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12 essentials every grad needs to succeed as an adult
Say congrats with a gift they’ll actually use.
After countless all-nighters, rushed showers and total destruction of healthy eating habits, graduates look forward to nothing more than recognition of their achievements. Successfully navigating through higher ed may be tough, but the real world isn’t any easier. So if you plan on saying “congrats” with a gift, why not make it something that’ll prepare them for the long road ahead? They’ll appreciate it, whether they realize it now or not.
And if you’re lacking inspiration, no worries! Listed below are a dozen essentials for grads that’ll make their transition into adulthood a little easier.
The key to successfully entering the job market is separating yourself from the pack; finding ways to stand out and get a leg up on the competition. One of the most stylish ways to do this is with a luxury watch. A good one has the ability to elevate your game. The bold timepieces at Vincero are done right and can give you the confidence you need to own everything from the first interview to your first day on the job.
Light therapy may date back all the way to Ancient Greek civilization, but they certainly didn’t have phototherapy devices like the Phillips Wake-Up alarm clock. This ingenious gadget gradually gets brighter to wake you up gently instead of the usual obnoxious alarm blaring. Plus, the natural light effect is proven to help you wake up feeling more refreshed and improve overall well-being – which is the key to having a successful day.
Graduates have spent the past four (or more) years hunched over a laptop. Upgrade them to something that’s even more portable and versatile. The Galaxy Tab S3 redefines what you can do with one device. Whether your favorite grad is working, playing, creating, or gaming, the Galaxy Tab S3 is their blank canvas, theater screen, and productivity hub all in one. So now you can do what you want when you want.
Whether they walk, bike or hitch a ride on public transportation, a solid pair of noise-canceling headphones will make their commute a little less overwhelming. Plus, noise-canceling headphones, like the QuietPoint wireless headphones by Audio-Technica, aren’t just better for sound quality but for your overall ear health, too! By drowning out your surroundings, there’s no need to turn up the volume to full blast.
Price: $119 (regularly $199)
Maritime Supply has hand-selected a keyring of everyday items that are too easily overlooked. But since they’re all assembled on a D-ring you can easily attach them to your keys, knapsack or ID holder for quick and convenient access. Maritime Supply’s EDC Kit 1.0 includes a solid brass D-Ring, a bottle opener, safety brass whistle, set of metal screwdrivers, a knife multi-tool, a hex keyring, and two cable keyrings.
Price: $48 (regularly $50)
It doesn’t matter when you got your laptop or what security settings you have in place – things can go awry. If you remember to regularly back up your stuff any technological problem you may encounter becomes just a hiccup, really. But you don’t want just any hard drive. You need one with enough space to save your work, get fast upload and transfer speeds, and ideally be interchangeable between Macs and Windows. That’s why Seagate designed the Ultra Slim portable external hard drive. It meets all the aforementioned needs and more! They’ll love getting 2TB of storage and a free two month trial of Adobe Creative Cloud.
Price: $79.99 (regularly $87.99)
Nothing says #adulting more than investing in a comfortable mattress. Welcome your graduate to the real world with the gift of a good night’s sleep! Unlike other mattress retailers, Helix is custom-built to fit each person’s body and sleeping preferences. Their mattresses feature a blend of proprietary dynamic foam, high-grade polyfoam, and pocketed microcoils to guarantee comfort all night. Best of all, customization won’t break the bank. Helix keeps costs low to guarantee competitive pricing. Use codes MDW100 to save $100 on any mattress, or MDW150 to knock $150 off when you purchase a mattress plus any other product.
If your beard is unruly, you look disheveled. When it comes to appearances, not everyone is so forgiving. Your employer (and/or your clients) just aren’t that into men who look like they could give someone a UTI. So if you want to see the graduate succeed, help him tame his beard with a grooming and trimming kit – like this one by Rapid Beard. The set has 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon and it’s obvious why – it includes everything you need to revamp a look. So he can trim, shape, style, and hydrate his facial hair on his own time.
No matter what they went to school for, it’s likely that they could benefit from using a briefcase. Whether it’s for everyday organization or the occasional client meeting, Leftover Studio crafts stylish, leather briefcases that fit everyone’s needs.
Nowadays smartphones make snapping candids and recording memories easier than ever before. But that efficiency comes at a price – that being the quality of your photos. You may not notice it on your phone because of the screen’s resolution, but once the photos are printed they can look grainy and/or compressed. But this is the digital age, so now not only are our phones smart, but our cameras are too! Sony developed a digital camera that not only takes beautiful pictures and video but instantly shares them with connected smart devices.
Price: $448 (regularly $598)
Unfortunately growing up comes with a lot of real, scary possibilities. And although we hope that nothing bad ever happens while we’re driving, it’s always better to be prepared. Which is why Thrive put together an emergency kit stuffed with all the essentials, from accident forms to zip ties. So even if your grad doesn’t know how to change a tire, at least they’ll be safe while they wait for help.
If they’re immediately entering the workforce upon graduation (or trying to do so, anyway) they’re going to need a little help from our friend caffeine. They could spend their hard-earned cash on subpar specialty drinks, or you can gift them this handy little espresso maker so they can have their coffee and drink it too! The Wacaco MiniPresso is a portable device that brews a shot of espresso with little effort. Just boil some water, pack the device with your choice of grinds, use the pressure pump, pour and enjoy!
Price: $49.50 (regularly $64.99)
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Marisa Losciale specializes in NSFW culture, audio gear, and photography. A former editorial and photo director for Spoon University at SUNY New Paltz, her work has been featured in the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, Post-Trash, the New Paltz Oracle, and the Legislative Gazette.