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A selection of gifts ideas for the graduate in 2023
Bellroy Desk Caddy
If you hate a mess and love keeping everything organized, this desk caddy by Bellroy is exactly what you need. It’s sized just right to fit into your backpack or briefcase and gives you the perfect amount of space for all your daily essentials: chargers, cables, gum/mints, AirPods or earbuds, stylus/pen, card wallet, and a few grooming products. The front panel folds down so you can see and get at your items in a second, and its flat-bottomed design ensures that it remains standing upright all day long. It’s got structure enough to keep everything organized but can still be squished to fit into any bag or suitcase. Not only is it made with a water-resistant exterior, but it’s backed by a 3-year warranty to ensure it gives you the versatile, durable storage solution you want to keep your travel and work items organized.
evaCHILL Portable Air Conditioner
If (like me) you’re the kind of guy who tends to overheat in the summer, you’re going to LOVE this portable, personal air cooler. The evaCHILL is the game-changing device you’ll take everywhere you go, so you can stay frosty no matter how high the temperature rises. Fill the 800 ml water tank to get a solid 9 hours of cooling from this eco-friendly, ultra-portable USB-charged cooler. It’s not exactly silent (at up to 50 dBs), but the noise will be well worth it as you feel that waft of cold air hit your face. Weighing just 750 grams (plus the water weight), you’ll be glad you had this by your side all summer long.
Razer Strider Gaming Mouse Mat
You’ve never experienced a mouse mat quite like this one. The Razer Strider combines a mid-to-firm 3mm base with a slick, smooth-gliding surface that will let you move your mouse around with both maximum speed and precision. It’s a gamer’s best friend, complete with an anti-slip rubber underside that will keep it firmly in place on your desk, and can even be rolled up and stowed in your backpack when gaming on the road. The solid-stitched edges will never come unglued or fray, and the warp- and water-resistant mat can handle years of daily use without ever showing signs of wear. It’s the gaming mouse mat you didn’t know you absolutely needed.
Gentlemen's Hardware Travel Manicure Set
With the manicure set from Gentlemen’s Hardware, your nail grooming regime gets a welcomed upgrade. Neatly packaged in a fabric case, it contains a complete set of stainless steel tools that includes nail clippers, nail scissors, tweezers and a nail file.
Acebeam Rider RX 650 Lumens Flashlight
The numbers tell you all you need to know about this little badass. The Acebeam Rider RX is a compact & waterproof EDC flashlight that delivers 650 lumens of bright-white light that it can throw into a 300-foot beam. It's got 5 power modes. 2-way clip. Max run-time: up to 7 days. Weight: 82 grams.
Sonos Roam SL Speaker
The Sonos Roam SL makes the brand’s popular Roam portable speaker a bit simpler by eliminating the mic but its functions with the same sweet, room-filling sound & a sweet price tag to boot. Compatible with all Sonos Qi chargers, it offers 10 hours of continuous playback as well as IP67 waterproofing for beach & poolside soundtracks.
Native Union Snap 3-in-1 Magnetic Wireless Charger
With the ability to charge your iPhone 12 & 13, Apple Watch, & AirPods all at once, this 3-in-1 MagSafe-compatible stand keeps your devices organized & accessible while charging. It powers iPhones up to 7.5W & AirPods, AirPods Pro & Apple Watch up to 5W, as well as offering USB-C charging for other devices. Adjustable for portrait or landscape viewing.
Baseus USB-C Charging Station
Equipped with 3 fast charging ports & 2 outlets, this 65W USB-C GaN III charger can power up 6 devices simultaneously. In addition to powering your Macbook & most other laptops, it’ll do the same for iPhone, iPad, Samsung smartphones, bluetooth earphones, e-readers, portable speakers, and everything else in your life powered by a USB cord.
TOZO W1 Wireless Charger
The Tozo W1 Wireless Charger is smooth and sleek and just 5mm thick. For reference, that’s two nickels and a penny stacked together. So yeah, impressively thin for its 10 Watt output, which is plenty to charge the latest Apple & Samsung devices. A mirror-like finish and single LED indicator light complete the streamlined design. It charges via USB-C but no cord & adapter is included. Which must be at least part of why it’s such a great price. Available in a variety of colors.
