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14 Gifts college students will love more than winter vacation

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Gifts for your college student that they can enjoy all semester

Looking for the perfect gift? One the recipient will use, appreciate and talk about for years to come? I have looked high, low and across the web, so you don't have to.

As I spoke with several college students, gift cards were at the top of their wish list. They were certain to use them, especially when they are for their favorite coffee shop, restaurant or grocery store. The student who spends a lot of time wrapped up in media really appreciated the idea of an iTunes gift card. When a student is stretching their budget and likes to make trips home, gift cards to a common gas station help them stretch their limited budget and spend time with loved ones. Of course, there is the convenience and ease of gifting gift cards as they slip easily into a holiday card. Of course they also slip into a stocking or can be placed in a fancy box with glitzy wrapping and frilly bows.

One very creative young lady I spoke with said her favorite gifts were themed gift baskets! She found them thoughtful and delighted in the experience. Her idea of a perfect gift basket was a movie night in, filled with an iTunes gift card for the movie rental, a fun blanket, microwave popcorn, boxes of theater candy and gourmet hot chocolate.

For your faithful tailgater, a cooler filled with beer, chips, dip, jerky and a gift card can really keep the party going.

These have been college-student approved. I bet you'll even find a few for yourself. Happy shopping and happy holidays!

1. Desk lamp

Gifts for your college student that they can enjoy all semester
Image: Lamps Plus

Since studying and staying in touch are critical components for students, this mighty and bright desk lamp shines a vibrant glow on both while providing a much-needed USB port. Students keep their device charged while studying and while Skyping with you. (Lamps Plus, $150)

2. Magnetic telescoping flashlight

Gifts for your college student that they can enjoy all semester
Image: Amazon

Need the perfect light option for your budding mechanic? This multifunction, magnetic telescoping flashlight attaches to metal surfaces so he or she can work hands-free. It is also the perfect emergency light for all vehicles. The strobe option can prove exceptional when stranded. (Amazon, $29)

3. Portable phone charger

Gifts for your college student that they can enjoy all semester
Image: Amazon

This five-star-rated portable phone charger provides an extra 22 hours of power for your active student's smartphone. Ideal for smartphones and other USB devices. Keep your on-the-go college student powered and available with this ultra-thin power-bank. (Target, $40)

4. HDMI pocket projector

Gifts for your college student that they can enjoy all semester
Image: Amazon

What a fun-tabulous investment for student and business presentations — the HDMI pocket projector connects to multiple devices for a "big screen" view of just about anything. This projector's mega bright lamp is simply brilliant, no matter how you use it. The powerful 3800-milliampere-hour battery recharges via USB and even doubles as a backup battery for your devices when fully charged. (Amazon, $378)

5. Bluetooth speaker

Gifts for your college student that they can enjoy all semester
Image: Amazon

Looking for the perfect accessory to the fun-tabulous HDMI projector? A great movie needs equally amazing sound. Let this power-packed Bluetooth speaker surround your student's next business presentation, movie night, outdoor gathering, picnic or pool party with unsurpassed sound. (Amazon, $28)

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