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Last-Minute Gifts for Grads!

If you’re looking for an unusual/clever/thoughtful gift for a graduating senior, whether you want to spend $25 or $250, we’ve got the best of the best right here! From microwave cookbooks and dorm room helps to emergency must-haves, this idea list is full of practical and fun ideas for your favorite grad!

Food and Fun Facts

The 5-Ingredient College Cookbook is a great guide anyone who likes to eat but needs simple, delicious meal ideas to make on a budget and in the smallest of spaces. Since college food has quite the (tainted) culinary reputation, words like fast, cheap and microwaveable are the kind that every college student loves to hear!

Another book for graduating seniors heading to college is The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College. This comprehensive guide offers real-life advice from student-stories on over 100 different college campuses. It covers everything from sharing a bathroom with strangers and avoiding disastrous dates to dorm dos, don’ts and dramas. The Naked Roommate works well for male and female grads.

Inexpensive, Clever and Useful Gifts

Society 19 has a slew of utilitarian and recreational gifts, from a Tile GPS tracker, the updated but still insta-print Polaroid camera to a portable mini-projector that is perfect for watching a movie on any plain dorm room wall, using a smart phone, USB drive, computer or gaming console.

You could get your favorite grad a mini-humidifier, ideal for a dorm room that has too much dry, static electricity jolting its residents. Take your pick from these at the Bed, Bath and Beyond in Thornton on Washington Street about 15 minutes from Colliers Hill. Or, you could just grab a gift card and let your graduate choose from bedding, mini-appliances, furniture and dorm décor!

This might be the necessity you simply add to the pile of things a grad – and lots of other adults! – will be able to put to good use: a laundry backpack to sort light and dark-colored clothes. From Pottery Barn, this is the kind of gift that doesn’t have a fun quotient but definitely qualifies as useful – on a regular basis!

Business Insider just published the most desirable gifts – according to recent grads – all things they need, want or have-to-have from a 65-piece tool kit that will come in super handy for hanging pictures on a wall, to high-tech toys like the Echo Dot and Kindle.

Safety First for Your Faves

The whole sharing-a-shower fact of life with roommates inevitably conjures up unpleasant notions of athlete’s foot, in close, wet quarters. SO! Thank goodness for Showaflops, the antimicrobial shower flip-flops that will prevent those nasty germs from coming into contact with your grad’s tender feet.

Napa Auto Supply on Carbon Court in Erie is a good place to snag a pair of jumper cables for the grad who doesn’t have a set. Another one of those things to augment your grads stockpile of things grown-ups have, need and use.

What all college kids need, besides a cell phone and computer are an external phone battery pack and pair of noise-cancelling headphones – because even the quietest roommates make noise! Consumer Reports gives the highest marks the Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones.

Down Time Fun

We admit, this is a game and purely recreational but what a great ice-breaker in a dorm! The Can You Imagine Light-Up Air Power Soccer Disk is fun for hours, and so are the table top games from Uncommon Goods – always a source of unusual gift ideas from around the world.

Do, Say, Give has more grad gift ideas than you can shake a diploma at, ranging from the under-$25 basics to the over $50 non-essentials! 

Erie Graduates in Colliers Hill!

With Erie High School literally right down the street, Colliers Hill families are busy planning graduation parties – many at the stunning Overlook amenity center in Erie’s premier master-planned community! Stop by for a tour of the amenities and new homes offered by Meritage Homes, Shea Homes and Richmond American Homes. With 12 spectacular models (and more on the way!) you’ll find ranch or two-story designs, priced from the upper $300s to the $600s.