Pioneer Global Pouch
Made of rugged ripstop with an Aquaguard zipper & sized perfectly for travel, Pioneer Carry’s Global Pouch is a catch-all travel companion that can hold anything from tech to toothbrush and features 5 internal pockets for all those little things.
Dango Dapper Bi-fold Wallet
Blending natural and technical materials in a clean, modern design, the D03 Dapper bi-fold wallet is one you’ll want in your back pocket. Machined aluminum and top-grain leather combine in a classic bill fold configuration that holds up to 14 cards and cash. Choose silver, black or brown.
Lenovo Smart Clock Essential
The Smart Clock Essential from Lenovo is a bedside alarm clock with Alexa Built-in. Set timers, alarms, reminders and add anything you need to your Amazon shopping cart by just saying it out loud. It can be your simple smart speaker and even functions as a night light. It’s available in 2 colors and 85% of the plastic used in the clock is made from recycled material.
Sony Extra BASS Wireless Portable Compact Speaker
With its beach-friendly waterproof design and pocketable size, Sony’s SRS-XB13 speaker makes a cool companion for hot summer days. With an IP67 rating for dust- and water-proofing plus a UV-coated finish, it’s built for all-weather outdoor action. Shorter than a common 12-ounce can, it is also very packable; with a webbing strap loop for lashing it to your pack or carrying around your wrist. Battery life: 16 hours. Available in a range of colors.
Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore
In a range that includes more than 20 different speakers, the latest addition to Bang & Olufsen’s Beosound lineup is the portable Beosound Explore, a waterproof, dust-proof, travel-friendly speaker boasting 27 hours of continuous playback. Its small size, sturdy aluminum-body construction, and an integrated carabiner clip make it a great option for on-the-go audio. Just remember, most other hikers don’t want to hear your Travis Scott playlist.
Cora Standing Desk Converter
Converting your laptop-on-the-table workstation to a more sensible & posture-friendly standup desk should be easy. Cora’s Standing Desk Conversion makes it so. It’s a lightweight but sturdy little stand that’s also portable. From a flat & smooth 1.3” riser, it opens up on aluminum scissor legs to a fully extended 15.7” high—and any level in between. Simply squeeze the side levers to lift or lower. It measures 31.3” x 22” x 1.3” and supports up to 22.5 pounds.
VSSL First Aid Mini
VSSL’s First Aid Mini kit keeps your first aid essentials on-hand & efficiently organized in a lightweight aluminum tube. With sealed screw caps on either end, stackable tins inside are grouped like Clean, Cut and Cover for wound care & Outdoor Essentials featuring pain meds, burn cream and blister pads. At 6.75” long and a weight of 9.9 ounces, the 100% watertight tube is fast-light friendly.
Eve Energy Strip
Winner of a 2019 RedDot Design award, the Eve Energy Strip is a connected 3-socket power strip that lets you individually control 3 outlets via Siri voice control or the Eve app. It also allows you to set schedules for lighting or other home devices and appliances as well as offering advanced data security and surge protection features.
Vintage Baseball Gloves Wallet
Using leather recycled from time-worn vintage baseball gloves, Fielders Choice Goods craft one-of-a-kind wallets in a variety of styles. Each wallet is handmade & features designs that highlight the unique material and its markings—from original logos and printing to the creases & character of its former life. FCG embosses their wallets with a small gold leaf logo & also offers monogramming.
Dango P02 Pioneer Travel Wallet
When you’re cruising across international borders and zipping through time zones, it’s best & safest to keep your essentials all in one place, easily accessible, & on your person. And the P02 Pioneer Travel Wallet is purpose-built for precisely this type of jetsetting. It’s made of water-resistant & scratch-resistant D-Text fabric, has secure zippered pockets for passport, travel docs, tickets, cards, cash, & more. It features a pen slot & an adjustable strap for optional shoulder-carry.
Anker PowerPort Cube
At home or on the road, you can plug it all into the Anker PowerPort Cube. It’s got 3 AC outlets and 3 USB ports to charge up & power everything on your desk from a single compact hub. It gives you High-Speed Charging optimized for USB devices, it’s smaller than 2 ½ cubic inches for portability, and it offers overload protection.
Killspencer Classic Laptop Sleeve
Made of premium full-grain leather and lined with scratch-resistant Alcantara, Killspencer’s Classic Sleeves provide stylish protection for your Macbook and iPad, and are perfectly sized for the entire range of Apple products. Made in America.
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