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- Gift cards are often thought of as a last-ditch effort, but truth is, they're a great gift that lets the giftee get exactly what they want.
- With the current uncertainty in the world, a gift card is also a nice way to help out with the financial burden of things typically associated with post-grad life, like grocery shopping, furnishing an apartment, and more.
- Looking for more gift ideas? Check out even more of our gift guides for the Class of 2020 here.
Editor's note: Graduation ceremonies across the country are being canceled and postponed due to coronavirus, but that doesn't mean students aren't still preparing to move on to the next phase of their lives. We hope this list provides some guidance for how to help them celebrate their accomplishments and smoothly transition to whatever form their next chapter may take.
Gift cards can get a bad rap — they can feel impersonal, last-minute, and a little lackluster when placed next to a big box dressed in colorful wrapping paper. Yet, gift cards are really the only gift that ensures the giftee will get exactly what they want.
Most recent grads are occupied with the day-to-day transition from college to the real world, so gift cards are actually pretty ideal. They're not only a safe bet, but also offer real value in areas that recent grads will benefit from. We rounded up 17 gift cards that any recent grad will find really useful. Whether it'll lessen some of the financial burden of moving into their next apartment, help them keep up with their favorite hobbies, or cover a grocery bill, we thought of options for every kind of grad. You can find our list below, or head straight to Amazon to check out tons of gift cards in one place.
If you're looking to get a gift card for a recent grad, you can find 17 great options below.
It's probably about time they upgrade that dorm room bedding. Help them out with a gift card to Brooklinen, one of the internet's favorite bedding startups, where they can find high-end sheets in timeless, minimalist styles.
Find our full review of Brooklinen here.
From bedding to bathrobes, Parachute has everything they need to stay cozy. Give them a gift card so they can choose what kind of comfortable essentials they want first.
If they love eating delicious, healthy meals, but don't really love cooking them, they'll love Daily Harvest. The brand will deliver nutritious, ready-to-blend (or heat) soups, smoothies, bowls, and more to their door. Give them a gift card so that they can set up a subscription that feels right for their lifestyle.
We love Outdoor Voices athletic apparel — it's the kind of stuff that'll let you power through a tough workout but also looks cool enough to wear to errands and brunch. A gift card is a great way to give the athlete or athleisure-lover in your life a chance to spruce up their wardrobe.
Everlane's minimalist basics are the perfect addition to any wardrobe — including your recent grad's. A gift card will help them stock up on some of the brand's cult-favorite pieces like their durable denim, super-soft tees, and puffers made from recycled plastic bottles.
Read more about our favorite Everlane styles, here.
Whatever their future may hold, you can be sure there's something they want or need on Amazon. Whether it's stocking up on basics for a new apartment, getting fun games to play at their weekly game nights, or buying the latest tech gadgets, they'll have plenty of options.
Get an Uber gift card at Best Buy
If they're moving to new city and won't have a car, they'll probably become pretty reliant on ride-sharing services like Uber. A gift card will help make those long drives home for the holidays, or just across town to hang with friends, a little more bearable. They can also use this to get their favorite takeout delivered with UberEats.
From its bestselling totes to versatile laptop and gym bags, Dagne Dover has plenty of bags perfect for young professionals — all pieces are functional, comfortable, and actually look sophisticated. With so many great choices, a gift card is a great way to make sure your college grad gets just what they want.
Buy a Netflix gift card at Best Buy
Movie nights in are made easy with a Netflix account stocked with great films. If you want to add something extra, throw in some microwave popcorn or a bottle of wine.
Get a Chipotle gift card at Amazon
The key to their heart is a burrito, chips, and guacamole — that's why a Chipotle gift card is a no-brainer.
You can't go wrong with a nice piece of luggage to celebrate their arrival into adulthood. At Away, you can gift them the exact amount needed for a suitcase. All they have to do is pick their favorite color.
Personalized photo books, calendars, and simple prints all make great gifts, but it can be hard to give custom photo gifts when you don't have access to their entire photo library. Give them a gift card to Artifact Uprising so they can pick their favorite memories to include.
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