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Top graduation gifts for high school seniors

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Cool gifts for college-bound kids

Graduation season is in full swing, and we're all in search of that perfect gift for our favorite grad. Looking for a gift that isn't the same old watch, tie clip or fancy pen? We've rounded up some of our favorite graduation gift ideas, just in time.

Need to buy a gift for a high school grad this spring? We saved you a few steps and gathered some of our favorite ideas for your favorite graduates.

Clever tech gifts for grads

Tune out with tunes

Noise canceling headphones | Sheknows.com

Does your grad love listening to music? Give him or her the gift of Monster Inspiration Active Noise Canceling Over-Ear Headphones for listening to music — and nothing else. With comfortable ear cushions and interchangeable headbands, these headphones deliver incredible, high-quality sound, no matter what else is going on around you. (Amazon, $227)

Speak up

Jawbone Jambox Bluetooth speaker | Sheknows.com

Maybe your grad wants to share all her music with roomies in the dorms, or just blast some tunes for an impromptu dance party. The Jawbone JAMBOX Bluetooth speaker has Bluetooth connectivity, amazing sound quality and almost 10 hours of battery life for nonstop fun — or calls home to Mom and Dad. (Amazon, $96)

For the active grad

Go Pro HERO3 White Edition | Sheknows.com

For those grads who love to get out there and experience everything, a GoPro HERO3 White Edition is the ultimate in cool graduation gifts. The White Edition is both smaller and lighter than other GoPro models, and captures amazing, professional-quality video. The GoPro is wearable, gear-mountable and waterproof (up to 131 feet) for the ultimate in action shots, no matter what your grad has going on. (GoPro.com, $200)

Always searching

iPad Mini 32G | Sheknows.com

Teens are all about texting and social media on their smartphones, but buy your grad an iPad Mini 32G for easier web searching and incredible image resolution. With a 7.9-inch display, the mini is smaller than the regular iPad and has up to 10 hours of battery life for games, googling and maybe even homework. (Amazon, $280)

Lost? Found

hipKey | Sheknows.com

Sending your grad off to college? Help your grad keep track of valuables with hipKey. A high tech way to keep track of your iPhone, iPad, keys or other valuables, the hipKey is easy to use and has several different alarm modes to help your grad find lost or stolen items. (Apple.com, $60)

Sound it out

Harman Kardon Wireless Bluetooth-enabled SoundSticks | Sheknows.com

Does your grad need some awesome sound for their PC? Harman Kardon Wireless Bluetooth Enabled SoundSticks are a super cool way to get incredible sound from your grad's PC. Their trendy, hip appearance is a great conversation starter in the dorms, and the sound will make chemistry tutorials — or concert videos — come alive. (Amazon, $230)

Dorm room essentials for grads

Lockdown

Anti-Theft Lockdown Bag | Sheknows.com

College students have lots of valuables in the dorms these days. What better gift than the Anti-Theft Lockdown Bag for dorm room security and peace of mind. With a combination lock and cut-proof cable, valuables can be locked safely and the cable wrapped around a desk or other immovable object. This bag is the perfect size for small valuables like tablets, iPads, cash, jewelry, passports, health records and other important documents. (DormCo.com, $63)

Pack up your trunk

Steel College Dorm Trunk | Sheknows.com

Is your grad heading off to college? Help her stay organized with this Steel College Dorm Trunk that's perfect for staying on top of clutter in a small dorm room. Not only do college trunks look cool, they give your grad extra storage space — or even a makeshift dinner table. (DormCo.com, $150)

Shed some light

Element Touch Lamp | Sheknows.com

What dorm room couldn't use a bit more light? Buy your grad this sleek Element Touch Lamp for a modern accent that's also useful. And it doesn't get more modern than this — simply touch the surface to turn on the bright three-watt LED light. This is the perfect light for a desk or nightstand. (Target, $76)

Membership has rewards

Amazon Student Membership | Sheknows.com

One of the coolest grad gifts is an Amazon Student Membership — it's the gift that keeps on giving all year long. From free two-day shipping to deals and promotions for students, an Amazon Student Membership is a great deal for your recent grad. They also get a $10 credit for membership referrals, and unlimited instant streaming of 41,000 movies and TV episodes — for when finals are over, of course. (Amazon, $49)

