Blazing Team Yo-Yos
Everyone can enjoy a yo-yo. It’s just like the Lego thing we were talking about earlier! These yo-yos from Hasbro are decorated with characters from Blazing Team, a cartoon that I think involves yo-yos and sounds pretty rad. The yo-yo sets range from $15 to $20, and are a good reminder that no matter how old you get, there’s no growing up all the way.
Now that they’re (maybe?) going to be out there on their own, make sure your grad gets a good start on personal finances. Let the Roth IRAs, the ETFs, and the mutual funds come later — start simple with a gift card from Stockpile, which entitles them to a dollar amount of stock from a certain company, with fractional shares allowed. Better yet, their brokerage allows for unlimited free trades.
iRig Mic Lav
This tiny mic records terrific audio, and works simply using a connection to a smartphone using the 3.5 mm port and a companion app. It’s perfect for grads looking to start their careers in journalism, film, or streaming themselves playing video games. You can get one on Amazon for $50.
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Lutron Caséta Wireless
Want to make home life way easier under the guise of giving dad new toys to play with? Caséta Wireless is a great smart home lighting system from Lutron, and it’s one that can work with existing lighting systems. Installation isn’t too tough, and in the end, you’ll be able to control your home’s lights from an app, even when you’re away.
It’s the perfect gift to remind your grad that you will never, ever stop being a parent. Boka is an oral care subscription that sends out fresh toothbrushes every three months, because you know your grad isn’t going to remember to do it. They can also send along toothpaste, floss, and other dental care goodies.
Let’s level, grads are in no financial place to buy themselves a suit. If they have a formal reception coming up for graduation, send them there looking sharp with Generation Tux. Started by George Zimmer of Men’s Wearhouse fame, Generation Tux allows you to build a full tuxedo, then rent it for under $100.
Send grads out into the world with a boost of confidence, plus bask in the love of not convincing them to get braces. Invisalign gets slightly crooked teeth straightened out with a clear plastic mold most will never notice. All the gain, none of the metal, and most importantly none of the metal poking at their inner cheeks.
Old Spice Dirt Destroyer Pure Sport Body Wash
Here’s your uncomfortable hint gift of the list. If you appreciate dad’s hard work, but could do without the olfactory aftermath, get him a bottle of Old Spice Dirt Destroyer Pure Sport Body Wash. Everyone wins!