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This month, students are finishing up classes and getting ready to toss their caps in the air. And in a few months, Mom won`t be around to iron their shirts or pick up their dirty clothes. That means it`s time to look for a handy gift.
"We`ve got a couple sections geared toward that graduation guest, so lots to choose from," said Target Manager Lori Miller.
"Christmas time is huge for us but Mother`s Day and graduation has been our second biggest period for selling Nooks right now. They`re just enormously popular. More and more people are moving to electronic reading," said Barnes and Noble Manager Lisa Kyes.
It`s hard to argue with not having to lug around 12 pounds worth of textbooks around campus. But if you don`t have the money for a Nook or Kindle, that`s ok. If you`re shopping on a budget, you can find a number of things for under 50 dollars. One example? Luggage.
"Also looking at bedding items for furnishing that new apartment or that new college dorm, all of our home goods is a popular area," Miller said.
Storage totes and flash drives are affordable and they`re practically worth their weight in gold. And you can find a number of helpful books to prepare oneself for college life.
"Some of the more popular items are books that are geared toward people who are just getting out of school. A new cookbook for someone who hasn`t done a lot of cooking," Kyes said.
"And you can`t go wrong with gift cards over there. So they can pick out their own as well as entertainment stuff," Miller said.
From iTunes to chain restaurants, you can mostly pick your poison. And if you`re seriously in doubt, cash is one gift that never goes out of style. And it`ll save that new grad a little change in his or her pocket, before they move out.
Textbooks are available for the Kindle, Nook and iPad at a discounted rate. You can also rent some e-books for even less.