Just as a disclaimer, this is going to include tables that are NOT the iPad, which is a great gift. But everyone knows and loves the iPad, so this is going to include everything but the iPad.
There are a lot of, to put it bluntly, crappy tablets out there. There are really a handful of really good ones out there.
The first one if the Samsung Galaxy Tab
The 7 inch version is a compact and powerful little device and it is only $150. It also comes with over $300 of other free goodies. It comes in white and black. I wouldn’t recommended it for school, unless its main purpose is going to be for social media, watching youtube videos and surfing the web.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 inch
This is a powerful tablet that is in direct competition with the iPad air 2.
It has a very powerful processor (which is great for speedy search results), 16GB of memory, a 8MP camera and a SUPER AMOLED Screen. It also has a fingerprint scanner for added security. This one is a bit more pricey but comes in at $400 brand new.
A brand new tablet that has just hit the market for a great price ($99) is the ASUS Zenpad.
The main advantage to this is that it is REALLY cheap and does the basics very well. This one is 7″ but can be found in a 10″ version.