Hooray! Junior is finally done with college. So what if it took an extra year, or two, or more. Your newly minted grad is on his or her way. It may be around the world, off to grad school, or just into a newly created apartment in your garage. In any event, they deserve something to acknowledge their accomplishments. Here’s what’s on our list:
If your youngster is getting ready to set up housekeeping for the first time, we have some home appliances to help outfit that new apartment:
Toaster – Electrolux Expressionist Toaster – Your grad will know when his or her toast is ready to the second with this toaster’s premium digital vision precision timer feature. The sneak peek feature lets them pause the cycle and check for the perfect toast and temperature sensor technology adjusts the browning cycle for consistent results every time. The toaster’s true bagel function will toast their bagel’s sliced side while gently warming the rest, while the programmable darkness selector will let them choose from 7 digital toasting levels for light to dark toast. A convenient cord management system hides away the cord for a tidy countertop. Plus, most of the parts are top rack dishwasher safe. Available for $80 on Amazon.com.
Cordless Stick Vacuum – Electrolux Ergorapido EL2081A – The Ergorapido lithium ion brushroll clean Xtra 2-in-1 cordless offers two vacuums in one stylish design for cleaning on and above bare floors. The 14.4V high performance lithium ion battery delivers optimal cleaning performance, a long run time, and a fast charge. The Electrolux patented self-cleaning brushroll removes tangled hair from the brushroll with the touch of a button. And they’ll be able to clean above the floor with the detachable handheld vacuum. The crevice tool and dusting brush store conveniently in the handle so they can clean crevices, stairs, and flat surfaces in one easy step. Available for $155 at Amazon.com.
Immersion Blender – Electrolux Expressionist Immersion Blender – This immersion blender’s innovative blades and foot design provide better circulation of ingredients for superior blending results. THe titanium coated blades protect and keep blades sharper longer for excellent results every time. The turbo speed option delivers a burst of extra blending power, while accessories such as chopper, whisk, and blending jar create endless possibilities in the kitchen. Available for $100 at Amazon.com.
Streaming Media Player – Roku 4 – As more and more millennials move away from cable, a streaming device like the Roku 4 may be all they need. The Roku 4 features brilliant picture quality for 4K Ultra HD and standard HD TVs and powerful wireless for the best streaming experience. The included point anywhere remote offers voice search, headphones for private listening, gaming capability, and even a lost remote finder. Your grad will be able to enjoy more than 2,500 streaming channels, offering access to 300,000+ movies and TV episodes, plus games, music, sports, international, kids programming, and more. Available for $120 on Amazon.com.
Time to upgrade that clunky computer you bought them when they graduated from high school? Here are some options to get your grad ready for the professional world:
Convertible Computer – Lenovo Yoga 700 – With the ability to flip 360 degress, this versatile 14″ laptop provides multiple usage modes to suit your grad’s varying needs. They’ll be able to use the 11.6″ multitouch screen to navigate features using all 10 fingers, or control functions using voice recognition. The Yoga 700 has a Full HD LED multi-touch screen which delivers bright, sharp colors, and it comes with two bottom mounted stereo speakers that meet the Dolby DS 1.0 certification. The base model comes with Windows 10 Home Edition. Models start at $600 on Amazon.com.
Tablet Computer – Acer Iconia One 10 – This tablet features a slim 10″ touchscreen with a beautiful display for multimedia enjoyment. It comes with Android’s latest 5.1 Lollipop operating system and plenty of processing power. Its lightweight design and long battery life are perfect for grads on the go. Available for $150 at Amazon.com.
Printer – Epson Expression Home XP-430 – Everyday printing will be a breeze for your grad with this compact, easy-to-use Small-in-One printer. Featuring a hi-res 2.7″ color LCD, the XP-430 makes setup and navigation a snap. Plus, a 100-sheet paper capacity means they’ll reload paper less often, while individual inks allow them to replace only the color they need. They’ll be able to print from virtually anywhere, with or without a network — even from an iPad, iPhone, Android tablet, or smartphone. Available for $60 at Amazon.com.
Smartphone – Apple iPhone SE – We still love the iOS ecosystem – and the nice thing about the new iPhone SE is that it fits comfortably into a pocket yet still has the top of the line iPhone functionality. It’s available in an unlocked version direct from Apple for $399, but carriers are offering it with a two-year contract at some more attractive prices.
If your grad is always on the go, these travel-friendly products will help them to stay safe, connected, and entertained on the road:
Rugged Smartphone Case – Urban Armor Gear – No matter which popular smartphone your grad may have, it’s worth an investment in some sturdy protection. Urban Armor Gear has cases to fit many popular models and the armor shell comes with an impact-resistant soft core that’s ultralight and ruggedly durable. The aesthetically pleasing design makes a striking profile that stands out in the crowd. And the oversized tactile buttons and easy access to the touchscreen and ports complements the design with great convenience. The screen surround makes this case the total package. Available for $35 at Amazon.com.
Wireless Headphones – Sony Extra Bass Bluetooth Headphones – Part of Sony’s EXTRA BASS series, these headphones deliver superior-quality sound. With cushioned ear pads, your grad will be able to listen in style and comfort and the built-in mic will even let them take hands-free phone calls. Available in black, blue, or red for $98 on Amazon.com.
Rugged Bluetooth Speaker – Black+Decker 20V Max – Your outdoorsy grad will love this wireless 4″ Bluetooth speaker that delivers loud, clean, crisp high performance sound. It has a durable rubber handle for easy portability, and also offers a control volume from built-in buttons or with mobile device. This speaker can be powered by a 20V MAX battery or an AC wall power cord. The speaker is compatible with all Bluetooth enabled phones, tablets, or devices and is perfect for both indoor or outdoor use. Available for $50 at Amazon.com.
GPS with Dashcam – Garmin DriveAssist – We think this is one of the smartest travel companions on the market. It has all the bells and whistles of the famous Garmin Nuvi GPS line, including lifetime maps and real time traffic. But it also has a dash camera and alerts for front collisions and lane departure. The 5-inch pinch-to-zoom display combines the latest in driver awareness features with Bluetooth hands-free calling, voice-activated navigation, and onscreen smart notifications (calls, texts and other app alerts) to encourage safer driving. Available for $225 at Amazon.com.
Smartwatch – Fossil Q Founder – This stylish touchscreen watch features a silver-tone case with a built-in activity tracker and seamless phone/laptop connectivity. Powered by Android Wear, Q Founder has an always-on display so your grad can discreetly see who’s calling, texting or emailing. Crafted as a Fossil watch first, the traditional full circle design features a scratch-resistant touchscreen face, a stainless steel case and premium leather and stainless steel straps. Available for $275 at Amazon.com.
Bluetooth Speaker with Notifications – JBL Pulse 2 – This portable Bluetooth speaker offers sensational sound with an interactive light show. The splashproof design enables the Pulse 2 to light up any party with high-quality stereo sound for up to 10 hours of playtime. The Pulse 2 also features a noise and echo cancelling speakerphone for crystal clear calls and JBL Connect technology that can wirelessly link multiple JBL Connect enabled speakers together to amplify the listening experience. Available for $150 at Amazon.com.
Technical Trail Shoes – Chaco Outcross Water Shoes – These athletic shoes are designed to tackle rugged terrains. Set in single layer mesh, they have a synthetic leather toe cap for optimal protection and traditional lacing with adjustable webbing heel lock for a secure fit, polyester jacquard webbing tabs, and stretch collar for easy entry and foot protection from debris. Lined with lycra collar and perforated neoprene, it offers long-lasting comfort and cushions with each step. Prices vary by style and size, but are usually available for about $100 on Amazon.com.