Nesting materials: 13 useful pad-centric gifts for the class of '13
Although he or she might be aching for cold hard cash, give the real estate-fixated college graduate in your life a well-designed, practical gift that will be put to good use in their first post-grad abode.
Mon, May 06 2013 at 9:30 AM
With the high season of "Pomp and Circumstance" (is that horrid/catchy Vitamin C song
still floating around, too?) just around the corner, you may find yourself reaching for your checkbook and handing over a monetary gift to the college graduate in your life. A few other popular college grad gift options aside from cash: monogrammed briefcases, fancy fountain pens, Dr. Seuess books, ties, and, for the uninspired, whatever catches your eye at the "Gift Card Center" near the self-checkout lane at Safeway.
My suggestion? Give 'em something that they'll actually need and use in their first post-college home be it a starter apartment in the city, a rental house in the 'burbs, or a renovated basement (in said grad's parents' basement). Below you'll find 13 home-centric gift ideas, all of which are designed/manufactured in the US and/or crafted from eco-friendly materials. Most all are utilitarian in nature — light bulbs and cast iron pans! — and if not, they look cool and probably won't be thrown into a box and shoved into the back of a closet. Need more ideas? Check out my grad gift suggestions from last year.
And while we're on the topic of college graduation/starter apartment gifts, what's the most bizarre/useless thing that you ever received? What about a cherished, utilitarian item that's still in active use today?
Murchison-Hume Classic Six Boxed Set @ Alice.com
Bottle Opener by Brendan Ravenhill @ Areaware
Foodie Garden Kits @ Poketo
Fox Rainbow Metal Sign @ Fluffyco
Lodge Round Fry Pan @ Williams-Sonoma
($17.95 - $59.95)
Cree 9.5 Watt (60W) A19 Warm White LED Bulbs @ Home Depot
($74.82 - 6/pack)
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