Every May and June, thousands upon thousands of students graduate high school and college. They don their cap and gown, walk across the stage, are handed their diploma, then toss their caps in the air when over – all to the delight of family and friends in attendance. Moreover, every year the same ole question is asked: What do I get the graduate for a gift?

Giving an engraved pen set, a pendant, or cuff links are all nice gifts, but the practical gifts are perfect for the new graduate as they venture off to college or search for employment.

Here are five gift ideas for your Class of 2016 graduate:

1. Cash.

Heart of USD banknotes, Love of Money

I know there are many people out there that think cash is very impersonal to give as a gift. However, cash is king. The good thing about cash; it can be spent (or saved) by anyone. Is the graduate entering the workforce for the first time? It can be used towards a new wardrobe. Are they going on a trip? Excellent, cash can be spent anywhere, anytime on anything.

2. Bike.


A bike is a great gift to give. Especially for the new graduate heading to college. Every college student needs a bike to help him or her get around campus, especially if they do not have a car at school with them. This Fuji Cambridge City Bike from Performance Bicycles is a perfect bike to get you back and forth.

3. Laptop or Tablet.


This is the perfect gift for both a high school and college graduate.  Whether it is an iPad or this Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7”.  Tablets are a perfect electronic gift; they are easily portable and extremely functional. Can’t decide between getting the graduate a tablet or laptop, then why not consider this Microsoft Surface Pro 4. With 4 GB Ram, it combines the power of a laptop with the convenience of a tablet.

4. Luggage.  


A small overnight bag or suitcase comes in handy for those holiday trips back home to visit the family or travel out of town for an interview, such as Rockland Rio two-piece Luggage Set-Brights. The Travelers Club two-piece Carry- On Luggage Set is another great choice, and it comes with a water resistant briefcase perfect for a laptop or tablet.

5. Metro Pass, Gas Card and/or PayPal Balance.


If your graduate is taking their car to school, and load a gas card to use throughout the school year. If you are only loading gas for one fill-up, suggest they keep the card in the glove compartment to use for emergencies.

If they are going to school or taking a job in a major city like New York, a pre-loaded metro card to be used on the subway system is not only practical but efficient. For the Class of 2016 grad, a pre-loaded PayPal gift card gives them the option to use Uber or Lyft anytime they want.

Graduating high school or college is one of the biggest milestones in one’s life and a perfect occasion for a gift. When choosing a gift, practical gifts are not only useful, but very much appreciated.