Graduating is stressful and exciting. It’s the next step in adulthood, the next stop in life. But what in the world do you get someone who is making the big step into the real world?
We’ve got you covered with our Ultimate Grad Gift Guide:
If your grad is moving on out of the dorms and into an apartment, I’m sure they would very much appreciate things for their apartment. Even if they already live in one, they still might be on that college student mentality where having the bare minimum is enough. However, they’re officially adults, so get them the things you know they do not have: like a fancy whisk or a set of plates that can be used for when guests come over (it’ll blow their mind, I promise). Shop on places like Etsy for more customized apartment trinkets.
Finals are over. Now your grad can actually read for fun. Books are never a bad gift. Get them books by their favorite authors so they can fill the time or buy them inspirational books that will get them moving and grooving in the professional world. How To Make Friends and Influence People is a great example. When I graduated, my best friend got us all copies of Dr. Suess’s Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
The point is, you can never, ever go wrong with books.
No more ramen packets and sad cheese sandwiches. Now that your grad has reached the next step in their life, a great way to show them that adulting isn’t that hard is by getting them a subscription to Blue Apron.
If I haven’t hinted at it enough already, your grad most likely isn’t 100% financially stable yet (and that’s okay). Help them get out of that college mentality with a few gift cards to their favorites places or restaurants. Some ideas would be Starbucks, Best Buy, Amazon, Visa Gift Cards, Barnes & Nobles, etc.
Additionally, to continue to get them prepared for the real world, get them gift cards for a workshop or course that will help them improve their skills. For example, Dev Bootcamp has great courses that will help your grad improve their coding and web development skills and will get them prepared for landing their dream job.
If your grad isn’t much of a “reader,” get them a book that’s a bit more visual. Take photos from your grad’s Instagram or your own and make them their own story that catalogues their college years. It’s a guaranteed tear jerker.
Offer to Pay Their Utilities
No, seriously. Utility bills can be the bane of any recent grads existence, so offer to pay for a few months while they get on their feet so that they won’t have to pretend like it’s the 1800s for the week because they can’t pay for their Con Ed bill.
This is it. Their Amazon Student Membership is up and everything is sad. Make the first year of adulthood a little less sad by getting them a real, actual person Prime membership. It’s $90 for the whole year but WORTH IT.
Birchbox is a great way to give the gift of wellness, makeup, and skincare for any grad. Just $10/month, a Birchbox subscription will allow your grad to customize each box for their skin/makeup needs. Plus, the boxes are gorgeous and make for great storage.
Get your grad in gear by helping them land that dream job. Hustle Summit is one of the most epic networking events they’ll ever attend and it’s a chance for them to connect with companies like HBO, Buzzfeed, Showtime, etc as well as incredible mentors and peers who hustle just like they do. Sign them up at hustlesummit.co
Another great way to get your grad in gear for the professional world is by buying them a premium membership to FindSpark. Premium will give them access to everything FindSpark has to offer as well as discounts on all events and priority support from our team.
What gift are you getting for your grad? Let us know in the comments.