3 Perfect Household Gifts for the New Graduate

New Graduate It seems like you just blinked, and already the child in your life has become an adult. She graduated high school and is off to college. He earned his college degree and is starting his first real...

New Graduate
New Graduate

It seems like you just blinked, and already the child in your life has become an adult. She graduated high school and is off to college. He earned his college degree and is starting his first real job. Either way, graduates are leaving behind the comforts of home and beginning a new adult life. No more meals cooked by mom or dad. No more magical self-cleaning dishes that somehow get loaded into the dishwasher. Encourage the graduate in your life to make healthy, home-cooked meals for him- or herself with a few household graduation gifts.

A Stock Pot

It gets chilly in dorms and many apartments in the fall and winter, and college students and young adults want meals that warm them up and don’t take much thought. A stock pot is ideal for stews and soups, which are great meals for the busy young adult. She simply puts all the ingredients into the pot, covers it and lets it simmer on a low heating setting. Since soups and stews last for days, she can even use her stock pot to cook several days’ worth of meals at once. Stock pots are also good for boiling pasta and making roasts, as well as boiling hot water to cook eggs, potatoes and other vegetables.

A Wok

There’s the stereotype that college students and young adults live off of cheap ramen noodles, but your graduate will be able to make noodle and vegetable dishes rich in flavor and nutrition with a wok. The wok, with its wide surface and raised edges, is a must for stir-fry, but it’s also versatile enough that your graduate can use it for any dish for which he needs a frying pan. Since your graduate might invite friends over for dinner or have a number of roommates, a wok will come in handy for large servings. It’s even high-edged enough for stews and soups.

A Grill Pan

If your graduate is moving into a dorm, chances are she won’t have access to a grill, or if there is one, it’s going to be in high demand. A grill pan allows her to get that seared and rich taste on a stovetop. Not only will she enjoy grilled chicken, beef, fish and other meats, but she’ll also become a master of the quesadilla, omelet and roasted vegetable. Opt for a pan with a press to go along with it, and she can sear the food so both sides cook at once. She’ll even walk away with grill lines on her foods, just like she’d get on a grill, only without the crunchy charcoal bits.

While everyone else showers your graduate with flowers, jewelry and stuffed animals to celebrate her big day, give her something durable and practical. The graduate in your life is going to be on a strict budget for the next few months or even years. Gifts that help him stock his kitchen will prove much more helpful when it comes to celebrating a graduate establishing independence.