Gift Ideas for Students, Gadget Fanatics, and Selfie Superstars


Figuring out what young people want used to be fairly a mysterious process, but these days, it's a bit more obvious. Electronic gadgets are found in the pockets and at the fingertips of students far and wide. Below, we've compiled a list of gift suggestions, all of which are compact and portable, making them ideal for dorm rooms and small apartments and allowing for easy transport. Whether the students on your list are into photography, video, music, games, or fitness, you’re sure to find an appealing gift for them, below.

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t DSC-QX30, DSC-QX10, and DSC-QX100 Digital Camera Modules for Smartphones make such compelling gifts. They combine the image quality of 20.4, 18.2, and 20.2MP cameras, respectively, with the sharing capabilities of a mobile device. All of these gadgets can be clipped to almost any iOS or Android smartphone, and employ built-in Wi-Fi and NFC to use the phone's display for composition, playback, and touch control. Wireless connectivity enables instant image transfer for easy sharing, too. You can also operate each of the lens-style cameras uncoupled from the phone, either handheld or mounted on a tripod or monopod. Featuring 1/2.3" and 1.0" CMOS sensors and BIONZ processors, they deliver high-resolution photos and HD 1080p video. The QX30 offers a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24-750mm, while the QX10 covers 25-250mm and the QX100 covers 28-100mm and features a fast f/1.8 aperture.

Shooting selfies with smartphones is a major pastime these days, and the Dot Line Smartphone Selfie Extension with Bluetooth Shutter Release adds some creative options to this practice. The button built into its handle allows you to capture photos and videos wirelessly on a Bluetooth-enabled iPhone or Android phone, while eliminating any shake caused by movement when the screen is tapped. The extension’s adjustable 9-35" length enables you to set it up for self-portraits at various distances, so you can get wide shots, close-ups, and everything in between. The rubberized cradle is also adjustable, expanding from 2-4" to accommodate most smartphones, and even tilts 180 degrees for different shooting angles. The Selfie Extension has a built-in battery and USB charging port.

To make hard copies of captured images up to 4 x 6" in size, use the Canon SELPHY CP910 Wireless Compact Photo Printer. It uses a dye sub process to make long-lasting, water-resistant archival prints up to 300 x 300 dpi in resolution, and produces a borderless 4 x 6" in 47 seconds. The SELPHY features 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi connectivity with AirPrint and PictBridge compatibility, as well as a convenient Access Point mode, allowing you to connect mobile devices without an external network. Additionally, the printer is configured with a USB port and SD card slot. A 2.7" tilting LCD enables image viewing and selection of menu options, including photo editing and optimization settings.

For the more advanced photographer on your list, an ideal gift is a pair of PocketWizard PlusX Transceivers. This versatile radio trigger combines a transmitter and receiver in one intuitive device, with an internal antenna and a 1,600' range. It offers 10 standard channels and a backlit dial for easy switching. Backward compatibility with all PocketWizard radios and PocketWizard-enabled devices makes it easy to use the PlusX with existing setups. Auto-Sensing technology allows instant switching between transmitter and receiver modes, and auto-relay mode makes it possible to trigger a camera and flash simultaneously. The PlusX is fully functional when attached to a camera's hot shoe, and has an all-in-one sync port for attachment to remotes and lights. Miniphone-to-miniphone, miniphone-to-phono, and miniphone-to-PC sync cables are included.

The Kindle 32GB Fire HDX 7" Tablet lets you capture front-facing photos and videos with its 720p HD webcam, and makes it easy to view, edit, and share. A versatile device for entertainment and work applications, it features the Fire OS 3.0 Mojito operating system and a 7" HDX 1920 x 1200 multi-touch display. With 2GB of RAM, a fast and powerful 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, and Adreno 330 graphics processor, the tablet supports multitasking and high frame rates. Save files with 32GB of flash storage and 5GB of free cloud storage. The Fire offers dual-band, dual-antenna 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi for fast, reliable Internet connectivity, and Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR for connecting peripherals.

