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Graduation gifts to wow them. Proof that practical can still be cool

David Syrek, Chicago Tribune on

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Graduation season is here, so if you’re looking for the perfect gift to help the recent grad in your life get a head start on their new adventure, we’ve rounded up 14 useful gifts that also have a major wow factor. All are proof that just because a gift is practical, doesn’t mean that it can’t be cool. Take the Barisieur coffee maker and alarm clock. What could be better than waking up on time to a freshly brewed cup of coffee at your bedside? If your grad is planning a move in the near future, send them off in style with Mark & Graham’s colorful, personalized carry-on luggage. The brand also makes monogrammed vegan leather lanyards that are the perfect way to carry a COVID-19 vaccine card just in case it’s needed. If you’re looking for a highly coveted gift, bikes are finally coming back in stock. Public’s sporty V7 city bike is the brand’s most popular and affordable model. Pair it with one of Thousand’s super-cool helmets and they are set to head off into their bright future.

Here are a few ways to let your recent college grad know just how proud of them you are.

For the grad who likes to sleep in

No, you’re not dreaming. That’s the sound of bubbling water and the smell of freshly brewed coffee wafting through the air as you contemplate waking up. The Barisieur coffee maker and alarm clock lets you start your day with a freshly brewed cup of joe without leaving the cozy confines of your bed. Barisieur even has a built-in mini milk fridge to keep everything you need within reach. The clock’s display dims as the night goes on, and there’s a built-in USB charger for your phone. Just set Barisieur to start brewing five minutes before the alarm and stay in bed a little longer. $445,

For the vaccinated, vegan grad on the go

Grads who are traveling can keep their vaccine card protected in Mark & Graham’s monogrammed vegan leather lanyard cardholder. $12.99, or $24.99 with personalization.


For the grad who loves to cook

Caraway’s colorful ceramic-coated cookware set is the perfect gift for the graduate who’s setting up their first apartment. The seven-piece nonstick set comes in navy, white, sage green and terra-cotta. $395,

For the grad who needs a little advice

In “How To Be Yourself,” author and cultural commentator Simon Doonan helps you find — and flaunt — your creative vision. With provocative wit, Doonan walks you through every aspect of life from fashion and socializing to love, work and family. $12.95,


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