Thoughtful Presents For The Class of 2020


The Class of 2020 may not be able to celebrate through traditional means of well-deserved recognition, such as graduation commencement ceremonies or large parties with proud family and friends by their sides, but a thoughtful present can be a bright spot. Here are a few gift ideas for this year’s graduating class. 

Class of 2020 Personalized YETI or Polar Camel Tumbler

Yeti and Polar Camel tumblers are a great gift, period. But when it’s personalized, it’s even better. Esty shop EngraveIt is offering laser engraved “Quarantine Class of 2020” tumblers that literally can have your grads name on it. The personalized tumblers start at $23.95 on www.etsy.com/shop/EngraveIt. 

A Gift Card to a Local Restaurant 

Support your grad and a local business by purchasing a gift card. During the pandemic, many local restaurants have suffered economically, plus what student doesn’t love to chow down on take-out? It is a win-win. 

The College Necessities Kit

Give your high school grad ahead start at college with DormCo’s College Necessities Kit. The kit comes complete with eight dorm essentials every college kid will need throughout the semester. The kits include a shower caddy, laundry bag, hot pot, bedpost shelf, a dueling cooker and more. Find it on www.dormco.com for $46.77. 

No Place Like Home Candles

Scents have a way of transporting you back to your favorite memories. If your grad is anticipating an out-of-state move this fall, gift them some comfort with the No Place Like Home Candle. Each state has its own unique scent, based on each state’s history and personality. Find it on www.thegrommet.com for $25. 

An Amazon Prime Membership 

Every grad can use two-day shipping. Plus, memberships grant access to Prime shows and movies, music, grocery discounts and more. The Prime Plan starts at $119 annually. 

Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones

Great for listing to audiobooks, jamming to tunes and drowning out the sounds of an annoying roommate, Bose SoundLink wireless headphones are a sound choice for any grad. Find it on www.bose.com for $299. 

Things They Don’t Teach You in School Game

Uncommon Goods is a great retailer for those who hate to give boring gifts. This fun and light-hearted game is a wonderful reprieve from studying, plus players will learn a thing or two. The game contains 400 random factoids and pieces of useless knowledge make for a fresh, lively trivia game. Find it on www.uncommongoods.com for $20. 

DOWELL 10 Piece Small Tool Kit

This multi-functional tool kit comes with all the essentials for minor home improvements and DIY projects. Grads can hang their photos and build their IKEA dorm furniture with ease with this 10-piece set from Amazon for $24.99. 

The ABCs of Adulthood: An Alphabet of Life Lessons

Author Deborah Copaken and notable sculptor Randy Polumbo combine wit and wisdom in The ABCs of Adulthood: An Alphabet of Life Lessons. The 26 beautifully illustrated tidbits range from “A is for Anger” through “Z is for Zzzzzzz.” It is a great read for anyone who needs a crash course in “adulting.” Find the hardcover on Amazon for $14.95. 

COFFEEBOXX Single Serve Coffee Maker

Help your grad save cash on coffee with this sleek COFFEEBOXX Single Serve Coffee Maker. It brews strong coffee in minutes. Plus, it was designed for job sites so it is practically indestructible. Find it on www.homedepot.com for $119. 

Personalized Leather Passport Cover 

Remind your grad that a robust future awaits. In the time of COVID-19, many can begin to feel a little stuck. But, this too shall pass. This Personalized Leather Passport Cover adorned with the quote “Adventure Is Out There” sets the tone for chasing any opportunity. Find it on Esty at $60. 

Cyndi Zaweskihttp://www.cyndizaweski.com
Cyndi Zaweski is the former editor of Anton Media Group's special sections.

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