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What Grads Really Want

No pen sets or savings bonds among these gifts

Digital Printer

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Instant digital camera

Modern technology and nostalgia merge in this actual (not a phone) camera. Your graduate can snap Instagram-worthy digital photos — and print them out on the spot. (Polaroid, $100)

Bluetooth Tracker

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Bluetooth tracker

With one of these chips attached to a set of keys or a remote control (or any item), your grad will never lose it again. A phone app will locate what’s missing — and if she loses the phone, the chip on one of the items can make it ring. (Various manufacturers, including Chipolo Plus and Tile; $25 and up)


Wireless Headphones

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Bluetooth headphones

Long gone are the orange foam-covered headphones you wore around your college campus. Today’s music-delivery systems — such as the Skullcandy Hesh 2 or Sudio Vasa BLÅ earbuds — are sleek, wireless and take phone calls, although he’s probably texting instead. ($75 and up)

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Wireless Printer

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Wireless printer

Navigating a mass of computer cables almost could be its own college course. Not only do wireless printers eliminate that clutter, many can print documents from tablets or smartphones as well, leaving a college freshman free to focus on real challenges — like writing that sociology paper due in an hour. (Various manufacturers, including Epson and HP; $50 and up)

Beauty Box Subscription

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Beauty box subscription

Self-care can be expensive, and she’s probably not going to earn a lot in that entry-level job. Sending a monthly care package filled with makeup, shampoo, fragrances and other beauty products offers a regular pick-me-up, and helps conceal the dark circles under her eyes — because late nights out don’t always end after commencement. (Various companies, including Ipsy, Boxycharm and Birchbox; $10-$21 per month)

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