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.
College Graduation Gifts
New Furniture and More
Furnishing a first grownup space can be daunting for many college grads, who may only have odds and ends to move into a new apartment. Check out the world’s largest furniture retailer, IKEA, for easy-to-assemble, well-designed and well-priced pieces. With a clean modern sensibility everyone can enjoy, IKEA’s range of furniture and home furnishings – living room, kitchen, bath and bedroom –is perfect for anyone creating a new “home away from home”. The new IKEA Gift Registry offering is great for graduates who can pick out exactly what they want, while also making it easy for gift-givers too!
Words of Inspiration
Parents may want to coach their kids after college graduation but may be at a loss for what to say that is truly helpful. Instead, hand your grad a copy of newly-released Freshman Year of Life: Essays That Tell the Truth About Work, Home, and Love After College. Here are 38 stunning essays written by top millennial writers who reveal the challenges met and disasters overcome during their own first post-college year. Excellent and insightful!
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.
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 shipping in late June. Whether your grad is looking for the news, weather, a favorite playlist, or a sports score, the answer is just a shout away.
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.
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.
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 new Detroit-based manufacturer. The watches are more expensive but have classic designs and beautiful leather bands. Take a look at this one: Shinola Leather Unisex Watch.
Here are five stores that offer discounts to college students. Consider a gift card this spring while their student ID is still valid.
J. Crew – 15% off in-store purchases when they present a valid school ID at checkout.
BananaRepublic– 15% off full-priced in-store purchases with a valid student ID.
Dockers.com – students can save 20% online when they register and verify their status.
Madewell – 15% off in-store purchases when they present a valid student ID.
Brooks Brothers15% 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.
Wireless headphones are on our kids’ wish lists this year and might be an added motivation to help your grad get to the gym. Check out these Phiaton Earphones
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.
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