By Stephanie Ila Silver-Silberstein
From the cutie-patooties entering leaving preschool and entering Kindergarten to the academics determined to get their PhDs, graduates of all ages will be psyched about getting these unique, practical and totally awesome gifts (many of them happen to be great Father’s Day gifts as well). All the more reason to be excited that ‘school’s (finally) out for summer’!
When I Grow Up T-Shirts
What better way to capture the innocent joy of your preschooler than with a whimsical T-shirt featuring a kid-like stick figure of her dream profession? When I Grow Up T-shirts encourage young children to use their imagination, get an education, and to follow their dreams. From veterinarians to engineers, now children can wear shirts to express what they want to be when they grow up. Visit facebook.com/whenigrowupkids.
Lightinthebox.com Canvas Preppy Backpack
It’s overwhelming to navigate the hallways and get to your locker on time when you first enter Junior High School. But rest assured. Now, you can travel from class to class in style with a trendy backpack from Lightinthebox. We love their preppy backpacks – high quality at the perfect price point. Check out a variety of cool gift ideas at http://www.lightinthebox.com.
High School is where grades actually start to count. The pressure is on! Why not make this transition a little more peaceful by giving your graduate the gift of a good night sleep with a pillow or sheets from Novsobed.com, the zero-risk memory foam company. Novosbed.com pillows come with a zero-risk guarantee and are comparable to Tempur-Pedic quality memory foam pillows without the higher price tag. Novosbed.com also has free two-way shipping and a 3-year warranty so acing their SATs will be easy with all these zzz’s!
Pulling your first all-night cram session? The Keurig MINI is perfect for your graduate’s college dorm room. This must-have coffee maker comes in a variety of fabulous colors and brews a delicious cup of coffee in under a minute. Keurigs also help show school spirit! See if your future alma mater is featured here or visit http://www.keurig.com.
Show your team spirit without flashy logos and opt for a more sophisticated look. The apparel and accessories from State Traditions give fans an opportunity to show team pride and can be worn to the office, a tailgate or out with friends. State Traditions offers a variety of tops, bottoms, hats, belts, ties, cuff links, koozies and more (even dog collars and leashes) –giving new grads the option to sport a silhouette of the state of choice in collegiate or state colors. Visit http://www.StateTraditions.com.
Amazon Fire TV
Up to your ears in debt? Forget those crazy cable bills and enjoy Amazon Fire TV. Amazon’s all-new Fire TV set-top box offers over 200,000 TV episodes and movies and is the perfect device for all your entertainment needs. Grads can catch up on all the shows they’ve missed during the school year with apps from Netflix, Hulu and SHOWTIME. Visit http://www.amazon.com.
Massage Envy Gift Cards
Congrats Doctor! You definitely earned some relaxation and rejuvenation. With over 970 Massage Envy Spas in 49 states (including locations in Jersey City, Brooklyn and coming this summer, Manhattan), Massage Envy is the national leader of affordable, professional massage and spa services. Massage Envy Spa gift cards can be redeemed for massage therapy sessions, Murad(R) facials and customizable spa enhancements. Sign up for a membership to receive great monthly rates (that roll over and never expire) and that tenure track will be smooth sailing. Visit http://www.massageenvy.com.
Enjoy many of these gift ideas for a very happy metro father’s day and ConGRADulations to all the metro graduates of 2014!