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This post is all of the best college graduation gifts you can give your favorite graduate! Whether you need high school graduation gift ideas for him or university graduation gifts for her, I’ve got you covered.

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Honestly, some of the best college gifts I’ve ever received were my graduation gifts! There are some graduation gift ideas that are universally awesome and others that are better graduation gifts for adults or high schoolers. I’ve got ideas for him, her, friends, sons, daughters, you name it!

You could always do the classic gift of money but buy giving a more personalized gift, your graduate will really know you care. Plus unique college graduation gifts couldn’t be easier with this list.

This post is all about college graduation gifts.


Graduation Gifts For Him

Sometimes the best college graduation gifts for guys are the ones they’d never think to buy themselves. Whenever I’m buying a gift for a guy, I try to think about 1) who they are and 2) who they want to be. Maybe he’s super into sports and hasn’t bought that ultimate tailgate game yet. Or another example could be if he’s into gaming and hasn’t indulged in that newest DLC. In case you’re not sure what his vibe is, I’ve made this list JUST FOR YOU. If you’re looking for college graduation gifts for a son, best friend, boyfriend, husband, or anyone in between, then check out these awesome gifts.

1. The Art of Shaving Set

It’s time for those boys to be men and what better than a quality shave? This shaving kit will make him feel so elevated. This set includes the four elements of the perfect shave which allows him to combine quality ingredients, handcrafted accessories, and expert shaving techniques to achieve a consistently better shave.

2. Dr. Squatch Men’s Bar Soap Gift Set (10 Bars)

With these personalized hygiene goodies, he’ll feel like a man and smell like a champ (or so they say). They want you to raise the bar on your shower with their sudstastic 10-pack of cold process natural soap featuring a selection of manly scents including: Pine Tar, Bay Rum, Grapefruit IPA, Cool Fresh Aloe, Alpine Sage, and more!

3. Overnight Bag

This overnight bag makes traveling a breeze and he’s sure to impress his *adult* friends on their next trip out of town. Besides, nothing says “visit me anytime” like fresh luggage. This  carry-on bag for flying can also double as a gym, overnighter or weekender bag.

4. Personalized Drinking Glasses

Whether he’s drinking water or something much stronger, personalized drinking glasses like these are universally appreciated. Regular glassware has its place, but everytime he uses these glasses, he’ll remember the awesome person that gifted them.

5. Yeti Cooler

Bring the party to go, this gift is a sure fire hit every time. Not to mention everyone loves the person who brings the bevvies. With this cooler, ice stays ice and it’s literally so durable you could bring it anywhere.

6. Portable Charger

Low battery warning in the middle of the day? What a drag. But not when you have a portable charger!

7. Speaker

I never knew a person that couldn’t use a speaker. Whether he’s working hard or playing hard, having some tunes in the background is the perfect way to set the mood. Not to mention extra bass for deep, punchy sound, it’s waterproof with up to 16 hours of battery life, and connects and streams music easily with Bluetooth!

8. Manly Gift Box

Looking for the perfect gift for him? Our Man Box Gift Set is filled with unique gifts for men that any outdoor camping enthusiast, survivalist or adventurer will get fired up about! This Gift Box includes: 1) Fire Starter Kit – Ferro Rod & Tinder Rope 2) Rambo Knife w/ Sheath & Mini Ferro Rod 3) Green, Double Insulated Travel Mug w/ Slide Closure Lid 4) All Natural Coffee Grit Soap 5) Charcoal Cedar & Sandalwood Camping Candle and a 6) Man Card!

Graduation Gifts for Her

Let’s hear it for the girls! Picking the perfect girl for her can be so difficult, if she’s anything like the women in my life, they seem to have it all! But there’s definitely some tried and true gifts that never go out of style. If you’re looking for college graduation gifts for a daughter, best friend, girlfriend, wife, or anyone in between, then check out these fantastic gifts.

9. Stanley Cup

She’s trendy, she’s fun, she’s practical. For the girl who hydrates like it’s her full time job.

10. Towel Set

Treat her to a luxurious new bathing experience with an ~adult~ towel set. She can finally say goodbye to the damp towel days of yore. This Turkish towel set feels luxuriously soft and thick, but is light enough to wrap up and relax for hours — yes please!

11. Wine Glasses

This is the real world where she loves entertaining and needs more than two wine glasses in her possession, a set like this will make her feel like the hostess with the mostest. Sorry, no more stolen wine glasses for this gal!

12. Sol de Janeiro Travel Kit

This scent is to die for, she’ll be speechless. An amazing scent for an amazing graduate, this airy scent will be well received every time.

13. The Dailee Planner

She survived school so let’s help her thrive in life. For the ultimate Type A.

14. Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

It’s like a Brazilian blowout but any day she wants. Everyday is a good day when the hair is on point. This  hair dryer is engineered for fast drying and precision styling while protecting hair from extreme heat damage, plus five styling attachments are engineered for different hair types!

