Chances are that, if you’re reading this article on this site, you’re after the perfect present for your future-forward college student.
Worry not. We’ve scoured the web to round up 10 gift ideas for your grad’s dorm room, including a maintenance-free bike, a set of gender-stereotype–busting toys, and even an upcoming, crowdfunded cooler that lights up, plays music, charges phones, and blends mixed drinks.
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Mr. Coffee Smart Coffee Maker
Your phone can be a
remote control for your coffeepot, thanks to this WiFi-enabled brewer from Mr. Coffee. The WeMo app lets you schedule a different brew time for every day of the week, turn the coffeepot on or off, and delay brewing if you’re snoozing–all from the comfort of your bed–to help you wake up and properly caffeinate before that 8:30 a.m. Organic Chemistry class. Price: $150 Available: This fall
If you’re looking for a bike that’s lightweight, well-made, reliable and affordable, the Priority is your ticket. Put it together yourself then zip off to class knowing that you’ll probably start paying back your loans before you have to take it in for a tune-up.
Price: $384 Available: September 2014
LEGO Ideas Research Institute
After a 7-year-old girl criticized LEGO for a lack of women in its toy line, the company created the Ideas Research Institute. Put any or all of the kit’s three female scientists–a paleontologist, an astronomer, or a chemist–on your dorm room bookshelf for bite-size (yet powerful) inspiration.
Price: $19.99 Available: Now
Adobe Ink & Slide
When you’re trying to make a drawing or diagram, sometimes a mouse and keyboard just won’t cut it. Adobe found a way to integrate those clunky, incompatible stylus systems with your omnipresent iPad. And with the additional smart ruler tool, your lines can be crisp and clear.
Price: $200 Available: Now
Struggling to wake up for that early morning class? It’s probably because your alarm isn’t smart enough. Meet Sense: an intelligent alarm and sleep tracker that sits on your nightstand. Along with a sensor called the Sleep Pill that clips to your pillow (don’t swallow it), Sense can monitor noise, light, temperature, humidity, and particles in the air as you sleep, giving you insight on your sleep patterns–or letting you know why you keep falling asleep during History.
Price: $99 for early backers Available: November 2014
Bitlock Keyless Bike Lock
Bitlock’s cut-resistant steel U-lock lets you unhook your bike with your smartphone–no keys required. The lock recognizes your phone from up to three feet away, so you won’t need to dig it out of your backpack. The app also logs where you’ve parked to help you find your bike again later. And, since Bitlock lets you share access with your friends, you could potentially start a mini bike share on campus.
Price: $119 Available: November 2014
UE Boom Speakers
If you want portable speakers but don’t want to jump on the Beats Pill bandwagon, there’s Ultimate Ears’ Boom, an alternative 360-degree Bluetooth speaker system. Available in six colors, these water and stain resistant speakers can also be paired up to a single device to provide stereo sound.
Price: $199.99 Available: Now
Acer’s Chromebook 13
When you’re wandering around campus, it can be a while before you see another electrical outlet. But with Acer’s new Chromebook 13, you won’t need one, as it can last up to 13 hours on a single charge. The lightweight laptop also boasts a 13.3-inch display and runs Nvidia’s Tegra K1 chip, great for graphics and multitasking (like surfing the web during lectures).
Price: Starts at $279.99 Available: Now for presale
If your tailgating routine seems staler than that pizza your roommate left out for like 2 months, look no further than the Coolest Cooler to mix it up. If crowdfunding for this contraption goes through, it will be equipped with Bluetooth speakers, a USB charger, LED lights, and a fully functional blender to make those foam beer koozies feel so last-century.
Price: $299 Available: January/February 2015
Neil DeGrasse Tyson Books Set
Following up on the wildly successful reboot of the
television show , publisher W.W. Norton is reissuing four of Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s bestselling books. Even if your major is something more down to earth, Cosmos Space Chronicles, The Pluto Files, Death By Black Hole, and Origins are easy yet fascinating reads. Get ready to drop some knowledge bombs on all your friends. Price: TBD Availability: Late August 2014