Today’s high school graduate is unique, opinionated, stylish and innovative. As such, their graduation gifts should reflect their avantgarde lifestyle and tastes. Be sure to select modern, distinct gifts they will appreciate. And, most certainly, choose traditional dorm necessities that they’ll utilize. UpscaleMagazine.com has created a fresh list of ideas that are sure to be a hit.
Can you say gap year? Many high school grads are opting to travel for a year prior to going off to college. This gift is ideal for the aspiring world traveler. The Flightline Travel Purple Pyramid is a slim, streamlined tote that comes complete with all of the necessary travel essentials for in-flight well-being. Reach your passport, cell phone and other personal items with ease. Having a zippered front flap, you can store kindles or iPads. Available in black lizard-like print of deep purple, the tote is made of iguana patterned vegan leather.
You can never go wrong with the gift of a backpack for that special grad. Further, it’s all about the look for some individuals. Notice the sophisticated style of this bag. The Artist is great for everything. Having a 13” laptop compartment and wire lock in the bottom of the band, it safely holds valuables, books, passport, keys, water bottles and outfits for needed wardrobe changes. It’s made of PU leather with TC backing on the outside as well as a 100% polyester inner lining.
Sometimes studying for exams and everyday class work requires concentration which comes only from being engrossed in music. Give this gift of one of these stylish headphones with great sound quality and performance. Featuring high precision audio, noise-blocking mechanisms, stainless steel and hand-picked leather, feather weight on-ear ergonomic design, these headsets will be a hit for any giftee.
Help them celebrate their diversity, culture and heritage. Whether he or she hails from Africa, Europe, Asia or the Americas, this special blend of products for multi-cultural women will be a hit. She can tame those lovely locks with the gentle clarifying shampoo and conditioning cleaning co-wash. And when she’s in the mood for the straight look, the straightening serum, replenishing oil and gloss and shining HAIR SILK will be perfect. Gifts for him include HIS MIX daily conditioner, firm holding gel, shampoo for men or leave-in conditioner for men.
They can keep the dorm room odor-free with this safe and effective product. Created in four sizes especially for footwear, home, travel and auto, Remodeez absorbs odor at the source by activating charcoal from coconut husks. Chemical-free and hypoallergenic, it lasts up to a full year. Buy multiple packets for the laundry baskets, backpacks, gym bags, luggage, athletic shoes, garbage bags and so much more.
This student has class. Oh yes! He or she does. They’ll give class a new meaning when sauntering about the campus. It’s easy to look effortlessly cool with a Wallaroo hat. Fashion and function meet at a crossroads with this stylish headwear. Having UPF +50, the hats block 97% of the sun’s rays. Toss it in your backpack, suitcase or tote bag and it will bounce right back into shape. Check out the Trilogy Trilby, Tina or Victoria Fedora for the ladies and St. Tropez Fedora, Shelta or Hamilton for the guys.
What a great gift for the environmentalist grad. Spread love, kindness and generosity with this very unique gift. Made in America, the eco-friendly glass is up to 40% recycled. On a quest to reduce the use of single plastic, the Love Bottle helps the student make a statement. And that is reusing this bottle shows that he or she cares about the global environment. The various designs of the beautiful bottles all have one common theme. Reminding individuals to “wear your heart out”, the bottle has a raised heart on the chest as well as a handcrafted lid featuring two water droplets coming together to form a heart. So, here’s to you. “Drink With Love”.
Using both nature and science, Bloom Mineral Beauty combines Dead Sea minerals to create therapeutic products to moisturize, detoxify and soften the skin. Nourish your skin from head to toe with paraben-free, GMO-free, petroleum-free mineral salts and vitamins that include A, E & F. Step 1. Cleanse with purifying mud soap or softening cleansing milk. Step 2. Tone with balancing facial toner. Step 3. Moisturize with moisture shield, deep moisture shield or shielding eye cream. Step 4. Purify with hydrating almond scrub or purifying mud mask.
Well it’s not just for girls. This will be a great practical gift for any student. And small things can sometimes make a big impact. Many college dorm rooms and apartments are fully furnished. Alleviate having to pay any fees for unremovable stains on furniture and counters. Placing it on the bottom of all your cleaning agent, hairspray and shaving cream cans prevents rust and gunk from forming on surfaces. The two sizes fit nearly every can.
These comfy, colorful, fashionable headbands and bandannas make for great gifts to the grad. Handmade in America, SugarSky headbands and bandannas are environmentally friendly as well as offer 35+ UV ratting for sun protection. Create one large gift basket and include the super succulents, you are enough, crazy cacti and fearfully and wonderfully made bandannas as well as Aztec mania, freehanded flowers, chalk tribal and geometric blazing headbands.
Help the grad complete the must-have list by giving the gift of Showaflops. There may be unseen germs and bacteria on the floor of college dorm showers and other common places like public pools. These charming flip flops, with drainage holes, protect the feet while being really stylish. Buy several of these fun, quick drying, slip resistant sandals. The men can stroll along in the blue/orange slide, digital camo, tire track and gray/orange slide. Ladies can get jazzy with the black bow slide, black elongated heart and sprinkles slide.
Peace and serenity are a must whether at home or at school. These suede, microfiber towels with anti-microbial coating are slip resistant, super absorbent and grips with moisture. Perfectly sized at 68” x 24” to cover a regular yoga mat, the ultra-plus feel can heighten your yoga experience. The lively colors and designs include watermelon wonderland, twisted, looking glass and lunar.
