great gifts for college students
Who wouldn't love to come home every day to a relaxing massage?
After crossing campus in the cold, college kids will relish the
chance to warm up and relieve tension with massage mats, such as
the Ten-Motor Full Body Massage Mat by Homedics. This model features
10 settings to soothe the body and can be used while laying down
or sitting up. This particular mat also provides gentle heat to
eliminate winter chills and can be found at Bed Bath & Beyond
for only $40.
6. CD/DVD repair kit
Even in the age of MP3s most college students still have a few CDs
laying around, along with an ever-increasing number of DVDs and
video game discs. A dorm environment can be hazardous to these items,
though, and a single scratch can ruin a favorite track or cause
a movie to freeze and skip. Kits are available to clean and fix
scratches, lengthening the life of discs. The Motorized CD/ DVD
Repair kit will automatically load, repair and eject discs and is
only $39 at Brookstone or brookstone.com.
7. Shoulder bags
With the exception of a cup of coffee, messenger bags are probably
the most universal items on college campuses. The size and style
of each bag should depend on its owner, but online stores such as
sure to provide something for every taste. Another dependable resource
is American Eagle Outfitters or ae.com;
the Bookworm or Classmate styles for girls and the Cadet for guys
are casual, comfortable styles suitable for use on or off campus
and range in price from $25 to $40.
Looking for a better way to communicate during the school year?
Webcams can add a more personal dimension to long-distance conversations
by bringing the face of a loved one right to your home computer
screen. Many high-quality models, such as the Microsoft LifeCam,
which captures still images or video at up to 30 frames per second,
are available for around $50. Check out Best
Buy for this and other models.
The popular and challenging number game Sudoku is now available
in a portable hand-held version, licensed by The New York Times
and found exclusively at Brookstone or brookstone.com. Featuring
750 different puzzles grouped by difficulty and a timer to test
players' speed, this gift is only $20 and will ensure that its owner
is thinking -- even between classes.
Sitting at a desk all day can get old fast, especially if students
are navigating their screens with only the touchpad on their laptops.
With a wireless mouse, such as the V450 Cordless Laser Notebook
Mouse from Logitech, students can surf the Web or change their music
selections from anywhere in their rooms -- even in bed. Several
models are available from Best Buy from $35 and up, but the design
and performance of the Logitech models (including phenomenal battery
life) make them a particularly good buy.
Nitsch is a student at American University in Washington, D.C.