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Graduating is a huge milestone, whether it’s from college, high school, or any other type of program. This year, we’re collecting the best graduation gift ideas so you can show your grad how special they are. 

Our list of top picks runs the gamut, from the latest tech gadgets to useful home appliances and trendy, fashionable items. For more personalized choices, check out our dedicated guides to the best college graduation gifts for her and him, as well as the best high school graduation gifts for her and him.

A plush bathrobethree people standing in bathrobes

Brooklinen

Brooklinen Super Plush Robe

This plush bathrobe from Brooklinen is absorbent enough to step in for a towel after a shower, and plush enough to want to lounge in long after you’re done. If your grad is about to be living in a dorm or sharing an apartment with roommates, they are going to need something to wrap themselves in when walking to the bathroom. 

An instant camera upgradeA Polaroid one-step camera devloping a photo of a bridge

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Polaroid Film Camera

If they love taking instant photos, this camera lets them do that, plus print out photos from their phone via a Bluetooth app. And if that’s not enough, it comes with two lenses (standard and portrait), so they will truly never miss their shot at a great pic.

A reliable pair of sockspink and orange bombas socks on a dark skinned model

Bombas

Bombas Ankle Socks

There’s a reason we love Bombas socks — in the several years we’ve tested socks, they’ve consistently ranked as the most comfortable and durable. Your graduate will be grateful for these socks. Find out more in our Bombas socks review

A comfy weighted blanketmodel sitting with weighted blanket

Nodpod

Portable Plush Weighted Blanket

A weighted blanket is one of the best items to have in a new dorm room or apartment. Get this comfy, portable blanket so your graduate can get cozy and lounge in whatever space they’re in. For more options, check out our guide to the best weighted blankets.

A reliable, convenient suitcaseAway The Carry-On suitcase in lavender

Away

Away is a cult-favorite luggage brand for good reason. Help your graduate jet-set to wherever they need to go in style with some of our favorite suitcases – and throw in packing cubes if you really want to go the extra mile.

Our Away luggage review has more details on why we love these suitcases. 

A Nintendo Switch for much-deserved game timeA Nintendo switch with joycons resting in front of a red backdrop

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Nintendo Switch

Whether they want to play solo or with their friends, they’ve earned some uninterrupted game time. The Switch remains a bestseller for its simplicity and versatility (plus, it won’t take up too much space in a small apartment). Pair it with a crowd-pleasing game like Mario Kart or Minecraft.

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Ticketmaster Gift Card

Have they been talking about snagging tickets to a favorite artist for months? If so, a Ticketmaster gift card to put towards those tickets is a really thoughtful gift. You can choose any amount from $25 to $500. 

A classy bouquetbouquet of purple flowers in a vase

Urban Stems

Urban Stems Floral Bouquet

Send flowers to your graduate — whether you’re sending them in lieu of being there yourself or as a supplement a digital gift or card. We highly recommend UrbanStems; the company’s bouquets are among the best flower delivery services

A water bottle to stay hydrateda man drinking a water bottle on a hike in the mountains with a girl in the background

Hydroflask

HydroFlask 32 oz. Wide Mouth Water Bottle

Whether running around for work or class, it can be easy to forget to hydrate. Gift your graduate a nice water bottle to carry around all day. HydroFlask bottles are very durable and won’t leak in his backpack. And let’s face it we’re all happier when we’re hydrated. 

Custom college pouchesThree zippered pouches with college themed designs from Georgia, Penn State, and Michigan.

Uncommon Goods

Collegiate Pouches

Whether your grad is going to college or leaving, they’ll want a handy pouch to show their school spirit. We love these customizable pouches from Uncommon Goods, as they are functional and artistic items. 

A custom birth chart bookBirthdate book open on a wooden table to pages showcasing a Leo next to a candle and mug of coffee.

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Astrology Birthdate Book

For fans of astrology — or anyone who’s on a serious post-college path to self-discovery — this customized birth chart book is sure to be something they turn to time and time again. All you need is their birth location and time to snag a 70-page hardcover tome of who they are and what to expect in their future. If you only know their birthday, you can also opt for a Birthdate candle or necklace.

A nice bottle of bubblyBottle of Veuve Clicquot next to a flute filled with champagne against a draped gold and teal fabric background.

