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2014 Graduation Gift Guide: Travel Gifts for Grads
Say congrats on a job well done—and celebrate that hard earned new diploma!—with presents for graduates who love to travel.
It’s graduation season! While there’s still no comprehensive how to guide for the “real world” for a college grad, we’re spotlighting several gifts that will help them transition from “students” to “alumni.” Before that new diploma is framed, check out these gift ideas for graduates who love to travel!
Backpacking Europe Done Right
It’s clear that a certain graduate’s travel luggage has seen many spring breaks and is ready to be turned in. Replace the suitcase that’s barely held together (with bumper stickers and duct tape!) with the lightweight, water-resistant Systems Go Duffel Pack 60L. It doubles as a front-panel load travel pack for backpacking adventures, and a duffel for adventures that follow. Be sure to add the Pack-it Specter Cube Set to match – both will certainly upgrade your graduate’s travel experience (MSRP $160).
A (Budget) Guide to the World
A summer in Europe on an unemployed college graduate’s salary requires plenty of expert advice. Lonely Planet's “On a Shoestring” Guides will have them covered—these books contain tons of useful tips and recommendations for top budget lodging, local eateries and the best places to meet other travelers (MSRP $27 and up).
Telling Time—Without a Smartphone
Now that they have a college degree, it’s time to clue them in to a professional’s best-kept secret: there are non-ringing devices that actually tell time! Introduce your graduate to a real wristwatch as they enter the real world. The anti-scratch face of the Nautica Chronograph Watch transitions seamlessly from the hiking trail to the cubicle (MSRP $165).
Protect and Charge
Whether they are packing their laptop or tablet away for travel, work, or grad school, the Pack-It Specter Sleeves will keep it safe…and charged! The Power Port enables in-sleeve charging to keep the device safe while it’s getting powered up (MSRP $16-26).
Ditch Those Shower Shoes
Finally—after four years, your college graduate can dispose of those shower shoes that are teeming with, well, it’s anyone’s guess! Provide a worthy replacement with a pair of men's or women's Reef sandals. (MSRP $20-85)
Back(pack) to Business
When it’s time to turn in the travel pack for a business-appropriate briefcase, we’ve got grads covered. The sleek Straight Up Business Brief shoulder bag converts into a backpack, has a built in laptop sleeve, and is checkpoint friendly for the new professional’s upcoming business travel. What an educated choice! (MSRP$160)
Shopping for her? Check out the Strictly Business Carry-all (MSRP $160)
Her Pop of Color
Whether boarding a train or training for the boardroom, a colorful scarf can brighten almost every look. Give your grad an on-trend accessory that’s both comfortable and fashionable for whatever ensemble she may put together (MSRP $48).
Always Remember This Time
As your graduate ventures off to the next exciting chapter, make sure they are keeping track of their adventures. Not only will keeping a journal help them remember this time in their life, but will help them keep track of their day-to-day adventures, emotions, successes, and challenges. This leather-bound travel journal will last even longer than those student loan payments (MSRP $30).
Speaking of Loan Payments…
If there’s one thing the majority of college graduates have in common, it’s debt—and uncertainty over how to get rid of it. While taking on that student loan payment may be just out of your gift budget (by a few zeros!), a bit of fun money is a gift universally appreciated by college grads. Stash a green surprise away in a brightly colored Zip Stash - just make sure they know it’s in there! (Zip Stash: MSRP $12)
Not quite sure of your travel-centric graduate’s needs? Let them outfit themselves with an Eagle Creek Electronic Gift Card: it’s always the right fit!
Caila Ball is a freelance writer and full-time travel enthusiast. You can see more of her work at CailaBall.com