11 Great Gifts for ’11 Grads

Celebrate the graduates on your list with gifts that are at the top of their class… We have gifts for music majors, future top chefs, fashion designers and eco-heroes.

By Reader's Digest Editors
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    For the Music Major

    Lots of grads will agree, cash is the most appreciated graduation day gift, but if you're looking for something more personal, or a present to accompany a money holder, look no further... we have solutions for almost every major.

    Cutting edge music gear and accessories score high honors with music fans. Listening to mp3s is as easy as ABC with these colorful options. First up, the Hex watchband for iPod:

    Hex watchband for iPod Nano $29.95
    Available at Shopehex.com

    For the Music Major, Continued...

    Beats Headphones by Dr. Dre $99.99-$299.99
    Available at Bestbuy.com

    For the Music Major, Continued...

    iSongbook By Tivoli Audio $399.99
    Available at Tivoliaudio.com

    For the Top Chef-to-Be

    Why not outfit a future foodie’s first kitchen with a stylish and space-saving frying pan/saucepan combo from Le Creuset?

    Le Creuset Two-In-One Pan $150
    Available at Surlatable.com

    For the Top Chef-to-Be, Continued...

    Mobile Foodie Survival Kit $24
    Available at Plantbrooklyn.com

    For the Top Chef-to-Be, Continued

    Alma Mater Mustard $32 for 4 14.5 oz jars
    Available at Herlocherfoods.com

    For the Top Chef-to-Be, Continued

    Corndog Maker $24.99
    Available at Thinkgeek.com

    For the Future Fashion Designer

    Send the nation's next Donna Karan (or your favorite fashionista) off to college in style with gifts that are sure to score points in the dorm, like these pretty cotton pjs from Victoria’s Secret.

    Mayfair Collection pajamas $49.50
    Available at Victoriassecret.com

    For the Future Fashion Designer, Continued...

    Or how about bookends that look like -- what else? -- silver platform sandals?

    Carmen shoe bookends by Nima Oberoi for Lunares $100

    For the Greenest of Grads

    Earth-friendly gifts are the way to go for the environmentalist on your list. A case made from recycled bottles is the eco-conscious way to tote a brand-new iPad II to the office or class. 

    iPad sleeve by Plaid Doctrine $69
    Available at Plaiddoctrine.com

    For the Greenest of Grads, Continued

    Organic cotton 230 thread-count sheets from West Elm get high marks for being sustainable and super-soft.

    West Elm organic cotton sheets $20-$120
    Available at Westelm.com

    Sources: Treehugger.com, Realsimple.com, Luckymag.com


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