15. Kindle Paperwhite

Sure she says she likes books because she likes to hold them but she’ll love taking this everywhere with her more. She can take more books in more places by storing literally thousands of titles and a single charge will last weeks! Plus easy on the eyes and it’s built to withstand accidental immersion in water, so you’re good from the beach to the bath.

16. Barefoot Dreams Robe

This is the most soft, cozy robe you could give someone, she will feel like she’s wearing a cloud. Nothing compares to the soft feeling of this luxury cloth robe designed with the comfort in mind. It’s irresistibly cozy and the perfect way to start and end the day.

17. Weekender Duffle Bag

Yes please; this is perfect duffel bag for a weekender!

Graduation Gifts for Adults

Looking for all-around good gifts for the adults in your life? If they’re brand new to adulting, I’ve included some incredibly useful gift ideas to get them started in the grown up world. Or if they’ve been adulting for a minute, I’ve also got some classic can’t-go-wrongs mixed in. If you’re looking for graduation gift ideas for friends who are made it to the real world, then check out these perfect gift ideas.

18. Tool Kit

Odds are someone is going to need a hammer and a level sometime, and it’s about time they stop relying on their dad’s toolkit. This includes all the crucial tools needed for everyday home repairs and maintenance, from cutting to tightening, measuring to hammering.

19. Nonstick, Ceramic Cookware

Treat the graduate to a new pan or two, it’s time they learn there’s more to life than ramen and takeout. Trust me, they’ll thank you later. They’re naturally nonstick which means less butter and oil plus all Caraway pot and pan sets are free of PTFE, PFOA, PFAS, lead, cadmium and other toxic materials that can leach into your food, making them safe for you, your family, and the environment.

20. Blank Recipe Book

Remember what I said about there being more to life than ramen and takeout? Let’s set them up for some great dinner parties by giving them your favorite recipes! Cooking can be easy with these elegant, simple yet functional cook book journals to write in. Whether it’s a traditional family recipe keeper or a newly discovered one, rest assured that it will never get lost with this DIY cookbook. This is definitely one of the must buy blank recipe books to write in!

21, 22, & 23. Home Office Setup

Welcome to that 9-5, this graduation gift is perfect for the remote worker or the after hours email checker. This computer stand easily lifts their laptop to a higher level which can help relieve posture related problems such as muscle strain, or neck and shoulder discomfort as they work. 

This nifty gifty will prevent their Phone charging cables, USB cables, network cables, TV power cords from excessive bending, tangling and fray, keeping their room tidy and neat.

This doubles as a mouse pad, desk protector, and makes your desk space look oh so cute! I mean, professional!

24. Subscription (ex. Book of the Month, National Geographic, etc.)

Who doesn’t love a subscription? There’s a flavor for the bookworms, travel bugs, foodies, and more.

25. Hatch Alarm Clock

I have a Hatch alarm clock that I love because I can c𝗈𝗏𝖾𝗋 𝖻𝖺𝖼𝗄𝗀𝗋𝗈𝗎𝗇𝖽 𝗇𝗈𝗂𝗌𝖾𝗌 𝗐𝗂𝗍𝗁 𝗐𝗁𝗂𝗍𝖾 𝗇𝗈𝗂𝗌𝖾, 𝗉𝗂𝗇𝗄 𝗇𝗈𝗂𝗌𝖾, 𝖻𝗋𝗈𝗐𝗇 𝗇𝗈𝗂𝗌𝖾 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝗈𝗍𝗁𝖾𝗋 𝗌𝗅𝖾𝖾𝗉 𝗌𝗈𝗎𝗇𝖽𝗌 𝗂𝗇𝗌𝗉𝗂𝗋𝖾𝖽 𝖻𝗒 𝗇𝖺𝗍𝗎𝗋𝖾 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝖻𝖺𝖼𝗄𝖾𝖽 𝖻𝗒 𝗌𝖼𝗂𝖾𝗇𝖼𝖾. And I wake up so gently because this 𝗌𝗎𝗇𝗋𝗂𝗌𝖾 𝖺𝗅𝖺𝗋𝗆 𝖼𝗅𝗈𝖼𝗄 𝗌𝗎𝗉𝗉𝗈𝗋𝗍𝗌 𝗒𝗈𝗎𝗋 𝗇𝖺𝗍𝗎𝗋𝖺𝗅 𝖼𝗂𝗋𝖼𝖺𝖽𝗂𝖺𝗇 𝗋𝗁𝗒𝗍𝗁𝗆. 𝖭𝗈 𝗆𝗈𝗋𝖾 𝗃𝖺𝗋𝗋𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝖺𝗅𝖺𝗋𝗆𝗌.

26. Professional Backpack

For the commuters, upgrade their style by gifting them an ~adult ~ backpack. They’re sure to get compliments and feel way more confident walking into the office. Plus so many storage pockets, they’ll never lose their keys again.

27. Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker

If they consider coffee a personality trait, hook them up with this coffee maker. This machine allows them to make four different brew styles, from specialty brews to iced coffee. Plus with six brew sizes and a built-in frother, they’ll be set for whatever vibes they’re feeling that day!

29 & 30. New Bedding

This is such a good duvet insert, I love mine and it makes my duvet look so luxurious! Not to mention you can change the duvet cover anytime (and it makes washing a breeze!).

To make the bedding complete, these sheets are so soft and so nice with the built in pockets. Like wow, someone really thought of it all.

31 & 32. Ember Mug

Lukewarm coffee is gone! This mug will help you keep your coffee warm all day long if you please and you won’t be sacrificing looks for function.

33. Printer

Long gone are the days of relying on others to print for them, having their own printer will ensure that they’re ready for any sort of form that comes their way.  Plus this printer’s space-saving design is perfect for small spaces and home use, ensuring it fits wherever they need it. This is maybe the most practical, underrated gift they could receive.

College Graduation Gifts From Parents

Ah moms and dads, where does the time go? Seems like yesterday that your little one was still babbling nonsense and now they’ve degree’d up. I know how proud you must feel and this list of gift ideas is a blend of nostalgia and gifts they’ll never expect. Trust me, I know that you know best and that they’ll thank you later – that’s how it works, right? 😉 

34. Trendy Photo Album

They might not have appreciated all the sentimental stuff in the past but trust me, after graduation everything seems a little more rose colored. Start by filling this photo album up for them and leave the second half empty for all their new adventures, trust me they’ll love it.

35. Money

Let’s be honest. You can never go wrong with cold hard cash.

36. Car Emergency Kit

If you can count on one hand the number of people you know that have an emergency car kit, then you need to give this to your graduate. Trust me, being prepared is a great gift. This emergency car kit is your ultimate travel companion.

37. Fancy Garbage Can

Most underrated thing that elevates a space? A fancy garbage can to replace that tall, topless dumpster that stinks is a treasure every time.

38 & 39. Watch

Whether they want an Apple watch, workout watch, or purely aesthetic piece of jewelry, a watch is always insanely good. These thin watches for women are all the rage right now and what guy wouldn’t love this masculine watch?

40. Quilt

Family quilt passed on through the generations, made from old highschool t-shirts, or brand new from the store – blankets are a tremendous gift.

41. Classic Graduation Diploma Display

If your grad is the type that wants to display their accomplishments, then look no further. This is the perfect, elegant way to display that diploma and tassel. Plus, it will keep them in pristine condition and easily located at a moments notice.

Unique Gifts For Graduates

Some graduates are a flavor all their own and the standard graduation gift won’t cut it. These are the gifts for the out-of-the-box people in your life that deserve a gift with a little extra flair.

42. Skydiving

If your graduate is adventurous and always down for a thrill, surely this will be something they won’t forget! And don’t call me Shirley! 

43. Record Player

This is the perfect gift for virtuosos and anyone who likes immaculate vibes really. Translation, records make everything cooler. It creates a warm atmosphere when family gatherings and this particular record player has a Bluetooth speaker just in case.

44 & 45. Golf Club Set

Time to hit the links, trust me golfing only gets better as you get older. Treat them to a set of clubs and set up tee time asap. Plus these golf bag sets come with all the essential clubs they’ll need!

46. Trendy Diploma Frame

The perfect diploma display for the trendy girl in your life!

47. Professional Headshots & Resume

If your grad is still in the thick of job hunting, take a load off their shoulders by helping them out and hiring out a resume and headshot guru.

48. Tickets To A Concert

Sometimes the best gifts are memories and sometimes the best memories are made at concerts.

49. Massage Gun

For all that stress they’re about to carry, this is the perfect gift for those tense friends. This massage gun relieves muscle fatigue and pain, promotes blood circulation, and relieves lactic acid. Plus this portable cordless massage gun is ergonomically designed, easy to carry and use, lightweight, equipped with a suitcase and user manual, simplifying storage and transportation!

50. Car Wash Membership

There’s something so special about having a clean car and knowing that your ride is gorgeous as the cargo it carries.

51. Airpod Max Headphones

If you gift them these Airpod Max headphones, they will use them every day. Everyone loves a good set of headphones, but a great set? No competition, hands down wonderful idea.

52. Sunset Lamp

Whether they’re the type of person that loves a statement piece or they just want to have great mood lighting, these sunset lamps are so trendy right now. This LED sunlight lamp brings the breathtaking beauty of a sunset into your home, so you don’t have to travel to a mountaintop or the beach to enjoy its stunning views.

53. Back Pain Relief

Kick that tension and stress to the curb. I SWEAR by this back warmer, literally use it every night. This is the perfect gift for the person who needs to remember to take care of themself and especially if they’re entering the work force.

54. Luggage Set

They’ll be ready to go anywhere with this new luggage set, and what better than sleek black hardshell luggage? Plus this luggage passed the 100% perfect drop test, so even if your grad (or the airport) is rough with their luggage, it’s made to last.

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