Gift Ideas for Grad
School's done, the cap-and-gown ceremony is over, and itâ€™s time to party! Graduation is one of the first of many lifetime achievements, and it deserves a major celebration with a major gift. Whether youâ€™re looking for practical-but-stylish gifts for your favorite graduate or some comforting â€ślove-from-home" fare, here are some great ideas for grad-gifting.
One of the most exciting things about graduating from high school is getting to outfit that new dorm room or apartment at college. Help decorate your grad's new space â€“
and keep clutter at bay â€“ with some basics! Gift large storage boxes for under-the-bed storage â€“ perfect for small spaces like dorm rooms â€“ or storage baskets that will keep a room looking neat and stylish. Put together a back-to-school study gift set complete with paper organizers, binders, clipboards, pens, pencils and highlightersâ€¦everything your grad needs to excel in his or her new classes.
Stocking a brand new kitchen can get expensive, especially for students living on a budget. Pick up basic pots and pans, kettles, toasters, cutlery, dishes and other kitchen essentials for a kitchen care package. You can also get food storage containers for on-the-go meals and leftovers. Remember cooking staples like olive oil, salt, pepper, salad dressing, ketchup and mustard â€“ practical essentials thatâ€™ll cut down on the cost of that first away-from-home grocery shopping trip.
Serious studying requires serious snacking, and gifting a customized â€śsnack packâ€ť helps ensure that your grad is eating right at school. Shop for their favorite comfort foods, like flavored instant oatmeal, plus healthy on-the-go snacks like granola bars, whole-grain cookies and almonds. Popcorn, instant rice and canned pasta also make for good study snacks that only require a microwave to prepare. Add a personal touch by sending them off with cookies, breads and other favorite fresh homemade treats!
Dorms and first apartments are typically short on space and furnished on a small budget, so gifting basic decor staples can easily take a space from â€śstandardâ€ť to â€śstylish.â€ť Give your grad a pair of throw pillows in an eye-catching hue like teal, pink or chartreuse to add a pop of color to an all-beige room. Add in a soft textured throw or blanket for cozy studying. Look for plants that grow under low-light conditions and require very little maintenance. As a bonus, theyâ€™ll naturally freshen stale dorm air! A reed diffuser in a fresh, airy scent like lemongrass, sandalwood or coconut will also add a sense of atmosphere to a dorm room or apartment â€“ and wonâ€™t violate most dormsâ€™ fire codes like candles do.