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Gifts for Graduate Students

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Wondering what to get the graduate student on your list? Graduate students are an odd lot. Most are short on cash and will appreciate any gift, however small. What can you give that will light up your grad student's face? Here are a few ideas.

1. Always-with-You Flash Drive

The La Cie IamaKey USB flash drive has lots of memory, but most critically, is sturdy and stays on your key ring.
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2. External Hard Drive

Back up, back up, back up. Regular backups to an external hard drive prevent data loss - and tears. Save files and back up compute regularly.
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3. PowerSquid Outlet Manager

Graduate students lead electronic lives. Cell phones, mp3 players, televisions, games, computers, printers, and more compete for limited outlet space. Feed all of your electronics simultaneously and without tangling cords with this Powersquid Outlet Manager.
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4. Coffee

A gift certificate to the student's coffee shop of choice will go a long way and be very appreciated. Alternatively, consider a coffee pot for the student's office, either a one-cup model to brew the perfect cup while he or she studies, or a larger pot to caffeinate a group.
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5. Food

Gift certificates to grocery stores, favorite restaurants and pizza places are always a hit. Students need to eat - make it easier and tastier for them

6. Gas

A gas card will ease your students' worries at the pump.

7. Calendar

A week-at-a-glance calendar is slim but permits students to record the each week's details and assignments.
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8. Staple-Free Stapler

No more loose staples or pricked fingers. A staple free stapler ensures that all of the pages of your assignments stay together.
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9. Moleskine, a Good Looking Notebook

The legendary notebook of Picasso, Hemingway, and more. Help your graduate student record his or her research ideas in style.
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