7 Gifts for the High School Grad in Your Life
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They did it! After four long years of high school, your loved one is finally walking across the stage to get their diploma (Yes, 'Land of Hope and Glory' will be playing in the background). Of course, that means you'll be spending countless hours trying to find the perfect gift for your new grad.
Fret not! In celebration of your college-bound teen spreading their wings and getting their first taste of adulthood, here are seven top-rated gifts they will actually use as they embark on their next schooling journey.
Say cheese! Helps students capture every special moment with a good ol' polaroid camera. The retro camera, which has made a comeback in recent years, is equipped with a powerful built-in flash that allows them to take amazing photos even at night. Best of all, the photo will magically develop right before their eyes.
Up your student's back-to-school style game with a crossbody bag that easily stores their school ID, phone, and keys. This spacious bag is definitely a must-have for those moments they simply want to be hands-free.
Whether a student is going to school online or on-campus, a notebook computer is a definite must-have. When it comes to laptops, the 13-inch MacBook Air is at the top of the list. With two USB ports and 8 GB of memory, Apple's ultra-light (2.96 lbs to be exact) computer is a favorite for teens heading to college.
I LOVE this laptop so much. At first I was having trouble getting used to the operating system because it's so different but as soon as I got used to it, I was sold. The screen on it is impeccable. Unlike any other laptop. It's so clear and beautiful. The keyboard is so easy to type on and feels so effortless. The speakers are also very clear and loud. I've watched movies, Netflix, youtube videos and lectures on this thing and it all sounds so nice. It's also super lightweight which is fabulous! It powers up so quickly and holds a charge forever! I've never used a laptop so much and had it stay charged for so long! It's so great that I don't have to worry about not having my charger if I'm on campus like my hp. I'll never go back to any other product that isn't a Mac in some form. I love it so much. ...read more
During midterms and finals week, students often become dependent on caffeine to stay awake. But let's face it, buying Starbucks every day can really add up. Thanks to the coffee press, students can brew up a cup of their beloved study companion at any time and save some extra bucks! Of course, it's also pretty brew-tiful!
I'd heard that all “French Presses” deposit a very small amount of coffee grounds in your coffee. Everyone said it was a small trade-off for the best cup of coffee you can easily make at home. One even said those grounds were a "badge of honor."
Well, I've been using my Bodum for weeks now and am yet to notice a single coffee ground in my coffee. Perhaps the plunger's filter mesh will deform slightly, someday, if I drop it on the floor? For now, though, the edges of plunger perfectly match up with the glass.
It really is the best coffee I've ever had. I love this thing.
My advice: buy good coffee. Know your beans, and make sure it's ground very coarse (specifically for a French Press). Find a local roaster and buy it direct.
Now, the caveat: this thing does not provide "four cups" in the American sense of the word "cup". It holds about 16 ounces. That's two cups. I believe they call this a four-cup press because it holds four demitasse, which is much closer to a half-cup.
If you like a big cup of coffee in the morning, or are filling up an insulated travel mug, then this Bodun will make enough for just one person at a time. Again, sixteen ounces. It's approximately one Starbucks Grande or a little more than one Dunkin’ Donuts medium. ...read more
The days of lugging heavy textbooks are finally over! Instead of carrying four or five back-breaking textbooks around campus, store them all in one place—a kindle. All they have to do is purchase the Kindle version of their course book on Amazon and it will automatically sync to their e-reader. Did we mention it weighs less than a pound?
Procrastination! A term way too familiar among college students. In order to conquer this destructive habit, students should get a planner. They help them stay organize and focus on executing their daily to-do list. OK, so we admit having a personal assistant would be the better option, but a planner comes in a close second.
If your recent grad is a jewelry lover, look no further. Alex & Ani, the jewelry chain known for its widely popular bangles, has hundreds of chic designs with special meaning. One of Influenster's favorite pick is the "Take The Wheel" charm, which empowers others to take control of their action to determine the life they want to live.