As the holiday shopping season begins, it can be difficult to buy for the student in your life. College demands a certain level of tech savvy, which means that many students already have the latest gadgets in their dorms.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of eight great gifts that can both be fit snugly in a dorm room and provide lots of entertainment.
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1. Amazon Echo Dot: $50
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A pair of Apple HomePods may draw ire from your student’s neighbors (dorm walls are paper-thin). Save some money and chagrin with an Echo Dot instead.
The 2018 Echo Dot features improved audio performance despite being about the same size as older models. Students can also leverage Alexa for recipes, looking up information and setting alarm clocks, among other functions.
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2. Google Home Hub: $149
If the student in your life is a Google fan, try out the new Home Hub. This smart display is essentially a Google Home with a 7-inch touchscreen. You can ask questions, manage timers and control smart home devices. Its compact size makes it dorm room-friendly.
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3. Google Chromecast: $35
The Chromecast is a great device for streaming content to a TV or computer. All users need to do is plug it into an HDMI port, then control it with either a smartphone or voice commands. The Chromecast’s versatility makes it an ideal device for dorm movie nights.
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4. Sonos One: $200
The Sonos One offers a serious audio upgrade over the Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers, but it doesn’t take up that much more space. The speaker comes standard with Alexa support, as well as access to dozens of music streaming services, podcast providers and radio stations.
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5. Fitbit Charge 3: $150
The latest Fitbit device is a fully-fledged, feature-packed fitness tracker. It sports 24/7 heart rate tracking, guided workouts and sleep monitoring. It can track 15 different types of exercise and send that info directly to a companion smartphone app. It also comes in a variety of colors and with a battery that can last up to a week.
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6. Mophie Powerstation Wireless: $80
This portable battery pack is a must-have for any student who spends time away from an outlet. The pack can fully recharge a smartphone 3-4 times before it itself needs juice. It even comes with wireless charging capabilities.
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7. Spotify subscription: $30
Spotify is an excellent service for listening to music, podcasts and other audio entertainment. Spotify subscribers, though, can tune in without listening to advertisements, making a subscription card a great gift. The card can only be used with a family account, but still provides 3-6 months of Spotify Premium.
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8. iPad Pro: $799
Finally, if you’re feeling generous this holiday, Apple’s newest iPad Pro makes an effective student computer. Available in 11-inch and 12.9-inch sizes, this tablet was launched in October alongside a pencil stylus and keyboard dock. No matter its configuration, the device is proving a hit and can be used for everything from surfing YouTube to finishing that essay.
This article originally appeared on GearBrain and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.
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