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12 Useful Graduation Gifts for the Class of 2019

As your young graduate throws their cap in the air and starts the next chapter of their lives, you can show them you’re still the cool parent with a useful, fun gift. Whether moving onto college or adult life, these gifts will help them make the transition—and maybe even remember to give you a call once in a while. From headphones to cookbooks, here’s our guide to giving your graduate a gift they will actually use and enjoy.

Wireless Headphones & Speakers

Stylish and functional, these Urbanears Bluetooth headphones will score you major points with your newly-minted graduate. The headphones offer over thirty hours of playtime on one charge and they’re collapsible for easy storage. Best of all, your grad can share their music with all their new friends by simply plugging in another pair of headphones to them.

If your grad prefers to outfit their new apartment or dorm with powerful sound, look no further than Urbanears’ portable or multi-room speakers. Their wifi-enabled speakers come with an app that gives complete control and flexibility over what you want to stream, saved playlists, multi-room control, and more.

A Vacation-Ready Polaroid Camera

It could be your grad’s last summer before heading off into the real world. Make sure they’re ready to capture it in detail with a fun instant camera from Polaroid Originals. Pair it with mix-and-match magnetic photo frames from Magnaframe, so they can decorate their new home with all their summer memories.

A Wireless Phone Charging Tray

Give your graduate the gift of always being charged up and ready to go. These wireless charging trays from Courant are compatible with most devices, including their AirPods’ wireless charging case. The trays are lightweight, durable, and the perfect accessory for their bedside table or anywhere else in their dorm or first apartment. It’s the easiest way to charge their phone and accessories. All their new roommates will thank you, too.

Sleek & Stylish Laptop Cases

Whether heading into their first job or college classes, this envelope laptop case from PRINTWORKS makes sure their computer will get the same stylish treatment as the rest of their outfit. Plus, it easily makes the transition from day to night, from business meeting to after-work hangouts.

A Delightful Set of Dishes

Ekobo’s cute and colorful dishes will add a sophisticated, but whimsical, touch to your graduate’s new home. Everyone needs dishes when moving into a new place and Ekobo’s pieces are the perfect dishware for transitioning into adulthood. Made from renewable bamboo fiber, these eco-friendly sets are a great alternative to disposable or fragile dishware.

If you think your grad might need reusable, travel-friendly pieces, check out W&P’s Porter collection below. Their glasses, mugs, and bowls are designed to replace single-use plastics and encourage healthier habits.

Cookbooks With Easy, Healthy Recipes

Once your young adult is out in the world on their own, they’re probably going to start having to fill that dishware themselves. Get them started in the right direction with “Love & Lemons Every Day,” featuring bright, plant-based recipes, and available from Penguin Random House.

Collapsible Seating for Small Spaces

Chances are, your grad’s new dorm or first apartment isn’t going to be that big. That’s why Helinox’s collapsible, portable, and, most importantly, comfortable chairs are the perfect choice. They add a pop of color to a room and are easy to store when you need more floor space. And if your grad is spending their last summer of freedom camping or traveling, these durable, weather-resistant chairs make great travel companions.

A Notepad Set for All Types of Notes

If heading off to college, your graduate will thank you for this sleek desktop notepad set from Wit & Delight. With three different sizes of writing pads, they’ll be able to take notes on their classes, readings, and daily tasks in whatever dimension works best for them. This subtle, but thoughtful, gift will help them get organized even when you’re no longer close by to remind them of the small things.

A Sophisticated Scent

A sophisticated perfume from Olfactory NYC (above) or cologne from Fulton & Roark (below) is a wonderful way to send your graduate off on their next phase of life. These long-lasting, fine fragrances are great for work, class, evenings out, and everything in between.

If a fragrance isn’t their style, browse our selection of jewelry from TAI, Mala & Me, MEND Jewelry, Miansai, and more at Fourpost in Mall of America.

You can find all of these gifts and brands in-store now, as well as graduation cards from Antiquaria and Apartment 2 Cards.