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Start the semester in style with these must-have items.

Grilled Cheesus, $39.95-

If you want proof that the free market economy is alive and well, look no further than the Grilled Cheesus—a sandwich press that toasts the face of Jesus H. Christ himself onto both sides of your bread. It’s got non-stick plates, a lock-down lid to ensure even cooking, stores easily, and does all the things you’d expect from a standard sandwich press, plus the part about IMPRINTING THE SON OF GOD’S VISAGE ON YOUR SNACK. -Justine Goodman

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Stanley Flask, $20-

Made from recycled plastic, this durable flask is one of the new fall offerings from outdoor supply leader Stanley. The eCycle Flask comes in two colors (green and blue), and can hold up to seven ounces of liquid courage. Leakproof and fully packable, its two-stage lid makes cleaning a breeze: simply pop the top to fill and clean. It’s also dishwasher safe, though if your dorm has a dishwasher, you’re doing college all wrong. -Justine Goodman

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Zero Halliburton Air 20" Lightweight Carry-on, $450-

Zero Halliburton makes the kind of luggage that you buy once and use for a lifetime. Whether you're using it to move into your new dorm or just getting a comically early start on Spring Break, the Zero Air's exceptionally light, exceptionally strong case can be carried to the top floor of your frat house with ease, is slim enough to fit easily into an overhead compartment, and can stare even the most reckless baggage handler in the eye and say "Come at me, bro" without blinking.  –John Sciarrino 

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Roku 3, $99.99-

The Roku 3 is everything you want from a streaming player—and nothing you don’t. In addition to all the features offered by its predecessor (750+ entertainment channels, built-in Wi-Fi, 1080p HD video playback), the latest model ups the ante with motion control for games, remote with headphone jack (earbuds included), and dual band wireless, Ethernet, and USB ports. It’s also tiny and sleek. AppleTV better watch its back. -Justine Goodman

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Frank & Oak Garment Dyed Shirt, $50-

We love the feeling of a perfectly broken-in shirt—not like most new shirts, which make you feel like you’re clanking around in a (totally awesome, but uncomfortable) suit of armor. Unfortunately, by the time most of ours get there, they’re already covered in dried nacho cheese, cheap beer, and God knows what else. That’s why Frank & Oak's garment dyed shirts are our go-to (especially during nacho season). The shirts are dyed after they are already built and finished, so the color is the same, but the feel of the shirt makes us feel warm in our special areas. –Cameron Berkman
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NFL Rush Zone Board Game, $21.99-

The next best thing to playing in the actual NFL is the new NFL Rush Zone board game (tagline: “Bringing home the battle of the gridiron”). Rush Zone represents all 32 NFL teams, and comes with more than 120 game pieces and a large 3D football field game board. And if you’re rusty on the rule book, don’t fret; the game is designed to teach the official rules of NFL football while you play. Finally, a worthwhile way to kill time over that dreaded bye week. -Justine Goodman
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Sony Vaio Duo 13 2-in-1 Ultrabook, $1399 and up-

For more proof that Apple may be getting a run for its money this season, check out the beautiful array of Intel-powered 2-in-1 Ultrabooks hitting the market this year. The Sony Vaio Duo 13 Ultrabook is a fully convertible tablet and laptop in one sleek package. It features a 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor, full HD Triluminos touchscreen, a digitizer stylus, face recognition and CamScanner app, and up to 10 hours of battery life. We’ve been testing one out for the last few weeks, and let’s just say it’s going to be really, really difficult to give it back. -Justine Goodman

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Hudson Sutler Commuter Bag, $95-

Meet the Hudson Sutler Commuter duffel bag—a sturdy, spacious overnight bag that also happens to be a real looker. Made with washable heavy-duty canvas and lined with a classy gingham print, the bags come in bright, tasteful colors suitable for basically every activity. Several internal and external pockets allow you to separate your clothes and personal items—so if you go to the University of Vermont, there’s a place to stow your weed. And if you go to, say, Arizona State, there’s a larger pocket for other things. -Justine Goodman
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AquaFarm Self-Cleaning Fish Tank, $59.99-

