25 Awesome Gifts Any College Grad Would Want

Scratching your head over gift ideas for your favorite college grad? College grads take a unique step after leaving higher education behind; they now face the adult world. Too often this can be a shock to the system. Rarely does living a student’s lifestyle cut it, and they’ll need the stuff to get them ready for the next stage in their life. Fortunately, that’s where you come in. Now that you know someone who is graduating college, you can help make that next step just a little bit easier. From clothing to new gadgets, we’ve got plenty of college graduation gift ideas. So, get your shopping cart ready. Here are 25 Awesome Gifts Any College Grad Would Want.


Ring Light

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Today, taking a selfie is as common as peanut butter and jelly, so why not help out your recent college grad with a Ring Light? This one specifically attaches to an iPhone, making each selfie perfectly lit.


Selfie Stick

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On top of that, though slightly embarrassing, a selfie stick will help a college grad get even better selfie angles and shots than ever before.


The Quarter-Life Breakthrough by Adam Smiley Poswolsky

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Once college is over, many graduates can feel lost and unsure how to move forward. The Quarter-Life Breakthrough by Adam Smiley Poswolsky could be a helpful and inspiring book to give them direction.


Multi-Tool with Flashlight


College grads rarely have their own tools. Now that they’re stepping out into the real world, they’re going to need a good multi-tool to make basic repairs.


Standing Desk

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In today’s workforce, standing is all the rage. So, if your college grad got a work-from-home job, get them a standing desk. They’ll have better posture and health as a result.


A Fossil Watch

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Whether they’re going to an interview or out on a date, gifting a classy watch will not only help them stay punctual, but it’ll be a nice small detail to their wardrobe most people will appreciate.


Amazon Echo

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Amazon Echo can help look things up, call an Uber, or provide recipes for cooking, giving your college grad a helpful assistant to daily life.


Incase Icon Backpack


After four years, a college grad’s backpack is usually beaten, bruised, and full of holes. Consider getting them the Incase Icon Backpack. It’ll help them be prepared for the next stage in their life.


Blue Apron Cookbook

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Living off of Easy Mac and Ramen noodles won’t cut it anymore. Every college grad needs to know how to cook to stay healthy and eat better. Getting them the Blue Apron Cookbook is a good start; you might even think about getting them a gift card to Blue Apron, too.


A New York Times Subscription


As we saw in the last election, fake news is a real problem. By giving a college grad a New York Times subscription, they’ll have a credible news source and solid reading material to stay well-informed.


Super Mario Heat Changing Mug

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Everyone loves Super Mario. This heat changing mug will be just the thing for the geeky college grad. Plus, it might even be a good conversation starter if they bring it to work.



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Staying productive and organized is essential for any recent college grad. It might seem simple, but getting them a calendar could be just the thing to help them not forget appointments or be late on bills.


Amazon Echo Show

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If you’re a parent and your college grad is moving away or staying away indefinitely, get them the Amazon Echo Show. It’s a good excuse to see them more often as it has built-in video calling.


Travel Journal

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No longer tied down by class schedules, homework, reading, and papers, college grads tend to get wanderlust once the winds of freedom hit them. A good travel journal is just the thing for the budding explorer ready to see the world.



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If they’re going to see the world, they’ll want a great camera to capture every moment. And, let’s face it, cell phone cameras are great, but they still don’t hold a candle to a good DSLR.


Interview Suit

interview suit

Job hunting can be a brutal grind for any college grad. One of the best ways to stand out is to have a nice suit to show both style and professionalism.


Portable Charger

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Whether they’re traveling or need to be sure not to miss a phone call, having a good portable charger on hand can be a real lifesaver. The Anker PowerCore+ 20100 Portable Charger is a quality charger that might just be the thing a college grad needs.


Bluetooth Shower Speaker

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A Bluetooth Shower Speaker can come in handy for the hygienically challenged needing an incentive to hop in the shower more or for those who love to sing in the shower and want to play tunes on Spotify.




The old duffel bag isn’t going to cut it anymore. And since college grads are likely to go traveling at some point in their careers and daily life, why not getting them a nice luggage set? They’ll be grateful when a surprise business trip comes up, and they’re low on cash to spend.


The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success by Wayne Breitbarth


LinkedIn has become the most powerful new tool for job hunters looking to find new jobs and network with people in any given industry. Making simple mistakes could cost a new college grad a job prospect. Help them out with The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success by Wayne Breitbarth.


Men's Shaving Kit

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If there’s a haggard, shabby grad student in your life, it’s time to nudge them in the direction of being well-groomed with a men’s shaving kit.




With college behind them, sometimes it’s nice to have a new fragrance to symbolize new beginnings and a fresh start. A new perfume or cologne could be just the thing they need.


Oil Diffuser

starburst oil diffuser

Going from college life to post-grad life can be quite stressful. Aromatherapy can help! Here is an aromatherapy oil diffuser that has color-changing starburst LED lights and cool mist humidifier.


Whiskey Glass Set


For some, giving a classy set of whiskey glasses as a gift might send the wrong message. But, for others, it could be a nice way to help someone class things up a bit at dinner parties.


Amazon Gift Card

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When all else fails, go for the Amazon gift card. They can pick what they want, and you can breathe easy knowing you didn’t get something they’ll never use.

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