Graduation is a huge time of year for all involved. But for those who are completely done with their education. It means yet another transition. In times when inflation and the cost of living are hitting everyone. Why not help them get out into their new chapter on the right foot. This Graduate Gift Guide will help your graduate(s) forge out into the world and hopefully help them save a little money along the way!
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The Classic Gift Card Option
Now, let’s be really honest here. Some people are just super difficult to shop for, or their interests are just out of your budget range. But, guess what! Everyone has to cook. Everyone has to eat. So, in we go with a grocery gift card (BONUS: You can get a good number of them on Amazon). This will allow the graduate to either save it for a potential emergency grocery need in the future or allow them to get groceries right away based solely on their needs.
Another option in the easy and quick categories would be something like this multi-use AirFryer. It can act as a microwave, oven and dehydrator. Plus much much more. Investment pieces like this will follow them long into their next chapter and remind them of you every time they use it (collective AWWWW).
The Gift Basket
Now, I know what you are thinking. Gift baskets are so cliched and bland. BUT, they don’t have to be. They can be so personalized, fun and beneficial, that I couldn’t just leave them out of this graduate gift guide. The point is to make a cohesive theme…besides the fact that they have graduated. So, how do we do that by getting them set up for success? These two themes I have and always will LOVE. Container Gardening and Food (cooking & baking to be more precise)
Container Gardening Starter Basket
Starting to grow at least some of their own food will wind up being not only a stress relief on their wallet (to a certain extent) but it will also help them relax, release stress and tension, and hopefully (if needed) teach patience. There is nothing more exciting to see your seeds germinating and growing. Now, most of the time I say use what you have. But with a graduation gift, go all out! So get those pretty planters or that grow kit to include with the seeds. They will be so thankful to have everything they need all ready to grow. Oh!…and don’t forget my favourite potting soil as well. Can’t do much without that!
If you know your graduate is a big coffee drinker and loves their fancy coffees (or even your standard everyday coffee). A coffee gift basket is gonna have them head over heels, and save them the cost of those beans for a bit! It’s usually super easy to tell what method each coffee drinker uses to brew their dose of caffeine. If you don’t know, ask! Once you know, you can get the things to elevate their experience. Like a coffee grinder to grind their own beans (This is my current fav). Don’t forget the frother either, gotta get a good cold foam topping with that delicious brew. Then you can round it out with an optional mug warmer for those that like it hot. And fill it in with various flavour syrups they might like.
The Classic BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch…in style)
Nothing says a classic graduate gift guide like the classic BYOL. This is a great miscellaneous option to help a graduate who has a daily work grind that may not allow them to stay at home for meals, or even get home for meals in between shifts/jobs. A stylish lunch bag with maybe a matching water bottle (keeping in mind collapsibility is a great addition to this option to save space and allow them to tuck it away when it’s not in use. Not quite related but close enough. I also wanna share some cookbook options that are a budget shoppers opportunity as well. Sometimes, learning a new dish can make taking your own lunch to work more exciting (or what used to be my case more bearable).
Plant-Based on a Budget (Toni Okamoto)
Liv B’s Vegan on a Budget (Olivia Biermann)
The Plant Based On A Budget Cookbook (Paul Green)
And of course, there is always more!
A few notes on this Gift Guide:
- I have added some specific gifts to look at and some lists. As always this is a guide to help you help your graduate. Feel free to browse through for ideas.
- If your graduate needs some starter recipes, check out this Korean Strawberry Milk, my favourite Bread Recipe or even my sauce list
Tag me on Instagram @thediscountvegan and hashtag #thediscountvegan or #thediscountveganrecipes if you recreate any of my recipes. I can’t wait to see your photos!