Practical Gifts for Grads on GiftSimple

Congratulations class of 2012!  Instead of managing an inventory of giftcards or returning unwanted gifts, why not get the graduation gift you really want? Too expensive for one person to buy? GiftSimple can help you crowdfund it.

Here are a few gift suggestions:

1. Camera

Say cheese! Use a new camera to capture the big day, and then whatever comes next. Whether digital, SLR or video, a new camera is a practical gift that can be used to capture milestones yet to come. 


2. Furniture

Recent graduates probably don’t have a lot of furniture. And now they have either a dorm room or new apartment to furnish.  A furniture fund is definitely a better alternative to picking up a couch off the side of the road!

Sofa  Mattress

3. Moving Expenses ($750+

Recent graduates may not have a lot of furniture (see above) but moving what they do have can still add up. Whether going away to college, moving into a new apartment, or back home with Mom & Dad, contributing to a Moving Fund can help pay for a U-Haul truck, professional movers, and even storage containers. 


4. Travel Fund

Planning a trip with friends before everyone goes his/her separate way? Traveling can be expensive. Help a recent grad set out on an adventure by contributing to a Travel Fund. The money raised can be used on plane tickets, hotels/hostels, luggage, food, etc. Bon Voyage!


5. Watch

A watch is a gift that can last a lifetime and even be passed down to the next generation.  And what better occasion than graduation to bestow this gift? Classic timepieces like a Cartier Tank are a popular choice. 


6. iPad / Laptop

A new laptop or iPad is the perfect gift for a recent graduate. From writing papers to keeping in touch with friends, a new computer or tablet can keep a recent grad connected.  

iPad       Laptop

7. Memberships

Independence can be expensive. Help a recent graduate afford his/her living expenses. Gym memberships, bulk food warehouse memberships, or even a Netflix subscription can all help a recent graduate save money on his/her entertainment expenses.  

Gym   Bulk Warehouse

8. Briefcase

Whether interviewing for a summer internship or starting a new job, a recent graduate should leave a backpack behind.  Contribute towards a new bag or briefcase for a more professional look.


9. New Wardrobe

Recent graduates need at least one nice suit - for an internship interview or a new job. Help fund a new wardrobe for the next chapter. 


Did you know that the idea for GiftSimple originated from Founder Jessica Lachs’s own gifting experience at her graduation?  Learn more about the story here.

Let us know what you think of our gift recommendations in the comments below or share with us on our Facebook page!  Happy Gifting! 

Gifts Our Favorite TV Characters Would List on GiftSimple (Part 1)

Not surprisingly we’ve had gifts on the brain lately. And with last week’s season finAle of Pretty Little Liars and this week’s season premiere of Mad Men, we got to thinking: What would our favorite TV characters list on GiftSimple?  Here’s our list ranging from Bones baby shower to Liz Lemon’s 40th Birthday. Let us know what you think in the comments!

1. Caroline Channing on 2 Broke Girls

She may have lost all of her money when her father went to prison, but Caroline still has expensive taste and isn’t afraid to make a statement. Her most recent birthday was a bit of a letdown - she didn’t get to see her father and Max’s party may have been the worst in TV history. Next year has to be better. Caroline wears the same necklace in almost every episode and we think it’s time for a new one. Perhaps the former Park Avenue princess would like Oscar de la Renta’s Bead-embellished bib necklace ($1,220 It even goes with her waitress uniform (sort-of).

Caroline Channing  Oscar de la Renta Necklace

2. Cast of the Jersey Shore

New (shore) house? GiftSimple is a great alternative to traditional housewarming gifts. Pool contributions from friends and family towards a larger purchase you actually want, like a leather sofa or a new dining room table. But in the case of the Jersey Shore cast, we suggest a housekeeper. From the rancid “smush room,” to the clogged toilets and piles of trash, this seaside abode should be declared a hazmat zone.

