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Heading off to college? Here are some great products to send with your college student for dorm and apartment living.


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OSKAR Little Humidifier
$129.99; StadlerFormUSA.com

Environmentally-friendly and consumes low amounts of energy. Perfect for humidifying small spaces up to 350 square feet. Features two output levels and automatically shuts off when the 0.7-gallon water tank is empty. Dimmable LED lights and an ultra quiet fan ensure an undisturbed night of sleep. Choose from black, white, bronze, or lime.


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Breakfast Sandwich Maker
$18.85; Amazon.com

In only five minutes, enjoy the hot breakfast sandwich of your choice every morning. You can even make these in advance and store in the fridge or freezer for a quick grab-and-go meal.




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Hydro Flask Tumbler  
$29.95-$39.95; HydroFlask.com

The 22 oz and 32 oz Hydro Flask Tumblers feature Hydro Flask's proprietary TempShield insulation - ensuring your college student’s cold brew, vegan protein shake, frozen mango smoothie and green juice will stay cold for up to 24 hours, while morning almond lattes and hot tea will stay piping hot for up to six. Each product comes with an insulated press-in lid featuring Honeycomb Insulation, adding additional temperature control for their go-to beverage.  


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Eclipse Portable Induction Cooktop
$129.95; FagorAmerica.com

The 1800-watt induction cooktop is designed with an 11.5” circular glass surface that stays cool to the touch. It has an automatic safety shut off feature, a built-in count down timer and a panel lock button for added safety and peace of mind. Its smooth surface makes for easy and quick cleaning allowing more time for entertaining. It come equipped with a digital display and three preset functions for Brown, Boil and Warm. It is perfect for dorm or studio apartment.

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Lance Executive Daypack
$149.99; ec-bc.com

Perfect for the college student on-the-go. This high quality backpack will carry you from the office to the airport, organized and ready to depart. It can replace your briefcase, holding your laptop, documents, all while allowing you to be hands free. With several organization compartments, take everything you need anywhere. Features the ecbc FastPass System, giving you the freedom to fly through TSA without having to unpack your laptop, tablet, or cables. Just unzip the YKK Self-Repairing zippers and lay the Lances laptop compartment flat on the conveyer.



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COFFEE-MATE Iced Coffee and Cold Brew
Prices Vary; Coffee-mate.com

These drinks are expertly crafted for those who like a deliciously smooth and bold cold coffee drink. There’s really nothing like a cold coffee beverage in the afternoon. The Cold Brew is available in Sweet Cream and Mocha, and the Iced Coffee is available in Caramel. They’re not too sweet with the just the right amount of caffeine. They are made with only a few ingredients, including responsibly sourced medium roast coffee, fresh California milk and cream from cows not treated with added growth hormone, natural caramel flavor, and pure cane sugar.



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Wamsutta Hygro Duet Bath Towel
$9.99; BedBathandBeyond.com

Enjoy the extra absorbent, incredibly soft Wamsutta Hygro Duet Bath Towel that looks and feels great wash after wash. Dual-sided, with 100% hygro twist loops for a super soft feel and touch on one side, while the reverse has 2-ply terry for absorbency.


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KRUPS SAVOY Adjustable Temperature Electric Kettle
$89.99; Walmart.com

Ideal for both tea and coffee lovers. With five preset temperatures, it ensures that whether you are making green tea or French press coffee, it is brewed to perfection.


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Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saver
$9.99-$15.99; Rubbermaid.com

Keeps produce fresh up to 80% longer vs store packaging. FreshVent Lid has membrane which regulates flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide to create the optimal environment for fresh produce. CrispTray keeps moisture away from produce to reduce spoilage. Elevates produces away from moisture and promotes proper airflow to help prevent spoilage. Sized to optimally fit and keep produce fresher and longer.


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DYMO MobileLabeler Label Maker
$129.99; OfficeDepot.com

This wireless, Bluetooth compatible, personal label maker allows you to easily create, save and print labels from anywhere in your home (or classroom) right from your smartphone or tablet. Perfect for simple school projects like scrapbooking, creating unique bookmarks and helping both parents and teachers label and organize school supplies in a creative, stylish way to prevent things from getting misplaced.  


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Hamilton Beach Set & Forget Slow Cooker
$47.99; Amazon.com

This slow cooker has three convenient choices for easy, automatic cooking: program, probe and manual mode.  On busy days, program the cooking time and the Set & Forget automatically shifts to keep warm when time expires.  


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Honey-Can-Do Tabletop Ironing Board
$9.99; BedBathandBeyond.com

Keep your clothes neat and pressed with this tabletop ironing board, which is perfect for occasional ironing. Functional and space-saving, it can be stored easily underneath a bed thanks to its fold-up legs.


