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For men and women alike, career counselor Michelle Dubow of Northeastern University suggests personalized, monogrammed briefcases and business bags. “Bags with initials are some of the best gifts for college graduates if they’ll be traveling to and from work each day,” she shares. This canvas and suede travel bag is gender neutral, easy to carry, and fits the work-bound essentials.
Travel Tour bag, $79, personalcreations.com.
Something to brew a day-starter in
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“A coffee, tea, or espresso maker is always a big hit with young professionals,” Dubow shares. “Getting someone’s day going on the right foot helps them feel more motivated.” Coffee is the way to do it, and the Piano Black Evoluo Deluxe by NESPRESSO brews espresso drinks and Americanos quickly and just as tasty as their more expensive café counterparts, making this machine one of our favorite long term investment graduation gifts.
Piano Black Evoluo Deluxe by NESPRESSO, $186.99, Amazon.com.
New worker bees need to rest soundly
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“Gifts like really high quality sheets and bedding can help grads move from the college years to a more sophisticated time in life—a time when being well-rested starts to really matter,” says Dubow. Plus, if the grad in your life is moving into their own place, they may be moving up from dorm-friendly twin size beds to full, queen, or king-size beds. New sheets are a luxury that says “welcome to adulthood.” This sheet set has everything they’ll need to make a mature bed with the added cool factor of boutique-hotel comfort and design.
Classic Hardcore bundle sheet set, $179.25, Brooklinen.com.