8 graduation gifts they'll actually use
It feels like everyone I know is graduating. I have college girlfriends who are finishing up grad school, sorority sisters who are somehow seniors, and friends' siblings who are off to college in the fall. After a couple emails from readers asking what to give new grads in their lives, I decided to round up my best ideas for pretty and practical gifts they'll actually use in their next chapter. Click through the gallery above for eight gifts grads will want to unwrap.
- Chances are they're moving to a new place and decorating it on a budget. Be careful to give them a piece that's easy to incorporate into any decorating style. My parents gave me this acrylic console for my college graduation and I like knowing I'll always have a place for it either as a console or a desk.
- Dorm rooms and apartment rentals aren't known for their flattering overhead lighting. Instead of adding lamps to their shopping list at Ikea or Target, give them something special (like this Dana Gibson beauty) that will last them more than one year's lease.
...or maybe a really generous Starbucks card just in case.