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Graduation gifts for the graduate who isn't ready to grow up

Graduating college is a big accomplishment, but making it in the real world is even more impressive.

For those who aren't ready to take the big step into true adulthood, we have a few gift ideas for the baby class of 2016 to help ease the transition.

Congrats!

An apartment in Murray Hill

The great thing about Murray Hill is that
Photo Credit: Murray Hill Manor via Streeteasy

The great thing about Murray Hill is that there are tons of young graduates living in luxury buildings on their parents' dime. Just think of the networking potential in the building's elevators! Or gym. Or laundry room. Studio in Murray Hill Manor start at $2650, streeteasy.com

A slammin' resume

Applying for jobs can be a drag, but

Applying for jobs can be a drag, but help the process along with the gift of a professionally styled resume. Fiverr.com offers resume design services starting at just $5. Don't worry, the grad will get the hint.

Fancy soap

Nothing says
Photo Credit: Kiehl's / L'occitane / Aerin

Nothing says "I'm an adult" like having fancy soap in your apartment. Let your too-young-to-be-independent grad shine as a new adult with some fancy soaps to display at home. Grab a few products from Kiehl's, L'occitane or Aerin to spruce up any twenty-something apartment.

Tupperware

Literally nothing says you're old and mature like
Photo Credit: Food Huggers

Literally nothing says you're old and mature like owning some quality Tupperware. New grads can store leftover takeout, free food from young alum events and more in their new sets. Or they can return it to Bed, Bath and Beyond for store credit, with receipt. Food Huggers are another option for reusable food storage. $17 for two bowl huggers, foodhuggers.com

Barware

This used-to-be-senior may not be ready to give
Photo Credit: Cocktail Kingdom

This used-to-be-senior may not be ready to give up the party lifestyle just yet. Make their drinking games grow up with a proper cocktail set that can be used to mix more than just rum and Coke. Mix and match chic bar accessories at cocktailkingdom.com.

PJs

Grads not ready to be kicked out of
Photo Credit: Recliner

Grads not ready to be kicked out of the dorm will appreciate some good loungewear. Recliner makes luxe PJ sets in a cityscape to encourage grads to get outside before dark. Starts at $50, recliner.nyc. For a more masculine set of loungewear, check out J. Crew.

A subscription to something literary

You can't stop a pre-adult from spending their
Photo Credit: Conde Nast / Atlantic Media

You can't stop a pre-adult from spending their entire life on Buzzfeed (or, let's be honest, amNY.com), but you can encourage them to expand their boundaries. Gift a subscription to a publication like The New Yorker, Harper's, The Atlantic or even the New York Times to prove that print is not dead and yes, there are fun articles that aren't 99% gifs. All subscriptions come with digital access as well.

A nice laptop case

Whether your grad is using a laptop to
Photo Credit: Will Leather Goods / Kate Spade New York

Whether your grad is using a laptop to prepare important documents or just catch up on some important Facebook feeds, a proper laptop case will provide the illusion of adulthood. Will Leather Goods and Kate Spade New York both make classy laptop cases and hey, why not slip a MacBook in there to sweeten the gift.

A coding class

If this new grad wants to be useful
Photo Credit: General Assembly via Facebook

If this new grad wants to be useful in this world and has not yet acquired a degree in engineering, this new grad should learn to code. General Assembly, Course Horse, Codecademy and more in NYC offer coding and computer programming classes that will help this little class of 2016-er make it in the real world. And make bank.

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