It’s graduation season and with that comes a time of significant change. Whether it’s high school, college, or grad school, chances are that the recent grad in your life will be making a move towards the next stop in life. And while we’re all for the idea of sending them off with that iconic copy of Dr. Suess’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, let’s be honest, it’s not exactly the most practical (or original, for that matter) of gifts.
Instead, we’re here to arm you with a slew of well-thought-out gift ideas that a grad will actually need and use—preferably in their new space. Don’t fret, utilitarianism has no room here. Read on to see the style-focused gifts every new graduate will love.
Super Good Thing
We love this mini tray for its versatile nature—the inspired spectrum of hues it’s available in is an added bonus—and the fact that it can function in just about any room of the home. Whether it’s used as an entry catch-all, trinket dish, or vanity organizer, it’ll store with ease and rid any surface of clutter, for good.
Frank Tray, Good Thing, $24
A no-fail, foolproof gift that just about anyone will be thrilled to receive (hint, hint). Nothing makes a house feel like home quite like an eclectic array of potted greens. Contribute to their budding collection with a mini succulent or a bigger alternative—for those lucky enough to possess a green thumb. Bonus points if it comes in a colorful planter.
Snake Plant Laurentii & August Planter, The Sill, $51
Shelling out $4 for a latte every morning is neither practical nor cost-effective so why not set them up with the necessary tools to make it themselves? Whether you’re taking the simple route with a minimalist French press or going all out with an all-in-one machine, a coffee maker is an essential that will be greatly appreciated.
Chemex Handblown Coffee Maker, MoMA, $130
For those cozy evenings spent in, a delicate throw that ups the comfy factor is definitely the way to go. Plus, think of this one as a starter piece for what we can only imagine will be a newfound appreciation for decorating their first home.
Simple Mohair Throw, Hawkins New York, $195
Before they jet off to their summer getaway in Europe, pair the graduate with a style-focused carry-on they can tote around with ease. This one is a standout favorite and it comes with plenty of opportunities for a customized touch.
The Carry-On, Away
Cast Iron Skillet
Consider it the quintessential starter-piece for the kitchen. Cast iron skillets are one of the most versatile culinary accessories (don’t believe us? Read this) and will undoubtedly last for many, many years. With the wide variety of recipes one can whip up in this skillet, it’s a surefire, no-brainer they will definitely appreciate.
Lodge Cast Iron Skillet, Williams-Sonoma, $74.95
Pulse Wine Rack, Umbra, $31
A cutting board is one of those items you’ll unlikely buy for yourself but will definitely need and use. Personally speaking, we wouldn’t mind being on the receiving end of this well-crafted stunner, which can also double as a stylish serving board.
Blackline Small Board, Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co., $175
It’s time to graduate from streaming Netflix via a laptop in bed to a more “grown-up” approach. Outfit them with a smart-TV streaming device to go along with that new, 40-inch screen.
It may not be the most personal or sentimental gift but who wouldn’t appreciate some cold, hard cash? Especially for those moving out and on, a little seed money to get their new place in order—or help out with those insane broker’s fees—will go a long way.
Pair with a money clip for a more personal touch.