The 7 Best Gifts to Buy for MBA Graduates in 2018

Professional presents for their new career and beyond

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Graduating from business school is a huge step and students usually enter post-grad life at an accelerated pace. They have a huge list of contacts in the industry — fellow grads and new connections — and probably already have a promising job offer. But what do you get a person who is at a major crossroads in their life? Help them transition smoothly from school to the working world with one of these useful MBA gifts. With options that range from a passport cover to an Apple Watch, these gifts...MORE are meant to help new business professionals stay organized, close big deals, stay centered and see the world.

 

  • Best Portfolio: Wundermax Padfolio Portfolio

    Nothing says you are prepared more for a job than a leather portfolio that keeps their paper and pens organized while also looking super professional while they open it at their first meeting. And while portfolios are used in most business settings it is something people often forget to purchase for themselves — thus making this a great gift option. 

    This set from Wondermax is padded so it will keep your phone or tablet secure from minor bumps. It has a tablet pocket and an A4 pocket to store important papers as well as an ID sleeve to store your security pass and extra business card holder to store clients information. The notebook holder is suited for right-handed people and has a place to stash your pen so you are never left unprepared. 

  • Best for Drinkers: Paksh Novelty Glass Decanter and Whiskey Glasses Set

    Give your MBA student’s next office some Mad Men-esque vibes with this beautiful Italian barware set. It includes an elegant decanter and six sparkling whiskey glasses. All the pieces are distinctive with diamond detailing and starburst cuts throughout the glass. The decanter holds 33.75 ounces of liquor — plenty to get a deal done over drinks — and comes with an ornate stopper. Your student likely won’t have time to do a lot of cleaning once they get a job, which is why this dishwasher-safe set is the perfect gift.

    This Amazon choice product gets high reviews for its classic style that will stand the test of time. Customers also remark that it is a great price for a quality set. 

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    Best Business Card Holder: Tumi Alpha Money Clip Card Case

    In this digital era it is often easy to forget that people still use paper products — especially when it comes to business cards. Anyone who has ever gotten their first professional job remembers how exciting it is to get your first set of business cards. And while putting a few cards in your wallet or the bottom of your purse can work in a pinch keeping them in a card case looks more professional and organized.

    This money clip card case from the beloved Tumi brand stashes business cards neatly but also has room for a security pass, ID, and some money so this can be used as a small wallet. It comes in a muted black or a camouflage print for those who are looking for a little more style to their look. 

  • Best for Travelers: Eccolo Travel Passport Cover Case

    MBA students have a reputation for being avid travelers. Because socializing and networking is such a priority in business school, students often bond with fellow students on just-for-fun getaways or meet prospective employers on career-focused trips. Plus, they need to see the world if they plan on becoming global leaders in business. With so many weekends away, their passports are bound to experience some wear and tear. Get them this stylish cover to protect their passport from getting battered during their travels. Choose from 12 designs to personalize the cover to the student’s style.

    And while no one really needs a passport cover it makes anyone look more important and business-like while also keeping documents organized. 

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  • Best Book: Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

    If a business school student wants to hear firsthand how to grow a company from $50 to $30 million, then this is the manual. This memoir written by Phil Knight, the founder and CEO of Nike, details how he turned the idea of importing high-quality, low-cost athletic shoes from Japan into one of the world’s most iconic companies. Of course, as with any business, there are hiccups along the way — and the book doesn’t shy away from them. It teaches the reader lessons about how to deal with cash-poor periods, put people in the right jobs and have fun while growing a business. This is a must-read book for any student that wants to be an entrepreneur.

  • Best Tech: Apple Watch Series 3 38mm Smartwatch

    Watches are often status symbols and a great one can impress everyone your business student comes into contact with — even potential employers. An Apple Watch not only shows that the student is tech savvy (which is great for today’s start-up culture), but it also keeps them organized. The Apple Watch Series 3 is the latest version in Apple’s watch collection and it boasts some amazing features. It’s faster than previous generations — by about 70% — which means that apps launch quickly and the graphics are smoother. Students can use apps like the heart rate monitor and custom high-intensity interval training to stay healthy or conduct business by tracking meetings, sending emails and managing budgets.

  • Best Bag: Mosiso Laptop Shoulder Bag

    Style and business go hand in hand. If you don’t look put together, then who will take you seriously? Make sure your student makes a good first impression with this slim laptop bag. It fits a 15-inch laptop and features spill-resistant gray denim that fits in with both casual and business looks. The inside has foam padding and a fluffy fabric lining to protect the computer from bumps and scratches. And there are side pockets to store a phone, notebook, and power adapter.

    For those who are working while in school this bag can transition seamlessly between the classroom, to the office, to happy hour and beyond. 

  • Best for Staying On-Track: Knock Knock Intention Tracker Pad

    It’s not a secret that business school is intensely stressful. And with all that pressure, it’s easy to lose sight of the things that really matter. This intention tracker pad divides the day’s to-do list into unconventional categories: be, feel, do, appreciate, let go of and attract. Instead of a student writing down a basic task list, they can start the day by sending out positive energy into the world. This list destresses, organizes, humbles and focuses anyone who is devoted to using it on a daily basis.

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