15 Top-Notch Graduation Gift Ideas
There's a sweet sentiment behind giving Oh, the Places You'll Go! as a graduation gift, but realistically, will it ever be used? Not likely. This year, give the grad in your life something that will set him or her up well for the professional adult world ahead. Whether the grad in mind is jumping right into a new job or taking the summer off to travel, these 15 gifts will be greatly appreciated and used for years to come.
Master & Dynamic MH40 Over Ear Headphone ($399)
A set of high-quality headphones will come in super-handy when the graduate in your life begins the 9-to-5 lifestyle. This sophisticated design by Master & Dynamic is as luxe as you can get, with rich, expansive sound and lambskin-wrapped ear pads.
How to Make Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie ($9)
For more than 60 years, this book by Dale Carnegie has influenced successful people both professionally and personally. Learning how to handle people, influence people, win people over, and make people like you—however manipulative it may sound—will set up your friend well for the future.
Le Creuset Indigo Round French Oven ($260 and up)
If the graduate you’re shopping for is a budding Julia Child, don’t wait till his or her wedding to give the necessary culinary tools for success in the kitchen. This signature Le Creuset dutch oven will literally last a lifetime, so there’s no reason not to invest in it now.
Mophie Juice Pack Plus for iPhone 6 ($120)
When you’re on the go between work and play in the real world, an iPhone charger is nearly as important as comfortable shoes. Upgrade your grad’s tech with this Mophie Juice Pack Plus, which charges for 17 additional hours of talk time, up to 12 additional hours of web browsing, up to 13 additional hours of video playback, and up to 60 additional hours of music playback. Life, hacked.
NYTimes.com + Smartphone Apps Digital Subscription ($30 and up)
A crucial part of being a grown-up is being an informed citizen of the world. Arm your grad with a subscription to his or her major newspaper of choice and a pulse on the latest happenings around the globe.
See by Chloé Vicki Wallet ($220)
A university card may have gotten your friend or family member through the last four years, but in the real world, there are all sorts of cards to carry for groceries, the gym, credit cards, and more. Step her wallet up a notch with this See by Chloé beauty, which has four dividers, numerous card slots, and a zippered change purse.