After countless papers, exams and good times with friends, college is coming to a close. Although it can be bittersweet bidding farewell, it also marks the start of an exciting new chapter for the college graduates in your life. Whether they’re heading to grad school, beginning a new career or hunting for a job, it’s fitting to honor this momentous occasion with a special gift.
Help them adjust to life after college, regardless of whether they’re living at home, in an apartment or another dorm room. These 10 great gift ideas are perfect for embarking on a new adventure.
A laptop will be part of your grad’s life whether he’s starting a new job, hunting for the perfect gig or continuing his education. And every laptop should be toted around in style. This bag is lined with faux fur and features a secure magnetic closure to keep his computer in place. A three-sided design allows the bag to open flat for easy airport screening. Plus, it has multiple pockets to organize his accessories and other essentials.
Where to Buy: Apple
City Map Coaster Sets
Prevent beverage rings from appearing on new coffee tables. These coasters do the trick, while commemorating a college town she’ll miss or a city she’ll soon call home. Each set of wooden coasters is laser engraved with neighborhood maps. The opposite side has the city’s name and established date. Coasters come packaged in a canvas drawstring pouch, too.
Where to Buy: Neighborwoods
Price: $36 per set
This cookbook helps your new graduate create his own meals. Each chapter of Dinner Made Simple offers 10 ideas for every ingredient such as apples, tomatoes, sirloin or zucchini. It includes 350 easy-to-follow recipes for appetizers, main courses and desserts. And many of the dishes can be made in 30 minutes or less. For grads who’ve never even boiled water, the cookbook also offers simple kitchen tips and advice on purchasing ingredients.
Where to Buy: Amazon
Diploma & Tassel Frame
She shed some blood, sweat and tears to earn her diploma. So, gift her with something that shows off that hard-earned piece of paper in her new apartment or office. This black plastic frame is displayed horizontally and comes with hanging hardware that’s already attached. It even has a spot to house her tassel from graduation day.
Where to Buy: Michaels
The dorm’s building department can’t tackle projects for your college graduates anymore. That’s why a hardworking tool with 16 functionalities is perfect for tackling any task they may encounter. This versatile multi-purpose tool contains pliers, a screwdriver, a bottle opener, scissors, a serrated knife, wire cutters and more, all in a handy, portable tool.
Where to Buy: Home Depot
Business Card Holder
Maybe your college graduate already has a job offer. Or perhaps she’s job hunting and is bound to land a great gig soon. Regardless, she’ll love this classy place to hold her business cards. The enameled Kate Spade case is highlighted with a single-initial monogram, offering sleek and stylish business card organization.
Where to Buy: Nordstrom
Custom Map Necklace
Commemorate the city where your college graduate studied abroad, the address of her college dorm or the town she calls home. Each custom sterling-silver pendant and charm includes a brilliant diamond to mark the special address. You can engrave the back of each piece with a personal message of your choice. Customized cuff links are available too.
Where to Buy: A.Jaffe
Price: $125 and up
That ratty old backpack is probably not in good enough shape to tote his gear when he visits his bestie at law school or his squad in the city. A nice new weekender bag is the perfect solution, no matter the destination. This one features rolled leather top handles and an adjustable, detachable shoulder/crossbody strap. Available in navy, the bag is lined with black fabric, has an interior zip pocket and boasts a top-zip closure.
Where to Buy: Barneys New York
Single-Serve Coffee Maker
Caffeine is just as crucial in adulthood as it was in college. Save money by making coffee (or tea, hot chocolate or even soup!) at home courtesy of this space-saving machine. It easily brews a six-ounce K-Cup or mug of freshly ground coffee in less than a minute. The built-in sustainable filter saves on the cost and waste of paper filters. Plus, it has an adjustable height drip tray, enabling users to brew beverages directly into a travel mug for the morning commute.
Where to Buy: Williams-Sonoma
Her new digs need to be kept clean, but she likely lacks space for an oversized vacuum. This Bissell version is the ultimate multi-tasking machine, cleaning carpets, hardwood floors and upholstery. It conveniently converts from a floor-stick vacuum to a hand one. It’s also bagless and includes a crevice tool to clean hard-to-reach areas. A practical gift that will come in handy for years to come.
Where to Buy: Amazon
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