being gifted. Gifts can either be expensive or inexpensive, depending on their functionality and lifespan. It is therefore important to keep cost in mind before buying any gift.

Among the unique groups of persons that are very specific about the types of gifts they want are students. These could be students in high school, college, or even at the graduate and post-grad levels. To please this demographic, the gift should be something that they use frequently and something unique and matches their personality. Here are 18 inexpensive gift ideas that are sure to leave a big smile on any student’s face. You can be sure to find something from the selection that suits your budget.

1. Student Planners

Planners are quite personal items; therefore, such a gift would work well for someone you know personally. Planners vary depending on the intended use. One can be as simple as having daily, weekly, and monthly calendars with extra sections for notes. Others can have pages for ideas, motivation, monthly reflection questions, and other actionable steps.

Some planners are only useful for a few months, while others can be used for several years. An ideal student planner would be one that can be used for 12 months. You could also buy a customized planner with various color schemes depending on the student’s personality.

2. Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones

One of the most useful gifts any student would appreciate is a pair of noise-canceling headphones. Students spend a good amount of time studying in the library, common rooms, cafeterias, or their dorm rooms; therefore, these headphones are bound to come in handy. There are also more stylish varieties at different price ranges, therefore go for something within your budget.

3. Customized Backpacks & Folio Cases

Every student needs a backpack in addition to the usual folio for class. Go the extra mile with this option and get them customized that speaks to their likes and preferences. For example, Etsy has a huge variety of affordable and customized backpacks that any student will love.

4. A Sunrise Alarm Clock

A good number of students struggle to get out of bed and end up hitting the snooze button. Not anymore with a sunrise alarm clock. In addition to producing a beeping rhythm, a sunrise alarm clock may also produce ambient light at different shades. For example, if the wake-up time is set to 6 AM, the alarm light will power on, say, at 5.30 AM. The light intensity increases gradually to provide a gentle wake-up.

5. Power Bank with Multiple Outlets

The typical student will probably have various devices on them at once; phone, laptop, portable flashlight or radio, etc. Since a power outlet may not always be close, a power bank is an amazing gift idea. Power banks may have different capacities; some range from 13,000-20,000 mAh, while others range from 21,000-30,000+ mAh.

The Anker PowerCore II 20,000 is one such example of a power bank capable of charging three devices at once, with enough capacity to charge a MacBook using USB-C.

6. A Ghost Writing Bouquet

One might not think of custom writing as a gift that can be given. With the holidays, no student wants to carry home assignments as this would take away from all the fun. You can pay in advance for an expert writer who will take care of such things as essays, term papers, thesis proposals, and other academic papers.

7. Pay for Their Spotify, Adobe Cloud, or Amazon Prime Subscriptions

Students need to let loose after all the hard days, and what better way to do so than with Spotify? A Spotify student premium account also gets one Showtime and Hulu, and this is all the music and TV shows any student needs to keep entertained.

In addition to Spotify, many students are creatives; therefore, an Adobe Cloud subscription for Photoshop and Illustrator would be quite useful. Amazon Prime has great discounts for students, so this is another useful possibility for subscriptions.

8. Keyboard Cover or Laptop Case

Students probably need these two items more than any other demographic. Studying can get messy, and the possibility of spilling drinks and food on laptops is probably higher with a student than anyone else. Since these come in different colors and prints, you will probably get fun and match the student’s personality.

A Little Something for the Pandemic

Since schools are social institutions, students are at a higher risk of exposure to pathogens regarding the current pandemic. A cute bottle of sweet-smelling hand sanitizer or a bunch of custom printed face masks will go a long way in showing a student how much they mean to you.

Regardless of the gift, always keep in mind that every student is different, and what works for one person may not work for another.

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