If you're like most people, you cannot afford to give the gift of a brand new car, let alone those gigantic bow ties people tie around the fancy new vehicle. (This brings back MTV's Laguna Beach episodes for me).
I think the best gifts are the items or services that end up being useful and practical.
I've received gifts that end up sitting under my bed, never used. The thought is generous and kind but ends up creating a lot of waste for most people.
Below is a list that will work perfectly for any graduate, whether it be a graduate of high school, college, and even grad school. Enjoy!
1. Suitcase with Charger
This suitcase takes it to a whole other level with its features.
The charger allows you to charge your phone 6 times over, which is AMAZING if you travel often because phones tend to die, especially when you're on standby or your flight has been canceled.
You can also weigh your luggage to see how much it weighs through an app.
You can also lock and unlock your suitcase through the app! Check it out here.
2. Year of Netflix or Hulu
With all the bills a college grad might have, paying off a year's worth of Netflix can really save some cash for bills and student loans. They'll finally have their own membership and not have to rely on someone else's.
3. Gym Membership
It's no longer acceptable to feed yourself ramen on a regular basis and binge drink every weekend.
This is the best time to buy a graduate a gym membership, as it can relieve stress, boost confidence, and get them ready for the working world.
A blender can not only prepare smoothies, but can also prepare soups, ice cream, and other healthy meals in a punch.
5. Coffee Maker
Because let's be real, spending $5 a day on coffee isn't going to cut it once student loans start rolling in.
This coffee maker is extra awesome because you can put a travel mug underneath it, saving even more time. Check it out here.
Owning a Fitbit has seriously motivated me to get off my butt every single day.
It's impossible to not hit 10,000 steps every day when you're in a challenge with 5 other people. Who wants to be in the last place?
Related: If you're trying to save money on groceries, I recommend checking out Ibotta. You can also get $10 for signing up here.
7. Audible Subscription
Audible is an online service for audio books. The first 30 days of the membership is free, and you also get 2 free books of your choice.
If you end up not loving a book, you can swap it for free anytime. You also get 1 credit a month to choose any book you want and get 30% off all other books.
8. Stuff Every Graduate Should Know
This book is a must for anyone who's getting out of high school or college.
You'll learn everything they didn't teach you in school, such as writing the perfect resume, getting your first apartment, how to make a budget, and more. It's also insanely cheap to buy. Check it out here.
9. Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook
Thug Kitchen will teach a graduate to make real food that is not only delicious but nutritious.
10. How Not To Die
I couldn't just mention a gym membership and act like that's enough.
Having a healthy body is primarily based on what you eat. You can exercise all the time, but if you're not eating healthy foods the majority of the time, you won't feel good nor get results. You can learn more about the book here.
A GoPro Hero is an affordable camera that'll be perfect for trips around the world.
It seems as if everyone's got the travel bug, so this would be a perfect gift for all! I bought mine for under $200 here. I used a GoPro to take the photo below during my gap year!
12. The Total Money Makeover
This personal finance book is the perfect book to read at any time in life, but especially as you are graduating college and getting ready to live on your own.
You'll learn how to pay off all large expenses in your life, how to secure retirement and an emergency fund, as well as plenty of other topics they didn't teach you in college.
13. Kindle Fire
A Kindle Fire is a (somewhat) affordable gift that will last for a long time and be useful for most. It's much cheaper than the alternative (iPad) and has many of the same features. My boyfriend recently got a Kindle for Christmas and is reading on it all the time.
You can read, watch movies, listen to music, browse the internet, and pretty much anything else you can think of. It's lightweight, compact, and easy to take around on trips.
14. Gas or Coffee Gift Card
Because everyone always needs both.
Related: 11 Ways To Save Big On Flights
Cash is always the best gift. If you want to get a little creative, you can do this.
Graduation is one of the most important life events in a someone's life.
They're moving on to the next stage of their life, and either starting a career, getting their own first apartment, or simply staying at home to save money to pay off student loans (I didn't do the latter, but I totally recommend it!). I'm still in college and close to graduation, and it feels so exciting!
What was your favorite graduation gift?
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