Merry Maids

3. Roger Sterling on Mad Men

While we might hope that Roger would register for a gym membership or a nicotine patch, it is unlikely (especially since the nicotine patch wasn’t invented until 1985). Roger nearly died of a massive heart attack, but continues to drink and smoke every day. In fact, has he been in scene sans liquor and cigarettes? But since GiftSimple gives you the freedom to list whatever you want, Roger should at least smoke his Lucky Strikes in style with a Caran d’Ache Black Chinese Lacquer Lighter ($2,100

Roger SterlingLighter

4. Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan on Bones

Bones is a brilliant anthropologist but this mama-to-be has some questionable social skills. When brainstorming baby gifts for her friends, an encyclopedia and microscope were at the top of her list.  Seely Booth (Bones’ baby daddy) quickly points out “Angela and Hodgins are having a baby, not a graduate student.” For her own baby shower, we think Bones would appreciate a gift that’s practical, beautiful and good for baby’s spatial recognition and cognitive development: GiftsDefine handmade mobile ($165


5. Rachel Berry on Glee

When this NYC-bound diva-in-training graduates McKinley High School, we know exactly what graduation gift she’ll want: Broadway tickets! But with 40 shows currently on Broadway and an average ticket price of $80, Rachel might need some help paying for her entertainment (at least until she’s standing on a Broadway stage herself). Rachel can list a Broadway Ticket Fund ($3,200) on GiftSimple and share it with her friends and family. Then her fellow New Directions members can contribute $10, $20, as much as they want, to her gift. Good luck in NYC Rachel!


6. Emily Thorne and Daniel Grayson on Revenge

This primetime soap opera is full of secrets, lies and stolen identities; but, somehow Emily and Daniel found the time to get engaged. Their Fire & Ice engagement party may have ended with a murder, but did you see that gift table? I don’t think the happy couple needs a blender. We think Emily and Daniel would appreciate a Liberty Presidential Safe ($3,870 - perfect for hiding her Infinity Box. Daniel may seem innocent now, but I’m sure he’ll have something to hide in the safe come season 2.


7. Aria Montgomery, Spencer Hastings, Hanna Marin and Emily Fields on Pretty Little Liars

GiftSimple can be used for any occasion: birthdays, graduations, holidays, showers… even to celebrate the reveal of the boot-buying, glove-wearing, psycho stalker calling herself “A”. These girls definitely deserve a fresh start. First thing on the list - new phones! We think they’d want Apple’s iPhone 4S ($199 When the mystery continues this summer, the girls can ask Siri for some help.

Pretty Little Liars  iphone

8. Liz Lemon on 30 Rock

Liz was furious when no one remembered her 40th birthday on the Live Episode. To make it up to her, we suggest the cast and crew of The Girlie Show all chip in to buy her a fantastic present. What gift would Liz Lemon want? Coach’s Madison Quilted Chevron Nylon Large Lindsay Satchel ($398 Perfect for a woman who carries her life in her bag, and the nylon exterior will come in handy should Liz spill any coffee or hot chocolate on her new bag!

Coach Madison Quilted Chevron Nylon Lindsay Satchel

You Shouldn’t Have! No, Really… The Worst Gifts (Part 1)

At GiftSimple our goal is to make gifting simple. We want to help you get the stuff you want from the people you know. Emphasis on “the stuff you want.”  At some point we have all received a bad gift. But have you ever received a gift so bad that you were rendered speechless? Something so terrible you couldn’t re-gift it because there was no one you disliked enough? We asked our customers to share their worst gifts with us.  Here is a preview with some of our favorites. If you have a bad gift you would like to share with us, comment below, send us a message or post on our Facebook wall.

1. A Re-gifted Book

I love books. They are usually a safe bet if you are buying me a gift. However, a re-gifted book, with a handwritten note from the original gift giver to the gift receiver (who is now the gift giver), is not OK!  A lot of people re-gift but be sure to check for any personalization before passing the gift along to a new recipient. 

2. Coupons

If someone needs to shell out their own money to enjoy your gift, then perhaps it’s not really a gift. Discount coupons and Buy-One-Get-One-Free vouchers aren’t gifts.

3. Pets

Puppies might be adorable but they are also a huge commitment. Pet ownership is a responsibility that should never be imposed on someone by a gift.

4. That Questionable Thing From Your Basement

If you’re not sure what something is, chances are the person you are giving it to won’t know either. Calling something a “conversation piece,” doesn’t make it a good gift. Some things are better left in the basement (or the trash).

5. A Scale.

Really? I can’t believe anyone thought this was an appropriate gift. Weight is a very sensitive topic for many people. No matter how fancy, a bathroom scale screams “you should lose some weight.” And is that the right message for a gift? I think not!  Editor’s Note: This includes gym memberships. Unless specifically requested by the recipient, giving someone a gym membership is not a good idea.

More to come!

Please continue to send us your gifting horror stories and you might find yourself featured in our next blog post. 

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