By the time I started grad school, I was feeling like an adult. I had my first real apartment with my college boyfriend and we started to look at things more from a design perspective rather than one of necessity. We were moving from scoring furniture off the streets to IKEA, which is to say we were still on a budget. If you know a grad or just someone with their first apartment, these gifts are a smart way to go. Got more ideas? Share below!
  1. Freshly Picked's awesome Leather Neon Mouse Pad, $35
  2. Time to up the sophistication with this Charbonize modern iPad sleeve, $59
  3. Scientific American says houseplants make you smarter, which is what you should tell your grad when you give them this cool Urban Outfitters Turning Triangles Terrarium, $39.
  4. For owl lovers: Anthropologie's Sleepy Hollow Pencil Holder, $16
  5. Everyone could use some soap, but these step up the style a notch, thanks to Orla Kiely and Method, available in limited release Fall 2012
  6. Jane Austen fans will appreciate this Etsy Pride and Prejudice iPhone Dock, $52
  7. You don't need to study in Brooklyn to fall in love with these Restoration Hardware Brooklyn Bridge Bookends, $69
  8. No more t-shirt twists — this Georg Jensen Elephant Bottle Opener mixes cheek with chic.
  9. Ferm Living's Wall Calendar Sticker (just add chalk!), $127