12 Graduation Gifts Under $30 for Young Professionals
The world is college graduates' oyster, whether they’re preparing for job interviews or heading to their first job right out of school. Send them off in grand style with professional accessories, tools, and gadgets under $30 to ease them into their post-college careers.
Even if the grad isn’t already a coffee drinker, it may take only a few months on the job to develop a habit. A Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer ($10 at Bed Bath & Beyond) keeps coffee warm until the mug is empty. It's simple to use: Just plug it in and flip the on/off switch. Spills wipe off easily.
To dress for the job they want, college grads may need to stock up on ties, belts, scarves, and other accessories. The Ipow rotating rack ($7 for two on Amazon) spins 360 degrees and holds everything in place with anti-slip arms. More than 500 reviewers have granted it an average of 4.3 stars.
Moleskine stationery is sold at most major office supply stores, and with good reason. This popular product line features durable covers, steadfast spine binding, smooth pages, and elastic closures. If the graduate enjoys journaling or compiling to-do lists, or perhaps needs a place for work notes, consider gifting a few Moleskine notebooks or journals. Pocket journals start at $13 through Dick Blick.
Professional work outfits are important for client meetings and presentations, and that includes polished and tidy dress shoes. Save the grad in your life from misshapen shoes with cedar wood shoe trees to help maintain the shoe shape, absorb moisture, and prevent odors. The Rochester women's shoe tree ($20 on Amazon) and Stratton cedar shoe tree for men ($20 to $23 on Amazon) have earned positive reviews from dozens of customers.
For grads with a thirst for knowledge that wasn't quenched in college, present a gift card for an online course related to their chosen profession. Whether it's project management, Photoshop, public speaking, or basic accounting, there are classes in a variety of price ranges. Services such as Codecademy, Udacity, General Assembly, Coursera, and Lynda offer thousands of classes students can take on their own time. Some provide certificates to show completion.