You know what college students aren’t known for? Being responsible pet owners. But the AquaFarm is an idiot-proof, self-cleaning fish tank that’s ideal for students, as it requires little to no maintenance. The three-gallon tank is topped with several miniature planters; the fish’s waste feeds the plants, and the plants clean the water. Just remember that you’ll still need to feed the fish, and cold pizza isn’t recommended. -Justine Goodman

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Evernote Moleskine Smart Notebook, $24.95-

The fancy Evernote Moleskine Smart Notebook allows you to instantly digitize all your handwritten notes (or drawings), making them searchable and easy to organize on your computer or other digital device. Simply take a pic of the page using the Evernote page camera app, and voila – it now lives on your PC. Sort using digital tags, or just browse all notes while cramming for final exams. -Justine Goodman

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Crosley Musician Turntable, $169.95-

The vintage-style Crosley Musician is more than a three-speed turntable; it also boasts an analog AM/FM radio, CD player, cassette deck, and MP3 player, and can accommodate virtually any other portable listening device with included hardware. Now if only you could figure out what a record player, cassette deck, or AM/FM radio actually were, you’d be all set for school. We suggest asking your history professor. -Justine Goodman

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Ventev Powercell 5000 Charger, $54.99-

What if we were to tell you that this light, compact Ventev Powercell 5000 charger could give you up to 15+ hours of backup battery on your phone and tablet – transferred via dual ports (including one high-speed, rapid charge port) – AT THE SAME TIME. Is that something you might be interested in? Thought so. Don’t be the guy whose phone is dead on a Friday night at the bar. Instead, be the guy who can help the girl whose phone is dead on a Friday night get a charge at the bar. -Justine Goodman

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Wren Sound System, $399-

While we always love a good portable speaker, sometimes the centerpiece of your room calls for something a little bit more solid. The Wren is the right size to incorporate into a cramped dorm room, but packs as much performance as full-size systems. Available in bamboo and rosewood, this speaker says, “I’m bold enough to bump Notorious B.I.G. at a foundation-shaking 25 watts-per-channel,” while also saying, “I’m classy enough to sip a 1961 Château d'Yquem while doing it.” –Cameron Berkman

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DISH Network Tailgater Portable Satellite, $350-$499-

The DISH Network Tailgater is probably the most important invention of all time, allowing you to watch live HD TV from practically anywhere. (Read: football, in a parking lot.) At only 10 pounds, mobility is a non-issue, and since the cover is weatherproof, you don’t have to worry about the rain (your TV, however, may be another matter). A pay-as-you-go option allows you to pay only for the months you use it without signing a contract, so you can simply stop your service after the season is over. If you’re a true entrepreneur, you’ll charge your classmates a fee to watch the game on your awesome mobile TV setup. Your econ teacher will be so proud. -Justine Goodman

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OGIO Renegade Tech Backpack, $150-

A broken laptop or tablet screen hurts more than almost anything, including a broken heart (that’s right; get it together, Emily Dickinson). But who wants to travel without access to their very important work documents (read: porn and Candy Crush)? Well, it’s time to get yourself an OGIO Renegade. The tenacious pack has protective spots to cram your laptop (where it’s suspended from any possible impact), tablet, smartphone, sunglasses, and whatever other doo-dads you overpaid for and thusly must protect. Even the clumsiest of us can walk away without a scratch after weeks on the road. Well, at least our devices; not on the rest of us. ​And you, our special little butterflies, can click here and use the code MAXIMOGIO to get 25% the Renegade off this week. –Cameron Berkman

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Dyson DC47, $449-

A lot of things end up on your dorm room floor—crumbs, dirt, your roommate’s blackout drunk cousin Kevin—and picking them up is always THE WORST EVER. You could invest in one of those robots vacuums, but that’s only if you want to contribute to mankind’s eventual extinction (what, you’ve never heard of Skynet?). So stop being lazy and clean it yourself. But, still, you should do it in the easiest way possible (so you can continue to be lazy immediately afterwards), and that way is undoubtedly by kicking your floor’s ass with the Dyson DC47. It’s small enough to fit under the bed, but strong enough to handle even a “Kevin-sized” mess. –Cameron Berkman
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2013 Back To School Gift Guide