Got a graduate? Get them something good:
Wicked Audio EVAC headphones
Wicked's over-ear EVAC headphones wrap superior sound in soft, cushiony comfort, making it a great pick for music lovers destined for the hustle and bustle of campus life. The rounded ear cups deliver high fidelity sound with enhanced bass while the headphones' thick cushions keep other chaos out. The gold-plated plug and braided nylon cord make for better durability and fewer tangles, and the earphones fold in for storage, making EVAC the ultimate traveling companion. The EVACs come in three colors: black/white, green/black and white/black. $49.99, http://www.wickedheadphones.com.
Outdoor Technology Adapt Bluetooth Adaptor
The Adapt Bluetooth Adaptor by Outdoor Technology is an adapter for 3.5mm devices that wirelessly connects headphones and stereos to Bluetooth-enabled devices. This product is light, making it easy to clip anywhere, and easy to use, with only five buttons and a built-in microphone for talking calls when you are away from your phone. The quality of the audio and clarity of the sound is good. This product does not come with a charger; but has a standard micro-USB port for charging. There is no way to check how much battery one has left, which is frustrating, but the convenience of the Adapt outweighs its cons. Overall, this is a great, affordable product that has many functions. Available in black, pink and blue. $39.95, http://www.outdoortech.com
Netgear NeoTV MAX Streaming Player
Netgear's NeoTV Max will turn almost any TV into a smart TV by accessing online channels without a computer. Users can stream new releases on Netflix or VUDU HD Movies, watch YouTube videos, listen to personalized Pandora Internet radio stations, see current TV shows and movies on Hulu Plus, and stream Hollywood releases and TV shows via BESTBUY CinemaNow. Users can also choose from more than 13 million songs on Rhapsody and play personal media from a USB storage device. There is even a NeoTV remote control application available for smartphones. The NeoTV Max has 1080p HD video resolution, wireless display and a premium remote with Quick Start buttons on one side and full QWERTY keyboard on the other. The HDMI cable is not included. The NeoTV MAX Streaming Player is easy to set up, convenient in size and sold at a great price, considering its many functions. $59.99, http://www.netgear.com/landing/stream/.
Monster ClarityHD speakers
The Monster ClarityHD speakers truly gives out a "big sound in a small size." The Bluetooth capability makes it easy for any Blackberry user to blast music or answer phone calls on the two-way speakerphone, whether one is driving or just using the stereo in their room. iPhone users may have some trouble connecting it though, but the sound quality is just the same. Luckily, there's still the option of connecting an AUX/headphone cable. Charging the device takes a long while too, but the 10 hour battery life is worth it for long road trips. The ClarityHD stereo's small compact size makes it the new boom box of the generation. $99.99, http://www.officedepot.com.
Triumph Sports USA Door Court Basketball
The Triumph Sports USA Door Court Basketball is extremely well made and is perfect for the basketball lover. The device easily hangs on any door. It also has foam padding to prevent scratching or damage to the door. The set also comes with a nice rubber blow-up ball (that has the same texture as a real basketball), which allows you to use the hoop indoors without worry of anything breaking. $22.53, http://www.wayfair.com.
Kikkerland USK Battle Ship USB Hub
If you have too many devices and not enough USB ports, the Kikkerland Battle Ship hub is exactly what you need. This device was designed to eliminate the inevitable chaos caused by cables. The Battle Ship is a gun metal gray that has five USB ports and is windows and Mac compatible. It is just the right size at a length of 10 inches, however the uneven shape across the top makes this device difficult to store. Overall, the handy USB Hub Battleship is the perfect solution to a limited about of USB ports. $14.20, http://www.wayfair.com.
Etón Rukus Solar Boombox
Perfect for South Florida music lovers, the Etón Rukus Solar Boombox allows you to keep the music playing loud and clear – and non-stop. Simply pair any Bluetooth-enabled device, from Smartphones to tablets, to stream music wirelessly to the portable boombox. Its solar panel helps ensure the Etón Rukus never runs out of power (the device also comes with an AC adapter for easy charging on rainy days or long nights). The Rukus can also charge most devices that use a USB cable, making it the perfect companion for a beach day or a potential savior in the power-less days after a hurricane. $129.99 at http://www.amazon.com, or visit ShopEtonCorp.com.
G-Form: Elbow, Shin and Knee Pads
G-Form body pads are flexible, molded impact pads designed to bend with you but become rigid on impact. Great for blading, boarding and any other contact sport, the comfortable and bright pads are made with PORON®XRD material to soften hard landings and protect athletes from injury during falls and other collisions. G-Form offers impact absorption for elbows, shins and knees in cool-looking yellow and black pads. $39.99, http://www.g-form.com.
Fanatics' iPad Slip Sleeve
Give your grad the gift of tech safety and school pride with an iPad sleeve printed with their college team logo. The durable neoprene exterior protects the iPad from the elements and the faux fur interior prevents scratches, plus it is slim enough to easily fit any backpack or tote. $39.95, http://www.fanatics.com.
Fanatics' Team Logo Sandwich & Waffle Grill
What better way to show school spirit than by supporting your favorite NFL, MLB or NHL team in the kitchen? Fanatics' Sandwich & Waffle Grill sears your team's logo onto waffles and sandwiches, making it the perfect meal accessory any time of day. For the cooking-challenged, an indicator light lets you know when grill is ready to use. The non-stick removable cooking plates make for easy cleanup, and it plugs easily into any standard outlet. $39.99, http://www.fanatics.com.
How to Change the World & How to Find Fulfilling Work
These two books make great gifts for students closing one chapter of their lives and beginning the next.
In "How to Change the World," John-Paul Flintoff argues that all meaningful change starts with an individual, and he blends fresh insights from history, politics and modern culture to show that anyone can be the individual in question. Making a difference might seem like a grand task, he argues, but society has been transformed by the actions of those who changed what they did not like.
In "How to Find Fulfilling Work," Roman Krznaric uses sociology, psychology, history and philosophy to create a practical and inspirational guide. His book outlines the steps required to find a job one will succeed at. It also explores the balance between claiming money and status and doing something meaningful.
Teenlink correspondents Gaby Nunez, Lauren Miller and Stephanie Hochstein contributed to this report.