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This post is all about the best college graduation gifts for girls.

You know those high school graduation gifts you still haven't touched four years later?! Not these. These college graduation gifts will be used all the time and will remind the graduate how special they are to you!

Graduating college is a BIG deal that deserves to be celebrated with some really freakin' good college graduation gifts for girls. 

I am a senior in college and will be graduating this spring so I asked all my graduating friends what they want most for graduation and we came up with a huge list of all the best graduation gifts that we would actually use.

This post is all about college graduation gifts for girls.


1. Béis Duffle Bag

Graduating means no more homework or studying on weekends! College graduates are going to be doing a lot more traveling and activities now that they have the time. 

This is a perfect college graduation gift for girls! Having a bag that's an in-between of a backpack and suitcase is perfect for any weekend activity (and something guaranteed to be used for YEARS!).

2. Digital Recipe Book

Now that the graduate is on their own, they are definitely going to be cooking more and will need ideas! Buy the graduate a cute recipe book and fill it up with a few of your favorite recipes.

You could even have each of their close friends and family add their own recipe in. This is a super thoughtful gift for college graduates that will definitely come in handy!

3. College Town Street Map Glasses

Graduating and leaving your college town behind can be hard. A cool glass of their college town is a perfect way to keep a little piece of college with you in your new home. 

This is a great gift for anyone that loves their college town!

4. Nespresso Machine

For any college graduate that is going to start a 9-5 job, a coffee maker is essential. Going from sleeping in whenever you want to to an early morning wake up call is tough and caffeine is definitely going to be necessary. 

A super nice coffee maker is something your college graduate will absolutely love and will most likely use all the time.

5. Apple Watch

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Now that your graduate is done with college, they are going to have so much more free time! Why not use that extra time to do something active? 

Apple Watches are a great gift because it is a watch and a fitness tracker in one. They encourage you to be more active and get out of your comfort zone. Plus, you can call text, check social media and so much more with the newest Apple Watch!

6. Amazon Prime Membership

Becoming an adult means getting an Amazon Prime membership... obviously. Amazon is taking over the world and we're here for it. 

A Prime membership is a perfect gift for a college graduate because it is such a great thing to have once your're out on your own but they might not want to spend money on right away. They will be so happy to receive this!

7. Linq Card

Once you're out on your own, having a business card on you at all times is crucial. You never know who you might meet!

This card is super cool because it is basically a virtual business card. You put all of your contact information and social media in on the Linq app so that when you need to share your information, all someone has to do is tap their phone to your card and it instantly gives them your contact information. This is basically the 2021 version of a traditional business card.

8. Passport Holder

Okay how cute is this passport holder? A ton of college graduates travel before they start to work full time, so if that's the case, this is a perfect gift! 

9. New Luggage

Once you graduate and have an actual income, you have much more time and money to travel. New luggage is the perfect graduation gift for the girl that loves to travel and is always on the go. 

This luggage set is so cute and simple.

10. Candle Set

An easy college graduation gift that won't break the bank is candles. One of the best smells ever is the smell of a candle from Anthropologie! They have tons and tons of cute candles to choose from that all smell so good. You can't go wrong with giving them this as a gift!

11. AirPods

Airpods are honestly a great gift for any occasion. You really don't know what you're missing out until you have them. Any graduate would be so excited to receive these as a gift! 

Whether it's listening to podcasts on their commute to work, or music while they work out, Airpods are amazing for any time of the day.

12. Dailee Planner 

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These are the planners we make and think are absolutely PERFECT to give as gifts! Especially as a graduation gift... New grads will love this gift to help them get their lives together and keep them organized in their post-grad year.

We sell iPad versions year round and have about two drops of physical planners each year, with our next one being in May 2024. So if you are looking for a physical planner instead of a digital one, join the waitlist through The Dailee website!

13. iPad

Is it just me or is an iPad such an adult thing to have? iPads are awesome for searching the web, watching a show, taking notes, online shopping and so much more! 

If you're in the market for a more expensive graduation gift, this is it!

14. Class Pass Membership

When moving to a new city, it's hard to know what kind of work out classes you are going to like. A ClassPass membership is a perfect way to encourage your college graduate to try out a variety of work out classes! 

This way they can find what they like and not have to worry about breaking the bank on drop-in prices at different work out places!  

15. An Instant Pot

An Instant Pot just screams adult, doesn't it? While getting used to living on your own, an Instant Pot is a great way to get used to cooking for yourself and still eating really yummy meals. 

It makes cooking so easy and fast, while still loving the food you make. This is a perfect graduation gift for anyone that wants to cook a lot but doesn't want to invest a lot of time in it.

16. A Nice Water Bottle

A nice water bottle is a great way to encourage hydration which is great at any stage in life! 

I'm obsessed with Hydroflasks. They keep drinks cold (or hot) for sooo long so it's perfect to fill up before work and know that it will last the entire day.

17. Charcuterie Board 

What says "adult" more than a cheese board? Nothing. This is the perfect graduation gift because it will really make your graduate feel like they are grown up. 

These are perfect for when they want to have friends over for appetizers and wine!

18. Barefoot Dreams Blanket

Barefoot Dreams blankets are ALL the rage right now and for good reason. They seriously make it feel like you’re sleeping with a hug around you.

It’s super comforting and guaranteed to help your sleep quality improve. This is especially great for graduates moving to a new city and maybe feeling homesick. Such a great gift!

