It’s that time of year again. When you’ll start opening your mail box and pulling out fancy white washed envelopes containing high priced graduation announcements. Now that you’ve seen the announcement, you have a few choices.
1- Go tell them, “Way to go!” on their Facebook page.
2- Send them a check that will inevitably be spent on late night taco runs.
3- Get them a cool gift they can actually use.
None of these options are bad. If you decide to go with option 3, I came up with this nifty list of 15 usable gifts for graduates. This list contains items they could actually use and enjoy. These are gifts you can wrap up in foil paper and set on a table at a graduation party. These gifts will ultimately come in handy when they start their new college adventure!
1. A LARGE MEMORY Flash Drive
Now I know when you and me were in college we used to carry around floppy disks, hard disks, CD’s or real life printed paper. These guys, they’ve got it easy. They can carry their research papers around on sticks hanging on their key-chains.
I got one of these for Christmas and I love it! I wear it almost all day because I forget I even have it on. It rests on your neck and when someone calls, it vibrates. You simply pop the earbuds in your ears, touch a button and you are talking hands free. Beyond chatting on your phone, you can listen to podcasts, lectures, music and streaming media with these headphones.
3. No More Dead Battery Emergencies
So they forgot to charge their cell phone…again? Instead of freaking out and searching for an outlet, this handy dandy little portable battery charger is about the size of a lipstick tube and can provide an on the go (no electrical outlet needed) charge for your cell phone or tablet. I actually keep one of these in my car. It can be recharged and used over and over.
Anker® 2nd Gen Astro Mini 3200mAh Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger External Battery Power Bank with PowerIQ Technology for iPhone 6 Plus 5S 5C 5 4S, iPad Air 2 Mini 3, Samsung Galaxy S6 S5 S4 Note Tab, Nexus, HTC, Motorola, Nokia, PS Vita, Gopro, more Phones and Tablets and More (Black)
4. Mr. Coffee Single Cup Maker (That uses K Cups!)
I got a Mr. Coffee K-cup machine about a year ago and I love it! I save tons of money on coffee by using a re-usable coffee filters and these machines are way cheaper than the Keurig machines but do pretty much the same thing- brew coffee one cup at a time. This one has 3 cup size options.
These little lenses snap over your smart phone lens so you can take really unique pictures right from your cell phone. These would be great for students who love capturing life and art via their phone.
GoPro is an amazing little camera that does so much in such a compact form. Grads can record all their summer adventures, projects and extreme sports on this little camera that goes just about anywhere. Guys strap it to their heads, their chests, their bikes, their dogs, their boards, their cars and just about anything that will let them record their extreme sports moments.
Every dorm room needs a spot for students to be able to put their favorite memories, quotes and reminders. This simple photo display offers plenty of space to personalize their space.
8. Have Dave Ramsey Give Em’ A Little Dose of Reality
College is about to be one of the most expensive ventures of their lives. They can either go in prepared with a plan or blindly load up credit cards and student loans. This gives students advice on managing their money wisely from the beginning. If you want to give the teen a little incentive to actually crack this set open, offer them a monetary reward for proof of completion. Hopefully they will follow through and set themselves up for a future of financial peace.
BONUS Usable Gift Ideas!
9. Echo dot-
this smart device can be used to play music while they study, answer questions, find out the weather, set wake up alarms and reminders and more! They will have the most tech savvy dorm room around!
Echo Dot (3rd Gen) – Smart speaker with Alexa – Charcoal
10. Find those keys-
Does your grad have a habit of losing their valuables? The tile makes finding your keys, wallet, or other important items a breeze.
Tile Mate with Replaceable Battery and Tile Slim – 4 pack (2 x Mate, 2 x Slim) – NEW
11. Take Music or Podcasts Everywhere (The New BoomBox).
Between FaceTime with family, quick and easy research, digital books and doing some work, these ipads come in super handy for students! Plus you get a ton of cool points for this gift.
13. Make Fun Memories
If your graduate loves taking pictures, this portable printer is the coolest thing! This can also be useful for school projects in the upcoming years.
Prynt, Get Instant Photo Prints with The Prynt Classic for Apple iPhone 6s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 7 – Black
Is your graduate more of the jet setter type? This fantastic luggage boast 2 usb port for charging gadgets during layovers. No more searching for an available outlet, just plug and power!
DUKAP Luggage Intely Hardside Spinner 20” inches carry-on with USB port (Wine)
15. USB charging for all their devices!
How many chargeable gadgets do we have these days? It seems like everything needs a USB port. For those lacking outlet abundance (like in dorms) or those that like to have everything within hands reach, the multi-port usb outlet is a life saver!
AmazonBasics 60W 6-Port USB Wall Charger – White
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Kim’s is the party planning, cupcake loving, celebration catalyst behind the Thrifty Little Mom Blog. Kim was a pro event planner for over 7 years before she became a full-time blogger. Kim is the author of: Live, Save, Spend, Repeat: The Life You Want with the Money You Have. She’s been featured on Time.com, Money.com, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Day and more! Kim aims to inspire you to create parties, celebrations and gatherings that everyone loves!