Tools To Make
Life A Little Easier

Well, your little ones are not so little anymore, and the college years have begun. But you still want to make sure they're equipped for the daily challenges they may encounter while living on their own. Make sure your children are ready for anything with these handy gadgets.

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iHome iP49 portable audio system

This audio system acts as a music player and alarm for iPods and iPhones. It can be plugged in or will run on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery when away from a power source. It's also a fully functioning AM/FM radio, so your son or daughter can stay up-to-date with current events. And the variety of alarm options guarantees that whether by radio, personalized music or beeper, your favourite college student will be up and ready to go on time.

Price: $159.99 at ihomeaudio.com

George Foreman cool-touch grill

Making sure college students eat properly is no easy task. But it can seem a little more possible when they have an easy-to-use grill like this one on hand. There's just one temperature, so whipping together a healthy meal is simple. The non-stick surface is easy to clean, and the embedded heating elements mean the food inside is warmed while the outside of the device remains cool to the touch.

Price: $49.99 at Canadian Tire

Livescribe Echo smartpen

As a parent, you want your child to perform at his or her absolute best when it comes to school. The Echo smartpen can help make that happen. With Livescribe's pen and notes, your son or daughter can carefully record everything he or she hears, writes and says. Plus, any recordings of lectures or meetings can be played back by tapping on previous notes. And the pens come with a variety of memory sizes so you can pick the right one for your young studier.

Price: starting at $99.95 at Livescribe or at Amazon.ca

Targus DEFCON CL laptop computer cable lock

College students rely greatly on their laptops — and a laptop isn't much use if it has been stolen. That's where having a laptop lock comes in handy. Targus' Kevlar-reinforced cable and combination lock security system make the chances of their laptop disappearing from their dorm room far less likely.

Price: $39.99 at Targus

Bose QuietComfort 15 acoustic noise cancelling headphones

These headphones are top of the line when it comes to keeping unwanted sound out, so your son or daughter can focus on whatever needs to be listened to. The headphones rest comfortably around the ear, allowing the wearer to fully absorb whatever music is being played.

Price: $349.99 as Bose

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