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We must admit, this roundup was difficult to write. Not because there was an overabundance of gift ideas or anything like that. It was more that the gift ideas that make the most sense for recent college graduates are extremely practical in nature, but tend to also be incredibly vague.
Yeah! Who doesn’t love money? Unigo recommends money as a graduation gift idea as does CBS News. But do you really want to hand your college graduate a stack of bills and be like, “Congrats!”? They’ve been in the habit of spending their money on noodles and late nights at the bar. Can you really trust them to make smart choices with it fresh out of college?
How about furniture?
Yeah! Furniture would make for a great college graduation gift, especially if they’re moving out on their own for the first time. But finding that perfect piece of furniture that every graduate needs in their apartment is tough. Personal tastes aside, we at Faveable don’t necessarily know what they’re starting with so that’s another tough one to call.
Or you could spring for a vacation.
Yeah! We all love vacations, and no one needs it more than the recent college graduate who just finished busting their hump on their last set of finals or their thesis. But, again, this comes down to personal tastes. Where do you want to send them? How much do you want to spend? That’s a really personal call and not one we can make for you.
We appreciated that The Spruce recommended travel accessories instead of springing for a full vacation, so we did take that into account here.
So, here’s the deal:
After extensive research on all the possible gift ideas for college graduates, we decided to go the practical route. Here’s why:
When asked about the challenges of entering the real world (especially in this economy), psychologist David Palmiter said, “Change can be frightening, but it is important to remember that it happens to everyone all the time.”
Your recent graduate son, daughter, brother, sister, spouse, or best friend is going to have a lot on their mind right now. How do I find a job? How do I make new friends? How do I cook anything other than ramen?
So, what better way to help ease them into this big transition than by giving them a gift that helps prepare them for it?
That being said, not every gift on this list of the best college graduation gifts will be 100% practical, but we have tried to cover all the bases so you’ll find something your graduate is sure to appreciate.