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Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label Champagne

If they drink (and are old enough to drink), send them a nice bottle of bubbly to celebrate their big achievement. Drizly will deliver it for you.

A minimalist backpackA person holding a green Dagne Dover Dakota Neoprene Backpack.

Dagne Dover

Dagne Dover Dakota Neoprene Backpack

Dagne Dover’s neoprene backpacks are a sleek, safe bet if you want to get them something for their future travels or commutes. Beyond their trendiness, they’re super comfy, are made from recycled materials, and offer lots of compartments and pockets for optimal storage.

A pair of noise-canceling headphonessony headphones on a table next to a phone

Sony

Sony Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones

A nice pair of headphones make a great gift for just about anyone, but especially graduates. The noise-cancelling technology is essential for getting work done. But these will come in handy for a plethora of occasions, like watching Netflix when roommates are asleep or listening to favorite tunes while walking.

A dainty necklacePerson in a black tank top wearing two gold nameplate necklaces with the names "Ruby" and "Josephine"

Catbird

Catbird Tiniest Name Necklace

Nameplate necklaces are timeless, this one even more so for its tiny, all-lowercase font. You can fit up to 10 letters (the cost goes up after two), so you can customize it with their name, nickname, city, or anything else.

A sleek electric kettleThe white Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Kettle.

Nordstrom

Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Pour-Over Kettle

Fellow has one of the most beautiful electric kettles around. It doubles as an art piece on your kitchen counter, as well as an easy and convenient way to make morning coffee or tea. 

A chic lamp that warms candles without lighting thema luzdiosa Candle Warmer Lamp warms a candle in a dark room with a red velvet surface underneath

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Luzdiosa Candle Warmer Lamp

Beyond looking cute, this lamp serves a unique function: Activating candles without lighting them. Using its warming technology, the candles “burn” and release any scents, but at a much slower pace and without setting off any finicky fire alarms.

 

One of our favorite work bagsSide by side of Cuyana System tote in caramel and inside of bag.

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Cuyana System Tote 13-inch

This work bag from Cuyana is a great option for a graduate who will be commuting to work. We’ve tested it and decided that it’s the best pick for customization in our guide to the best work bags for women, as there are various pouches and a laptop sleeve inside. 

Adorable coup glasses perfect for hostingThe Ramona Coupe Glasses from Anthropolgie. 30th birthday gift ideas

Anthropologie

Anthropologie Ramona Coupe Glasses

Even if they’re already stocked up on kitchen items, they likely don’t have these colorful coup glasses. Whether they use them for homemade cocktails, mocktails, or bubbly, they’re sure to get a million compliments on them every time they host.

A mini waffle maker that fits in their kitchenA teal Dash Waffle Maker being opened by a hand against a variety blue-toned tile background.

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Dash Mini Waffle Maker

Even the most cramped kitchens can fit this mini waffle maker, which comes in a variety of fun colors and iron shapes. It’s an affordable, adorable way for them to make breakfast throughout their post-grad years.

A fluffy throw blanketPerson holding up the Sophie Faux Fur Throw Blanket

Anthropologie

Anthropologie Sophie Faux Fur Throw Blanket

Every home could use a comfy throw, and this faux fur one is bound to keep them cozy throughout the year. It comes in a range of colors and looks great draped over a couch or used as a bed cover.

A trendy compact bagbaggu

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Standard Baggu

If your graduate is moving to a new city, they might need a compact bag for grocery shopping, picnics with friends, or commuting to work. Baggu makes some of the best options, as the bag folds up into a small pouch, and there are tons of different artistic styles to choose from. 

 

A gift card for awesome bed sheetsa bed made with cream-colored heathered cashmere sheets from Brooklinen

Brooklinen

Brooklinen Gift Card

Brooklinen is one of our favorite brands for all your bedding needs. To help your graduate get a good night’s sleep, hook them up with a gift card to purchase sheets, blankets, or a duvet cover. For more information, read our Brooklinen sheets review

 

A durable cast iron skilletsomeone holding a cast iron skillet

Sur La Table

Lodge Chef Collection Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet

A cast iron skillet is an important kitchen tool that never gets old. In fact, as one of the more durable cast iron skillets on the market, this pick will help your graduate cook for years to come. 

