Top 5 Tips: Gift Guide for 2022’s Graduate

Celebrate graduates with creative – but useful – gifts


Erin Eppig, Promotions Manager

Graduation season is upon us and it’s time for a little gift inspiration for the recent college graduates in our lives. Cash is always appreciated, but graduations are a great time to give a practical gift someone might not buy for themselves.  It’s important to celebrate all that graduates have accomplished, but also make sure they are well prepared for their future.

Here are the top 5 gifts graduates may not realize they need in their lives.


1. Professional workbag

This is a must for a recent college grad entering the professional workforce for the first time. Whether you choose a tote, briefcase or backpack be sure it’s spacious enough for a laptop and durable enough to hold up to the wear and tear of the day to day hustle and bustle. You might consider keeping to a professional neutral color palette when selecting your bag as well.

2. French press

A French press is the perfect gift for the coffee addict in your life. French press coffee is a bit more time consuming to make but gives you a much higher quality and luxurious cup of coffee than what you would get from an instant coffee pod. French press coffee is the perfect way to unwind on the weekends after a busy workweek.

3. Planner

Planners are a key item to keeping any busy working professional on schedule. Life is busy and picking  the right planner can make all the difference. Try looking for planners with a goal planning section and a to-do list for increased productivity.

4. House plants

Plants are a great addition to a new desk or apartment. Greenery is well known for its ability to increase productivity, creativity, and calm. Consider getting an easy-to-care-for-plant, such as a pothos, or  one that does well without a lot of light, such as a snake plant.

5. Luggage

A new suitcase or matching luggage set is perfect for the grad who is going on a graduation trip or is planning on prioritizing travel with their upcoming vacation days. If you know this luggage is going to be used for international travel, be sure to pay attention to the dimensions of the suitcases you buy as the size restrictions vary by country.

Hopefully, this list will spark some inspiration for all your upcoming graduation parties.

Congratulations to those of you who took the stage for Spring 2022 Commencement on May 10th. Best of luck in this exciting new chapter!