14 College Graduation Gifts to Help Young Adults Take on the World | Working Mother

14 College Graduation Gifts to Help Young Adults Take on the World

Practical items for your grown-up grad.

It’s time to see this year’s college grads go off into the workforce. But before they enter it, present them with these gifts that’ll give them a head start in the real world.

ClassPass Gift Card

ClassPass Gift Card

ClassPass can be used in 2,500 cities worldwide, so if your grad ends up traveling, he or she might be able to take a fitness class there too.

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Saying goodbye to college also means saying goodbye to the campus gym, which they've been hitting up free of charge for the past four years or so. Though you could sponsor your grad's gym membership for a few months, a ClassPass gift card, which gives them access to a variety of fun fitness classes, such as yoga, barre, boxing and cycling, is so much more exciting (classpass.com).

The Tie Bar x Mark and Graham Bow Tie Set

The Tie Bar x Mark and Graham Bow Tie Set, Set of 3

This coordinating set takes the guesswork out of dressing up.

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Your grad might've lived in sweats throughout college, but that casual attire might not fly at his new job. This set includes a bow tie with a pocket square and cotton socks, which he can use anytime he needs to add instant flair to a formal ensemble. He just needs to pick out the button-down, pants and dress shoes ($49, markandgraham.com).

The Chef's Portable Multi-Tool

The Chefs Portable Multi-Tool

It's only 6.25" long, a little taller than an iPhone X.

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This small but mighty tool has 12 functions, including cheese grater, zester, peeler, corkscrew, bottle opener and can opener—saving your grad so much precious kitchen storage space ($32, uncommongoods.com).

Satechi Aluminum Lightning Stand

Satechi Aluminum Lightning Stand

It has a built-in USB, so your grad never has to worry about losing a cord in order to use this.

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Young people never stray too far away from their smartphone, or—gasp—panic ensues. This one lets your grad display it in a prominent, stylish way while letting it charge, and it looks great on a desk or nightstand ($20, satechi.net).

Sferra Celine Herringbone Throw Blanket

Sferra Celine Herringbone Throw Blanket

It's made of 100 percent cotton.

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This blanket is perfect to use on breezy evenings during the warmer months, and doubles as home decor, due to its pretty herringbone pattern. Your grad can use it on the bed, couch—or possibly to cover clutter when you come to visit ($89, amazon.com).

Roku Ultra

Roku Ultra

Roku owners won't have to deal with the cable company or a cable box setup to watch their shows.

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Make your kid's Hulu, Netflix or Amazon subscription even better with this device. The Roku Ultra will elevate their viewing experience by taking their fave shows and movies to a bigger screen, delivering high-quality images for their 4K or HDTV. Though the streaming device is available at lower price points, all of which will get them access to multiple free channels for movies, TV and music, this pricier one stands out for several reasons: the remote has voice control so they don't have to waste time typing to search for entertainment, if the remote is lost, pressing a button on the Roku unit will emit a sound to help you figure out where it is, and JBL headphones, which connect to the remote, are included, so users can binge-watch without being noisy ($96, amazon.com).

Tory Burch Kira Slim Card Case in Bubblegum

Tory Burch Kira Slim Card Case in Bubblegum

Because so many young people prefer carrying credit and debit cards over cash anyway.

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This cheery and chic card case features five exterior card slots in different colors, which will prove helpful when it's time to organize her train pass, credit cards and office ID—plus a main compartment for bills and coins ($98, toryburch.com).

Joy Mangano Little Steamer Deluxe

Joy Mangano Little Steamer Deluxe

It comes in two sizes, with the smaller one ideal for travel.

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Steamers are underrated. Not only do they easily smooth out wrinkles and remove the need for a clunky ironing board, but they're also great to use on delicate fabrics, because there's a very small chance they'll burn through clothing. And considering your grad is most likely still building their professional wardrobe, that last pro is a big one ($29, amazon.com).

Cacala Pestemal Turkish Towel

Cacala Pestemal Turkish Towel

When you're an adult, you can never have too many towels.

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This 100-percent cotton towel might be thin, but that's part of why it's so awesome. It's super absorbent, easy to pack for travel, can be used at the beach without picking up as much sand as a terry towel, and can also be used as a bath towel and hair towel ($24, amazon.com).

Clinique Cheek Pop On-The-Glow Trio Palette

Clinique Cheek Pop On-The-Glow Trio Palette

The unique formula gives cheeks a natural-looking, not powdery finish.

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Entering the real world calls for an upgrade to their beauty arsenal. This high-quality palette consists of three powders for the cheeks—one each for contour, blush and highlight ($30, sephora.com).

MVMT 45 MM Men's Analog Minimalist Watch

MVMT 45 MM Men's Analog Minimalist Watch

This watch, in Monochome Link, pictured above, is also available in Black Rose Link and White Silver varieties.

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If your grad has only used sports watches, this dressier type of watch is a welcome addition to their wardrobe. And it's surprisingly durable; it's waterproof up to 30 meters and has a shatter-resistant face ($115, amazon.com).

Rent the Runway Subscription

Rent the Runway Membership

When she's done with an item, she can return it for free.

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Your fashionista doesn't have to have the bank account of a celebrity to be able to dress like one. When you gift a membership to Rent the Runway, she'll be able to borrow designer clothes and accessories to wear to formal or important events, whether it's a job interview, first week at the office or a big party (starting at $69 for a membership, renttherunway.com).

Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System

Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System

Because this device doesn't require pods, it'll save your grad even more money down the line.

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Daily trips to the local cafe for a cup of joe can really add up. Gifting your grad their very own coffee maker will save them both time and money. This one, by Ninja, features the option to make not just hot coffee, but, in 10-15 minutes, cold brew and tea as well, as long as you swap out the coffee basket for the tea one. It even has a built-in frother that creates cold or hot foam, so making lattes, cappuccinos and flat whites is also doable ($119, amazon.com).

Leatherology Knox Slim Laptop Bag

Leatherology Knox Slim Laptop Bag

The front compartment makes smaller items easily accessible.

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This unisex full-grain leather bag, which can fit 15" laptops plus your grad's work essentials, looks so professional, it's worth the $$$ investment ($200, leatherology.com).

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