Back to School Tech Gifts on GiftSimple

August is in full swing and that means “Back to School” is just around the corner. When I look back on college, I remember the fun, the freedom and all the friendships; but, we tend to look back with rose-colored glasses, forgetting about all the stress and anxiety we felt. So if your child, or someone you know, is heading off to school soon, he or she might be freaking out. How can you help? By making sure they have everything they need to succeed. CNET has published its annual back to school tech guide, comprising gift ideas for any budget. Here are their Top 5:

All-in-one Printer

It might be the norm to submit papers via email but there are still times when it will be necessary to do it the old-fashioned way - paper and ink.  The Epson Stylus NX430 can help with any students printing-copying-scanning-faxing needs for $80. 

Epson  StylusEpson Stylus


Unless you want your kids college experience documented as a shmorgas-board of Facebook photos, a real camera might be a good gift idea. CNET picks the Canon EOS Rebel T3i for $610.

Canon Camera

Mindless Entertainment

School might be a place for learning, but sometimes a student just need a break. That’s where gifts like a new TV or Roku box come in. Perhaps these gifts will result in more movie-nights and fewer keggers. Suggested models include the Panasonic TC-P50ST50 for $1,200 and the Roku HD for $60. 

Panasonic TV  Roku


A computer is likely the most important tool for any student. Students will need a solid computer for trolling Facebook, downloading music, and of course writing papers at 3am. CNET suggests a Dell Inspiron 14z for $900.

Dell Inspiron 14z


Students will have one less excuse for not calling if you buy them a smartphone before heading back to school. Rumors have the new iPhone coming out in September, so hold off buying one now. Instead, CNET recommends the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx for $100. Students will appreciate it’s long battery life and durability. 


Let us know in the comments what back to school gifts you’re planning to buy and what you think about the picks above.  What will you be listing on GiftSimple?

Practical Gifts for Grads on GiftSimple

Congratulations class of 2012!  Instead of managing an inventory of giftcards or returning unwanted gifts, why not get the graduation gift you really want? Too expensive for one person to buy? GiftSimple can help you crowdfund it.

Here are a few gift suggestions:

1. Camera

Say cheese! Use a new camera to capture the big day, and then whatever comes next. Whether digital, SLR or video, a new camera is a practical gift that can be used to capture milestones yet to come. 


2. Furniture

Recent graduates probably don’t have a lot of furniture. And now they have either a dorm room or new apartment to furnish.  A furniture fund is definitely a better alternative to picking up a couch off the side of the road!

Sofa  Mattress

3. Moving Expenses ($750+

Recent graduates may not have a lot of furniture (see above) but moving what they do have can still add up. Whether going away to college, moving into a new apartment, or back home with Mom & Dad, contributing to a Moving Fund can help pay for a U-Haul truck, professional movers, and even storage containers. 


4. Travel Fund

Planning a trip with friends before everyone goes his/her separate way? Traveling can be expensive. Help a recent grad set out on an adventure by contributing to a Travel Fund. The money raised can be used on plane tickets, hotels/hostels, luggage, food, etc. Bon Voyage!


5. Watch

A watch is a gift that can last a lifetime and even be passed down to the next generation.  And what better occasion than graduation to bestow this gift? Classic timepieces like a Cartier Tank are a popular choice. 


6. iPad / Laptop

A new laptop or iPad is the perfect gift for a recent graduate. From writing papers to keeping in touch with friends, a new computer or tablet can keep a recent grad connected.  

iPad       Laptop

7. Memberships

Independence can be expensive. Help a recent graduate afford his/her living expenses. Gym memberships, bulk food warehouse memberships, or even a Netflix subscription can all help a recent graduate save money on his/her entertainment expenses.  

Gym   Bulk Warehouse

8. Briefcase

Whether interviewing for a summer internship or starting a new job, a recent graduate should leave a backpack behind.  Contribute towards a new bag or briefcase for a more professional look.


9. New Wardrobe

Recent graduates need at least one nice suit - for an internship interview or a new job. Help fund a new wardrobe for the next chapter. 


Did you know that the idea for GiftSimple originated from Founder Jessica Lachs’s own gifting experience at her graduation?  Learn more about the story here.

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