20 Graduation Gifts That Will Improve Their New Job Commute

Make the trek to their first job a little more agreeable with these gifts that are fun and functional.

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May 09, 2019

Tile Tracker Combo

Consider this the gift they never knew they needed. If your grad has a habit of losing their car keys (inevitably right before they head out the door), hand them a Tile tracker. The Bluetooth-compatible device slips right onto their key ring and can be located via the smartphone app. Shop this combo pack to get two Tile slims, which will help them find their wallet as well.

Buy It: Amazon, $37.95 (Originally $59.99)

PopSocket Phone Mount

If they're new at navigating their way to work, gift your college grad a PopSocket phone mount. The device clips onto their car vent, so they can see where to go without looking down at their lap.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $15 (PopSocket sold separately)

Don't Talk to Me Tee

Help your college grad keep Chatty Cathys at bay on the train with a shirt that says, "Don't Talk to Me." Since it's lightweight and made of cotton, the shirt will also make their ride a little more comfortable.

Buy It: Amazon, $13.95

Sriracha Keychain

Breakfast on the go is a lot better with some hot sauce, no? Before you shop these two Sriracha bottles, bear in mind that you'll have to fill them up at home — but we think that's a good opportunity to pack something spicy in one and something sweet in the other, like honey.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $8

Self-Meditation Manual

Help your young professional make the most of their morning bus ride with a copy of Barbara Ann Kipfer's book, Self-Meditation. Written in a friendly tone, the book offers a variety of meditations for waiting in line, sitting in traffic and working at the office.

Buy It: Amazon, $7.98 (Originally $9.95)

Crushed Velvet Tech Case

An envelope closure and crushed velvet finish make this laptop case cute and an absolute essential for the daily commute. Your young professional can use it to protect their tablet or book and carry it like a clutch into the office.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $55

Floral-Scented Tech Wipes

Public transporation can be a little questionable at times, so we suggest encouraging your college grad to sanitize with some tech wipes. This 15 pack of floral-scented towelettes will keep their phone screens clean and free of germs.

Buy It: Paper Source, $5.95

Bold Bike Helmet

Biking to work will seem a lot more exciting with this rad, retro-themed helmet. Featuring a certified high-impact design with specially-made EPS fusion foam, the helmet will keep them safe and stylish on the road.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $84

Compact Bike Repair Kit

Prepare them for the inevitable bike breakdown with a puncture repair kit. The travel-sized tin includes a bone wrench, a metal rasp, a multi-function bicycle tool, adhesive patches in three sizes, two plastic tire levers and instructions. Basically, they'll be back on the road in no time.

Buy It: Paper Source, $21.95

Foldable Spork

Snag this stainless spork for the young professional who now takes their morning meal in the car. In addition to being reusable, this chic piece of cutlery folds up and can be conveniently stored in the console of their car.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $13

Headphones Pouch

If they take the train to work, they'll definitely need a handy headphone pouch. Since it has built-in headphones, a slot for transit passes and a hinge clip, they'll never forget the essentials at home again.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $24

Essential Oil Diffuser

For the days when morning traffic gets to be a little too much, gift them this small essential oil diffuser. The piece clips right onto a car vent and comes with three scent sticks, so they can enjoy aromatherapy on their way to work.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $14

Seat-Gap Fillers

We have no doubt that your young professional will get plenty of use out of these car seat-gap fillers. The two long cushions fit snugly between the seat and console of their car and prevent items from falling on the floor while they're driving.

Buy It: Amazon, $19.99

Hairspray Pen

Ensure that your college grad always has a good hair day with the help of this pen-sized spray. Since the stick is so compact, they can just toss it in their bag and get about 200 uses out of it. The weather doesn't stand a chance.

Buy It: Target, $3.69

Waterproof Crossbody Bag

Don't forget to protect their valuables from the elements, too. If they're biking or walking to work, they'll get good use out of this waterproof tote, which has a shoulder strap and a belt loop (in case they'd rather wear it like a fanny pack).

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $25

Sophisticated Lunch Box

Now that they've entered the workforce, we think it's time to replace their brown paper bag with something a bit more elevated. We suggest shopping this leatherette lunch box; it's fully insulated like a cooler and has a removable shoulder strap, so they can carry it like a purse.

Buy It: ban.do, $19.99 (Originally $26)

Positive Power Bank

Boost their battery and their mood with a power bank that will charge their phone on the way to work. Not only is the device compatible with iPhones and other smartphones, but it also comes with a message that will remind them to stay calm and collected during rush hour.

Buy It: ban.do, $40

High-Quality Raincoat

As lovely as they are, umbrellas tend to be too bulky for city sidewalks. Our advice? Gift your grad a high-quality raincoat, preferably one with an adjustable hood, two-way zipper and removable belt. They can stow the piece in their bag and pull it out when they need a little coverage.

Buy It: Columbia, $69.99

Handheld Arcade Game

A little entertainment goes a long way when they're stuck on the train for an hour or two every day. Instead of leaving the legwork to their phone, offer your young professional a handheld version of Tetris. Playing this portable arcade game will definitely help them blow off some steam.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $25

Ceramic To-Go Cup

And finally, we guarantee that nothing will improve their commute like a hot cup of coffee. We love this minimalist to-go mug because it has an anti-slip silicone sleeve and BPA-free plastic lid, all in a matte black finish.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $25