It’s that time of year! You may have someone graduating yourself, or you need cool gift ideas for the graduation parties you’ll be attending. We’ve got something for everyone on your list. Here’s our round up of our favorite gift ideas for grads … all tested and approved by teenagers and parents.
GIFT IDEAS FOR GRADS!
iHome Tough Case
The iHome Tough Case offers durable protection for your iPhone. Publisher Stephanie Silverman loves the great color, the interesting design and the built-in stand. “The stand is fantastic for facetiming my niece and nephews—hands free.”
Addicted to Bananagrams? Then Zip-It, from the makers of Bananagrams, may be your next family favorite. Zip-It pits two players against each other in a fast-pace race to make words from a limited selection of letters — think Bananagrams at a sprint. “It’s fun and competitive,” says Ethan Silverman, son of Your Teen’s Stephanie Silverman. “And it really challenges your mind.”
We love to play games during the holidays. And here’s a perfect one: Disruptus, new this year from the folks at Funnybone Toys. “It’s a blast,” says Madeline Taylor. “It forced my family to think outside of the box. It’s also a perfect game for a party.”
Electrohome USB Charging Alarm Clock Radio
Always wake up on the right side of the bed with the USB Charging Alarm Clock Radio by Electrohome. This convenient charging alarm clock allows you to connect your device while you sleep and wake with a fully charged device. Plus it projects the time on your wall to provide easy viewing of the time from your bed, recliner, or couch. eletrohome.com
ALTEC LANSING BABY BOOM RUGGED BLUETOOTH SPEAKERS
This Bluetooth speaker can go anywhere you do. It floats, it’s waterproof and shock-proof, and can clip to your backpack.
Pelican Marine iPhone Cover
Now your kid can rest easy knowing that their phone will be safe wherever they go. “I immersed the empty case in water for about three hours and found it to be dry after inspection,” says Rick Taylor, husband of Your Teen’s Eca Taylor. “I’d recommend it for vacations and activities near water.”
Life Is Good Collegiate Collection T-Shirt
Your graduate can show off their new college pride with a laidback style in this Classic Fit Cool Tee, garment washed for softness and cut to barely skim the body. Its distressed printed graphic gets better with every wear, and ladder stitch details add interest at every edge. “I’m excited about the idea of getting a Life is Good t-shirt printed with the name of my college.”
Speed Stacker Cups
It’s not just a fun game—it’s an individual and team sport. Develop hand/eye coordination, build reaction time, and have fun doing it. This kit has everything you need to start stacking!
Maximize your living space with this clamp-on nightstand shelf. Safely holds up to 15 pounds of your most important bedside items (laptop, phone, tablet, water bottle, books) within arm’s reach while you sleep or relax. Great for anyone on that top bunk or loft bed.
Rowenta Hand Held Steamer
The X-CEL Steam Hand Steamer helps de-wrinkle wardrobes in a flash. This compact hand steamer heats up in just 45 seconds and can steam (at the same power as a full-size version) for up to 10 minutes. A lint pad, fabric brush and steam bonnet are also included. “This steamer is so helpful because it’s portable and quicker than ironing. I’m definitely taking it with me to college.”
Krups Savoy Electric Kettle
This 1.7 liter water kettle has 5 preset temperature settings for optimized brewing of teas or coffee, and auto shut-off. “This is a fantastic gift idea. It’s the kind of gift you love even more once you get to college.”
Mixcder E7 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Our editor Susan Borison loves them. “Easy to use, quality is great, and they’re comfortable.” Experience beautifulmusic and immersive sound with headphones that block ambient sound.
Sound of Sleep LectroFan EVO
Sleep better with soothing fan sounds and lots of options for white noise—as well as the pink and brown noise you didn’t know you needed. Ideal for sleep, relaxation, study, or any environment where you’d like more audio control.
Spikeball Game Set
How about a Spikeball set for your teen? Now your teen can have something fun to do outside with friends.
Laura Ashley Twin Reversible Quilt
This simple, yet unique comforter will make an amazing, personal gift. The simple design makes the comforter versatile and easy to coordinate with almost any color sheets “This simple, yet unique comforter will make an amazing gift. The comforter is also more personal than a simple gift card!”
Chic Buds Crossbody Power Purse
This soft, stylish, vegan leather crossbody features a lightweight battery and built-in USB cords to charge your phone and devices when you’re on the go.
Slumbr Orion Pillow
Exceptionally comfy, unique pillows designed in six distinct types to match your individual sleep style and made of finest high-grade materials to maintain their support and comfort longer over time. “The pillow is incredibly soft and comfortable for when I want to lie back and relax.”
