Do you remember that feeling of a million bucks when your little sister, daughter, or son wins an award at school and you share the news with every friendly ear?
When Grommets are mentioned in magazines, on The Today Show, or online, it gives me the same rush of excitement. I've rounded up a list of notable mentions in the press for products that make great back-to-school items.
1. Bicygnals Angel Light Up Helmet; $89.95
The Today Show: "9 Summer Gadgets That Make You Look Cool"
With last year's count of biking incidents on Commonwealth Avenue, a hotspot for student bikers, and the popularity of Hubway sweeping across Boston, a must-have for back to school is a bike helmet. This light-up, adjustable LED bike helmet grants 360 degrees visibility for safer cycling.
2. The BetterBasket (2 Compartment); $19.99
Poughkeepsie Journal: "Luxuries: Fashions of the Big '80s Go Back to School"
It's no surprise that fashion recycles. The '80s have long been a favorite of college dance parties and ironic house bashes. Along with a recommended list of '80s wardrobe staples, the newspaper features the Betterbasket to make the most of compact living spaces. Use the two-compartment, foldable, and durable mesh basket to transport laundry, toiletries, recyclables, and more.
3. Uncle Goose Foreign Language Blocks; Starting at $37
Archtype: "5 Great 'Made in the USA' Toys"
Handmade in the USA, these blocks may be meant for child's play, but they make great dorm decorations as well. Available in French, German, Italian, Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, display whichever language has your fancy.
Or better yet, get the Presidential version, which makes a great dorm game and look even more impressive as dorm decorations -- smart and stylish.
4. Brewsees Bottle-Opener Sunglasses; Starting at $29
Last but not least, onto the inevitable fun of going away for school. These sunglasses have anodized aluminum tips, which means anytime's a good time for a cold brew when getting to know your peers. Of course, drink safely and be sure to keep the Brewsees on for 100% UV protection in the sun.
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Caroline hails from a tiny tropical island originally, but calls Boston home. A curious bird, she spent a spring trekking all over Ireland, has been an Air Force Junior ROTC cadet, and worked at Disney World as a merchandising intern. With a love for all things interesting, she found herself at The Grommet, where she gets to eat, sleep, and breathe innovative undiscovered products. Say hello to her on Twitter.