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The BEST Gifts For College Students

First Posted: 12/10/2010 1:00 pm EST   Updated: 11/15/2012 4:23 pm EST

Wondering what to get the college students in your life? This year, get them something they actually want -- and might actually use.

Below, check out our top picks for student gifts this holiday season, as well as some suggestions offered by HuffPost readers.

Did we leave out something you'd kill for? Let us know in the comments section!

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  • Single-serve coffee maker

    Although these <a href="http://www.greenmountaincoffee.com/compare-keurig-brewers.aspx?ck=1&cm_mmc=Google-_-single-cup%20brewer-_-keurig-_-keurig&crcat=single-cup%20brewer~keurig&crsource=adwords&crkw=keurig&crcampaign=6496587313&ordergroup=WPPC&useid=SINGLE-CUP%20BREWER&gclid=CNGP1rCJ4KUCFUbf4AodcSs9zQ" target="_hplink">caffeine dispensers</a> are a bit pricey, they may prove to be a bargain if they replace multiple runs to a local coffee shop.

  • Scanner pen

    These nifty devices scans printed text and transfers it to your laptop, and are perfect for those who like to take copious notes. <a href="http://www.irislink.com/c2-1692-189/IRISPen-6--Overview.aspx?adwp=GGS-IP-US&gclid=CMv35PaH4KUCFQo75QodMBsJ1g" target="_hplink">IRIS</a> offers a number of products, as does<a href="http://www.cpen.com/" target="_hplink"> C-Pen</a>.

  • Portable speakers

    Speakers are a must for music lovers -- especially to those who listen on their laptops. And because they come in a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=portable+speakers&x=0&y=0" target="_hplink">variety</a> of designs, sizes and prices, it's easy to find a set that makes sense for you.

  • Netflix

    For those students who don't have TV (i.e. most students) <a href="http://www.netflix.com/" target="_hplink">Netflix</a> instant watch is pretty much a godsend.

  • Backpack

    If you're going to lug half the library home with you, might as well do it in style.

  • Elliptical

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  • Job

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  • Laptop

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  • Tenure

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  • "A" on finals

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  • Money

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  • For "college campuses to reflect the true marketplaces of ideas they were meant to be"

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  • Final Cut Pro

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Filed by Danielle Wiener-Bronner  |