Iconic hoop earringsCroissant Dôme Hoops from Mejuri/

Mejuri

Mejuri Large Croissant Dome Hoops

If they’ve been eyeing Mejuri’s Dôme hoops forever, you’ve found the perfect gift. These minimalist gold vermeil earrings go with everything, so you can be sure they’ll wear them for years to come. Read our full Mejuri review for more options. 

A sleek smart mug that keeps their drinks hotThe Ember Smart Mug resting on a side table in front of a plant and books and a candle.

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Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug

This mug will control the temperature of their coffee or tea, so they won’t have to reheat or dump it out every few hours. A former teammate called the Ember “life-changing.” You can also buy a travel-friendly version.

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L.L. Bean

L.L. Bean Wicked Good Slippers

L.L. Bean makes one of our favorite pairs of slippers, as we rate this the top pick for warmth that we tested in the best slippers for men. Your graduate will appreciate this gift, especially if they’re moving somewhere with colder weather. 

A luxe leather messenger bagA model holds the Henderson Laptop Brief Bag from Leatherology.

Leatherology

Leatherology Henderson Laptop Brief Bag 

Leatherology makes luxe leather goods and delivers them in gift-wrapped boxes. This laptop brief bag is one they can own for many years, and it’s a luxe step-up from the backpacks of their past. You’ll find a few more budget-friendly options at Herschel Supply Co.

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Grafomap Personalized Map Poster

Grafomap makes cool posters with custom maps, so you can get your graduate one with a place that you know means something to them. It’s a great way to decorate a new space with extra sentimental value. 

A cute carrying case for their phonea closeup of a bright brown bandolier phone carrying case with a thin brown strap holding an iPhone hangs in front of a purple, velvet-draped background

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Bandolier Crossbody Case

For anyone who laments digging through their bag for their phone or wallet, this stylish phone case-wallet crossbody case keeps their essentials close without any hassle.

A multi-purpose pana beautifully messy table showing Our Place dinnerware and the Always Pan, all loaded with food

Our Place

Our Place Always Pan

The internet-famous Always Pan is meant to replace eight pieces of cookware which, if they’re living in tight quarters, can especially come in handy. You can choose from a few vibrant, matte colors and treat them to a pan they’ll be excited to break in.

A mini projector with great pictureAnker Nebula

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Anker Nebula Capsule

Though this projector seems small, it really packs a punch. Set up your grad for the perfect at-home movie night with this handy little portable projector, which has an impressive picture display for its size. 

School spirit gearA man in a Texas college t-shirt.

Fanatics

Fanatics College Gear

Get them excited for their college days or commemorate them with a wearable bit of school spirit. Fanatics is full of clothing, hats, bags, balls, games, and drinkware for NCAA schools. Your grad will be able to spot a fellow alum from miles away.

A funny, thoughtful cardA card that says "congrats on your new dipllama" with a llama in sunglasses on it.

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Punny Llama Graduation Card

Grab a funny, sweet card and use it to tell them how proud you are of them.

A top-of-the-line air fryeran air fryer next to a plate of salmon

Instant

Instant Vortex Plus 6-in-1 Air Fryer

Listed as the top pick in our best air fryer guide, the Instant Vortex Plus is one of the most impressive models on the market. We tested a ton of air fryers, so you can be confident in arming your graduate with a fantastic kitchen appliance that will serve them well. 

A robe you’d find at a sparobes hanging on hooks on a wall

Parachute

Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe

Parachute makes some of the best robes for women, and this one is no different. It’s light, breathable, and makes you feel like you’re relaxing at a spa. 

A plant to spruce up their homeA Snake Plant Laurentii from The Sill on a living room side table

The Sill

The Sill Snake Plant Laurentii

Plants are the best way to brighten up a room, and it’s likely your grad will be moving to a new place — so why not help them out? This snake plant from The Sill is easy to take care of and hard to kill, making it a great choice for even an inexperienced plant owner. 

A tablet for Netflix and surfing the webApple 2021 10/2-inch iPad with Apple Pencil

Apple

Apple iPad

Since a number of companies give their employees work computers, it’s not totally necessary to get one’s own. But for streaming Netflix or surfing the web at home, an iPad can be a budget-friendly alternative that better suits their lifestyle. 

