Want to give your college kid a hand in making the transition from student to young professional? Here are 22 presents that make perfect college graduation gifts.
For the parents of college seniors, a huge hat tip to you, as your kids near their academic finish lines. While you make plans for the big day, your offspring are turning their sights to life after college, beginning their careers (fingers crossed!) and moving into a their first post-grad apartment. Here are our favorite gift ideas that will help them along their way to adulthood.
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College Graduation Gifts
Giving an elegant piece of jewelry to mark this milestone is THE classic college graduation gift for a young woman. British designer Monica Vinader makes gorgeous slim bracelets that would be a perfect present for your daughter. (Engraving, gift wrap and shipping are all FREE.)
We have tried Google Home, Alexa from Amazon Echo Spot and are super-excited about the Echo Show. Whether your grad is looking for the news, weather, a favorite playlist, or a sports score, the answer is just a shout away. This is one of our favorite college graduation gifts
Not-for-profit Feed has been fighting world hunger for more than nine years. These bags are stylish and every purchase helps feed children around the world.
Consider giving your son or daughter a Stitch Fix Gift Card. Stitch Fix is a personal styling service that sends a collection of five items of clothing tailored to the needs, body type, and budget of the recipient. There is no obligation to buy what’s sent and shipping is free. This could be a great way to help jump start a professional wardrobe for your young adult.
Crisp Dress Shirts
Time to upgrade your grad’s bedroom with a new set of sheets and we are big fans of Brooklinen, a company that has garnered great press for their excellent quality products. A gift for a your kid’s new apartment will be a welcome replacement for their college-era bed linens.
If you have not yet heard about Allbirds, let us introduce you to your new favorite shoes. Made from superfine New Zealand merino (the softest wool on earth) Allbirds are unbelievably comfortable, lightweight, perfect for every day, amazing for traveling, and, in a word….adorable. The lace-up Wool Runners have been super-popular with the college grads we know (and love) who wear them at work or when catching up with friends over dinner on the weekends. They are the most versatile shoe we have ever found.
Backpacks for Laptops
It’s hard to beat the practicality of a backpack for a work bag and we like this backpack laptop bag that’s sized right for a laptop.
One essential addition to a new office is a phone charger. If your kid will be traveling internationally, consider this set of chargers as a graduation gift.
Expensive facials are not in the budgets of recent college grads so consider getting a Clarisonic Facial Cleansing Brush System so your young adult can treat their skin to an at-home cleansing.
We are big fans of this Detroit-based manufacturer. The watches are more expensive but have classic designs and beautiful leather bands. Take a look at Shinola Watches for both men and women.
Here are a few stores that offer discounts to college students. Consider a gift card this spring while their student ID is still valid.
Brooks Brothers 15% student discount in stores
@GrownandFlown We are delighted to offer a 15% student discount in stores with a student id. Kindly let us know if we can assist further.
— Brooks Brothers (@BrooksBrothers) February 20, 2016
Uniqlo has well-priced classic clothing for men and women and is an excellent source for new work clothes.
The size and hanger on this cosmetics travel bag, the, SEPHORA COLLECTION The Excursionist, makes this one a top pic when counter space is at a premium.
A new gym bag can be a motivating reminder to your grad to make time to work out. Consider adding a gift card for a series of spin or barre classes to this Nike Duffel and they will be perfect graduation gifts.
Isn’t it time for your kid to have their own account?
Memberships, Classes and Tickets
Experiences make wonderful gifts so consider treating your son or daughter to a membership to a gym, museum in their new town or tickets to a game or concert.