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

Camera

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

Computer

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



Smartphone

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. 

Droid


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?

GiftSimple’s Most Outrageous Gift List (Part 1)

GiftSimple users list all sorts of gifts. From iPads and new computers to exotic trips and luxury merchandise; but, not everything listed on GiftSimple is commonplace. Since GiftSimple can be used for anything you can dream up, we thought it would be fun to list some of the most outrageous gifts that our users could have listed.

Comment below on which gifts you think are actual gifts listed on GiftSimple. And be sure to list a gift of your own on GiftSimple (perhaps one of the gifts below will inspire you!)

1. WATER JET PACK

Water Jet Pack Image

The Jetlev-Flyer Water Jet Pack can be yours for a mere $130,000! But it just might be worth it - the jet pack can propel you 30 feet in the air at speeds reaching 21 mph! And it gets better - the website mentions “donuts” and “sea otter flips.” Sounds like a good time, with the proper training of course!


2. DUNHILL BIOMETRIC WALLET

Dunhill Bio Wallet  Dunhill Bio Wallet Inside

Having your wallet stolen is a huge pain in the a$$. Never worry about pickpockets again - “Virtually indestructible, the dunhill Biometric Wallet will open only with touch of your fingerprint.” Connected via bluetooth, your phone will sound an alarm if the two are separated by more than 5 feet.  That will make sure you never forget your phone again.  $825


3. WENGER GIANT SWISS ARMY KNIFE

Wenger Swiss Army Knife

Less portable than a traditional Swiss Army knife, but if I were stranded on a desert island, this is the one item I would hope I remembered to pack - although not in your carry-on luggage as this is definitely not TSA approved. The Wenger Giant Knife has 87 implements (141 functions) and costs $1,000.


4. MAKERBOT REPLICATOR

MAKERBOT REPLICATOR

Have you ever lost a board game piece? Or had a child break their favorite toy? Problem solved! The MakerBot Replicator is a personal 3D printer, that prints real physical objects. $1750


5. DOC SOFA BUNK BED

DOC sofa bunk bed

Thought you had one friend crashing for the night, and two show up? No problem! The Doc Sofa Bunk Bed Unit easily transforms into bunk beds, providing sleeping accommodations for two (or more). $5300

Which of the above do you think are listed on GiftSimple? What is your favorite outrageous gift? We’d love to hear from you! Comment below, post on our Facebook page, tweet us @GiftSimple or email us!