December 19, 2011 11:32 pm

A Student’s Holiday Shopping List

Garris Yeung is a regional manager of the Microsoft UCrew and a former UCrew representative at UC Riverside.

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Garris Yeung is an employee in Microsoft’s UCrew program, and receives Microsoft software, hardware, and financial compensation as part of his participation in the program.

Christmas time is absolutely the most joyous time of the year. The soothing Christmas jingles repeat on the radio, festive decorations hung up virtually everywhere you go, and most importantly, Caramel Brulée Lattes are finally back on the Starbucks menu. There is only one minor matter… last minute shopping on December 24th at the crowded and messy shopping malls.

This year, start your Christmas shopping now and get your loved ones something they truly deserve. I have put together a holiday gift guide to help your gift shopping, or to figure out what you want this year!

All of these products can be found on http://www.microsoftstore.com! Free 2nd day shipping is available so you wouldn’t even have to step foot in the dreaded malls.

LaCie iamaKey v2 8 GB USB Flash Drive $29.99

Why I love this:

This stylish USB drive is capable of 8 GBworth of storage to suit your needs. The LaCie iamaKey USB Flash Drive escaped from its traditional and boring USB design, and camouflages it right in your keyring. Equipped with Gold SIP connector, it is one of the thinnest and most durable USB drive out there in the market. For only $29.99, it will definitely make your new roommate (you are forced to get him a gift for borrowing his pen that one time) happy.

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LifeCam HD-5000 – $49.95

Why I love this:

Unlike the traditional integrated camera built into your laptop, the LifeCam HD 5000 will make you look great in true 720p HD video when you video call your relatives overseas. It also records in the popular 16:9 widescreen format to get the best picture. Regardless of the lighting of the room, TrueColor technology will keep the colors vibrant and realistic.

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Arc Touch Mouse$59.99

Why I love this:

I personally avoid using the touchpad if possible, but sometimes it could be inconvenient to carry a mouse around that bulges out from my laptop bag. The Arc Touch Mouse is particularly portable as it bends to flat. Equipped with the BlueTrack technology, the arc touch mouse can be used anywhere, including reflective glass tops.

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Livescribe Echo Smartpen$169.99

Why I love this:

The Livescribe Echo Smartpen was definitely a savior back in my classroom days. While my professor zipped through his lessons like a madman, the Smartpen not only stores the notes that I fanatically scribble down, but it also records the audio during the lectures. The recording can be played back by simply tapping on my notes, as if I am sitting through the lecture all over again (not that anybody would want to do that). The notes can be converted into the PDF format and transferred into OneNote for easy references.

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With all these great gifts, I’m hoping to give a few but get them all. Happy Holidays from the UCrew!