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Gift Ideas for New College Grads: From Dorm Life to their First Apartment

  • by Erika Cellupica
  • 4 min read

This article we discusses why home linen makes a nice graduation gift for college students transitioning to “the real world.” It also offers some suggestions for appropriate and affordable graduation gifts that will enhance their new space.

Graduation (Gift) Season is Here

If you’ve checked your social media feeds lately, you likely know that it’s graduation season. And after a few fairly subdued years, the graduation day celebrations are on with all the “pomp and circumstance” we’ve been missing. Here at Fine Linen and Bath, we heartily congratulate all grads on their hard work and well-earned achievements! And if you need some practical and beautiful grad gift ideas, we are here for you. Read on for some gifts to help your new graduate move from college to adult (-ish) life.

Fine Linen and Bath Graduation Gift Guide

Home Linen Makes a Perfect Graduation Gift 

Graduating college is a significant milestone that marks the transition from academia to the "real world." As college grads embark on a journey of independence and living on their own, practical and thoughtful gifts can help them establish their adult lives after years spent in dorms, campus housing and other communal living arrangements. Here’s why some home linen staples can be the best college graduation gift:

A Fresh Start and Sense of Ownership: Leaving behind the shared living spaces of dormitories or campus housing signifies a fresh start for college graduates. Having their own apartment or home allows them to create a space that reflects their personal style and preferences. A “grown -up gift” of home linen empowers your new grad to feel independent and responsible for their space.

Comfort and Quality Sleep: College students deal with notoriously uncomfortable dorm mattresses (which is why all of our own children went off to college with one, sometimes two, thick foam mattress pads). After years of sleeping on mediocre mattresses, your grad will truly appreciate the gift of good quality sheets for their new bed. Not only will this boost the aesthetic appeal of their space, but the softness and comfort will improve the quality of their sleep.

Improved Hygiene and Cleanliness: If you’ve ever looked closely around a college dorm (and we have!) you know that maintaining hygiene and cleanliness in communal living spaces is a big challenge. We will spare you any description of what we’ve seen on move-out day, but suffice it to say it’s time for a fresh start and a practical gift of new sheets, towels, and pillowcases. 

Personalization and Style:If your recent grad is moving out to their first apartment, hooray for them! They can personalize their new space to reflect their own style. A thoughtful gift of linen helps them create a cozy and inviting environment that truly feels like home.

Long-term Investment: This may be a tricky concept for Gen Z, but buying quality home linen is an investment for the simple reason it will last longer and not need to be replaced as often.

A Graduation Gift Guide

Our design team has a handful of graduations to attend ourselves, so we’ve put a bit of thought into finding the best gifts. Below you’ll find a list of our favorite graduation gift ideas that are sure to be appreciated without breaking the bank: 

    Matouk Essex Bedding Collection

    A quality set of percale sheets. We love Matouk Essex, a 350 thread count percale sheet collection made of long-staple Egyptian cotton. While these are the most affordable sheets we carry, they also deliver cool crisp comfort and stunning style which makes them one of the best graduation gifts. White with double satin thread embroidery in your choice of 13 colors.

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    Downright Astra Down Alternative Pillows

    A new pillow (trust us, they need it!). Treat your new grad to an allergy-free down alternative pillow. We recommend the Astra Pillow from Downright in medium firmness.

    Downright Astra Down Alternative Pillows

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    Style their Bed with a Cozy Throw

    A cozy throw for styling bed, furniture, or simply to snuggle up with. Choose the 50/50 cotton/acrylic blend Alashan Herringbone Throw for a lighter weight feel in 24 colors or the Matouk Pezzo Throw in all cotton in 19 colors. 

    Peacock Alley Bamboo Bath Towels

        Plush towels in a sustainable bamboo blend. Peacock Alley Bamboo Bath Towels come in three shades and are made in Portugal from 60% bamboo/40% cotton. They are also Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX Certified as safe from harmful substances.

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        Sferra Cheers Embroidered Cocktail Napkins 

        Chin-chin! These embroidered linen cocktail napkins from legendary Italian linen maker, SFERRA, are a great gift and a fun way to celebrate your college graduate. Break them out for the graduation party!

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        Mulberry Park Silk Sleep Bundle

        The perfect gift of some indulgent R&R with this pure mulberry silk pillowcase and sleep mask bundle from Mulberry Park Silks. Tame bedhead, tangles, and breakage while getting a great night of sound beauty sleep. Pillowcase has a generous envelope closure to hold the pillow in place; mask has a light-blocking design and comfortable closure. Choose from 11 stunning shades.

        Mulberry Park Silks 22 Momme Silk Pillowcase & Silk Sleep Mask Bundle

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        We hope you gathered some good ideas for grad gifts from this list. Transitioning from dorm life to living on their own is a significant step for college graduates, and helping your loved one furnish their new space is a meaningful gift for any young adult. Of course, if you need any specific recommendations or suggestions, we are always here to help; give us a call or drop an email to connect with a member of our team. You can also check out our helpful Buyer’s Guides here.

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