We still think the 2022 standard iPad is the top pick for general-purpose use, and it’s surprisingly affordable. You can read more in our buying guide for the best iPads.

A slim Fitbit with plenty of featuresPerson running while wearing the Fitbit Inspire 2 fitness tracker.

Fitbit

Fitbit Inspire 2

Fitbit’s affordable Inspire 2 tracker has no shortage of useful features to keep someone informed about their physical activity — tracking calorie burn, resting heart rate, and heart rate zones. It’s also one of the least expensive Fitbit models.

You can find our ranking of the best Fitbits in our tested buying guide. 

A planner that helps map out long-term goalsA hand using a pen to write an entry in the BestSelf Co. Self Journal that is pictured resting on purple velvet fabric

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BestSelf Co. Self Journal

The Best Self Co. Journal helps people map out their five- or 10-year plans in a tangible, easily managed way. It’s a nice way to provide growth and direction after graduation, whether your graduate is on their way to college, a new job, traveling, or anything else.

A framed photo of their friends or favorite memoriesPerson pulling a framed photo from Framebridge out of a gift box.

Framebridge

Framebridge Gift

Most of us appreciate some nostalgia. Since your graduate may not feel like investing in a nice frame, frame a photo of their friends or some of their favorite memories from school or home, so they can take them anywhere.

A whiteboard-pinboard combo for notes and mementosa whiteboard on the wall with notes

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn No Nails Dual Function Board

A practical piece of decor for a dorm room or apartment, this whiteboard-pinboard combo can be used to scribble to-dos, leave notes for roommates, and show off pictures of friends and family. Plus, it hangs up easily with adhesive strips for damage-free installation.

A portable massage gunTheragun Mini

Theragun

Theragun Mini Massage Gun

We love the Theragun Mini for workouts — it’s easy to bring to the gym or park, and it really helps loosen up your muscles before and after to help relieve pain and soreness. Help your graduate live a healthy, active lifestyle with this gift. 

A personalized business card holderFour different colors of a monogrammed Leatherology business card holder

Leatherology

Leatherology Business Card Case

If they’re entering a new career, they can hold their business cards in this polished cardholder. You can even opt to get it monogrammed, and it’ll arrive ready in a gift box.

A classy candleLe Labo

Le Labo

Le Labo Santal 26 Classic Candle

A candle is always a great gift for any graduate. Whether they’re moving into a dorm or new apartment, this scented candle from Le Labo is sure to make their room smell better and fresher. 

An office-ready blazerA model stands in a gray blazer and matching pants from Of Mercer.

Of Mercer

Of Mercer Prince Blazer

A nice, reliable blazer that can be worn for everything from interviews to days in the office (if that’s what your graduate’s next chapter includes) is a classic wardrobe staple.

Or, if you’d rather leave the decision-making up to them, give them a gift card to a store like Everlane, Banana Republic, J. Crew, Nordstrom, or Universal Standard so they can shop for their own post-graduate clothing.

A gift card for the nights when they want an Uber homeClose up of the Uber logo illuminated on a drivers dashboard in a car driving with a blurred city scape in background.

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Uber Gift Card

Whether they’re heading into a new college town, starting a new job, or taking a gap year, there will be nights when it’s more convenient or safer for them to Uber home. Make it an easier decision with a gift card for a ride home.

Timeless advice on how to lead a compassionate lifeThe book cover of "Congratulations, by the way" by George Saunders

Amazon

“Congratulations, By The Way” by George Saunders

This short read is a transcript from author George Saunders’ Syracuse University commencement speech, in which he focuses on one simple but significant message: The value of kindness. When so much of the post-graduate advice out there centers on career success or hustling to get ahead, this sweet and beautifully written book will remind them of what’s most important in life.

A French press your graduate can rely uponThe Bodum Chambord French Press on a table with espresso mugs and glasses.

Amazon

Bodum Chambord French Press

If their new job or college major requires lots of early mornings, they’ll probably appreciate a good cup of coffee. The Bodum Chambord is our favorite French press; it’s timeless, compact, easy to operate, and entirely unfussy. It’s also affordable to replace, so they don’t need to be too precious with it.

A Disney+ gift cardTelevision with Disney Plus home screen on it.

