With commencement season in full swing, it’s time to say congrats to our beloved grads as they don that cap and gown — and get ready to enter the college era or welcome the real world. Whether your graduate is receiving his well-deserved high school diploma or that covetable college degree, there’s no better way to show him how proud you are than by showering him with both practical and phenomenal gifts for his next adventure in life.
From everyday essentials to fabulous finds, check out the got-to-give gifts for guy grads below that will have them tipping his cap off with glee and gratitude.
FOR THE STYLISH GRAD…
UGG Men’s Alin ($150) – treat the modern guy, the trailblazer, and the stylish grad in your life to these street-sleek shoes that will surely become his new “sole” mates UGG’s Alin is a cross between a cool vintage sneak and a smart leather boot, making for an edgy and casual-cool shoe that will bring on-trend style to his outfits and a go-with-everything ease to his wardrobe. The Alin features smooth and supple pebbled leather that’s long-lasting and luxurious, along with contrast stitching details, smooth waxed cotton laces, a stitched leather border, and a distressed gum rubber sidewall all which give these cool kicks a polished and distinctive sports-heritage inspired look. Plus, the Alin is designed with a year-round wear-ability thanks to UGG’s innovative Twinsole technology which offers two ways to wear the shoes using interchangeable inserts to deliver a feel-good fit for all-day comfort and extra versatility. Your grad will enjoy swapping the two included inserts according to his preference and the weather — he’ll love the cushioned canvas-lined insert for warm, summer days, and he’ll appreciate the cozy and plush UGGpure insert made from premium UGGshearling during the colder seasons. And the Alin features a molded rubber outsole that provides supreme traction on any surface, so you grad can feel complete control when stepping out on dry ground as well as slippery streets. Overall, UGG’s Alin is sure to become his fave pair to hang out and look good in on the daily, all while feeling crazy-comfortable year-round.
The Men’s Alin retails for $150, and is available in Chestnut and Grizzly at www.uggaustralia.com.
FOR THE TECH-LOVER & ADVENTURER…
G-SHOCK GA1000-2B ($250) – surprise the tech-loving grad, trendsetting guy, and the aviation enthusiast in your life with this timepiece that will help him take flight to a successful and stylish future. G-Shock’s GA1000-2B is a fresh and forward-thinking timepiece that’s the first in the G-Aviation lineup to be equipped with Twin Sensor capabilities which work as compass and temperature indicators, making it a wearable tech watch that’s both functional and fashionable for all his adventures in life. G-Shock’s GA1000-2B is a handsome and heavy-duty analog-digital watch that features a strong shock, magnetic & water resistant structure along with cool aviation-inspired details including a bold 3D face that’s matte black and tastefully contrasted with blue accents and luminous white hour, minute, and dial hands — and slickly finished off with a matte black resin band and a stainless steel buckle with two clasps. What makes this watch super-cool is that it’s not only an eye-catching and every day essential but it’s cleverly versatile with specialized functions including its innovative Twin Sensor mode. By simply pressing the compass button located at the 9 o’clock position, the second hand swiftly starts indicating North with amazing accuracy and continuously for up to 20 seconds, while a real directional reading is shown in the upper display and a direction angle value is shown in the lower display. Plus, the digital compass readings can be stored and displayed for reference thanks to its handy Bearing Memory technology — and the current temperature can be measured by pressing the “E” button located at the bottom right, and this button can be accessed to indicate the date too. The mode button lets your grad easily and quickly access its day-to-day features including, the alarm which features four daily alarms and a snooze alarm, the world time, stop watch, and countdown timer. G-Shock’s GA1000-2B is also equipped with an amazing black light illumination which lights up the hands, markers, and dial in a cool neon for easy reading. G-Shock’s GA1000-2B is a top-performing timepiece that makes a great gift for your top-gun grad because it’s highly useful, innovatively versatile, and resilient for daily wear and adrenaline-filled adventuring.
G-Shock’s GA1000-2B retails for $250, and is available at shopcasio.com, Macys.com, and select Macy’s stores.
