Something to keep those trendy beards at bay
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"Facial hair is super trendy and gives an air of maturity and confidence if it's done right," shares Dubow. "But it's important to keep it neat so a job-seeker doesn't appear unkempt." This beard trimmer is easy to clean, has an 8-foot cord, and helps beard-lovers nearly get in all their facial hair nooks and crannies.
BaBylissPro Original FX765 Trimmer, $54.95, barbersalon.com.
Something to stay connected
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"New grads are on the go a lot when they hunt for new jobs," explains Dubow. "It's important they stay connected so they don't miss work-related emails, chats, and assignments." Skyroam is a personal Wi-Fi hotspot that enables travelers to keep their gadgets connected now in 100+ countries. It makes it incredibly easy to share documents, pictures, and stay in touch when you have to travel abroad for business.
Skyroam, starting at $99.99 per month, skyroam.com.
The gift of a good night's rest
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"There's nothing more important than a good night of restful sleep for a young professional, especially after all that coffee and tea at the office all day," shares Dubow. "The gift of truly comfortable, high quality pillows is one that'll last for years and help get your grad to the office on time, rested, and with a bright outlook." A down alternative pillow is a great option for most sleep styles, hypoallergenic, and priced well enough to buy a pair.
Orion down alternative pillow, $60, slumbr.com.
A little "privacy" for their cube
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Chances are high that your favorite grad will be starting his or her career in a cube—a cube that can be noisy and distracting at times. A pair of noise-cancelling, wireless headphones keeps those distractions to a minimum to help them focus on the task at hand. There's no better shortcut to success.
Bose Quiet Comfort 35, $349.95, bose.com.
So they arrive on time
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Whether they're starting the next chapter of their education or off to the races as someone's treasured new employee, they'll need to get there on time and in style. This ESQ Men's Classic Stainless Steel Watch is a wheeler and dealer's ideal entry into the world of sharp time-telling, but also a great statement piece for the forward-thinking career woman.
ESQ Quartz Stainless Steel Casual Watch, $225, Amazon.com.
For the caffeine queen (or king)
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Speaking of getting places on time, if waking up is constantly a problem for the grad in your life, they'll appreciate this BodyBrew Cold Brew system that helps retain all the best coffee flavor while making coffee digestion way easier on the body. We think it's one of the best graduation gifts for the health-conscious, and you call tell the recipient to read our list of calorie-free coffee hacks for more good ideas.
BOD Cold Brew System, starting at $69, bodybrew.com.
For the well-rounded grad
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This is going to sound kooky, but we think a live carambola tree from PlantOgram is the gift that keeps on giving. The star-shaped fruit tree easily lives indoors in cold climates, but can also be planted outdoors in warmer climates like southern states and the west to produce citrus-flavored fruits that are the easiest answer to fitting in your five a day. They also accent homemade cocktails well if your grad is the party-having type, but what really makes this one of the best graduation gifts is the company's commitment to giving back. With each purchase, 20 percent of the proceeds go to Race to Erase MS, a foundation formed to help find a cure for the debilitating disease.
Carambola/Star Fruit Tree, $62.60, plantogram.com.
Make adulthood easier
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One of the most important tips maintaining a successful adulthood is just staying organized, which is easy to do if you have a Brother P-Touch Cube Smartphone Label Maker. It uses Bluetooth wireless technology, easily works with Apple and Android devices, and can print literally anything from "Mike's lunch" to stave off starving roommates to "Jenny's makeup" to keep up proper mascara hygiene habits (which can be so hard when you're young).
Brother P-Touch Cube Smartphone Label Maker, $46.33, Amazon.com.
Fresh towels are always needed
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School's out! That means grads deserve their hard-earned beach or pool time, which is why they'll love brand new, easy to care for Member's Mark Adult Beach Towels from Trident. They're lightweight, colorful, and nicely priced.
Member's Mark Adult Beach Towels, $11.98, samsclub.com.
For the compact new living space
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Some of our favorite graduation gifts are the ones that serve truly practical purposes, like these hangers from Bend & Hook that are designed with a steel wire core that can hold up to 20 pounds—meaning it's safe to hang anything from a suit to a heavy winter coat, or even double-stack your outfits when closet space is tight. The Perfect Hanger is also designed to resist dreaded shoulder bumps and keep straps from stretching and slipping.
Perfect Hanger, $49.99 for 24-pack, bendandhook.com.