How packing for college has changed through the years!
Prior to the 1970s, a young person left for school with only the possessions that fit in a suitcase or two. But by the latter part of the 20th century, students were hauling a multitude of stereo components, huge speakers, TVs and big desktop computers back to their university.
With the rise of smartphones and the iPad, today’s students can fit all the technology they need into a modest backpack. With that in mind, we have some suggestions for unique gifts for back-to-school that won’t take up precious suitcase space, but are sure to please any student.
Here’s the ideal unique gift for any student who carries an iPad…this case charges an iPad solely through the power of the sun. A thin-film solar panel embedded in the case’s cover converts sunlight into electricity that delivers an additional two hours of power to the tablet. A secondary USB port can charge a smartphone, too. This solar case is ideal for business travelers, hikers and vacationers, too.
One thing unchanged over the decades is that after late nights burning the midnight oil (studying, of course), a college student can be awfully hard to rouse from bed in the morning. The Thunderclap Alarm Clock wakes even the soundest sleepers with a 113-decibel ringer that’s as loud as thunder. We recommend advising any roommates prior to using this alarm.
Finally, here’s a desk lamp that was recognized by TIME Magazine as one of the best inventions of the year. It has a space-saving minimalist design and bright LED bulbs that will power study hours from freshman year through grad school. This ultra-flexible lamp offers an extended reach for precise task lighting and turns off or dims at the touch of a finger.