GUIDE TO SANE GIFT SHOPPING & GIVING
Once the graduation celebrations end, reality sets in for your graduates. Throwing up that cap ushered in a new stage. Whether that’s off to college or a 9 to 5—or at least interviewing. And, they’ll need some new tools.
The sleek Element Touch Lamp adorns both a dorm or office desk well. Even if that desk is in the corner of their childhood bedroom. A touch turns it on. $63 Target.com (Also available: Amazon; other retailers also at higher price)
No matter if they have dorm-mates or roommates; or still hanging out with the ‘rents, the grad might welcome headphones. CNET rated the JVC Flats as “inexpensive headphones that sound great for the money”. Also available in multiple colors. Listed as lightweight and comfortable with good sound., the JVC fold for easy storage. No carrying case.
If your grad might balk at the JVC’s inexpensive look, try the Grado SR-60i. Various audio reviews rate these headphones highly for great sound and comfort on a budget. Rotates to lie flat for packing. Also features metal height adjusters for perfect fit.
$79 amazon.com, crutchfield.com
If they prefer earbuds, CNET touts the MEElectronics A151-BK earbuds as the best budget earbud headphone. Citing it as comfortable with very good sound. Comes with carrying case.
How can the grad have movie night without a microwave? Their friends will also love your gift of the Kenmore Countertop Microwave. Good looking and a good size, with the usual amenities.
The Toastess International Twin Coffeemaker makes it easier to get going for the job search, the job or the early morning class. They’ll make it, grab it and go. Even have one for a roommate. Separate coffee filters for each side.
$ 30 target.com
The Punching Bag Laundry Bag might get your grad to do laundry more often. Or, at least look cool while doing it.
An electrical outlet might seem a weird gift. The Belkin Conserve Switch provides energy savings and surge protection for all the grad’s devices. They and the Earth will thank you. Plus, it has a remote with a 60’ range. This outlet makes a great companion bundle gift.
Many graduates could use a sturdy backpack to haul around all the new stuff their new roles require. North Face offers one of the top-rated backpacks. The Jester earned top ratings for organization and ergonomics. It offers comfort and plenty of storage space. 4 color choices.
Whether the grad plans to travel for the summer or move into a new space, they’ll appreciate Nautica Charter 20″ Wheeled Carry-On. You’ll appreciate the great price. Or, perhaps your grad would prefer the simple elegance of the London Fog Oxford II Satchel Tote. If luggage, totes, backpacks, etc. fit the gift bill, ebags has a style, brand and price for just just about everyone.
$58 $340 ebags.com (Nautica)
$53 $100 ebags.com (London Fog)
Also check out more Frugalista Gift Ideas for Grads – here. Gifts like the Omron Electronic Bodyfat Analyzer.
Happy Frugalista Shopping! May you find the perfect gift for your graduate.
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