You can gift the grad with just about any cookware gift from this company. But if you had to select one, the T-fal advanced with titanium non-stick 10” fry pan would be a great start. The nonstick interior with durability, long-lasting coatings and patented thermo-spot technology (showing when the pan is pre-heated) can make it one of the fave items in the dorm. Whether the student cooks basic omelets for themselves or a more elaborate culinary dish for friends, this fry pan fits the bill.
Introduce the new grad to the art of hosting in his or her new dorm room. Lulu in a Box, a unique and creative gift, makes it simple and easy. Question. What’s hiding in this simple, slim box? There are place mats, personalizable name cards, coasters and napkin rings made of recycled, high quality paper. No matter the occasion, the grad can host a party right there in the dorm with minimal effort. Just pull out the 12” x 18” sheets of coated paper, and tear along dotted lines to assemble. Selections include pool party pink, lilacs in bloom, Mimi’s diner, dolce vita, girl’s night out and happy birthday.
The grad will be appreciative of this gift as he or she treks home on the weekend or for holidays. Whether traveling by plane, train or automobile, clothing, electronics and personal items can fit easily into this carry-on soft-sided spinner. The Maxlite was specially designed for comfort and mobility. It features a 2-position adjustable PowerScope Lite handle with patented Contour Grip, 4-wheel 360° rotating spinners, quick-access, exterior front pockets, full-length interior lid pocket, side accessory pocket, old-down straps, high-tensile-strength expandable zipper and a built for a lifetime limited warranty.
Not just for yoga, the grad can sport ladies high rise novelty leggings at the gym, on campus, in dance class and just hanging around the dorm. The allover print clothing has a full-length leg, contrasting inside waistband and reflective logo print. The polyester/spandex athletic jersey is machine washable. These trendy designs stretch and conform with all of your agile and flexible movement. In addition to the high-rise leggings, the heathered mesh panel, cut & sew capri, kaleidoscope capri and elastic waist cut and sew designs are great options.
There should be no shortage of storage containers in college dorms. This would be a pretty cool and practical gift for any grad. These high quality, eco-friendly, innovative containers have a single latch with lids that glide into place. Wellslock created the world’s first single-latch storage container, with lids that glide into place. The patented design allows airtight sealing, is leak proof, prevents moisture retention, minimizes food spoilage and is earth-friendly.
There’s nothing like quirky, comfy socks. These are made especially for the grad that enjoys the outdoors and hiking. With targeted cushioning and extra protection in the heel and feet, the Damascus Technical Hiker is one of the most technologically advanced hiking socks. The sock features many ventilation channels for effective air flow, 3D active knit technology, comfort compression and seamless toe closure to prevent blisters, and is made of 100% American materials of wool, nylons and spandex. There are also soft, itch-free, ultra-light Farm to Feet everyday socks.
This is a dream gift for any young women. No more stressing about carefully packaging lipstick, eye shadows, blush, foundation, brushes and other beauty essentials in makeup cases. Just pack all of your cosmetics quickly with Lay-N-Go. The multi-use, patented product serves as a cleanup mat, storage unit and carry all solution. Get the Lay-N-Go WIRED patented 19” cord and tech bag too. It stores adaptors, batterie chargers, converters, Bluetooth accessories and more. The mesh storage pouches easily contain ear pieces, SD cards and thumb drives.
For the young lady that believes style and elegance are paramount, the grad gift of a rose gold Signature Vessel Tote will be an extra special touch. In 22 various colors, with five material choices and different styles, the stylish purse features a microfiber lined front exterior zip pocket, dual interior pockets, a secure magnet clasp, genuine leather trim and micro-suede synthetic leather. Each purchase helps support the community. Vessel gives a school backpack to a child in need with every bag bought.
Allergies can be a distraction when students go off to college. It would help to have herbal remedies at the ready when needed. Breathe easier with all natural, solutions such as the pocket-sized Olbas Aromatherapy Inhaler. The essential oils include medicinal plants of clove, juniper berry, cajuput, wintergreen, peppermint and eucalyptus. Get relief from stuffy sinuses with the entire Olbas Sampler Kit of the inhaler, oil, salve, herbal tea, sugar free lozenges, cough syrup and bath products.
If the new grad loves high tea, this is perfect. Plus, let’s face it. We’ve had nights at college which required drinking caffeinated beverages. The new grad can get the caffeine without the coffee, energy drinks and energy shots with coffee-inspired Teaspressa. Brewed like coffee, the tea is all natural and organic with no additives or artificial flavors. Tea sets include black, herbal and green tea. Tea pouches include the Manhattan black, Cape Town, green gold and Charles Grey. Wonderful specialties include the Tea Tasting Set, signature sugar cubes and the Teaspressa Starter Kit.
Students have been carting trunks off to college for generations. Trunks can serve several purposes. They can be used to pack items to go off to school. And once there, they can store clothing and other products as well as serve as an accent table. This cube trunk will keep the student well organized while displaying a chic piece of furniture. Many colors are available in this trunk which is made of cordura, plywood, leather and steel.
Prepare a gift basket of cleaning products for the new grad which will include the revolutionary Looeegee. Ergonomically designed to reach difficult stains, it offers a new and more effective way to clean the toilet bowl in the dorm. Consisting of non-stick, drip-free and flexible silicone, 30 micro squeegee blades and a rust-proof stainless-steel handle, the product has a 5-year warranty.
Sure, there’s the loft bed. But do dorm room decorating differently with the CouchBed. By day it’s a lounge sofa and by night, convert it into a cool-gel, memory foam mattress bed. Buy it in a twin or queen sizes in charcoal, limestone and navy. Complete with washable, interchangeable covers and a 10-year warranty, the CouchBed is made with environmentally safe materials for kids and pets alike.