The lead up to this year’s graduation season has been different than
ever before. And while many of the traditions may be different—or even
virtual—for the class of 2020, there is one thing that has not
changed: this is the time to celebrate that next big step in your
So what do you give them to recognize that big milestone? Hint: not
a boring shower caddy.
The pressure to find the perfect present can feel daunting,
especially when the person you’re gifting seems to have everything
already. Luckily, whether the grad in your life is headed to college
or moving into their first apartment, there are a few items that will
make their new transition a little smoother—and will also make them smile.
From plants that don’t require watering to the perfect bag for
weekend getaways, read on for a list of stylish—and perhaps
unexpected—gift ideas that your graduating friends (or family members)
will actually want to use. Shower caddies not included.
1. Portable Drink Tumbler
This will be especially important for those who don’t identify as
“morning people.” Insulated
tumblers are ideal for keeping drinks cold or warm (for coffee or
tea) while you’re on the go. Extra points are awarded for tumblers
that are leak-proof to prevent spills.
are adorable, brighten up any dorm room or apartment, and best of all,
are very low-maintenance. Even your most “I’m So Busy” Friend
can handle these babies, we promise. All they need is direct sunlight
and a cute spot to sit in.
3. Nice Sheets
There’s nothing better than climbing into bed after a long day of
school or work. So what better gift than cozy
sheets? Your favorite grad worked hard for that diploma. Get them
the soft sheets they deserve and they’ll think of you every time their
head hits the pillow.
4. Bag for Trips
Whether your grad is off on spring break with friends or visiting
their parents over a long weekend next year, having a durable,
non-bulky bag (like the Weekender)
for adventures is key. The Hatchet
Backpack is a solid choice if they’re into outdoor activities—or
Vibes Gear Hauler 56 if they need to store some more serious
gear. Personalize their bag with these fun patches
to really perfect the gift.
5. Polaroid Camera
Sure, they could use their smartphone—but we all know it’s
way more fun to use an old-school Polaroid
to snap photos. With this instant camera, recent grads can capture the
new moments in their lives and even use them to decorate their new digs.
6. Uber Gift Card
For late nights coming home from the library or fun trips into the
city, an Uber gift
card could be the ultimate lifesaver.
7. Audible or Kindle Membership
For the bookworms in your life, an Audible or Kindle
membership subscription is a can’t-go-wrong present. You pick the type
of subscription, they get to choose their top titles to listen or read
8. Newspaper Subscription
Help them keep tabs on the latest headlines and what’s going on in
the world around them by giving them a digital newspaper
subscription. Thanks to you––and, you know, their recent
education––they'll be the smartest grad in the room.
Congrats to all the 2020 graduates!
By Taylor Trudon