Three Great Gifts for College Graduates

Choose one of these thoughtful items to help your favorite graduate take those first steps into adulthood.

College student graduating.
Transitioning from college to the workforce can be tough, but you can make it easier on a graduate by giving them practical a gift they can use in the real world.Malcolm Garret

Graduating college, besides being a terrific accomplishment that will pay off for the rest of someone’s life, is also a turning point. Whatever vestiges of puberty or teenage behaviors that person had in college will be left in that dorm room when he or she moves out. Some graduates will be ready for full-fledged adulthood, others won’t be so sure. No matter the case, these three gifts are perfectly suited for the young person who’s taking some of their largest adult steps.

A Wristwatch

Michael Kors Men's Slim Runway Quartz Watch with Stainless Steel Strap
The Michael Kors Slim Runway watch for men has a stainless-steel strap, is water-resistant, and comes in eight styles.Michael Kors

While the ubiquitous smartphone has supplanted wristwatches to a certain degree (and it’s easy to see why—half the population seems to be holding phones in their hands at any given time), a wristwatch is still largely useful, especially in business settings. One reason is that a wristwatch adds a degree of style flair to any business dress, which the graduate will likely be wearing, either at an interview or on the job. Another is that looking at a phone to check the time can easily be inferred as a reaction to boredom—which is never a good idea in a business setting. How does an interviewer or manager know if that person is checking the time, or messages, or a sports score? A thick chronograph is not the way to go here, but neither is a delicate timepiece that will stop working in moderate dew. Some men’s watches are stylish and will stand up to a certain amount of abuse, perfect for that guy who may not always take the best care of it. A women’s watch should be simple, elegant without being ostentatious, and not so large that it dominates an outfit.

An Electric Pressure Cooker

Instant Pot Duo Nova 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Saute, Yogurt Maker, and Warmer|3 Quart|Easy-Seal Lid|14 One-Touch Programs
The Instant Pot Duo Nova is designed for beginners and works as a pressure cooker, sauté pan, steamer, slow cooker, rice cooker, food warmer, and yogurt maker.Instant Pot

That college graduate may or may not have any cooking skills, and those first few years of looking for a job and doing well in an entry-level position leaves scant time for meal prep anyway. Fast food and take-out can get very costly very quickly, which makes an electric pressure cooker a great gift. Popularized by the Instant Pot brand, electric pressure cookers make meals quickly and with very little effort. Pot roast, a whole chicken, chili, ribs, mac and cheese—all can be made easily (and prepared in advance) simply by putting the ingredients in the pot and pressing a few buttons.

A Smart TV

Samsung Flat 43-Inch 4K UHD 7 Series Ultra HD Smart TV with HDR and Alexa Compatibility (2019 Model)
Samsung’s 43-inch Ultra HD Smart TV provides excellent picture detail and is compatible with Alexa.Samsung

Most new TVs are “smart,” meaning they have the ability to stream video and music from the Internet. Chances are that graduate currently watches video on a laptop, tablet, or smartphone—a serviceable viewing experience at best. A smart TV puts that video on a big screen with state-of-the-art picture quality, making it a perfect gift for someone who will be learning the art of unwinding after a long day at work.