With graduation season coming up once again, it's time to start finding some unique gifts for the new high school and college grads on your shopping list. For the one who's always been an adventurer, check out this 1837 Compass from Tiffany and Co. ($210). It features a highly-accurate compass encased inside a stately sterling silver box. Hey, it's definitely better than those "ball" ones that you can buy at the truck stop to stick on your dash.
We've all been there — the power goes out during a storm and you reach for the flashlight, but it's completely dead and there's no batteries in sight. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a flashlight that never needed batteries? There is. The Forever Flashlight ($25) uses electromagnetic energy created by you to produce light on demand. Just shake the flashlight back and forth for 15-30 seconds, and enough electricity is generated to light its bright blue LED bulb for up to five minutes of continuous use.
There are a lot of small, internet-ready devices that can help you stay in touch with others, keep you informed of messages, and report information from anywhere in the house. None of them, however, are as charming and helpful as Nabaztag ($140). With a wiggle of its ears, a different display of lights, or a simple voice, it can help you keep in touch with friends and with everyone else, even if they're halfway around the world.
If you've ever been a guest bartender at an event or a bar, you know how much of a beating your hands can take from opening bottle after bottle. The Ring Thing ($8) helps to alleviate this problem with it's simple stainless band design that features a cutout on the inside that serves as a bottle opener. Handy, and since the opening is on the inside, it's discreet as well.
Yes folks, it's a genuine life-size Robby the Robot ($50,000) from the classic 1956 film Forbidden Planet. And yes, he costs fifty grand. Built from the same blueprints, molds, and templates used to create the original costume, Robby is fully animatronic and can be remote-controlled. As if a 7-foot-tall robot wouldn't scare housequests enough, Robby comes pre-programmed to say his famous lines from the original movie. You can even run your own voice through Robby's sound system with an included wireless microphone.