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Self-Watering Planter
$29.99; BacktotheRoots.com

Easily grow your own organic cherry tomatoes in your dorm room - just add water once a week. The planter includes: 64 oz. glass mason jar filled with organic moisture-balancing biochar and organic nurtrient-rich soil—both tested for efficient plant growth, miniature clay olla pot designed to maximize self-watering capacity while still giving your plant enough room to grow and thrive, two organic fertilizer spikes – easy to apply and nutrient rich, they give your plant the perfect boost to grow the juiciest tomatoes, Organic cherry tomato seeds, shishito peppers and chili peppers.



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2-Way FlexBrew
$79; Amazon.com

Utilize the single serve feature for a standard-size cup or a 14 oz. travel mug for those hectic mornings.  You can simultaneously brew a full carafe (up to a 12-cup pot) to keep you fueled upon return or for the other coffee drinkers in your apartment.



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Cooks 1 1/2 Quart Slow Cooker
$20; JCPenney.com

The removable stoneware pot inside this mini dipper slow cooker makes it easy to serve delicious dip straight from the kitchen to the table, ideal for dorm and college life. Off, low, high and warm settings slow cook meals at the ideal temperature, indicator light, cool touch handles and tempered glass lid lets you check on food while it's cooking.



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    Tundra Fire Extinguishing Spray
    $29.95; FirstAlert.com

    This is an easy-to-use product featuring a familiar spray-can design that covers a wider surface area and provides users with more control than conventional fire extinguishers. Its powerful discharge is four times greater than that of traditional fire extinguishers, allowing more time to fight the fire. Proven effective on common household fires including paper, fabric, wood, cooking oil and electrical fires, Tundra’s firefighting agent is non-toxic and easy to clean up – so it won’t damage any surfaces or the surrounding area. The lightweight and compact design of Tundra allows users easier maneuverability than with traditional fire extinguishers and it can conveniently be stored in a dorm room or next to the grill during a football tailgate.


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    iClever’s BoostType Portable Tri-Folding Bluetooth Keyboard with Touchpad
    $59.99; iclever.com

    Slim, compact wireless keyboard designed to blend functionality with portability. Features the ability to connect three Bluetooth devices at the same time. Folds on two innovative hinges that doubles as grips to keep the keyboard steady when placed on a desk. Equipped with multi-point touch pad for greater convenience.


    lampNormande Lighting 8-Watt LED USB Desk Lamp
    $39.99; BedBathandBeyond.com

    Get efficient lighting for any space, and a sleek, modern look with this desk lamp. The 4-level dimming touch switch with LED panel brightens your work space, and the self-charging USB port can power most electronic devices.




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    Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE
    $9.99 - $15.99; Rubbermaid.com

    Set of plastic food storage containers, organization accessories, and lids with a 100% Leak-Proof Guarantee: Airtight seal and secure latches prevent spills and leaks. Crystal-clear Tritan lid and base features 360-degree transparency. Built-in vents under latches allow splatter-resistant microwaving with the lid on. Made from stain- and odor-resistant materials that are safe for the dishwasher, microwave, and freezer.

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    Sewell in Black
    $95; OTBTShoes.com

    Why not try a swell option like the Sewell to suit your everyday lifestyle needs? Take your pick of all the swanky color ranges available for chic, casual moments and occasions. Pull the front side zippers down for a fun flap or keep it sleek and put together with zippers pulled up. Either way, these fashionable sneakers take you a step in the right direction!


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    Panasonic Wet/Dry Cordless Electric Beard & Hair Trimmer
    $49.99; BestBuy.com

    If you love the mystique of the 5 o’clock shadow at 9 a.m. you will enjoy this electric beard and hair trimmer which includes ultra-sharp trimmer blades honed to a 45° angle for a comfortable experience. The trimmer provides smooth, precise trimming, detailing and cutting with a pivoting dial that offers 19 individual trim settings. The lightweight, ergonomic design allows for maximum comfort and control. Cleaning is a breeze and you can use the trimmer in the shower.




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    WINGS Premium Wireless Bluetooth In Ear Earbuds Sport Headphones
    $199.99; Shop.Panasonic.com

    Rugged, ultra-light Bluetooth sport clips with flashing blue edge-lit LEDs. Premium 12mm drivers for full rich bass and bright natural treble and voices. IPX5 rated for waterproof performance against rain and sweat, easily washable. 3D Flex design and quick-fit adjuster bend to your ear and keeps headphones in place during vigorous training. Quick Charge, up to 70 minute playback with 15 minute charge (6 hrs full charge).


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    10-Year Alarm Life Carbon Monoxide Alarm
    $59.95; FirstAlert.com

    This mobile device features a digital display that shows detected CO levels in parts per million. The unit uses an electrochemical carbon monoxide sensor and allows you to capture and retrieve the highest CO levels recorded in your home or dorm room through the peak function. The stylish and versatile carbon monoxide alarm also displays ambient temperature on an everyday basis while protecting from CO exposure.


    Published: July 2017