It’s the moment these last four years have been leading to—the long, windy road known as high school is finally coming to a close. But before you make the jump to your college campus there will be one last pit stop on your way to collegiate life, and it’s a good one. Yup, we’re talking about graduation. The cap, the gown, and of course the best part of it all—the gifts.
While a card full of cash is the standard congratulatory present, there’s always something to be said for thinking practical. With college only a few months away, why not pick out some goodies that you’ll put to use freshman year?
Here are our top grad gift picks for the college-bound senior.
1). Premium Music Streaming Service – Chances are you’ve used at least one music streaming service at some point, but have you ever considered an upgrade? Paying a few bucks a month will cut out all the boring ads, give you a higher audio quality, and let you endlessly stream on all your devices.
This is might be of those things you would never buy yourself, but it’d be a pretty awesome gift to receive. There are tons of providers and plans for any budget, making this a perfect option for cash-strapped loved ones.
2). Smartphone Accessories – Let’s face it, if you have a smartphone you know sometimes it can seem like an extra appendage. As your go-to tool for nearly every day-to-day activity, it makes sense to tack on a few handy accessories.
If you’re a budding photographer, there are some seriously cool gadgets out there to help you capture beautiful shots. If your phone is your all-in-one music collection, scoping out a wireless speaker is the way to go. And for those of you that are in need of a little extra battery life, a wireless charger should definitely be on the list.
3). Solar-Powered Swag – These days most handheld devices run on a rechargeable battery, but that doesn’t do you much good if you’re running low on juice and there’s no power outlet nearby. When those occasions arise it’s time for a souped-up setup.
Solar-powered backpacks have become one of the most popular tech products in recent years and for good reason—not only can you carry your phone, e-reader, and tablet but you can charge them as well. Scaling things down bit, a solar-powered watch or keychain flashlight can also come in handy. And as for the ladies out there looking for a more fashionable option, these sleek cell phone-charging clutches may not be solar-powered, but they just may be more your style.
4). Bathrobe – Between scurrying from the showers to your room you’ll want to keep covered. Stop worrying about that towel slipping and replace it with a comfy bathrobe.
Now we know the image of wearing a bathrobe might be reserved for grandpas and lounging poolside at a hotel, but take it from us, it’s well worth asking for. It’s perfect for a chilly morning, and as mentioned above, it’ll help you avoid any revealing situations to and from the showers. Besides, wouldn’t it be fun to walk around like a super-fly Jedi or wizard?
5). Toolkit – At first glance this might seem like a gift better suited for your dad, but it can prove far more valuable during your freshman year than you realize.
Hanging your framed pictures? Good thing you have a hammer. Putting together your work desk? Thank goodness you have the right wrenches and screwdrivers.
See where we’re going with this?
There will be all kinds of unexpected moments when you’ll need the right hand tool, so being prepared is key. Don’t fret if you’re unfamiliar with every piece of the kit, there are plenty of instructional videos out there—besides, not a lot has changed since they first came out.
Be it from your favorite relative, family friend, or good ole’ mom and dad, grad gifts are the perfect way to celebrate your big day. If someone seems stumped on just what to get you, suggest some of these ideas for inspiration. Who knows, you might even get something you were never expecting.
Have a grad gift suggestion of your own? What kind of gifts would you like to receive for graduation? Share your thoughts in a comment.