Graduation season’s in full swing, so you better start seriously thinking about gifts. Since every graduate has her own style, grad gifts aren’t exactly the easiest to choose. Some grads are heading into corporate America (good luck!) and may be lacking in business basics, since a classic trench and power pumps probably weren’t among her college staples (a.k.a. pajama pants and red Solo cups!) Or maybe your grad is headed off to a new city and needs a few starter items for her new place and her new life. Is she a world traveler, or your closest girlfriend? This list will help you navigate the often overwhelming selection of grad gifts for any those of you that want to do more than just cut a fat check!
The Job-Hunting Grad
The college uniform of Rainbow flip flops in the spring and summer, then Uggs and Frye boots in the fall and winter just isn’t going to cut it when your graduate is getting dressed for her first day in the office. Everyone knows how important the outfit is for maximum confidence on her first day, so use graduation day to stock her closet with cute corporate necessities.
Trench coat: She may still be too young for Burberry, but that doesn’t mean that she won’t need a stylishly professional coat to cover her suit in the rain, like this A-Line Piped Trench Coat from Topshop ($136 from topshop.com)!
Everyday Tote: Longchamp’s Le Pliage Medium Shoulder Tote will be your grad’s go-to bag for the workplace. The size is perfect to hold everything she might need for work and whatever she needs to primp up for after work cocktails with the girls ($125 from bloomingdales.com).
Power pump: The Sheryl pump from Nine West is a great choice for interview day—it’s comfortable enough that you’ll be able to literally run to the office, and modern Mary Jane style is just enough to satisfy her trendy toes. ($99 from ninewest.com)
Business Card Holder: Now that she’s a professional, she may not want to just give the cute guy at the bar her number anymore. Keep it classy with Kate Spade’s Silver Street Let’s Do Lunch Business Card Holder ($20 from bloomingdales.com). It’s perfect to house those little cards that are made for networking, but much better suited for socializing!
Alternative Class Ring: Replace that class ring with a Michael Kors Rose Gold Buckle Ring ($65 from bloomingdales.com), an excellent choice for the grad who wants to see something a little more chic than her school seal when she looks at her right hand!
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