Graduation season is here, and families all across the country are getting ready to throw parties in honor of high school or college grads. But finding a perfect gift for your favorite grad can be tricky, particularly if you want an unusual gift that’s unlike what the rest of your family is likely to buy. Hunting for a unique graduation gift? Here are ten great gift ideas for college or high school grads in 2015.
1. Gun And Target Alarm Clock
As grads leave the world of academia and enter the workforce, they’ll have to re-adjust to getting up bright and early. This fun “gun and target” alarm clock is a fun way for grads to express their frustration at having to get up before dawn. The light gun must hit the target in order for the alarm to stop, so it’s kind of the ideal alarm clock for a grad who tends to hit snooze repeatedly.
Price: $18.55 (54 percent off MSRP)
2. Ms. Pac-Man / Galaga Class of 1981 Arcade Gaming Cabinet
Looking for a really impressive gift for a fan of retro games? This arcade machine would look great in the man cave of any college grad. This cabinet includes Ms Pac-Man and Galaga, plus four hidden bonus games: Pac-Man, Speedy Pac-Man, Speedy Ms. Pac-Man, and Rapid Fire Galaga. It’s definitely a bit expensive, but someone only graduates from college once in their lifetime, so it’s worth splurging on.
Price: $3,014.98 (8 percent off MSRP)
3. iRobot Braava 320 Floor Mopping Robot
Some grads haven’t quite mastered the art of keeping the house tidy. You can help them keep their first apartment spic and span with a robot vacuum cleaner. This model runs up to 3 hours on a single charge, and requires no emptying of bins or changing of filters. Want to learn more about the robot vacuums on the market today? Check out our post on the best robot vacuums.
Price: $144.95 (28 percent off MSRP)
4. Samsung SmartCam HD Pro 1080p Full-HD Wi-Fi Camera
Any new grad can think of a dozen uses for this Wi-Fi-enabled camera. With 128 degree ultra-wide angle coverage, night time recording, motion detection, audio detection, and two-way talk features, this smart camera can be used for home security. It can also be used in conjunction with a baby monitor in homes where new grads are expecting a new addition to the family.
Price: $179 (14 percent off MSRP)
5. olloclip TELEPHOTO with Wide-Angle and Macro Lens + CPL for iPhone 6/6 Plus
While the latest iPhones do have very nice cameras, there are times when you want to increase the quality and flexibility of those lenses. Enter the Olloclip, a clip-on lens that lets you take more detailed photos with your iPhone. If your favorite grad is heading off to Europe, or doing a cross-country road trip before joining the workforce, this is a great travel accessory that will enhance all of their vacation photos.
6. Altra Furniture Mercer Storage TV Console with Multicolored Door Fronts
After graduation, many new grads find that they need to buy a lot of furniture to make their new pad a bit more livable. One item every grad needs is a TV console, and this model from Altra is very affordable. The different colored wood doors help this item blend in with practically any home decor scheme. Your grad can house a flat-screen TV up to 48 inches, with room for a video game console or Blu-ray player. Plus, those handy storage drawers give them a place to stash Blu-ray discs, books, or other items out of sight.
Price: $130.61 (27 percent off MSRP)
7. Interview Clothes
The clothes make the man (or the woman), as the old saying goes. Every new grad needs a new wardrobe. The right interview outfit can help a grad feel more confident while interviewing for their dream job. One look we like for women is the Miusol pencil dress pictured above. It’s youthful, business-approproate, but not too stuffy. Plus, it’s nearly half off. For men, a suit is a must, and the Tommy Hilfiger look above is a nice choice because of its low price point.
Price: $26.90 for the dress, $110.00 – $149.99 for the suit
8. Muse: The Brain Sensing Headband
If you’re really looking for a unique gift that nobody else would think to buy, this piece of wearable technology definitely fits the bill. This headband is designed to help reduce stress and anxiety in just three minutes a day. For grads who are entering a stressful field like banking, law, or medicine, this stress-reducing tool may be the most thoughtful gift of all.
9. Well Stocked Gourmet Food and Snack Sampler Gift Basket with Smoked Salmon
If you’re looking to send a little housewarming gift to your favorite grad, a gift basket is a thoughtful choice. This arrangement from Art of Appreciation Gift Baskets is a nice choice that’s packed with both sensible and indulgent treats. If the grad in question is moving into a new place, this gift basket ensures that they will have food to enjoy on move-in day. You can also schedule the delivery date to coincide with their birthday or first day of work. The basket contains the following gourmet food items: smoked salmon, sausage, two types of cheese, chocolate raspberry cake, wine and cheese biscuits, Italian cracker crisps, gourmet snack mix, truffle cookies, espresso-glazed almonds, green tea, cheese straws, crepe cookies, and candy.
10. Basis Peak Fitness and Sleep Tracker
Fitness trackers are a great way for a new grad to stay fit. Plus, this tracker also lets them track their sleep habits, which can be helpful for grads who are having a hard time sleeping due to the stress of job hunting. The Basis Peak works with both Android and iPhone, and tracks heart rate, calories burned, steps and more while automatically capturing walks, runs and rides.
Think your grad would prefer a Fitbit tracker over a Basis product, or just want to learn more about other fitness tracker options? Check out our posts on the best Fitbit models, best Fitbit alternatives, or the best fitness trackers.
Price: $189.95 (5 percent off MSRP)