19. Badass / Adulting Books

Starting a new career is a big deal. It is easy to feel like you have no idea what you're doing. Books like these are a great way to keep your college graduate feeling empowered and motivated! 

I love books about being a badass. It really makes me more motivated to live my best life and I'm sure you want the same for your college graduate!

20. Custom Necklace

You can never go wrong with gifting personalized jewelry for a girls college graduation gift. This is a cute but simple piece that can be customized for the graduate on her special day.

21. Jewelry Case

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I think we can all agree that getting jewelry tangled in your bad is one of the most frustrating things ever. This jewelry travel case is super cute and can be customized with embossed foil. Any recent college graduate would love this jewelry case.

22. Sweat Set

Sweat sets are 100% a well loved gift among recent college graduates. Even though girls want to be comfy, they love looking cute while they do it! Tie dye sweat sets are super popular right now so I can guarantee any recent college graduate with fall in love with this set!

23. Towel Set

A nice towel set is a great college graduation gift since it's not something that a college graduate is likely to splurge on. Nice towels are such a luxury though! 

I got towels as a high school graduation gift and still use them to this day. This is definitely a great gift that other people probably haven't thought about.

24. Gym Bag

Once you're a college graduate, you will have a lot more time to exercise. A gym bag is so nice to have especially if you plan to go to the gym before or after work. 

Having a gym bag makes it so much easier to stay organized and have everything you will need for the gym in one place! This is a great college graduation gift for anyone that loves to stay active.

25. Gold Cooking Utensils

If you know me, you know how much I love my gold kitchen utensils. Most college graduates will be retiring their old boring cooking utensils and moving into a new apartment so cooking supplies are the perfect gift. I am obsessed with this white and gold set plus it is super inexpensive!

26. Personalized Key Ring Bangle

Now that your graduate is out of school, they will probably be traveling al lot more places and even buying their own place! Give them a super cute personalized key ring to put al their important keys on. These are so much cuter than the basic metal key rings!

27. Toolkit

Now that your graduate is independent and living on their own, they are going to have to fix things when they break. While this isn't the most glamorous gift, I guarantee they will thank you later. 

The worst feeling is having something break and then realizing you have no way to fix it. With this gift, that will never have to happen!

28. Pots And Pans Set

Again, cooking is definitely something your college graduate is going to do a lot more of once they are out on their own. You want to make sure they have all the pots and pans they need! Williams Sonoma has great deals on huge bundles of all sized pots and pans that would make the perfect graduation gift for college girls.

29. "Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me This Sh*t Before" Book

For any girl boss college graduates that are going into business, this book is bound to inspire them to work hard to reach their career goals. It gives girls inside information from real business woman on everything they wish they had known before. I LOVE books like these and I know your college graduate will too!

30. Amazon Giftcard

When in doubt, an Amazon giftcard is always a good gift. Everyone always needs something from Amazon at some point. This is such a simple gift but I guarantee they will use it and appreciate it!

31. Wine Glasses

If your college graduate loves a nice glass of wine once in a while, nice wine glasses is a great gift for their college graduation! Who doesn't love a glass of wine after a long, stressful day at work? 

These wine glasses put a modern spin on the classic wine glass. Stemless and a lustered shine, your college graduate is bound to love these!

32. An Echo Dot

An Echo Dot is such a fun gift for a college graduate because it's basically your own personal assistant helping make your life much easier. 

It can tell you the weather, turn your lights on and off, set timers and alarms and so much more. What more could a college graduate need?!

33. Philosophy Bath Gift Set

As exciting as graduation is, it is also very stressful since you're finally realizing that you have to be a real adult. To help ease the stress of adulting, a skincare set is a perfect way to help your college graduate relax!

The Youth System is such a good brand and allll the products smell amazing. This would be a great gift for anyone!

34. Calpak Laptop Tote Bag

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Graduating most likely means working. This work bag is so sleek and professional looking. Your graduate is guaranteed to feel like a BOSS walking into work with this over their shoulder!

35. Personalized Jewelry

Jewelry is always a great gift but sometimes picking out a piece college graduates will actually like and where is hard. I can guarantee any college aged girl will love these pieces. My friends and I all have this necklace and ring and we get so many compliments! These are both super popular among young girls right now so I promise they will love them!

36. Ugg Robe

The best feeling after a long work day is snuggling up in a big cozy robe. I have this robe and it's the best thing to ever happen to me (lol). Seriously this is such a good gift!

Your college graduate is going to thank you forever. Everyone needs a big comfy robe!

37. "Becoming" by Michelle Obama

This is an incredibly easy and inexpensive gift but one that will inspire a young college graduate. For anyone that likes to read, or may be curious about the life of Michelle Obama, this story is amazing and inspiring.

38. Blue Apron Subscription

Blue Apron is a food subscription that delivers you the exact ingredients and portions of food with step-by-step instructions on how to make really good meals. 

This is such a great college graduation gift, especially for those that want to start cooking for themselves but don't know where to start. This gives them the tools they need to learn!

39. Fuzzy Slippers

Every college girl right now is obsessing over these Anthropologie fuzzy slippers. Not only are they super comfy but they are also so cute! If you want to buy a pair of new slipper for a recent college graduate, these are the ones to get!

This post was all about the best college graduation gifts for girls.

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