Disney

Disney Plus Gift Card

We all occasionally want a break from being a grownup — and Disney Plus is a good place to do it. Disney Plus lets subscribers stream movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and more. You can also bundle it with Hulu and ESPN+.

A college pillowcustomized college embroidery pillow

Uncommon Goods

Embroidered College Pillow

Want another way to help your graduate show their school spirit? These throw pillows are a lovely choice, and once again, customizable with lots of college options to choose from. 

A gift card for ordering takeoutThe Grubhub logo on an iPhone.

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Grubhub Gift Card

They may not have the energy to cook every night after work or classes. Get them a gift card for the impending evenings in which takeout feels essential.

An excellent, personalized coffee subscriptionCollage of bags of coffee offered through Trade coffee subscription.

Trade Coffee Company

Trade Coffee Subscription Gift

If they like a great cup of coffee, they’ll enjoy Trade. The coffee subscription service has a huge variety of coffee, and it’s easy to customize based on their tastes. We ranked it as the best coffee subscription service you can join.

If they’re a tea drinker, we’d also recommend checking out an Atlas Tea Club subscription.

A great speakerTwo colors of Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 3 Speaker sitting in water to show the waterproof feature.

Amazon

Ultimate Ears WonderBoom 3

A great Bluetooth speaker is a must for every graduate. They’ll want to take their tunes on the go, whether they’re meeting new friends at a park or going to the beach. 

A gift card to find their favorite workoutClassPass gift card, assorted exercise equipment, and a smartphone displaying the ClassPass logo laid out on a table.

ClassPass

ClassPass Gift Card

No matter what their work schedule looks like, it’s important that your graduate still gets healthy exercise. Lower the barrier to entry and gift them a ClassPass gift card. With it, they can try tons of boutique fitness classes in their area — or, if they need to unwind, meditation sessions or spa days.

A smart reusable notebookrocketbook resuable notebook, pen, and towel eraser

Amazon

Rocketbook Core Reusable Smart Notebook

If your graduate goes through notebook after notebook, this reusable option offers a long-lasting solution. They can use the included pen to take notes, scan each page with an accompanying app to save the pages digitally, and then wipe away the notes to use the same page over and over again.

Sweet treats from a famous bakerySlices of Milk Bar birthday cake

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Milk Bar Treats

Who doesn’t love a sweet treat? Celebrate your graduate with cake or cookies from Milk Bar, a famous New York City bakery that is sure to be a hit. 

Groceries delivered to their doorHand holding a smartphone with the Instacart logo on the screen in front of assorted fruits in a grocery store display.

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Instacart Gift Card

Starting a new chapter can be exhausting, and they may be pulling long hours studying or working. We recommend a gift card to Blue Apron (our top pick for meal kits) or Instacart (our top pick for online grocery services) to do their grocery shopping for them. Both will show up at their doorstep.

A custom photo bookThe Artifact Uprising Everyday Photo Book.

Artifact Uprising

Artifact Uprising Everyday Photo Book

Get them a photo book that can be filled with memories of friends — because they just graduated, they’ll want to remember all the amazing times they had and who they shared it with. 

A membership to a meditation appCollage of different colored half circle smiley faces

Headspace

Headspace Meditation App 

Give them the gift of a meditation app that can help give them the tools to destress, practice mindfulness (which has positive effects on personal happiness), and possibly improve their focus. 

A toolkit they will needCARTMAN 148-Piece Tool Kit open to show wrenches, hammer, drill bits, pliers, and assorted other tools inside.

Amazon

Cartman 148 Piece Tool Set

No matter the handiness of your graduate, they will definitely appreciate having this toolkit in their new dorm or apartment. It will be used, inevitably, when something breaks or goes wrong — and they’ll have you to thank for saving the day with the necessary equipment to fix it. 

A trendy walleta woman holding a green wallet

Coach

Coachtopia Wavy Zip Around Wallet

Your graduate will need a cool, colorful wallet for their adult life. Get them this trendy green option from Coachtopia, a new line as part of Coach. 

A gift card for home decorTargetA Target store

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Target Gift Card

When in doubt, Target never fails. Hook up your graduate with a Target gift card for all their home and kitchen needs, as well as groceries, snacks, and even clothes. 

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