2019 Back to School Gift Guide

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All across the nation students are heading back to school. We’ve collected a few items that we think will help them in their next year of education.


Roland R-07 Image: Rolando

Roland R-07
Suggested By: Dakster Sullivan
Mfg: Roland
Price: $199.99
Purchase: Roland R-07

The Roland R-07 is a lightweight, compact, hi-res recorder that lets you record your professor without the hassle of using your phone. It comes equipped with built-in speakers, so you can playback your recordings anywhere. In addition, the Bluetooth capability lets you put the recorder in the prime place for recording but control the recorder via your smartphone.


PhoneSoap Image: PhoneSoap

PhoneSoap
Suggested By: Dakster Sullivan
Mfg: Phonesoap
Price: $79.95
Purchase: PhoneSoap

PhoneSoap takes charging your phone to a new level of cleanliness by cleaning your phone with UV light while it charges. You can clean whatever fits in the case, including keys, wallet, money, and more. The two additional ports on the outside of the PhoneSoap allows you to charge two more devices while one is inside.


myCharge HubPlus Image: myCharge

HubPlus Universal
Suggested By: Dakster Sullivan
Mfg: myCharge
Price: $79.99
Purchase: HubPlus Universal

HubPlus is a portable charger with built-in cables for USB C and Apple devices, as well as a USB outlet for other devices. The charger packs a 6700 mAh/3.4A output and can charge the average cellphone four times. The nice thing about this power bank is that it comes with a built-in wall charger as well, so you don’t need any cables to charge it back up.


Pix Mini Image: Dakster Sullivan

Pix Backpack
Suggested By: Dakster Sullivan
Mfg: Pix
Price: $130 to $259
Purchase: Pix Backpack

The Pix Backpack is a unique way to walk the campus. With the customizable 16×20 matrix LED screen, you can draw your own art and have it static or flashing. It comes in two styles: regular and kids. The kids is a 15-liter size and has spots for a water bottle, laptop, and organizers for pens on the inside. The full size fits about the same but with more space. It runs on any external battery pack you can charge your phone with.


Stay safe out there!

ZUS Smart Backup and Dash Cameras
Suggested By: Z.
Mfg: Nonda
Price: $64.99-$99.99
Purchase: ZUS Smart Backup and Dash Cameras

If you’re putting a high school- or college-age kid back on the road this year, chances are their car isn’t outfitted with the latest and greatest in automotive safety technology. This can be remedied quickly and affordably with smart cameras from Nonda. The ZUS Smart Backup Camera is a simple wireless solution that mounts above or below the license plate and boasts a 170-degree wide-angle lens, IP67 waterproofing, and a rechargeable battery. The ZUS Smart Dash Cam handles things upfront, offering 1080P video capture with night vision and automatic crash detection powered by the car’s 12v accessory outlet. Best of all, both connect to the driver’s smartphone (via Bluetooth and integrated Wi-Fi) for easy access. [Review materials provided by Nonda.]


Succulents in a Book, Image: Harry N. Abrams

Succulents in a Book by Molly Hatch
Suggested By: Sophie Brown
Mfg: Harry N. Abrams
Price: $10-15
Purchase: Succulents in a Book by Molly Hatch

If you’re packing kids off to college this fall, you might like to send them with some plants—after all, having greenery in your living space is proven to have many benefits. The problem is that even the most easy to care for plant is likely to struggle in the care of a distracted college student. Succulents in a Book allows you to send them with a whole pot full of colorful succulents that require absolutely zero care.

Once you have removed the dust jacket to reveal a plant pot design, turn the pages and twist the plants to make them pop up from the top—and reveal an inspiring quote too. By the end, you’ll have a pot full of greenery to display on your desk. Succulents are the most in-vogue plants of the moment too, so your college bound kids won’t miss out on cool points. This book is perfect for students in college dorm rooms and apartment-dwelling millennials too.


Photos: Jenny Bristol

Socks That Reflect Your Kid’s Style
Suggested By: Jenny Bristol
Mfg: Out of Print
Price: $12-14
Purchase: Socks That Reflect Your Kid’s Style

Whether your kid is into Jane Austen, Edgar Allen Poe, Harry Potter, or Where the Wild Things Are, or just into books and libraries in general, the new school year is a perfect time to get them some socks that rock their particular style. Whether your kid is loud and proud about what they love or your kid is quieter when sharing their pursuits, socks are a fun way to express themselves.


Photos: Jenny Bristol

Banned Books Mug
Suggested By: Jenny Bristol
Mfg: Out of Print
Price: $17.99
Purchase: Banned Books Mug

It’s almost autumn, so bring on the hot drinks! These book-related mugs are perfect to pair with a favorite book, whether it’s one of the banned books on this mug, assigned reading, or a read-under-the-covers favorite. These mugs are also great gifts for teachers and other school employees, or just a treat to yourself as your kids start their fall semester.


Photos: Jenny Bristol

Literary Pins
Suggested By: Jenny Bristol
Mfg: Out of Print
Price: $10
Purchase: Literary Pins

Kids love to personalize their school-going gear, and one fun way to do that is with enamel pins. These literary pins cover everything from Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Corduroy to Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Harry Potter, and Poe’s “The Raven,” so there’s something for every age. These pins are of very high quality and also represent our love of literary themes in general, with additional pins such as typewriters and mugs, composition books, and even a narwhal who has stabbed a set of books.

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This post was last modified on August 22, 2019 10:34 pm