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.
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).