20 Perfect Gifts For The Too-Cool Grad

Graduation is a sentimental time, filled with family, laughter, tears, memories, and…(cha-ching!) presents! Look, it's not that we don't value the sacred passing of student to real-world citizen (we do), but there's something undeniably rewarding about unwrapping a "Congratulations, you've made it" gift.
Grads obviously want a little something that they'll actually use, so family members and gown-wearers alike, take note of this public-service announcement: A great way to show your Pride and Joy your, uh, feelings of pride and joy is to give the perfect present come commencement day. And we've got 20. From a starter Hermès and the coolest camera to capture the fun to just a little (inexpensive) something to show you care, our buys have "welcome to the rest of your life" written all over them. And, no worries, you can take full credit for the brilliant ideas.
Click through for 20 perfect graduation gift options for all the awesome alums in your life.
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For recording youthful nostalgia and future memories, a little black book is the ideal way to begin actually organizing.

Tiffany & Co. Little Black Book Journal, $50, available at Tiffany & Co., 37 Wall Street (at William Street), 212-514-8015.
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Jewelry is classic and this gold ring is special enough to last from grad day 'til... forever.

In God We Trust Spacer Ring Brass, $50, available at In God We Trust, 265 Lafayette Street #2 (between Prince and Spring streets), 212-966-9010.
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After the big day, trade your graduation robe for one you can really kick back in.

Journelle Eberjey Nadine Robe, $110, available at Journelle; 3 East 17th Street (at 5th Avenue); 212-255-7800.
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Power shoes are a must for job interviews (and cocktails!).

Christian Louboutin Simple Pump 100MM, $625, available at Christian Louboutin,  59 Horatio Street (at Greenwich Street), 212-255-1910.
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What better time than graduation day to start capturing memories — one super-chic snap at a time.

Lomography La Sardinia & Flash- Capri Punta Carena, $109, available at Lomography; 41 West 8th Street (at MacDougal Street); 212- 529-4353 x212.
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A beautiful piece of art that adds color and life to any cubby-hole starter apartment.

Bianca Green "Louis Armstrong Told Us So" art print, $85, available at Society6.
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A classic black bag is a no-brainer for entry into adult life. Pick the perfect style in a unique finish with a hint of edge.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Bianca Jane on a Leash, $228, available at Bloomingdale's, 1000 3rd Avenue (at 59th Street); 212-705-2000. 
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We love the look of this clean men's watch for both girl and guy grads. And...it means no more excuses for being late!

Tissot stainless steel watch, $675, available at Tissot.
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This art is super zen and can make even the smallest nook feel a little ahh.

David Armstrong "Evening Nantucket" archival pigment print, $60, available at 20x200.
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Maybe there won't be as much time for recreational reading now that you're entering the work force, but trust, this baby is key for all morning and evening commutes.

Kindle Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display, $79, available at Amazon.
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Keep your business cards in something other than the envelope they shipped in.

Moma Fingerprints Card Case, $38, available at Moma Store; 11 West 53rd Street (between 5th and 6th avenues); 212-708-9400.
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Summer is yours to enjoy! And it's time to trade your raggedy beach towels for something updated, just like the new you.

Pendleton Oversized Jacquard Towel, $50, available at Opening Ceremony, 35 Howard Street (between Crosby and Broadway); 212-219-2688.
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Some starter Hermès never hurt anyone and these cuffs are understated enough that you won't look too H'ed out (not that that ever hurt anyone, either).

Hermès bangles, $275 and up, available at Hermès, 691 Madison Avenue (between 62nd and 63rd streets);212-751-3181.
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Face the world confidently — here's the ultimate kit to help you do it.

Benefit Rare Beauty Kit, $45, available at Ulta.
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Every graduate needs a great stationery set to keep up with correspondence. You know, like a real adult.

Paula Skene Thank You Notes, $20, available at Kate's Paperie, 435 Broome Street (between Broadway and Crosby streets), 212-941-9816.
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Personalized stationery is of course key for grown-ups, but this set's cheeky enough to keep it fresh.

Minted Hello Stripes Personalized Stationary, $35, available at Minted.
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A great tote for carrying essentials is, well, essential. This one's super bright for the summer months and definitely an investment piece that'll prove its worth .

Chloé Madeleine Tote, $2,695, available at Barneys New York, 660 Madison Avenue (at 61st Street), 212-826-8900.
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For the New York transplant, the Louis Vuitton City guide is a cute way to gets to the sights... and maybe meet some chic co-eds along the way.

Louis Vuitton City Guide New York, $34, available at Louis Vuitton, 116 Greene Street (between Prince and Spring streets), 212-274-9090.
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A classic, well-fitting blazer is something every woman (especially a new grad!) needs.

Topshop Ponte Boyfriend Blazer, $70, available at Topshop, 478 Broadway (at Broome street); 212-966-9555.
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Maybe it's not a ticket for a weekend getaway, but it's certainly a little encouragement to hit the road.

Acne Everest Tan Weekender Bag, $350, available at Acne, 10 Greene Street (between Grand and Canal streets); 212-625-2828.

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