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.
madison stainless steel bracelet watch, $228, coach.com
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.
embossed continental wallet, $305, comme des garçons, nordstrom.com
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.
how to cook everything (complete revised 10th anniversary edition) by mark bittman, $21.05, amazon.com; how to cook everything vegetarian: simple meatless recipes for great food by mark bittman, $21.05, amazon.com
Makes light of an awesome resumé and a not-so-awesome paycheck.
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.
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.