Last week I shared a variety of nontraditional yet affordable graduation gift ideas. But if you’re feeling the urge to splurge, here are my top suggestions:
• Air Mattress: Sleeping bags are so yesterday and it’s uncomfortable sleeping on the floor. Pop-up air mattresses are a great dorm room addition. The upscale ones have USB ports to charge electronics and even let you choose your desired comfort level. Prices range from $45 to $190.
• Wheeled briefcase: This super-light (5 pounds) carrier keeps everything organized for that quick weekend trip for students. Lifting it into the overhead compartment is easy and inside there are three separate compartments. This is a serious upgrade from the backpack. $229, www.lipault-us.com.
• Personalized bobbleheads in graduation attire: This is probably my favorite gift idea for the right person. These customized bobblehead dolls are a great desk or car decoration. $119, www.whoopassenterprises.com/
• FitBit: An easy way to eliminate the dreaded “freshman 15.” This wireless bracelet monitors activity and sleep. Add the app to your phone and/or computer and you can see your exact hour-by-hour activity. It also can monitor your sleep and wake you with a silent alarm. $99.95, www.fitbit.com.
• Indie Movie of the Month: Make a dorm room the go-to movie theater. You can purchase a three-, six- or 12-month package that offers a wide range of independent and foreign films. Depending on electronic capabilities, you can either select DVDs or provide access to online streaming. $99.95-$174.95, www.filmmovement.com
• Personalized LP Record: Made from a recycled vinyl LP, this is a truly personalized gift. You get to choose one of two retro stylings, the name of the LP along with up to five songs that are meaningful to the graduate. The LP is suspended between two pieces of glass in a floating frame. $150, www.uncommongoods.com
• Go Pro: GoPro’s tagline is “Dream it. Do it. And capture it with your GoPro.” The HER03 GoPro camera is smaller, lighter, lets you control the camera remotely and offers built-in Wi-Fi. $199.99, www.gopro.com
Lee Bierer is a college adviser based in Charlotte, N.C. Visit www.CollegeAdmissionsStrategies.com.