When you graduate from college, no one tells you to upgrade your luggage to something sturdy (and, if you’re lucky, equipped with a phone charger). No one tells you that, yes, there’s always space in your kitchen for an appliance, like an Instant Pot, a crockpot, or an air fryer. And no one stresses just how important really, really good bed sheets are — and we’re not talking about those rough-to-the-touch 200-thread sheets.
Why? Because new college grads are so broke, they can barely afford that first student loan payment creeping up at the end of the month. That’s why, as a parent or friend or family member, it’s worth putting a bit more thought into what you give your graduate this year. Sure, you can write a heartfelt card, but what your grad (also) really wants is something they’ll use for months — maybe even years — to come.
Ahead, we’ve curated a list of meaningful and useful gifts for your new college grad.
1. Brooklinen luxe core sheet set
More than 13.5K reviewers agree: This Brooklinen sheet set is worth every penny.
2. Arlo Skye carry-on
You’ve heard of Away, but Arlo Skye is another popular hard-shell luggage with an integrated, removable charger. What we love about Arlo Skye’s carry-ons, though, is the front pocket.
3. Feskin backpack
Your 20s are the perfect time to go explore the world; and to do so, you’ll need a good, sturdy backpack.
4. INIU power bank
Great for travel, for camping, for long road trips, you name it: Your grad will thank you for gifting this dual high-speed portable charger.
5. Echo Dot
“Alexa, help find me a job.”
6. Instant Vortex Plus
Instant Pots are so last year. Now, we’re on to air fryers — and health-conscious grads will love ’em.
7. Elixir crystal wine glasses
So long, Red Solo cups.
Multivitamins are likely not top of mind for your college grad, so help ’em out with this monthly subscription box that comes equipped with just that.
9. Bissell featherweight vacuum
It’s lightweight, it’s bagless, and it’s a beast.
10. Ninja coffeemaker
A great — not just functional — coffee maker is essential.
11. A coffee subscription
Why not pair the coffee maker with a steady supply of coffee from around the world? Atlas Coffee Club sends a different flavor directly to your door at the frequency of your choice — either every two weeks or every four weeks — and each box features 12 ounces of freshly-roasted coffee, flavor notes, a postcard, and brewing tips.
12. Business card holder
Getting your first set of business cards is always exciting. Gift this personalized, leather business card case and this sleek wood business card holder.
For those with long commutes, these AirPods will be lifesavers.
14. Polaroid OneStep2
Help them capture post-grad life in the trendiest way possible.
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