Sending the college grad into the real world with these seven useful gifts.
While a laptop is a common gift for incoming college freshman, chances are it may be time for a new one since the average lifespan for a laptop is four years. No need to shell out $1,000 or more—there are several affordable laptops on the market, as well as used and refurbished computers that can make a great gift for a reasonable price.
Recent grads will likely need to update their closets for the professional world. Work clothes can be expensive, so help graduates put together a business-appropriate wardrobe with a gift card to a clothing store.
Although grads might want to hang on to their beat up bookbag, their employer may be less than thrilled to see it being carried into the office every day. Upgrade the backpack with a quality leather messenger bag or modern briefcase to store a computer, portfolio, etc.
A great addition to the wall of a new apartment is proof of years of hard work and determination—the coveted diploma. Have a grad’s diploma professionally matted and framed for a treasured keepsake.
Create a fun and sentimental way to document a student’s graduation. Have a family member take photos of the ceremony, graduation party, etc. and create a custom photo album made simple by websites like Snapfish and Picaboo.
After all of their hard work, recent graduates would enjoy a quick escape before starting down their career path. A trip with friends or family is a great way to cut loose and relax after weeks of finals, projects, and papers, whether it’s a trip to Europe or a road trip to the next state over.
Whether recent grads have already found a job or are still looking, career advice from a pro is always useful. Give the gift of paid sessions with a career coach who can offer tips for resumes, the interviewing stage, and the follow up process.
With graduation season around the corner, parents and relatives are on the hunt for the perfect gift to give graduates on their big day—here are seven ideas for gifts that grads will actually use after receiving their diploma.