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Holiday Gifts: Students Sure to Put These Gems on Their List

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Sophomore Max Irvine plays with his new iPhone 6. Photo: Christopher Howard

This holiday season, there are a few gifts that are highly desirable and will be favorites among the lucky recipients. Here are some of the gifts that many students are hoping to receive during the holidays.

1. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus – The new generation of iPhones are wildly popular, with opening weekend sales alone topping 10 million units. The phones sport brand new features such as larger screen sizes (4.7″ and 5.5″), better resolution, better front and back facing cameras, and improved Touch ID technology. Although nifty, the new phones come at a hefty price, starting at $199 for the iPhone 6 and $299 for the iPhone 6 Plus. Despite the price, any recipient of the new iPhone will be overjoyed with the new improvements and technology.

2. Pets – A new puppy or kitten can be a great gift to anyone willing to take on the responsibility. A dog or cat can be a heavy burden for a kid, but it can teach important life skills. A pet fish is also a nice gift for someone who isn’t old enough for a dog or cat.

3. Subscription to Spotify – Everyone loves music, so a subscription to Spotify will allow anyone to find their favorite music. Instead of having to pay $1.29 per song on iTunes, Spotify allows users to listen to hundreds of songs for the fixed price of ten dollars per month. Although Spotify is free on a laptop, you need a premium account to sync playlists to your phone and use Spotify in offline mode.

4. Tickets to Events – Whether they are tickets to a play, music concert or the circus, tickets to events are fun gifts for friends and family. Prices vary drastically depending on the event, but most music tickets range from 50 to 200 dollars. Tickets to plays, movies or the circus are much less expensive, usually costing below fifty dollars. These events can provide great opportunities for bonding and create unforgettable experiences.

5. GoPro Cameras – A GoPro is a great gift for those who are outdoorsy and want relive their experiences through high-definition videos. The new generation of GoPro 4 contains three separate cameras with different prices. The lowest end camera costs $129 and is great for inexperienced, yet ambitious videographers. Next, the GoPro 4 Silver is a perfect middle level camera with a price of $399 and a very high resolution. Finally, the GoPro 4 Black is the highest quality camera costing a hefty $499 and is primarily used by professionals for extremely high quality videos. Regardless of the recipient’s skill level, GoPro cameras are the right gift for anyone who wants to capture their experiences through videos.


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