Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Stephanie Ila Silver-Silberstein

The sun is shining, school’s almost out for summer and the grill is being fired up! Celebrate this June with these awesome gifts for dads and grads. You don’t want to board the Hampton’s Jitney without these fabulous must-haves packed and ready to go!

Braven 650 Series Bluetooth Speaker with Built-in Microphone

Your dorm room might be small but there’s plenty of room for some big sound with the compact Braven 650 Series Bluetooth Speaker with Built-in Microphone. Both dads and grads alike will appreciate the sleek aluminum device that delivers superb 6W audio via two active speaker drivers and a 40mm passive subwoofer. But this speaker also allows you to have hands-free phone chats thanks to Bluetooth 3.0+EDR wireless technology and the speakerphone with a built-in microphone. The speaker even serves as a charger for your mobile phone, MP3 player, or other portable device. Simply connect your device to the 650 series speaker via the included USB cable, and the speaker’s battery helps provide some extra juice! Visit http://www.qvc.com for this and other fantastic gift ideas and high quality products.

BodyMedia FIT Armband

Perfect for the college-bound graduate or the fitness-focused dad, BodyMedia armbands make a great tech gift for anyone wanting to stay healthy and accountable for their habits. These armbands track fitness activity as well as calorie burn for those looking to avoid gaining the Freshman 15 or the ‘sleep deprived new parent 15’. Speaking of sleep, BodyMedia armbands also measure sleep quality. Visit http://www.bodymedia.com for more information on how a BodyMedia subscription and this armband can monitor your weight, sleep and fitness activity and help you reach your goals and achieve a healthy lifestyle.

Card Ninja

The perfect ‘stocking stuffer’ type gift for anyone who owns a smartphone, the CardNinja is the new alternative to a bulky wallet. The CardNinja firmly attaches to the back of mostly all smartphones and smartphone cases so you can totally leave your wallet or huge bag at home when you’re out for a night on the town. The unique design and spandex material is flexible enough to hold up to eight cards and secure enough so items will not fall out even if you flip it upside down. Dads and college grads will also love the Premium Bottle Opener which fits perfectly inside the CardNinja. Visit http://www.cardninja.com.

Bungee Virtual Lost+Found

Has your grad or dad ever lost anything like keys, a mobile phone, wallet, (those expensive sunglasses you got them for Christmas, last year), or any other important item? The answer is probably yes. But with Bungee Virtual Lost+Found, you can relax the next time you lose those precious items. This new system allows people to anonymously tag property, and link it to their cell phone number and email address. If an item is found, the system is activated by the finder sending a simple text message to the owner, and works instantly to place both parties in a live anonymous conversation, resulting in immediate retrieval arrangements. The product is also priced affordably at $10 for one year of coverage, $25 for lifetime coverage, and $75 for a family plan that covers 5 people. It’s on you if your keys fall behind the couch for days on end, but with Bungee Virtual Lost+Found, all hope is not lost the next time you leave your iPad on the subway. Visit http://www.bungeetags.com.

cinda b Handbags, Totes and Accessories

Whether you’re road tripping across the country, jet-setting to Europe or heading out to the Hamptons for the weekend, these bags and accessories will carry everything you need. They’re made in the USA, machine washable and water resistant. And who knows? Maybe the perfect cinda b travel bag will inspire your daughter to visit home more often. Visit http://www.cindab.com.

Griffin Survivor Case for iPad w/ Stand

The Griffin Survivor Case for iPad w/ Stand is so cool, it is designed and tested to meet or exceed US Department of Defense Standard 810F and UK Department of Defense Standard 00-35. What dad or grad wouldn’t want to brag about that? Griffin’s Survivor Military-Duty Case is designed from the inside out to protect your iPod touch from extreme conditions…dirt, sand, rain, shock, vibration and a host of other environmental factors. Survivor is built on a shatter-resistant polycarbonate frame clad in rugged, shock absorbing silicone. A built-in screen protector seals your Multi-Touch display from the outside environment, while hinged plugs seal the dock connector, headphone port, hold switch and volume controls. Detachable heavy-duty clip secures your iPod touch to a belt or bag strap. So go ahead dad, climb Mt. Everest – don’t forget to take your ipad with you! Visit http://www.samsclub.com.

Happy Father’s Day to our favorite metro dads and conGRADulations to this year’s graduates!

Originally published June 2013
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