The arrival of Thanksgiving and even steeper drops in temperature signal only one thing: that the holiday season is finally here. It’s time to gather together with family and friends and celebrate the many blessings we experience each day. With that in mind, we’ve created our final guide to help parents, friends and family in need find student gifts for their loved ones. Whether your special scholar is home from university for a few weeks or your hard-working high schooler is still powering through freshman year, there are a few essentials that every studier wants (and requires). Find student gifts to match every need, from technological must-haves to kitchen favorites. Get everything from stocking stuffers to big bank breakers at Abt.
Feed The Caffeine Addiction
The Cuisinart Coffee Center is a must-have for both early birds and those who stay up late. On the left, a full 12-cup coffee maker stands ready to make java for the entire dorm room. To the right, a single-serving section is designed to work with Keurig K-Cup pods to make beverages like chai, chamomile, green tea, hot cocoa, and classic coffee. While a coffee maker might not seem like the most high-tech present at first glance, the amount of money your loved one will be saving with this student gift is very sizable. Instead of heading to the barista counter and paying over $6 a day for a caffeine boost, they’ll be able to make their own for dimes on the dollar. Check out our Espresso Machine Buying Guide to learn more about becoming your own barista.
For The Always-Hungry Studier
Whether your academic is a meal-prep master in their new apartment, eats at the family dinner table after soccer practice or normally cooks for the entire family, there are always nights where making meals isn’t priority one. This Cuisinart electric sandwich grill is a must-have student gift for exam nights and evenings when papers are due. Instead of ordering out or skipping a meal entirely, they’ll be able to make quick bites like grilled cheese sandwiches, paninis, omelets and even French toast. It’s easy to store too thanks to simple cord keeping and an easy-to-stow silhouette that can be stacked vertically or on its side.
Block Out The Noise & Study
Sick of being told to keep the background noise down when it’s time for class to begin via Zoom? Make sure your at-home learner feels confident (and can’t hear any background noise) with help from Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds. These high-powered headphones are designed with active noise canceling effects, helping users to focus on whatever they’re plugged into. This student gift is perfect for powering through homework, attending virtual classes and watching Netflix after spending the whole day learning. A single charge gives these buds six full hours of battery life, while the wireless charging case contains an extra 12 hours.
Preserve Memories with Instant Film
Whether your loved ones are graduating from high school or charting their own course through college, there are memories to be made every day. Instead of hoping they’ll document it on their cell phones and social media, send them back to campus with a camera that can print pictures the moment they’re taken. The Fujifilm Instax Square 1 camera prints square photos that begin to develop instantly, the perfect student gift for anyone on the move. Try it yourself and turn on selfie mode to snap the first pic together with your loved one.
Unwind (Or Work Hard) With an Apple iPad mini
The latest version of the iPad mini brings pro-level features and a high-powered camera to any study budy’s arsenal of tools. The Center Stage feature in particular is perfect for anyone who needs to meet online or take classes remotely, while the Retina Display delivers True Tone color quality from the moment it turns on. This student gift is designed for both in-class activities and out—instead of watching new TV shows on a cell phone in bed, they’ll be able to watch them on a balanced display with a 5-core GPU. Pair this with an Apple Pencil and let creative spirits take flight with artistic photo and drawing apps.
Sweat Out The Stress with a Fitbit Charge 5
Instead of watching your loved one unwrap classic student gifts like planners (or even a lovely laptop), give them something they can use to stay well outside of the classroom. The Fitbit Charge 5 is designed to track stress, monitor sleep, maximize exercise output and help users stay in the know about their bodies. Next-gen health features include heart rate tracking and an ECG app made with heart health in mind. Make the present even better with an extended membership of Fitbit Premium™ (the Charge 5 already comes with a 6-month membership).
When wrapping up presents, keep one thing in mind. The holidays are a time for every studious learner to put their feet up, turn their brain off and relax. Your loved ones will be able to use these supercharged electronics to have fun over break, and put them to great use once they’re ready to hit the books in the new year.
With the final gift guide of 2021, the author would like to remind readers that gifts don’t need to be big, flashy or expensive to win hearts and show that you care. If you’re still on the hunt for smaller scale presents, check out our collection of stocking stuffers. Don’t forget to head into the store to experience the holiday cheer in person, too. On Saturdays you’ll find warm, baked cookies within the Atrium, and you’ll find holiday inspiration every way you look.
Find tips for giving presents to bakers, bartenders, music lovers and more on The Bolt, the official blog of Abt.