It’s spring, when the thoughts of high school and college students turn to: OMG, I can’t wait to get out of here! You, on the other hand, can be a little more ambivalent on graduation day: you’re overjoyed that your child/brother/sister/nephew/niece/grandchild is growing up, but also a little melancholy because that he’s going to college or the job market means you’ll see less of it. (Unless of course if you can’t wait to get rid of it, in which case it’s all well!) It doesn’t matter; it’s an occasion that deserves an appropriate graduation gift, and that’s where we come in. Find the best gift with our curated collection of graduation gift ideas that will delight your favorite graduate and/or give them a practical head start on their next exciting chapter.
As someone wise and sarcastic once said, “If you liked school, you’re going to LOVE the job.” With that in mind, your new “team member” may need every possible reason to smile when he steps out of the shower every morning. This 100% cotton bath mat will provide you with just that.
$39 at Urban Outfitters
A gift that mixes sentimentality and puzzles. Select your graduate’s birthday home page, which will make them reflect on how far they’ve come while enjoying a mentally challenging assignment they won’t be graded for! The 500 piece version is $55, but a 1,000 piece puzzle is available for $75.
$55 at Uncommon Goods
How better to motivate your workforce insider than with an inspirational message/hector from everyone’s favorite fictional business tycoon, Succession’s Logan Roy, aka actor Brian Cox. He’s just one of thousands of Cameo celebrities (Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, anyone?) who are ready to record a personalized video message for your new favorite face.
$689 at Cameo
Maybe your grad giveaway is a proud member of the Appleverse but doesn’t yet have a tablet to complete their ensemble. This addition will put you on their honor roll.
$329 on Amazon
1) See above. But also: 2) Maybe your grad settled for substandard headphones, as part of their student austerity program. What better way to reward them for their hard work and usher them into the world of state-of-the-art audio?
$249 on Amazon
Your graduate may have studied, graded, and written so hard that their current computer is broken. Or, graduation could just signal that it’s time for a fresh start with a killer new laptop. Either way, this Lenovo has what it takes.
$398 on Amazon
Anyone of college age has probably been working on looking cool for years. The beauty of Wayfarers? They bring a timelessness and maturity to this eternal quest.
$88 on Amazon
Maybe they promised to keep in touch with their classmates (and they really mean it); maybe they are starting their career path and will spend many, many hours in meetings, some of them remotely. You want them to look good in high definition, right?
$50 at Amazon
We tested this meal kit and although the portions were smaller, the recipes were easy to follow. Great for someone missing mom’s meatloaf! The $86-a-week plan includes six meals for two, but you can order as few as two meals a week ($44).
$86 at dinner
This chic tote bag is big enough to hold a laptop and versatile enough to take to the office, to grad school, or after work/school.
$139 at Coach
How great is that for someone contemplating the most daring adventure of their life? Each gorgeous orb comes with 52 slips of paper, one for each week, on which the newly created adult in your life jots down a wish, then slips it into the ball through a slot in the base. Talk about betting on its future!
$35 at Uncommon Goods
Did someone you love say goodbye to dorm life? This will inspire them to throw away those ramen packets and have their very first dinner party.
$84 on Amazon
Best case scenario: your grad saves a ton of money by doing their pre-work java at home. Worst case scenario: they will be trained for this barista job in their future. Still, a win-win… right?
$169 on Amazon
Think of this double duty as the training wheel that will help your graduate get into the habit of, you know, cleaning up where they live. Who knows ? One day they may be inspired to wash a dish!
$200 at Amazon
This toiletry bag is spill-proof and small enough to be cute (9.5″ x 4″ x 7″) yet big enough to hold all their stuff. Available in 11 colors.
$68 at Beis
No more disposable razors! We love the vintage vibe of this set, which includes a safety razor, badger hair brush, alum block, stainless steel shaving bowl, shaving soap, and five double-edged razor blades. .
$50 at Amazon
If the college experience is known for anything, it’s like a time of exploration. Here’s one of those experiences you won’t regret knowing: This handy kit is packed full of popular beauty products in sample sizes that graduates can try out before spending a ton of money on them.
$65 at Sephora
If your grad is the bookish type, trust us, the end of school means the start of a whole new world of non-required reading, and it’ll fill that Kindle with favourites, classics, and guilty pleasures faster than you cannot tell. Joyce Carol Oates.
$140 on Amazon
Every graduate dreams of jet-setting around the world – and a matching suitcase set is the perfect way to get them started on the journey. This premium collection includes a wheeled carry-on, large wheeled check-in bag, three packing cubes, two pouches and a luggage tag.
$545 at Calpak
One of the great benefits of life becoming adult and serious? Your graduate will discover the joys of long weekend mornings when they don’t have to clock in anywhere! Whether they’re making their own breakfast and crawling back under the covers or have a loved one to adore, there’s nothing quite like checking in, eating…and, maybe , then go back to sleep.
$99 at Urban Outfitters
Growing up means organization and efficiency as well as fun. Put it all at bay with this fan-favorite Echo Show.
$130 on Amazon
After the blood, sweat, and tears (not to mention fortune) that went into earning that degree, this case is the best way to protect — and show off — their investment and yours.
$40 at Amazon
It’s one of life’s defining events: on the first day, bedding changes from twin to queen. MAKE SURE THEY’RE DOING IT RIGHT: These sheets come in over 42 colors and have extra-deep pockets and over 246,000 five-star reviews.
$35 at Amazon
No more red Solo tumblers: this set of four mouth-blown crystal tumblers raises the bar for entertaining or relaxing after a long day at the office.
$42 at Amazon