21 Last-Minute Graduation Gifts Every New Grad Will LOVE
That time of year is rolling around once again. Graduation party invites are showing up in your snail mail, grad caps are being thrown and the new grad in your life could *not* be more excited. Sometimes (err, every year), those ceremonies and celebrations creep up on us super quick, and suddenly you’re in need of a gift STAT. While we’re huge fans of giving a DIY graduation gift, working with a last-minute schedule usually means you’re headed straight for the cash-in-a-card gift. Skip the #basic option this year, and go for something that’s totally unique, but also easy to get your hands on. Take a peek at some of the best eleventh-hour gifts that are sure to beat a bill slipped in an envelope.
1. Rifle Paper Co. Weekly Desk Pad ($12): It’s time to give the old agenda a chic upgrade. Snag this weekly notepad so your grad will go into the real world feeling ultra organized.
2. ban.do I Am Very Busy iPhone 6/6S Case ($20): This iPhone case is perfect for the grad that just landed their first job. The nine-to-five schedule is going to leave them feeling like this case pretty much sums up their life.
3. Craft Boner Crushin’ It Felt Pennant ($12): Give them a boost of motivation with this felt pennant. They’ll thank you when they need to fill up all that wall space in their new apartment.
4. Adidas Patterned Backpack ($40): The backpack they’ve been carrying around for four years (or more!) is ready for a replacement. Help them get rid of their old JanSport by gifting this colorful Adidas backpack.
5. Prynt Inkless Photo Printer ($150): Yes, you read that right. You can now print instant photos from your iPhone, which is just what your graduate needs so they can document the next phase of their life.
6. DENY Designs Geometric Cutting Board ($35): TBH, you can never have too many cutting boards. Add this geometric wooden option to your cart to congratulate the new grad and upgrade their kitchen accessories at the same time.
7. ban.do Blah Thermal Mug ($14): Make the grad’s new early morning commute a little easier with this adorable mug that’s *anything* but blah. The only thing they hear before their AM cup of joe is probably “blah blah blah” anyways ;)
8. Rifle Paper Co. Everyday Pencils ($12): Writing to-do lists is *way* more fun and exciting when you can jot it down with pretty pencils. Snag this patterned set so they can write in their agenda in style.
9. SKEYE Mini Drone ($99): If your graduate hasn’t quite found a job yet, they’re going to have a little extra time on their hands. Pick up this mini drone to fill up their free time STAT.
10. Umbra Hanging Photo Display ($24): Just because they graduated doesn’t mean they can’t still hang pictures of their college besties. Pick up this hanging photo display so they can reminisce about the good old days.
11. Kate Spade Dipped Initial Journal ($16): When one
door journal closes, another opens. Upgrade your graduate’s notebook selection by adding this color-blocked initialed option to their stash.
12. Nashelle Monogram Swing Necklace ($48): Give your grad a little bling on their big day with this modern monogram necklace. Its simplicity makes it the *best* addition to any outfit, but the unique font ensures that it’s different from the monogrammed jewelry they already have in their collection.
13. DENY Designs Colorful Wall Tapestry ($49): Since they’re moving on to the next chapter in their life, upgrading their apartment is totally necessary. Opt for this tapestry that will add a serious punch of color to their currently-blank walls.
14. Intro to Travel Photography Online Class ($39): For the one that’s doing a little soul searchin’ abroad after graduation, opt for this photography class. They’ll learn the ins and outs of travel photography, so when they get back, you’ll get to see some seriously epic pics.
15. Kreafunk aHead Wireless Headphones ($145): Every techie needs a cute pair of wireless headphones. Go for this ultra chic pair so they can toss that only-kind-of-working pair of earbuds in the garbage.
16. Kate Spade Stamp Dot Wallet ($100): A colorfully patterned wallet with oodles of storage is exactly what a new graduate needs. This slim option is the perfect alternative to the pocket in their backpack they’ve been using for the past four years.
17. Ringly Rainbow Moonstone Smart Ring ($195): Step aside, Apple Watch. There’s a new stylish wearable in town. Your bestie will never miss another important call or meeting again, because this smart ring syncs with the Ringly app so they’re notified every time something comes up.
18. DIY Agate Slice Coasters Kit ($39): Chances are, your graduate is getting ready to move out of their college apartment and into their first adult space. Purchase this DIY coaster kit to give their new home some character.
19. Anthropologie Rainbow Tufts Basket ($20): For a new apartment, updated organization is *definitely* necessary. Help them keep their space in tip-top shape with these colorful baskets that they can use for odds and ends.
20. Motivational Wall Art ($4): This printable wall art is your answer to the ideal last-minute grad gift. Simply DL the print, stick it in a fun frame and wrap it up. It’s *that* easy to give the best gift.
21. 11+ USB Mini O-Fan ($50): A new workspace calls for some new desk accessories. Add this USB mini fan to their office so they can get through working at an A/C-less office during the summertime.
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It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
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The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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