20 Gifts, Goodies & Gadgets for Grads
Final thesis essays are about to be turned in, caps are prepped to be thrown, and that U-Haul is ready to be loaded and locked. Graduation season is upon us, and we’re betting you’ve got a special grad in your life that could use a gift or two. We’ve rounded up 20 practical, playful, and totally professional gifts to usher them swiftly into adulthood in style.
1. Moleskine 18-Month Weekly Planner ($11): It’s time to make plans. This planner starts in July 2012, giving your favorite grad a solid month of unplanned summertime before reality sets in.
4. Knomo Kilkenny Cross Body Bag ($195): And for the guys, we love the Knomo Kilkenny bag. This easily carries a small MacBook Air, tablet, or iPad. And, of course, the latest copy of GQ. ;)
5. Patagonia MLC Wheelie ($249): Is the grad in your life headed on a big adventure? An adventure where they need to pack super lightly? This Patagonia wheelie is a carry-on friendly rolling suitcase as well as a totally comfortable backpack. Perfect for the bold explorer.
7. REI Half Dome 2 ($189): The best thing you can really give a grad is a home. This 2-person tent is perfect for camping across the country, is super light and a breeze to set up.
9. Healthy Surprise ($49): Want your darling grad to start his or her adult life eating more than ramen and Combos? Get them a subscription to Healthy Surprise and they’ll have more than 18 healthy treats enough to last your snack cabinet an entire month. Head here for more subscription-style gifts.
10. Toaster Oven ($92): Speaking of cooking, a toaster oven is post-grad’s dream. It’s a microwave but better. It can actually bake stuff, and toast, and even reheat! Consider this one a warmup to real cooking.
12. NY Times Subscription ($15): Now that they’re all educated and what not, what about their knowledge about things going on right now? Get them a year’s subscription to the NY Times online so they can put that intellectual prowess to good use.
13. UrbanEars Plattan Headphones ($47): When they’ve gotta rock out but are spending the summer with the parents, big noisy headphones are an absolute must.
14. Chevron Tool Box ($26): If you’re living on your own for the first time, it’s pretty crucial to outfit yourself with the basics. We love this charming chevron-patterned tool set by Jonathan Adler, which includes a tape measure, hammer, and 6-in-1 screwdriver.
15. 53-Piece Household Tool Kit ($33) If you’re less about keeping things cute and want to keep things working, for real, go for this tool set which includes just about anything you could possibly need… unless you’re putting together Ikea furniture, of course.
16. Farberware 3-Piece Knife Set ($18): Turns out that Swiss Army knife is not as good for food prep as they thought. Get them this trio of chef knives, also great for camping!
17. Ray Ban Wayfarers ($150): Speaking of upgrades, toss those $10 Ray Ban fakes aside and get them the real deal.
18. The Art of Shaving Starter Kit ($86): On the not-so-subtle side of things, it’s time to lose that half grown neck beard, stat.
19. Give them Art! ($60): Say goodbye to the Bob Marley poster, torn up tapestries, and Led Zeppelin postcard prints. Head to 20×200 and get them a few affordable prints to start their very own art collection.
20. Kindle ($139): Newsflash to grads everywhere! Reading is about to be FUN again. We know, we know, it’s hard to believe. And guess what, thanks to the Kindle you don’t have to break your back to get down with some literature.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)