Ahh May… ’tis the time of graduations, tender goodbyes and new discoveries. A time when parents can’t wait to bust out the expensive champagne, or busy to-be graduates finally realize through the heavy haze of finals that they’re at the brink of emerging from the figurative cocoon.
Jokes aside, as your favorite graduate transitions toward imminent adulthood, we’re here to give you a boost in the creativity department so your gifts don’t end up collecting dust; forgotten and feeling sad at the back of the drawer. Whether the new grad leans toward more pragmatic or adventurous, share your best wishes in their taking a big step towards full independence with some of our creative gift picks.
1. Meal Subscription Services
One thing you never learn to appreciate in full until making it out on your own is to cook for yourself. Finding time to cook a well-balanced and healthy meal is – well, let’s be honest now – never really a high priority after slogging through a long day of work, and this is without exception for all new grads moving beyond the cozy school ecosystem. While cookbooks are classic gifts, ease your worries by gifting a meal subscription to improve their culinary welfare – these meals-in-a-box services do everything from meal planning to grocery shopping, needing only time to cook up a delicious meal. Help expand their culinary repertoire as well as appreciation for healthy eating – plus every package delivery feels like Christmas!
2. International Travel Adapters
The lure of global travel is a hard call to resist, and many new grads will choose to satisfy their wanderlust before they take the full, hard plunge into adult life. Lend your wisdom and savvy by reminding them that overseas travel is not quite the family trip you all last took to Disneyland, but to pack and prepare wisely, starting with an international travel adapter. These are super indispensable items that are often overlooked by first-time travelers, resulting in a last-ditch purchases at three times the normal price in an airport which leaves for less beer money, oops. Give the gift of better preparedness and make the new grad that much wiser as they venture out to the unknown.
TruShield Universal WorldWide International Adapter: $30 at Amazon
Apple World Travel Adapter Kit: $29
3. Digital Media Streaming Devices
Let’s be honest now – TV is so 1990s. This is the digital age, and as media content moves online, so does viewing options. Gone are the days when students raced to download illegal media and saved them onto CDs (say what?) or tuned into MTV to catch their favorite music videos. As millennials continue to consume information through multichannel sources, surprise the new grad with a TV streaming device that expands their media output options for their favorite entertainment found on the Internet. The most versatile options with the greatest bang-for-the-buck are the Google Chromecast and Roku Streaming Stick, but plenty of other options are available for every need imaginable.
4. Household Tool Kits
Yes, Lifehacking and DIY projects are the new sexy. Whether it be piecing together the latest find in hipster furniture, putting up picture frames or fixing up broken things that will inevitably be found around their new digs, indulge the new grad to embrace their inner builder. A basic household toolkit is an essential possession toward responsible adulthood, and a reliable toolkit will be a gift that will last beyond its years. Protip: Rather than getting the cheapest made-in-China plastic kit filled with a plethora of tools, invest a few extra bucks for a durable set made by a reputable company like Craftsman for the best quality kit available on the market.
Whether the new grad in your life is an eternal dreamer, outdoor adventurer or backyard beer and BBQ kinda grad, who’d dare say no to a comfy hammock? Share the secrets to good rest and relaxation that can be brought along to their fun adventures in the great outdoors, strung up in the balcony accompanied by a good book, or simply used as an extra bed when guests show up at 2am. Get the new grad excited with a solid starter hammock that’s light and compact enough to take it along anywhere, but robust enough to hold up a person or two, since we can all agree that a hammock would be a pretty awesome thing that we all want to try. And what’s not to love with all the pretty colors at ENO hammocks?
ENO Doublenest Hammock: $70 at REI
6. Indoor Griddle
Move over George Foreman, because the indoor grill is versatile and totally aH-MA-zing! This is the one portable kitchen appliance that can be used at the dinner table when your new grad is entertaining guests and friends alike, who surely won’t hesitate to jump in and help with the cooking thus doubling the fun. Even when the outside weather isn’t cooperating, the new grad can showoff new cooking chops and throw virtually anything on this indoor teppan that would make Oprah so proud – BBQ, grilled fish and veggies, pancakes, you got it. Give the gift of foodie goodness with a solid electric griddle from Delonghi, which also comes with an oil tray and glass lid that makes for a splatter-free cleanup.
Delonghi BG24 Perfecto Indoor Grill: $57 at Amazon
7. Beauty & Body Care Subscriptions
Is your stylish grad looking to make an impression in the workplace? Or heavily in need of a grooming regimen with some TLC? Then look no further than gifting a beauty care subscription, which packs a monthly supply of beauty, body care, or grooming essentials, straight to their door. When looking like a grizzled yeti who’s emerged from slumber in sweatpants and flipflops is no longer considered acceptable, fast-track their outward transformation to adulthood by increasing their exposure and access to great products in the market, and cut down the hassle for a trip to the store. The long-popular Birchbox is out with a men’s grooming kit service, while other services pack fun products fit for any need.
Go and get these gift items, grab some tissues, and be proud of your new grad as they officially strut into adulthood!