Sydney Paige Back Pack
The Guidi laptop rucksack oozes class with its relaxed style, upscale metal zippers and chic leather details. Whether you’re a student, world traveler, hip professional or stylish mom on the go, this is the bag for you!“This backpack works for both school and other activities. It’s light and easy to take with me, so I can use it on a hike or for class.”
Yantouch Icediamond Bluetooth Speaker
A portable speaker that lets you hear, see, and feel the music. Create your own light show that syncs to the beat of your music. Great for outdoor parties or camping. “I hooked it up to my phone, and the sound was impressive,” says Ryan Gallagher, son of Your Teen’s Mindy Gallagher. “And it had a remote control, which was really cool.”
STM Drifter Laptop Backpack
Perfect for school, work, or travel, this lightweight backpack has a retro design yet all the space you need for books, gym gear, lunch, water bottle, and a 15” laptop.
Speidel Pilot Watch
This cool, retro aviator-inspired watch will appeal to anyone with an eye for vintage style. It’s water resistant, employs smooth quartz movement, and is available with a leather or solid stainless steel band.
Jill-E Designs Jack Hemingway
And you thought your backpack days were over. Not so with this leather take on the familiar favorite, the Jack Hemingway Leather Laptop Backpack. The roomy interior has pockets for a 15” laptop and all your essentials. “It’s perfect for any business or casual environment, and especially great for overnight or long weekend trips,” says Your Teen staffer Holly Kaye. “I especially liked the padded interior laptop pouch, as I am rather rough on my bags. Plus there’s a trolley sleeve that allows it to be easily attached to a rolling suitcase.”
SMS Audio On-Ear Wired Sport Headphones
High-performance and professionally tuned, these on-ear wired sport headphones are perfect for the listener who won’t sacrifice quality sound for an active lifestyle. They feature soft, perforated leather and comfortable memory foam cushions, and they are rated for protection against sweat and water. “These headphones are so comfy and have great sound quality!” raves Your Teen editorial assistant, Ahuva Sunshine. “They have a stylish look as well, and were great to use during my workout.”
Laura Ashley Maddox 7 Piece Comforter Set
Rest and relaxation are sure to follow this elegant 7-piece cotton bedding set. Includes a reversible comforter, sheets, shams, and two accent pillows.
Crane & Canopy’s Noe Blue Duvet Cover
Luxe, modern style for your bedroom. This patterned duvet cover is made from premium 100% long-staple cotton and woven in a luxurious 300 thread-count and features a chic geometric pattern and a beautiful dusk blue hue. Pairs beautifully with luxury sheets and throw pillows. “I love this duvet cover and pillow sham. The design is really pretty, the material is really comfortable, and it will look really awesome in my dorm room!”
STATE BAGS SMITH COBBLE HILL BACKPACK
Do good while looking good. When you buy this stylish leather backpack with modern details, State Bags hand delivers another bag to an American child in need.
Pelican Progear Vault Series
It’s safe to say that teenagers can sometimes be less than careful when it comes to their electronic devices. If that sounds familiar, then this iPad Air case is for you. “It is the ultimate in protection for an expensive device,” says Elizabeth Stern, a Your Teen reader. “Plus, it’s good looking with an industrial, hip vibe.” Best of all, if your teenager manages to break her device while it’s in this case, Pelican will replace it.
Pong Cano: The Game of Sacrifice
PongCano is a fast-paced game with one simple goal: bounce the ball into the PongCano volcano. Players must control their nerves and laughter until the ball lands safely in the bottom of the volcano. For ages 8 and up. Your Teen’s Susan Borison is hooked! “This game is just a little addictive. My son and I had a lot of fun playing this.”
Livescribe 3 Smartpen Moleskin Edition
Take notes using old-fashioned pen and paper, but still enjoy the practicality of technology with the LiveScribe 3 Smartpen Moleskin Edition. “I love this,” says Your Teen’s Eca Taylor. “It’s so much fun, easy to use, and a great way to journal while traveling or take notes at work.” $229.95
Saje Aromabreeze Ultrasonic Diffuser
Infuse your air with the vitality of nature and create a soothing atmosphere with the power of 100% natural essential oils. “The diffuser fills any room with an amazing scent, which will help keep me relaxed and my dorm room fresh.” —$74.95
Eco-Leather Wallet By Ten Thousand Villages
This authentic Fair Trade product is handcrafted in India and tanned with materials derived from sustainable tea bark extracts and waxes. The vegetable tanning process was used in India in ancient times to tan leather.tenthousandvillages.com $39.99
Jill-E Smart Tablet Purse
Carry all your sundries and charge your tablet or phone in style, all at the same time. This lightweight, leather crossbody also has a padded RFID protection pouch to protect your credit cards, ID and passport.