7 Spot-on gift ideas for Graduation

Michaela Romulo
7 Spot-on gift ideas for Graduation
Congratulate your loved one (and yourself!) with these gift ideas this Graduation season

MANILA, Philippines – March is a significant month for students of all ages, as it brings about a memorable milestone in young people’s lives – Graduation. As they take the time out to celebrate with classmates and friends, make it an occasion for a nice dinner out with the entire family and think of a nice gift to commemorate a new chapter in his or her life.  

Graduation gifts are not just about rewarding a person for making it. Oftentimes, gifts for this occasion are extra special to symbolize a coming of age. Hence, even extended family members and boyfriends and girlfriends take the time out to give something meaningful.

Some parents see this as a perfect opportunity to pass on an heirloom, usually in the form of a watch or jewelry that has been passed on in the family. But others also have a more forward-thinking approach, keeping in mind the latest gadgets and tech pieces, as well as items that can be used for a job in the near future.

If you’re stuck in a rut with what to give your graduating loved one – or yourself if you’re graduating this March – check out this list of 10 gift ideas:

1) A minimalist smartwatch

Nothing says congratulations for a job well done than a timepiece. But deviating from the usual leather strapped models for a bit, do consider a smartwatch. Smartwatches deliver information such as SMS and email alerts closer at hand, and some models can even accommodate up to 8 apps.

The Sony SmartWatch 3 comes with a 1.6″ Transflective LCD touch-screen, has a music capacity of 4GB, and can track your physical activities via Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro and built-in GPS on top of being waterproof.

If you’re loved one is still looking at his phone for the time, this is the gift you should be gunning for.

Price: Php 11,990 ($ 271) 

Tumi Mission Harrison Leather Brief

2) A versatile workbag that says you have arrived

A laptop bag is a staple for many students, but when the time comes that they start applying for jobs or enters the workforce, they would need something more suitable. Worn, ratty laptop bags with patches and button pins just won’t do. High school graduates will appreciate a sturdy, roomy bag for college, while college grads will need something more work appropriate.

The Mission Harrison Leather Brief from Tumi comes in Tan and Iron and is made with natural grain leather. It features adjustable handle straps and embossed linings. Thanks to its adjustable handle straps, it looks good as a ladies’ bag as well. This slim brief has a lot of interior pockets for gadgets and other business accessories, while the exterior has large and front pockets. 

Price: Php 21,844 ($ 495)

iPhone 6

3) THE iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus

This is probably the most coveted gadget to hit the market. Apple’s latest innovation features a bigger, better, and bolder design. Maximize its capabilities by choosing a suitable plan from Smart, and take advantage of their flexible and affordable payment plans.

Smart is also offering free apps and perks to subscribers to enhance their iPhone experience.

Price: Check out Smart’s payment plans and packages here.

4) Non-stop entertainment with Chromecast

This thumb-sized media device is an ideal complement to smartphones, laptops and other gadgets for TV use. Just plug the device into an HDMI portal and it will wirelessly transport favorite apps and choice of entertainment (TV Shows, movies, music, etc.) from smart phones, laptops and tablets.

The phone or gadget of choice becomes a personal remote control. It can also be hooked up to multiple devices, so the whole family can share and enjoy this nifty device.

Price: Php 1,577.12 ($35)

plane tickets

5) An epic vacay via a promo fare plane ticket

Young people tend to enjoy travelling, whether abroad or within the country and especially with friends. Let them have an epic summer by monitoring seat sales of budget airlines. Subscribe to their online newsletters or follow their social media accounts and be alerted every time they are having a travel sale.

6) Get going and get active with Nike + FuelBand SE

Get your graduate on a fitness habit if he doesn’t have one yet with the Nike+ FuelBand SE. It’s a stylish and easy way to keep track of, measure, and monitor physical activity during the day.

The Fuelband SE app can be downloaded and used on the iPhone for setting up daily fitness goals and track progress.

Price: Php 4,464.89 ($99)

7) Sound trip with Beats Solo 2.0 Wired On-Ear Headphones

Headphones are a cool yet practical gift for a graduate or any young person. They’re portable, they enhance music, and for those moments that require intense concentration, they’re effective in blocking out noise.

Beats is a pretty popular brand with the younger set, and the Solo 2.0 is the brand’s most popular headphone. It has updated and improved acoustics, is more streamlined, lightweight, and durable. This compact headphone was engineered for comfort.

Price: Php 8,756 ($199.95)

So start Graduation gift shopping early now that you have more options to consider. You’re going to have one very happy graduate. Got more gift suggestions? Leave them in the comment section below. –

*Exchange rate $1 equivalent to Php 44.09

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