14 gifts not to give graduates

Magnifying paperweight(Photo courtesy of barneys.com)Getting a diploma is exciting, but so is unwrapping the congratulatory presents that come with it. That is, until you come across one of these things below, which are basically the opposite of fashionable interview shoes and envelopes laced with $20s.

Instead, they're either boring or bizarre graduation presents (or just not occasion-appropriate) and we wouldn't suggest buying any of them for a recent grad. Unless, of course, that graduate is really obsessed with snowglobes, in which case, more power to you.









Paperweights

For a grad?: Yawn, yawn, boring yawn.

Do give them to: Your fancy uncle that shelves leather-bound books in a proper library.

Magnifying paperweight, $550, Ari D. Norman, barneys.com


Home Decor(Photo courtesy of dwellstudio.com) Home Decor

For a grad?:  No, because they probably need to get an Ikea futon or a non-air matress bed before trinkets or anything deemed an "object."

Do give them to: A 30-something who's already had time to decorate her bookshelves with perfectly hodge podge frames and knick knacks.

Pyramid objects, $125 for 3, dwellstudio.com

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Desktop Games(Photo courtesy of urbanoutfitters.com )Desktop Games

For a grad?: Good luck getting them to be productive in the job hunt. (And if they have one already, probably not the best idea to show up on the first day with this.)

Do give them to: The dude whose wife won't let him have the full-on man cave. Or your fifth-grader brother.

Desktop sports kit, $10, urbanoutfitters.com











Compasses(Photo courtesy of tiffany.com)Compasses

For a grad?: At least a pocket watch will tell you the time when your cell phone dies, but a compass? Unless you're planning a sailing trip after graduation, they're pretty useless.

Do give them to: That old world nostalgic person who insists on having a globe or a non-ironic typewriter in his living room.

1837 compass, $325, tiffany.com











Kitschy Mugs(Photo courtesy of fredflare.com)Kitschy Mugs

For a grad?: They're funny for a second, but then you sort of hate that you can never bring them to work or have a grown-up conversation while holding one.

Do give them to: Your boyfriend's obnoxious roommate.

Toilet mug, $16, fredflare.com












Overly-Themed Frames(Photo courtesy of thingsremembered.com)Overly-Themed Frames

For a grad?: Go the classic route instead: a silver frame with the date quietly engraved.

Do give them to: A grandparent, the one who still keeps a packet full of wallet-sized family photos to show people who never asked anyway.

Spinning frame, $29.99, thingsremembered.com












Success water globe(Photo courtesy of thingsremembered.com)Snowglobes

For a grad?: Unless they have winter scenes and are part of a seasonal display, snowglobes are the most pointless things ever. Don't even get me started on this one, which has a globe inside a globe (WTF?). And, of course, you can't even bring it on a plane.

Do give them to: Your best friend with the best sense of humor, so she can display it proudly and then wait for people to comment.

Success water globe, $34.99, thingsremembered.com





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