Awesome Gift Ideas for Creative College Students and Recent Grads

Want to get the hardworking college student or ambitious recent grad in your life a holiday gift they’ll actually use? Here’s a selection of our favorite items that young professionals are sure to love:

MOO Cards

Networking is a key ingredient in the success of young professionals and business cards are essential to networking. MOO Cards offer dozens of free, gorgeous card designs and also allow you to upload your own. With 50 cards per pack, they give you the option of uploading a whole photo album so each card can have its own image.

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Moleskine Classic Notebook

This high-quality notebook is a classic must-have item for students and professionals everywhere. It’s perfect for taking notes in classes or meetings, writing to-do lists, or keeping a journal.


Knock Knock Sticky Note Packet With 6 Mini Pads

Those awesome stickies speak for themselves, and will become indispensable for the hyper-organized lot.


Someecards Assorted Thank You Greeting Cards

Sending a handwritten note to a helpful professor or recruiter speaks volumes of the one doing the sending. These cards are thoughtful and each one features a different funny Thank You line.


BUILT Neoprene Spicy Relish Lunch Tote

Brown-bagging your lunch is far more economical than buying it and getting this fun, stretchy waterproof tote will encourage you to do it more often.


Plan Ahead Organized Professional Padfolio

This sophisticated folio features a large writing pad and a penholder, as well as a zipped compartment and various holders that will help you organize business cards and showcase your own. With this gorgeous item, you’ll arrive in style to any meeting.portfolio

Herschel Supply Co. Survey Canvas Bag

If you’re seeking a versatile, go-to bag, look no further. With heavy-duty strength and a contemporary design, this canvas backpack can handle everything from your laptop to your gym stuff.


Zojirushi Thermos Mug

This thermos mug puts all those other mugs to shame. It features a non-stick interior for easy cleanup, and with vacuum insulation, this thing is guaranteed to keep your hot or cold beverage at its original temperature for hours.Capture

InterDesign Clear Drawer Organizer

These compact little organizers help condense the junk on your desk, but make it easy to see what you have in them.


Sparco Removeable Storage Drawer Organizer


Urbano Eco Trash Can

Put all those plastic shopping bags to use. This trash can was specially made for them, is eco friendly, stylish, and comes in fun colors. Perfect for a dorm or office trash.


Wonder Hanger

Closet space is hard to come by as a student or young professional living in New York City. These space savers are a god-send, creating almost five times more space where ever you use them.


Nest Protect Smoke + Carbon Monoxide

Many apartments come equipped with smoke alarms from the 80s. This newly released combo smoke and carbon monoxide detector syncs with your phone to tell you when batteries need to be replaced, so you never have to deal with an un-stoppable annoying beep. Accidentally set off the smoke alarm with your great cooking skills? A wave of the hand is all you need to turn it off.


Insta Raised Queen Bed

Treat your visitors in style with this queen sized air mattress. No annoying pump needed, the pump is right within the mattress.


UNU DX iPhone Charging Case

When you’re running between classes or meetings all day, there’s little time to charge your phone. Even with heavy usage, this case can keep your phone charged for up to 24 hours.


Blue Mouse Design Cord Wrap Organizer

What to get the hyper-organized friend that has everything? Why, this iPhone charger holder, of course. Specifically designed for travel, it holds the charger cord in place so there’s no chance of the charger getting tangled among other possessions.


Cord Tacos

This cord organizer is great for USB cords and ear-bud headphones.


Cordito Cord Organizer (Brown)

This item is also an awesome cord holder. It can hold multiple items at once and can be rolled up into a small pouch for convenient travel.


Multifunctional Wallet Purse Case

This handy item is perfect for the girl on the go. It’s designed to hold a phone, cash, credit and business cards in one convenient compact case, and comes with a removable wrist strap for extra security.



Wix Site Upgrade

Wix is an amazing online platform that allows you to build stunning HTML5 websites with no coding or design skills needed – for free. Wix is perfect for those who want to easily show off their resume, portfolio or just themselves online. Premium Wix plans are affordable and offer dozens of incredible features.


Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband

This little gadget is sure to become indispensable. It tracks your steps, distance, time and calories burned, monitors how long and well you sleep, and has a silent alarm that won’t disturb your partner.


What’s on your holiday wish list?

About the Author

Emily is Founder and CEO of FindSpark. Passionate about the power of social media and networking; Emily has spoken at numerous colleges, conferences, and events including The International Youth Leaders Assembly at The United Nations, SXSW Interactive, Internet Week, Mediabistro's Social Media Bootcamp, Time Inc, Columbia University, and New York University, among others. Emily is also an adjunct professor, teaching social media and career courses at multiple colleges. Learn more about having Emily speak at your next event and follow her on twitter @EmilyMiethner.

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