Thinking about what to get a recent graduate in your life? As they embark on this new chapter in their lives, a new mattress with a cool graduation message could be just what they need (and what they don’t want to spend their own money on). Read on to learn more about giving a graduate the gift of sleep.


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The new college grad in your life has certainly received gift cards, copies of “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” and probably a toaster, but you know what they likely don’t have? A mattress for their first home or apartment.



And who needs a mattress more than a recent college grad? They’ve had four years of all-nighters and crappy twin beds. Why not set them up for a healthy sleep cycle in their post-graduate years?


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Step one is deciding what type of mattress you want to buy them. From memory foam to latex, hybrid to innerspring, each type of mattress comes with its own list of pros and cons. You may also want to consider if your grad has any specific sleeper needs. Some people are hot sleepers, side sleepers, stomach sleepers, and some have back pain. These picky – ahem – quality sleep seekers are going to want more in a mattress, but the upside is it narrows down your choices.

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Another way to wade through the sea of springy selections is to consider things like how socially conscious is your college grad? Many mattress companies make philanthropy the center of their business. If your grad is someone who sleeps better knowing they’ve done something to help the world around them, then a mattress that gives back could be on the top of your list.


These are all important things to consider, but let’s address the one thing you’ve been thinking about since you decided to buy a mattress for someone else – the cost. This can be especially scary if you’re a recent grad who wandered onto this page in the hopes of picking up tips for buying your very first mattress on your own. (Welcome!)

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First thing’s first, if a mattress price sounds too good to be true, it is. Get ready to endlessly search for a comfortable position the night before your first job interview. The good news? There are definitely quality mattresses out there that won’t cost as much as all those textbooks. (Too soon?)


One cost-cutting way of purchasing a quality mattress without the showroom price is to consider shopping online. Yes, that may mean not getting the opportunity to try it out, but there are plenty of unbiased, reputable sources that are ready to offer you the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth on the most popular brands out there.


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Your college grad’s first mattress is setting the stage for their sleep habits as they enter adulthood. Showing them what a good mattress can do for them now, means they’ll continue to value and prioritize healthy sleep habits – and that’s definitely a better graduation gift than a toaster.


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