Send your teens off to college with our favorite finds.
By Madelyn Perez
This playful bookend set makes it easy for students to organize notes and textbooks by class or day of the week.
Each birdie has two hooks, so your freshman can pile clothing onto this space saver (instead of on her dorm room floor).
Your teen can doodle or have friends "sign in" to her dorm room on her notebook paper–themed duvet cover. For a clean slate, she just has to put it through the wash.
Under-the-weather students can feel the comforts of home whenever they pull a tissue through the chimney.
Six outlets and the ability to bend in different shapes -- perfect for tight dorm room spaces.
With one main compartment, eight pockets and rubberized mesh material, this tote can hold bath essentials and weather hot water.
More than just a cute keychain: This little critter is also a USB flash drive.
By plugging gadgets into each flower, smart students can keep wires pretty and organized.
A pink fridge/freezer combo will surely brighten up any drab dorm room.
This wireless mouse is cute and powerful. It has a battery life of up to 30 months and students can download a matching background for their computer or smartphone.
Hopefully the cute clothesline pattern will be a constant reminder to actually do laundry.
A must-have for any college kid: A small, single-cup brewer to provide fuel for early-morning classes. Available in red, white, platinum and black.
Assignments won't be forgotten using a calendar/notepad/mouse pad combo. When the week is over, he can just tear off and start fresh.
This bold and colorful dry-erase board is perfect for lists, drawings or notes. Add some funky magnets and they'll be set.
No alarm clock? No problem. This iPhone dock was made to look like an old-school one and charges the devices overnight, too.
Students can keep their iPhones in sight by leaning them against these pint-sized pachyderms. Plus—who doesn't love elephants?
Brighten up bland cinderblock dorm walls with moveable and reusable chalkboard decals.
A date-displaying rubber duckie will help students keep deadlines top-of-mind.
Fashionable freshmen can avoid jewelry tangles and organize their accessories in one place. The best part? The screen folds away for easy storage.
Make the most of tight space with coffee-colored underbed storage bags. The pair go for less than $10—what a steal!
Not only does this soup bowl and sandwich tray duo serve as the perfect dining set for one, it's also safe for microwave, oven and dishwasher.
This oscillating fan has a classic look and a surprising modern feature: It plugs in to any USB port.
Your teen can enjoy music on the quad with this portable wooden speaker. The sound system connects to MP3 players, cell phones, laptops and tablets.
Changing bedding won't feel like a chore with colorful, brightly patterned dorm-size sheets.
Pin day-to-day thoughts, ideas and class reminders to this fun corkboard.
These funky colored desk lamps can play and charge an iPod while shedding light on homework assignments.
These complete bed sets will add a pop of color to any dorm room.
Originally published in July 2012 on FamilyCircle.com.
This piece was accurate at publication time, but all prices, offerings and styles are subject to change.