Tech | 07.12.2023

Save on Back-to-School Gifts with Prime

Woman exchanging gift with a student returning to college.

By Franki Hanke

While we’re in the peak of summer now, the back-to-school season is right around the corner and graduation season just finished. If you’re running late on a graduation present or want a gift for a returning college student, then these back-to-school deals during Amazon Prime Day are perfect for you. 

Not a Prime Member? You can start a free, trial membership for this event! Your trial will last 30 days. After that, membership is only $14.99/month (plus tax) after that. 

What is Prime Day? 

Prime Day is an exclusive sales event for Amazon Prime members. The event runs during a two-day window: Tuesday, July 11 and Wednesday, July 12. It’s a bit like a summertime Black Friday. Retailers across all categories have discounts, and we’re rounding up the best Amazon Prime Day deals with the lowest prices and best brand names. 

During the deals event, watch for lightning deals with a higher discount and shorter discount period. Follow our social media for deal alerts throughout the Prime Day sales. 

Only Prime members can shop for Amazon Prime Day deals, so if you’re not already an Amazon Prime member, it’s the perfect time to start an Amazon Prime membership. Be sure to explore all the Prime membership benefits before your trial period ends. 

Uber and Regal Theater gift cards are one sale in Prime Day back-to-school deals.

Gift Cards

If you’re not sure what school supplies someone needs, you can be sure they’ll use a gift card. During the Prime Day sale, several brands have discounted gift cards.

Uber – $10 Back

When you buy a $50 Uber gift card, you’ll receive $10 in bounce-back credits. It’s a Prime member exclusive, and you have to enter the coupon code UBER at checkout to redeem it. 

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Regal Theater – $10 Off

Entertainment expenses add up when you’re in a dorm room. Gift a Regal $50 gift card for only $40! 

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School Supplies

While college has fewer material demands than high school, it’s still nice to have some desk ware when you’re trying to study. 

Post-it is 15% off in the back-to-school deals.

Post-it Exclusive Color Pack – 15% Off

Amazon and Post-it have an exclusive color pack that combines three sizes for a variety of different sticky notes including two larger lined packs and smaller tabs. The colors are bright and fun, and the boxed set is easier to gift. 

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BIC pastel highlighters are 68% off in the Prime Day sales.

BIC – 68% Off

Rather than a bunch of ugly yellow highlighters, this 12-piece set has five different colors in a soft, pastel range for easy color-coordinating. Even better, it’s the best seller in Liquid Highlighters! 

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Beyond the classroom, college, especially dorm life, has its own kind of school shopping. Some of the best Back-to-school deals are items a student could use past graduation. 

Get your new student a new stylish lunch box 29% off for Prime Day.

Stylish Lunch Box Bag – 29% Off

A full courseload keeps you busy, and it’s a lot easier to eat healthy if you’re bringing your own snacks. This lunch box designed like a tote bag is perfect for bringing a meal anywhere on campus. 

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BONUS DEAL: Goodful Insulated Jar – 36% Off

Pair that lunch box with the Goodful sleek vacuum-sealed insulated jar. The color options are nice and it’s multi-functional for drinks and food alike. 

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Adidas Alphabounce slides are 44% off for back-to-school sales.

Adidas Alphabounce Slides – 44% Off

Featuring a range of neutral colors and an adjustable top strap, these Adidas slides are an upgrade to cheap shower shoes, but they’re perfect to slip on to swap laundry or grab a snack. 

Please note, sizing is unisex. Be sure to pick the right size for Women’s or Men’s sizing. 

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Simple Modern Water Bottle – 15% Off

Everyone needs a reliable, stainless steel water bottle they can tote around all school year. For a reliable, affordable choice that will outlast water bottle trends, opt for Simple Modern. They are affordable even without the discount, last for years, and have a comfortable straw top. 

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Technology & Gadgets

Most big-ticket tech deals have a hefty price tag for a back-to-school gift, but there are some affordable options that will make a long-lasting gift. 

Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker – 13% Off

Right alongside a caddy, every college dorm room needs a speaker, especially one you can take right into the shower too. The Bose SoundLink line has both the Flex (full-size) and Micro versions discounted. They are water-resistant and sturdy! I personally own the Micro and can attest to the battery life, sound quality, and durability. 

Shop Flex and Micro

Rocketbook Fusion Plus reusable notebook is on sale 30% off.

Rocketbook Reusable Fusion Plus – 30% Off 

For anyone who prefers analog notetaking, Rocketbook is the in-between between plain ole paper and an iPad. You can write in the planner/notebook and then scan notes into the cloud for an endlessly reusable notebook. 

Shop now. 

If you’d rather gift noise-canceling earbuds, the Bose QuietComfort Wireless earbuds and Airpods Pro earbuds are on sale too. 

We’re rounding up all the best Prime Day deals until Wednesday night. If you want to shop for the best Amazon deals available, follow our social media and read our other articles on sales. This sale event will fly past, don’t miss out. 

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If you’re shopping for any investment pieces for your own smart home or in preparation for this year’s gifting season, this is a great time to shop. We’ve already seen deals on big-ticket items including Kindle Paperwhite, Apple Watch SE (Series 8) smartwatch, Apple iPad, 2nd Generation Apple AirPods, Dyson cordless vacuum cleaners (and air purifiers,) Sony LED Smart TV, iRobot (Roomba) robot vacuum, Ring video doorbell security camera, and of course, Alexa-enabled and Amazon devices including Echo Dot 5th Gen, Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max, and Echo Buds. 

If you’re not already a Prime member, don’t miss out on the exclusive deals. Sign up for a free 30-day trial to try the Prime membership perks. 

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