Graduation gift ideas

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Graduation is around the corner for local high schools and universities. Many of us know a soon-to-be grad and we want to honor them, but we don't want to break the bank.

Lifestyle expert Valery Lodato sahred some unique gift ideas, that are both practical and fun to receive.

Dorm In A Box
Dorm In A Box is literally the most practical gift you can give a high school grad! The easy-to-use site is a one-stop shop to get your soon-to-be college freshman everything they need. Dorm In A Box has bed sets, desk supply sets and bath bundles -- ranging from $69-$199. Dorm In A Box offers about a 30 percent savings by bundling the products rather than buying items individually. You can even have Dorm In A Box delivered to your kid's new dorm.

ShareBrand Stereo Headphones
ShareBrand Stereo Headphones sound as good as they look. They feature neodymium magnet drivers and advanced engineering to deliver deeper bass, lower distortion and wider dynamic range. The rugged, lightweight headphones offer comfortable listening for hours and can be used for both mobile sources and home (mini) hi-fi systems.

The best part is when you buy ShareBrands Stereo Headphones, 25 percent of the sale price goes to one of their social causes: red - to fight poverty; green - environmental; yellow - education; blue - men and children's health; pink - women and children's health.
Get charged up with cool chargers
If you're just looking for a fun token to say "atta boy," this is it - two cool chargers.

Meet Andru and Andra by They are the ultimate in USB charging devices. Just plug in their cord to your USB device and then plug Andru or Andra into the wall and the charging begins. These smarty pants know when your device is charged because their eyes change colors. They're cute as a button, too, with movable arms, flexible antennae, fun colors -- the perfect desk companion for college students.

We are also loving the VU charger by This wireless charger allows you to charge your device both vertically and horizontally, making it perfect for a dorm or new apartment desk. Just drop and charge! You will never misplace your phone. The Vu comes in vibrant colors, like royal blue, lime green and red.

Custom dorm décor finds
Here are some darling dorm room finds from the cool website This site has great dorm accessories: mouse pads, desk calendars and late night coffee mugs for cramming in style. Customize each item by adding a photo and selecting from cool patterns and colors. Plus- there's a graduation special right now if you purchase your graduation announcements from Ink Garden. Great deals and totally customized!

Terrific towels
Forget what you know about towels. This one is truly revolutionary! Vertty towels are perfect for dorm living, because they're huge, they actually dry faster because of their cotton-synthetic blend and they have a convenient sewn-in waterproof pouch to stash valuables while you shower.

They come in a rainbow of daring colors, taking your basic boring towels to the next level.

For those grads entering the job market
To jump-start your male grad's job search, the first ever line of caffeinated shaving products from There's a great gift set of shaving cream and aftershave moisturizer  that can penetrate skin and absorb into his blood, kick-starting his morning. uses naturally-derived caffeine, which helps reduce redness, and keeps his skin looking and feeling healthy all day.'s blend is also fortified with aloe and spearmint. It's vegan, paraben-free and TSA-travel friendly for business trips.

And for the female college grad off to find a job, the Fortune & Frame Signature Fortune Cookie Locket is a gorgeous gift. The locket comes with an inspiring fortune inside, a great motivation for the new chapter of her life! Lockets are available in several different metals -- brass, silver, gold-dipped, rose-dipped -- and several price points.