Whether they're coming from a dorm or heading out to one, the Roku LT is the perfect gift for anyone who wants to access Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant, Crackle, or hundreds of other video (and audio) channels on a TV without paying for cable or satellite TV.
If your gift recipient already owns an iPad or an iPhone, the Apple TV is the logical next step. It's the only streaming box that can handle Netflix and iTunes, and its AirPlay compatibility lets him or her stream audio or video from those iOS devices straight to the big screen.
There are dozens of fantastic headphones available for under $100, but we think the Grado SR60s have geek street cred and hipster appeal. And where else can you find great headphones that are manufactured in Brooklyn, USA?
Whether they're using the built-in dictionary or the X-ray
feature to keep track of characters in the latest "Game of Thrones" book, the touch-screen makes navigating text as easy as tapping the screen. The $99 model is ad-supported and Wi-Fi only (no 3G).
Think owning an iPad means they don't need a Kindle? Wrong. The featherweight Kindle is great for distraction-free reading, and -- unlike that beefy iPad -- it won't cause wrist fatigue during long sessions of content consumption.
There are a glut of Bluetooth speakers with rechargeable batteries out there, but the $99 Soundfreaq Sound Kick strikes a strong balance between size, sound quality, and price. And unlike AirPlay speakers, it can stream audio from nearly any tablet or smartphone -- Apple and non-Apple alike.
The iPod Nano still costs a bit more than $100, and the Shuffle is a bit too stripped-down for our tastes. That leaves the 4GB Sandisk Sansa Clip Zip as the go-to choice for a sub-$50 music player. Great for anyone who jogs or works out and wants a music player that's lighter and cheaper than any smartphone.