May 13, 2013

Graduation gifts for the ‘real world’

Give them what they love and let them know how proud you are.

Rants, raves, reviews and resources for Dallas-Fort Worth parents

Still haven’t gotten the graduate in your life the perfect gift?

Whether students are saying “C ya” to high school or college, they most likely won’t need a gift receipt if you get them something both techno-cool and real-world practical.

Here are some things we would put on our graduation wish list if we did it all over again. (And boy, are we glad we don’t have to!)

Hot java

The KitchenAid Personal Coffee Maker is perfect for the caffeine-addicted graduate. The slim one-cup contraption brews an excellent mug in no time at all, pouring neatly into the included 18-ounce thermal to-go cup. Your graduate on the go is sure to appreciate the caffeine jolt. $99.99,

Head gear

Urbanears’ Zinken headphones deliver quality sound, style and comfort. The brightly hued headphones feature swivel ear caps and an adjustable headband, ensuring a great fit for any wearer, no matter the hair style. Materials were specifically selected so as not to absorb sweat and odor. $99.90,, Urban Outfitters, Best Buy.

Good eats

The Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker guarantees a hot start to the day in just five minutes. For recent graduates fending for themselves for the first time, the appliance will seem too good to be true — with separate compartments for cooking eggs, meat patties, bread and cheese, they’ll get an on-the-go breakfast that doesn’t come from a box. $29.99, Bed Bath & Beyond.

Surround sound

The GiiNii AudioBulb wireless music system creates surround sound, and it’s as simple as changing a light bulb. Simply replace overhead or lamp bulbs with the AudioBulb and dock an iPod in the standalone base. Your graduate will be playing music with high-quality sound in minutes. $299.99, RadioShack.

Morning sun

Waking up is easy with the Philips Wake-Up Light ColouredÖper website Sunrise Simulation system. The high-tech alarm clock uses a combination of light and sound to simulate sunrise, allowing for a more natural wake-up. That 8 a.m. class or new job start time will no longer seem so daunting. $169.99,

On a leash

With “Mom, I can’t find my...” no longer an option, the Philips InRange Bluetooth Leash will be a welcome tool for absent-minded graduates. The electronic “leash” allows the user to tag wallets, keys or cameras and connect to them via Bluetooth through a smartphone. She’ll be notified if she goes out of range of her valuables, helping to ensure she won’t leave without her credit card or keys. She can also locate the missing items with the press of a button. $49.99, Apple Store.

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