Getting gifts for the teens and students in the family is an experience that varies widely across families. Some have it easy – the kids and students who provided detailed wish lists, taking the guesswork out of the process. Others have it a little harder, and that’s scary, because it’s like a yearly referendum on how well you know your kids. Shopping for them is like preparing for a test. Fortunately, we have a cheat sheet for you.
Monster Diesel In-Ear Headphones with Control Talk
For the kids who don’t like going with the flow, there are these earphones, a collaborative effort between Monster and fashion company Diesel. Monster will provide the sound quality, while Diesel provides the eye-catching diamond shaped earbuds that are sure to get some attention. An in-line microphone is set to work with whatever mobile device your teen is toting these days. The Monster Cable Diesel In-Ear Headphones with Control Talk are selling on Amazon now for about $152.
HP Envy TouchSmart 14” Ultrabook
It’s a win-win situation. Your student gets an ultrabook that will be the envy of their friends, and you won’t have to splurge to get it. The 14” Envy is one of the more reasonably priced ultrabooks on the market, with specs that stand up to some of the best out there. The Envy has the works – 3rd generation Intel core processor, a touchscreen to take advantage of Windows 8, and 500 GB of storage. It’s lightweight and mobile – the perfect companion for any college student out there. The 14” HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook costs about $830, with free shipping.
SOL Republic x deadmau5 Special Edition Tracks HD On-Ear Headphones
If you know your student is into the dance beats deadmau5 throws down (and you’ll probably know, because that’s a pretty unmistakable sound), the SOL Republic x deadmau5 Special Edition Tracks HD On-Ear Headphones might be a good bet. Teens and students who like to wear their fandoms on their sleeves and/or heads should be excited about the SOL headphones, with an unusually shaped headband sporting the deadmau5 name at the top. If your student isn’t in a deadmau5 mood, they can remove the ear cups from the headband and buy themselves an alternate headband to use, instead. All the while, they’ll be happy with the Tracks HD headphones’ solid sound quality. The special deadmau5 edition of the headphones are selling now for about $150.
Logitech Broadcaster Wi-Fi Webcam
Sharing is a lot more than caring these days. It’s a critical part of everyone’s social lives, young and old, and the Logitech Broadcaster Wi-Fi Webcam makes it a creative process. The webcam comes in a carrying case that doubles as a stand that allows for plenty of vertical and horizontal rotation. It’s designed to work with Macs and mobile Apple devices, either as the primary webcam or a secondary webcam, if you want to create a video with multiple angles – perfect for budding rockers trying to shoot their own music videos, or amateur journalists looking to break a big story. The webcam also lets you upload directly to Ustream, a free streaming video hosting site, making sharing instantaneous and spontaneous. Students can take a new angle on sharing with the Logitech Broadcaster Wi-Fi Webcam if you make it a holiday gift this year – it’ll cost you about $200.
Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine
If there’s a symbol of artistic aspiration, it’s the Moleskine notebook. Fortunately, the prized bound paper notebooks haven’t decided to stay firmly entrenched in the past. The Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine is a notebook with paper optimized for smartphone cameras, and includes smart stickers that can be put on each page. When a page from the notebook is uploaded to Evernote using Evernote Page Camera, Evernote will automatically organize the pages based on the stickers used. The Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine is selling for $25, and includes three months of Evernote Premium for free. Let those young, creative ideas hit the paper, then hit the smartphone.
SOUL by Ludacris SL300 High Definition Noise Canceling Headphones
Can’t go wrong with a good pair of headphones. Students and teens can get lost in their own world (well, even more lost) thanks to the superior noise-canceling technology in these SOUL headphones, which have the audio quality to back up the hefty price. The bass will be thumping, and the highs and lows will be coming in crystal-clear. Heavily padded earcups make sure that your student’s musical odysseys will be able to continue for hours on end uninterrupted. You can also go with the fastest headphones on Earth – the Usain Bolt Signature Series, boldly decked out in the colors of Bolt’s native Jamaica. The Bolt Signature Series goes high-class, with gold-plated connectors and gold-plated adapters. You can get the regular SL300 headphones for as low as $181, or sprint for the Usain Bolt Signature Series, which you can gift for $349.