Graduating from high school is something that every kid simultaneously looks forward to and dreads. On the one hand, a chapter they could very well miss is closing. On the other, a horizon lies ahead that is full of potential and hope. While no one can 100 percent prepare a graduate for the next step in life, you can help give them some of the useful tools they’ll need to be successful.
This is especially true for the graduate going off to live at college. While there is a long list of things they need (and a longer list of things they think they need), there are some items everyone forgets about, especially when it comes to kitchen gadgets. We know what you’re thinking: what college freshman has an actual kitchen in their dorm room? The truth is, they don’t. So what they need are dorm room-safe (or apartment-approved) gadgets that can help them avoid gaining some of the “freshman 15” and help prepare them for the days where they do have a kitchen they can cook in.
We devised a list of must-have gadgets that range from the serious to the silly that will all help your favorite graduate claim their culinary independence. From a mini microwave to an expert-level Ramen cooker, these small gadgets will definitely make their transition into collegiate life a more delicious one!
Your graduate won’t likely be able to take this into a dorm room, but if they have access to a communal kitchen or are renting a room in a shared apartment, this could be a useful gift.
A single burner will allow them to fry eggs, make grilled cheeses, or heat up soup for a quick bite to eat between classes without disturbing roommates.
Trust us: no college kid will survive their higher education without a coffee maker. From the late night study sessions to the early exams, a coffee maker will save them from having to scrape together coins to pay for coffee on the way to class.