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100 Awesome gifts under $100

Gifts for the student

91. Apple & Pear Air Plant Terrarium Kit

terrarium for plants

These cute and trendy air plants are so low maintenance, they don’t even require soil. For busy students who barely have time to feed themselves, let alone their plants, these fruit-shaped terrariums will make the perfect addition to any desktop. (Air Plant Design Studio, $60)

92. Amazon Prime (student edition) 

amazon prime college students

Amazon members get free two-day shipping; can stream music, television and movies from Amazon’s huge media catalog; store unlimited photos in the cloud; and download over 500,000 free books from the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library. Students also get exclusive discounts and offers in addition to a six-month free trial and half off the normal yearly pricing, making an Amazon Prime a must-have membership for college students. (Amazon, $50)

93. Noise-canceling headphones

noise-canceling headphones

Noise-canceling headphones may not be so much a gift as a necessity in overcrowded dorms packed with noisy distractions or at home with siblings on their own schedules. These NoiseHush i7 headphones offer an amazing value for the price. (Amazon, $70)

94. Pongo Ping-Pong set

table ping pong set

Student life isn’t all lectures and tests. This instant Ping-Pong kit can be set up on any smooth surface for some quick entertainment and exercise. (Dormify, $40)

95. Hi-Light Clip Light

hi-light clip lights

These fashionable clip-on lights can bend to light up a desk from even the most difficult of positions. Available in an array of trendy colors and finishes, they’re stylish in almost any room, too. (Pottery Barn Teen, $39)

96. Laptop bag with accessory pockets

laptop bag

Get your kiddo to class in style. This chic and functional backpack offers a large interior with an organizer panel and accessory pockets, padded protection for your laptop and a special pocket for your smartphone or media player with a headphone pass-through. (eBags, $60)

97. Multi-colored LED shower head

LED showerhead

Why should your colorful kiddo settle for a normal shower he or she can bathe in a magical rainbow light every morning? This multi-colored LED shower head doesn’t even require batteries — it’s powered by water pressure. (Newegg, $40)

98. Livescribe Sky Wi-Fi smartpen

livescribe sky wi-fi smart pen

The Livescribe Sky smartpen automatically digitizes handwritten notes and records up to 200 hours of audio from group projects and lectures. This versatile pen can also wirelessly send the pen’s stored notes and audio to a secure Evernote account, allowing a student to access and share information from anywhere. (Livescribe, $99)

99. 3 in 1 Mini Breakfast Shoppe

mini breakfast shoppe

Breakfast has been associated with increased academic performance. Make sure you’re getting the most for your tuition dollars with this 3 in 1 Mini Breakfast Shoppe. (Wayfair, $52)

100. Locking book safe with key

locking book safe with key

Dorm rooms can be very public places, offering little privacy or protection from prying eyes. Cash and valuable keepsakes will be hidden away in this locking book safe disguised as The New English Dictionary. (Cheaters Spy Shop, $30) 

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