Holiday Tech Gifts for College Kids and Teens – 12 Products They’ll Love

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Holiday Tech Gifts for College Kids and Teens – 12 Products They’ll Love

Published November 13, 2017 | Last Updated December 19th, 2023 at 12:18 pm

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The holiday season is just a few weeks away, and depending upon what stage of the college admissions process you and your child are in, the thought of dealing with holiday shopping can potentially send you running for the hills. To help lower your stress levels, we’ve rounded up a selection of great tech gifts for Teens, College Students and even adult kids. These in particular are for the electronic gadget lovers and tech-minded souls in the group. The best thing is, your kids will think you’re hip parents for giving any of these gifts. So, have a seat, take a break, and breathe…

(And please be sure to let us know what your own kids have on their gift lists!)

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JBL Wireless In-Ear Headphones

Compact and easy, these wireless earbuds are perfect for students while they’re working at their desks, exercising or being on the go. With battery power that lasts for 32 hours, you can listen to these earbuds all day and all night and get a top up with just 15-minute charge.

wireless earbuds


Video Conference Lighting KitT

This kit has everything a student will need to highlight Zooms, video conferences, interviews, and online chats, as it comes with a clamp, flexible tripod, 5-color brightness levels.




Video Conference Lighting Kit Echo Dot (5th Gen)

The  best-sounding Echo Dot yet is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, and more. In addition, to protect your privacy, you can utilize the mic off button if you prefer.

Close Up of a White Echo Dot



Echo Spot

Just a little bigger than a softball, this is an alarm clock that went to college! In addition to telling you the time (with 12 different clock faces), it posts the weather, video clips, and if you have one as well, it will enable you to video conference with your far-flung college student.

Belkin Headphone Splitter

There’s a lot going on with this little gadget! The headphone adapter splits into five 3.5mm ports, connecting up to five headphones to one device for sharing music, movies, videos, and games with friends. Totally portable, so it can be carried anywhere in a handbag, backpack or even a pocket. Perfect for airplanes as well.

Belkin Splitter


Anker Powerbank Portable Charger

Here’s a perfect gift for students who are always on the go and need to recharge their devices multiple times a day. Be it the library (we hope!), dining hall or in one of many classes, this device that weighs as little as a soup can will offer high-speed charging power and very often save the day. (Amazon bestseller)

Cycle Torch Bike Lights

We all want our kids to be “bright,” especially when they’re riding their bikes all over town and campus at night. This bike light combo is composed of a white headlight and a rear red taillight in order to provide maximum visibility and extra safety “when riding on foggy mornings, at dusk, at dawn or at night.”

Bike Lights

Pivot Power Surge Protector

As any student knows, there never seem to be enough outlets in dorm rooms, and when they exist, one often has to be a contortionist in order to reach them. This surge protector bends to fit every sized plug or adapter without wasting a single outlet and without requiring any fancy body movements.

Secura Stainless Steel Electric Kettle

The kettle that keeps boiling water inside, but stays cool to the touch on the outside. Now, tea, coffee, hot cocoa, and foods like ramen and instant oatmeal can be prepared seamlessly.

White Stainless Steel Electric Kettle


Salbree Microwave Popcorn Popper

Those late-night popcorn runs have just gotten easier. This silicone popcorn maker has a BPA-free collapsible bowl that’s simple to use, easy to clean, and easy to store.

Pomoron MJ002H 4-in-1 Ionic Air Purifier

This tiny machine will clear the air in a smelly dorm room or bedroom (you know what we mean). Fewer airborne pollutants mean a better chance of getting through the seasons without an allergy attack or a cold, and that means more time can be spent on schoolwork (well, in a perfect world).

Black air purifier with a small drawer that pulls out to add essential oils.


Clocky Alarm Clock on Wheels

Got a kid who finds it difficult to get up in the morning? This clock will be the bane of their existence! Not only does it wake you up, but it rolls away as your sleep-heavy kid tries to shut it, thus forcing said kid out of his/her bed.

1Password on the Mac App Store

In today’s digital world, it’s so important to be careful about how you store your passwords, and more importantly – how you create your password. This app remembers them all for you, saves them, and logs in to sites with a single click. We love the Travel Mode that allows you to remove sensitive data from your devices when you travel, so if your kid is planning on going on a semester abroad or to camp, this is perfect. You can purchase a membership for the entire family


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