Best Graduation Gifts That Take You Places

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Lucy, our founder, likes to tell a story about a friend of hers who graduated from Harvard who bought herself a diamond ring for graduation—rather than wait for a guy to give it to her. Don’t freak, this was the late ’80s when lots of women felt a husband was the best graduation gift around. Lucy’s remembers being completely wowed by her friend’s hutzpah about giving herself what she wanted.

This graduation, you can give yourself your own diamond ring of sorts by making a list of things you want. We know that 95% of grads get cash, according to a study by Hallmark. We’re not anti-cash, we know it equals time and freedom. And we know that making a list of what you want is the best way to plan how you’ll spend it. If you need some inspiration, here are a few of our favorite graduation gifts, including a ring you just might want to give yourself.

But first, coffee….This little machine has endless rave reviews. Best feature is there’s no wait time. Turn it on and its ready to brew instantly.
File under useful meets cute: Personalized stationery for all those thank you notes and interview follow-ups.
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And in case you want to treat yourself, this ring delivers a nice balance of casual sparkle. Asha, $225

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