Now you see it, now you don't

Hide-and-Keep Small Cable Box | Sheknows.com

Oh, the cables and plugs that run behind the average student's desk. Get your grad this Hide-and-Keep Small Cable Box to help control the chaos behind the desk. It includes a four-socket surge protector and 10 twist ties for organizing all of the cables under there. (Poppin.com, $30)

Hot spot

Verizon JetPack 4G LTE Mobile HotSpot | Sheknows.com

Wi-Fi is almost like oxygen to teens, so why not buy your favorite grad a little bit of his own internet cloud? With the Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile HotSpot and a monthly plan, your grad can have a simple, compact connection to the internet for up to 10 devices with fast, safe browsing and gaming. (Verizon, $50 + monthly contract)

Graduation gifts for him

Cutting it close

Van der Hagen Luxury Shave Set | Sheknows.com

For the guy grad on your list, nothing says "manly" quite like an old-fashioned shave kit. Van der Hagen Enterprises is a leading manufacturer of premium shave products for men, and they offer the perfect gift for graduation, the Van der Hagen Luxury Shave Set. The set includes moisture-rich, hypoallergenic deluxe shave soap, a hand-dipped ceramic shave bowl and a 100 percent natural boar bristle brush for a shave just like Grandpa had. (Amazon, $34)

Hip clip

Stainless Steel 8 GB USB Money Clip | Sheknows.com

Money clips are a pretty hip way to keep your money all in one place. And this Stainless Steel 8GB USB Money Clip is not only a classy way to keep money together, but it's smart with its own eight GB flash drive, right where you need it. Grab a little old-school charm and mix in a tech must-have for this grad gift that's über cool. (Uncommon Goods, $80)

Watch out

Grey Granite Infinity watch | Sheknows.com

While a watch is a traditional graduation gift for both men and women, this Grey Granite Infinity watch brings a modern twist to the old school watch. Made with 100 percent genuine grey granite bezel and links with a stainless steel band, this watch is not just classy, but a keepsake as well. (Lexell Stone Watches, $199)

Clever carryall

TimBuk2 Spin Messenger Bag | Sheknows.com

Whether you call it a "man bag" or a satchel, this TimBuk2 Spin Messenger Bag is a streamlined way to carry necessary items and keep them safe from the weather. Made of a durable ballistic nylon exterior and a lightweight nylon interior lining this is one bag that's built to last. (Zappos, $58)

Graduation gifts for her

Inspiration on a chain

Inspiration on a chain | Sheknows.com

Think your grad is pretty special? Remind her where she comes from — and where she's headed — with this beautiful handcrafted necklace by artist Kathy Bransfield. Reading, "I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul," these words by William E. Henley are from his 1875 poem "Invictus," and are inscribed on a sterling silver pendant with a beautiful 22-karat gold-plated brass compass rose overlay. (Uncommon Goods, $68)

Bag it up

Baggallini Big Sydney Bagg | Sheknows.com

Every grad could use a little bit more class and organization for her next big steps. This Baggallini Big Sydney Bagg sports modern design in a water-resistant, lightweight nylon. With spots for credit cards or dorm key cards, plus a detachable and adjustable shoulder strap for use as a cross body bag, this would be one welcome gift for your gal grad. (Zappos, $100)

Cruisin' around

Schwinn Women's Cruiser | Sheknows.com

Behind the laptop computer, one of the most used items for a college freshman just might be a bicycle. And what incoming freshman gal wouldn't love a classic Schwinn Women's Cruiser to take to school? The classic lines and bright yellow color make this one bad bike to ride to chem lab — or the beach. (Target, $109)

Coming home

EXO Hardshell suitcase | Sheknows.com

As exciting as it is for high school grads to move on campus and start their new lives, there's nothing like packing up and coming home, even if it's just for a long weekend. Give your grad this EXO Hardshell suitcase so she'll have an easy way to pack it all up and come home for a visit. (eBags, $150)

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