6 late back to school gifts for your new college freshman

6 late back to school gifts for your new college freshman

Summary: Your child, brother, sister, niece or nephew just got shipped off to college but you forgot to give them a going away gift. Here's a few things you could send them which they desperately need.

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  • Your freshman needs to stay  hydrated in order to stay healthy and keep their mind focused on their studies. But bottled water can be a significant expense, especially over the course of a year. And buying and disposing of plastic bottles is bad for the environment.

    The Hydros bottle is a BPA-free 16oz water bottle with an integrated fast flow filter. Simply fill it with tap water and go.

  • In addition to water, a college student runs on caffeine. 

    As with soft drinks, buying coffee at the cafeteria or the on-campus coffee shop every day can get to be an expensive habit, and it's not always convenient when you have to get up first thing in the morning and rush to class, or when pulling late-night studying sessions in the dorm room.

    The Black and Decker DCM18S Brew & Go is a personalized coffee brewer that takes up a very small amount of space in a dorm room and can be easily stowed.

    It features a permanent coffee filter so there's no need to buy any supplies other than ground coffee and shelf-stable creamer, which you can ship to your freshman in care packages. It also comes with a 16oz thermal coffee mug for grabbing on the go.

Topic: Travel Tech


Jason Perlow, Sr. Technology Editor at ZDNet, is a technologist with over two decades of experience integrating large heterogeneous multi-vendor computing environments in Fortune 500 companies. Jason is currently a Partner Technology Strategist with Microsoft Corp. His expressed views do not necessarily represent those of his employer.

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    • Do it books

      You need to include a book on Plagiarism. They are going to want to get an A+ in that too.
  • Oh look! Overpriced garbage to go along with an overpriced degree

    If the jobs' pay isn't consummate with the college degree required, somebody is getting ripped off.

    It can be said with a lot more detail, but it can't get any more succinct than that... especially when we have to compete worldwide, after the corporations were propped up by our tax dollars to be moved offshore...
    • about one word...

      "Consummate": "Con", "sum", "mate". It's a con job, with a hefty sum, and people are being screwed…
  • There are better gifts for students than this!

    As a current college students let me enlighten all of the parents out there who want to get that special student in their lives something they actually want and will actually use. Here is what I would recommend:
    1. iTunes gift card so that they can get some new music to listen to while doing homework
    2. Think Gum - a caffeinated gum that helps improve memory so that they will actually learn a little more
    3. Some new flip-flops for the dorm showers so that they don't get a crazy foot infection from all of the other people that shower in there
    4. Multivitamins - beer and cafeteria food will only provide part of the nutritional requirements we need
    5. New headphones - these things always seem to break!