10 Graduation Gifts Worthy of an A-Plus

In addition to being jam-packed with weddings and proms, late spring/early summer's also graduation season. The transition from studenthood to adulthood is an incredibly exciting one, sure—but it's also daunting as all get-out. Along with the collection of that diploma comes the bittersweet end to mornings spent sleeping in, frat-partying 'til the wee hours and storming the dorms with one's best friends. But what better way to cushion the blow than with a perfect grad gift your newly-minted alum will love for years to come?

From the perfect pair of go-get-that-job pumps to a card case with serious attitude to a truly useful cookbook duo, click through to discover 10 presents ideal for any student about to bid college farewell. Oh, and if you want to blast Vitamin C's "Graduation (Friends Forever)" as you do so, we won't tell.

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Punctuality becomes a far more important virtue after graduation—no more sleeping in until 2 pm, kids (well, maybe just during the weekend). If this classic tank watch doesn't get your grad from A to B on time, we're not sure what will.


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Post-graduation's the best time to get serious about one's finances. This gorgeous wallet will keep everything neatly organized—credit cards, cash, business cards—and thanks to the bold hue, it won't get lost in your grad's stuffed-to-the-brim tote.


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We're gonna take a wild guess here and say that your gift recipient probably isn't much of a whiz in the kitchen. But in Mark Bittman's capable hands, he or she will be in no time.


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Makes light of an awesome resumé and a not-so-awesome paycheck.
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This compact little speaker connects to laptops or smartphones to make entertaining, solo music-listening and even conference calls a breeze. Oh, and did we mention it's wireless?
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Fact: recent grads are in constant need of caffeine, and lots of it. Keurig's Vue systems allow users to make their cuppa joe (or tea, or cocoa) as strong as they'd like. Customizable caffeine? It's a winner.
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Perfect for job interviews, dates and everything in between. She'll wear 'em for years to come.


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Simply put, a new laptop is probably the single most appreciated graduation gift out there, if your budget allows for it. The MacBook Air is uber-lightweight, incredible portable and endlessly useful—a great choice.
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So much cooler—not to mention more classic—than your usual run-of-the-mill college ring.
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Every recent graduate needs a perfect black blazer in her closet, and Mr. Theyskens cuts the absolute best ones—end of story.