By Trae Bodge, www.RetailMeNot.com
It’s graduation time! Regardless of whether your “baby” is graduating from high school or college, he or she has successfully reached a milestone, and that’s something to celebrate. The sheer number of choices for grad gifts can be dizzying, so I’ve pulled together some thoughtful—and useful—suggestions.
Have them travel in comfort
If they’re jetting off for a post-grad adventure — either overseas or on a road trip — keep them comfy with the 4-in-1 Travel Blanket ($24.95) by TravelRest. This clever microfleece can be worn poncho-style as a blanket, or it can remain in its built-in travel pouch and function as a sleeping pillow or as a neck or lumbar support.
They’ll need their own luggage, right? The Pacific Gear 30-inch Rolling Duffle ($54.99), which is loaded with pockets and compartments, is big enough for a long excursion, but it can also be compressed for shorter trips (and for stowing away in tiny dorm rooms or apartments). This practical bag is equipped with a telescopic handle and inline skate wheels, and it also has a strap so it can be worn on the shoulder.
In the travel/grooming department, I love the unisex Essential Kit ($30) from Malin+Goetz because it contains all the essentials—face cleanser, face moisturizer, body cleanser, body moisturizer, shampoo and conditioner. The six stylish TSA-approved bottles even come in their own clear pouch for hassle-free traveling.
Make sure they’re looking their best
If they’re leaving home for the first time, it won’t be long before they start missing all those little grooming tools you kept in the bathroom cabinet. The Japonesque Black Manicure Set ($25.50) from DermStore.com comes with stainless steel products like tweezers, nail clippers and cuticle scissors, all neatly placed in a sleek case with a magnetic closure.
Keep them safe and sound
If your child has a medical issue like diabetes, a heart condition or serious allergies, there’s no need to fret when he or she is far from home. Say goodbye to the clunky, unattractive Medi-Alert bracelets from the old days. Medical ID Marketplace features loads of cool necklaces, watches, bracelets and key chains that your fashion warrior will love. My personal faves are the customizable Thin Rubber Bracelet ($19.95) for boys and girls and the Carnelian and White Flower Bracelet ($22.95).
No matter whether they are globetrotting or just heading to class or job interviews, you’ll want to be able to connect with them. Kids are notorious for forgetting to charge their cell phones, so give them a little extra insurance with the sunVOLT SOLBAT2 Solar Handheld Device Battery and Charger ($29.95) from Scosche, which allows them to juice up their phone, anytime anywhere—no outlet required!
Be sure they’re eating wisely
If your child is going to live on his own, you have every reason to worry about the food he’ll be consuming. Ensure that he’s snacking healthfully (at least some of the time) with a Yumvelope subscription. Each month, your kid will receive a minimum of six full-size delicious, fresh and natural goodies, including snacks, drinks and desserts. Prices start at $19.99 a month.
Trae Bodge is a beauty and lifestyle expert who writes for http://www.RetailMeNot.com — the No. 1 online coupon site in the world.