FOR THE FRAGRANCE AFICIONADO…
Kenneth Cole Mankind Ultimate ($72) – gift the fragrance-lover, the modern man, and the fashionable-yet-fearless grad in your life this new and highly notable fragrance that embodies the essence of the ultimate man and celebrates the inspiration and determination behind him. MANKIND Ultimate by Kenneth Cole is a limited-edition fragrance that’s perfect for the guy grad that has his sights set high and is ready to take on life’s challenges. MANKIND Ultimate opens with an energetic citrus accord mixed with refreshing cucumber and a splash of watery effervescence. At the heart, middle notes of cashmere woods, vetiver root and aromatic florals give it a beautifully-balanced blend that’s both earthy-woodsy and sweet-smelling. MANKIND Ultimate is refined and finished with sandalwood, oak moss, tonka crystals and musk which is bring a rich and warm touch. MANKIND Ultimate by Kenneth Cole is fresh and exciting, warm and woodsy, aromatically enchanting, and softly seductive with strong staying-power. Overall, it’s a modern fragrance that’s sure to become your grad’s new favorite — and his bottle of choice when it comes to captivating the senses and making the everyday extraordinary!
MANKIND Ultimate by Kenneth Cole retails for $72 for 3.4 oz., and is available at Macy’s and macys.com.
FOR THE AUDIOPHILE…
JayBird BlueBuds X Bluetooth Buds ($169.95) – treat your music-loving, fitness-crazed, or geeky grad to JayBird’s BlueBuds X — the state-of-the-art secure fit wireless buds that are the perfect mix of cutting-edge creation and forward-thinking function. JayBird’s BlueBuds X make a tuneful treat for your grad this commencement day because of its awesome features:
- Skip-free and wireless sound– the BlueBuds X deliver a crisp and continuous sound that’s hi-def and wireless via Jaybird’s Shift™ Premium Bluetooth and Signal Plus™ technologies
- Custom and comfy fit- the BlueBuds X offer a custom-feel fit thanks to three adjustable ear tips, three different-sized secure fit ear cushions, and wraparound cord clips which offer your beloved grad a personalized and secure fit
- Easy-to-use- the BlueBuds X feature the user-friendly and easy-to-use Jenna™ voice prompt which conveniently alerts your grad of the function being performed
- Smartly sweat-proof– the BlueBuds X feature Liquipel Sweat Repellant Nano Technology which quickly repels sweat while protecting the buds from dangerous exposure to the elements. Plus, Jaybird offers a Lifetime Warranty against sweat so your grad doesn’t have to sweat the small stuff and simply enjoy a clear, continuous and cutting-edge listening experience
JayBird’s BlueBuds X Bluetooth Buds retail for $169.95 and are available in Camo, Midnight Black, and Storm White. Shop for this got-to-give tech-gift at www.jaybirdsport.com.
FOR THE WELL-GROOMED GRAD…
Anthony The Perfect Shave Kit ($65, a $90 value!) – get your grad looking dashing and dapper, and picture-ready for his bright new future with this comprehensive and convenient grooming set. Anthony’s The Perfect Shave Kit contains everyday essentials needed to get your college-bound grad or real-world ready graduate spruced up with great skin and a perfectly shaved appearance. The Perfect Shave Kit contains the following quartet of full-sized products:
- Glycolic Facial Cleanser (8 fl. oz.)- a refreshing cleanser with Aloe Vera to soothe and prep his face for shaving, Glycolic Acid to fight fine lines, and Vitamins A, C and E to nourish skin
- Pre Shave Oil (2 fl. oz.)- this luxurious blend of Olive, Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Rosemary essential oils, combined with conditioning Vitamin E and healing Calendula help prep his skin for shaving perfection
- Shave Cream (6 oz.)– this shaving sensation soothes, heals, and nourishes his skin for a smooth complexion using Eucalyptus Oil, Aloe Vera, Squalene and Vitamins A, B5, C and E
- After Shave Balm (2.5 oz.)– this comforting after shave blend of natural plant extracts with Benzocaine soothes his skin and helps relieve razor burns
Anthony’s The Perfect Shave Kit retails for $65 (a $90 value!), and is available at Anthony.com. Plus, *Anthony donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of all products to support prostate cancer research.
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