Finding the right graduation gift for your newly minted college freshman-to-be doesn't have to be that difficult.
Traditional choices are adultish things like really expensive pens, a nice watch sans Velcro or a solid stack of cash. But then again, we live in the technology age, so a shiny new MacBook Pro is also within the realm of appropriate gifts.
Laptop or watch, one could argue they're both necessary for passage into professional life, but, in one way or another, lacking a bit in the creativity department.
So, we scanned the blogs, top-10 lists and tech websites to find some innovative gift-giving ideas for the college graduate.
The Equation Geek Watch
Okay, so we said watches should give way to a little creativity, right? Well, that's exactly what we found here. Instead of using the usual standard numbering system for it's face, this watch implements a dozen equations whose solutions are the hours.
The watch is available for purchase on UncommonGoods.com for $68.
Logitech MX Master Mouse
Your kid is going to need a good mouse to get him or her through college. And what better mouse than the Logitech MX Master? It's a wireless beauty, works on Mac and PC, and functions on nearly any surface. Plus, the mouse can be linked to three different devices and can easily switch between all of them.
According to CNET, the mouse's charge lasts up to 40 days. The downside? The mouse is designed for right-handers only. Best part? Logitech is quoted as saying it's their best mouse ever. Price tag: $77.95 on Amazon.
Mifland Roll-Top Rucksack
Wanderlust is a serious epidemic these days. Twitter feeds and blogs are replete with photos of twentysomethings travelling the world on a shoestring budget.
I think we can all agree that a trip to Europe or a month in Southeastern Asia is a great education for any college student, and Mifland's rucksack is a perfect centerpiece for the nostalgia of bare-bones travelling. It's made from leather and, no doubt, instantly takes you to the other side of the world.
The rucksack is a pricey gift, but a memorable one. It's available for purchase on the Mifland website for $459.
We all know the story. Grads leave home for college and by the end of their first year they've put on 15 pounds, right?
Well, the truth is, freshmen usually gain an average of 2.5 to 6 pounds their first year of college. The myth of the Freshman 15 actually started as the Freshman 10 back in the late 80's then eventually bulked up a few pounds after that.
Either way, snagging your grad a FitBit Alta is a great choice, simply because the FitBit tracks more than calories and steps. Your first-year college student can use the device to track their sleep, an essential part of their academic success.
The Alta is available at nearly any store with a decent electronics section. You can buy it directly from FitBit's website for $129.95.