If the student you’re buying for has a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th-generation iPad, consider the lightweight, ultra-thin ZAGGkeys PROfolio+ Keyboard Case Cover. It combines a protective case with a textured leather design and a wireless Bluetooth 3.0 keyboard. The cover can be folded into a convenient stand for hands-free media viewing. The backlit keyboard features island-style keys and is powered by a rechargeable lithium polymer battery. Special function keys provide access to Volume Control, Copy/Paste, Play/Pause, Screen Lock, Search, Home, and other commands. As an added bonus, the magnetic closure activates the iPad's Sleep/Wake function.

Maybe the scholar in your life could use a powerful speaker to go with his or her smartphone, Kindle Fire HDX, or iPad. For huge sound in a very manageable form factor, think about the Jawbone Big Jambox Portable Bluetooth Speaker, which turns any smart device into a portable, wireless hi-fi sound system. It’s nearly double the size of the original Jambox and is still easy to place on your desk or carry around in a bag. The speaker features dual stereo acoustic drivers and passive bass radiators, plus Jawbone's LiveAudio technology for enhanced detail and immersive 3D sound. In addition to playing music and other media, the unit functions as a web-based, VoIP speakerphone. Enjoy a working range of at least 33'—you can control the Jambox from the next room.

If music is the way to your student’s heart, the Korg Volca Analog Bass Machine Synthesizer could be the answer. It’s got three self-tuning oscillators and an analog filter, and offers two control options with its multi-touch keys and Electribe-style 16-step sequencer with slide. The sequencer has eight memory patches for storing settings and an Active Step function that removes or inserts steps to create new bass lines. The synth features a voltage-controlled filter, voltage-controlled amplifier, low-frequency oscillator, and envelope generator. It can receive MIDI from an external controller or digital audio workstation (DAW) via 5-pin DIN connector. Multiple Volca instruments can be synced with the 1/8" in and out connectors. At only 7.6 x 4.5 x 1.8", it is especially great for student residences where space is limited.

For science classes, independent studies, and field work, the Celestron Handheld Digital Microscope Pro is a solid entry-level instrument that won’t take up too much real estate on your desk or in your bag. It packs a built-in camera with a 5MP CMOS sensor for capturing photos and videos. Celestron's Mac/Windows-compatible Micro Capture Pro software allows users to analyze, annotate, manipulate, and save transmitted images from the microscope. The 20-200x magnification range is well suited to almost all specimens and LED illuminators near the objective provide helpful lighting and can easily be dimmed. The scope has a 15.8mm effective focal length, a 13-degree field of view, and a manual focus range of 10mm to infinity.

Students can’t study all the time, and physical exercise is a great way for them to give their minds a rest and stay healthy. With the water-resistant Polar Loop Activity Tracker watch, they can track their movement 24/7 and benefit from guidance to help them reach fitness goals. The Loop works with the Polar Flow iOS app and the Polar Flow web service software for Windows and Mac. The watch displays daily activity, calories burned, steps taken, and time of day. It’s compatible with the optional Polar H7 Heart Rate Sensor with integrated chest strap, which sends data wirelessly via coded transmission or Bluetooth to the Loop and other Polar devices or to compatible smartphones with supported heart rate apps. The Loop’s built-in battery lasts for up to 5 days on a single charge.

After hours of studying and a satisfying workout, students just want to have fun. The Singtrix Home Karaoke System Party Bundle Limited Edition is a great ingredient for get-togethers. This all-in-one package allows almost anyone of any skill level to sing in tune. With its effects console, custom microphone, and speaker with integrated sub-woofer, it turns tablets, smartphones, and other digital audio sources into karaoke machines. The console features pitch correction, harmonization, and studio-quality reverbs and delays. Additionally, an optional, subscription-based app offers popular music tracks. The karaoke system also has a function that removes vocals from any standard track and enables the use of any playback device, as well as apps like Spotify, iTunes, and YouTube.

Whether you want to get the student important to you a gift for schoolwork, entertainment, or extracurricular activities, B&H has something that will suit your needs. Should you have any questions or require additional assistance, feel free to contact us via phone at 800-606-6969, or Live Chat, or visit the B&H SuperStore in New York City.