10 Great Gifts for College Grads

Help young adults get a head start in the real world.

Some college seniors may be hoping Mom and Dad will spring for an all-expenses-paid trip to Europe so they can go "find themselves" or just take time off before starting the daily grind of 9-to-5 life. Aside from the fact that most parents can't afford this sort of gift, it won't help new grads get a head start in the real world.

If you're looking for practical graduation gift ideas, consider these:

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Cameron Huddleston
Former Online Editor, Kiplinger.com

Award-winning journalist, speaker, family finance expert, and author of Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk.

Cameron Huddleston wrote the daily "Kip Tips" column for Kiplinger.com. She joined Kiplinger in 2001 after graduating from American University with an MA in economic journalism.