Graduating high school is pretty awesome—no more block schedules, homerooms, or drawn out gym assemblies—but best of all is the sweet grad gifts you’ll get!
While it’s tempting to ask for the latest tablet computer, smartphone, or the ever-popular wad of cash, those are most likely the kind of goodies your friends and family members already know are in high demand. Instead, why not ask for a few items that’ll come in handy once you start college?
Here are five smart grad gifts that every freshman needs.
1). Portable speakers
Whether you’re in a study group, relaxing on the beach, or hanging out in the park, having the right music on-hand is the easiest way to get the party started. What’s better than being able to whip out your mp3 player and turn up your favorite jam? Plus, when you get back home you can plug them into your laptop and *viola!* you have a mini surround sound system in your room.
2). Noise canceling headphones
Conversely, if music is your way to focus (or escape!) then a good set of noise canceling headphones are a must. Student centers, quads, and even the library are bustling with people and drowning out the distractions is key to getting your work done.
3). Formal dress clothes (suit & tie for men/blouse & skirt for women)
That hoodie/sweatpants combo repping your school colors is great and all, but it’s far from appropriate for more formal occasions like a school ceremony or job interview. Having a few dress outfits that you can mix and match will give you the flexibility to put your own style on display while maintaining a sense of proper social etiquette.
4). Bed lifts & under-bed storage unit
If you’re moving into a dorm or renting out a room off-campus, then space efficiency is the name of the game. One great place to store your stuff that often goes underutilized is the space under your bed. Pick up a set of 5-inch bed lifts (wooden sets tend to last much longer than plastic) and you now have a generous storage area that’s out of the way and hidden to guests.
5). Collapsible laundry hamper & basket
These may not seem like the most fun or exciting presents to receive, but you’d be surprised how ill-equipped some freshmen are when it comes to doing their laundry. These two items will make a world of difference between that smelly pile of clothes at the foot of your bed and the neatly tucked away hamper nobody even noticed. And honestly, do you really want to be that kid hauling their laundry around in a garbage bag? We didn’t think so either.
What grad gifts would you recommend for an incoming freshman? Tell us in a comment below!