Looking for the best Graduation gift ideas? You're in the right place!
We've pulled together 41 of the most helpful graduation gifts you can give someone heading off to college. Find ideas for every type of graduate – from bedding to bicycles, coffeemakers, quarter rolls and everything in between. (Plus, scroll down to the bottom of the list for a few unique DIY gifts they'll love!)
Graduation Gift Ideas
One of the most popular gift ideas for graduates is luggage! My hubby still remembers his parents sending him off to school with a full set as a graduation gift – he said he was able to fit all his stuff in except for a box of CD's (Remember those days?)
A great choice is this American Tourister iLite Max Softside Spinner. The carry on is a great price point and comes in tons of fun colors to fit a bright personality.
A meaningful necklace is a great gift – and reminds your graduate to enjoy the journey, follow their dreams or discover their path.
When they're ready to ditch the backpack and look more grown up (while still having a safe home for the laptop) – a nice leather satchel laptop bag can be just the ticket.
For students who will be living on campus without a car – a bike is a super practical gift. They'll get a ton of use out of it, from exercising and getting groceries, to having the option of commuting to a nearby job. Walmart has lots of inexpensive styles!
Every music lover will want to have their own dorm-room sound system, in which case a good bluetooth speaker is a must. The UE Wonderboom is a great option with a room-filling sound and crystal clarity. (Plus it comes in fun colors and it's WATERPROOF! So it can go in the shower, or get dropped in the lake accidentally.)
If you don't live near the graduate but want to send them some love – here's a great little box you can customize with full-size posh beauty products and seasonal items (Each box is guaranteed value at $200+!) Check out FabFitFun boxes here.
You're college kid is going to need an umbrella for running to classes on rainy days – might as well get a cool one! These inverted umbrellas are new and keep things from getting drippy.
For college kids who are going to run on coffee – a good coffee maker is a Godsend! This Ninja Coffee Bar System is so easy to use and your graduate won't need to buy pricey pods or Kcups with their meager funds. 😉 It makes a variety of brews, including a concentrated 4 oz cup that will jolt them awake in the middle of finals!
This one is recommended by Dave Ramsay and is all about the 5 mistakes to avoid during your college years. It gets GREAT reviews and can set your grad on the right financial path early!
To make it easy to study ANYwhere – regardless of roommates or any other disturbance.
Campuses across the country are hung with hammocks full of students ready, studying, napping or just socializing. If you have a teen, you probably already have an inkling about the popularity of the ENO. It's known for quality and strength – as well as the Atlas Straps that make hanging it anywhere (really – virtually anywhere!) a breeze.
A watch is just a classic graduation gift. A nice leather strap with a classic face is a good gift for a guy – and this Timex Weekender is awfully affordable besides!
Another gift that's practical – but so necessary for dorm or apartment living! A hot pot or Foreman grill is a better choice for those headed to dorms that don't allow microwaves, always good to check first!
Give them a place to sit that's not their desk or bed – or a place to entertain a friend. Either a butterfly chair or a beanbag type chair would be perfect.
Make their room feel like a sanctuary (and keep the air moist) with a relaxing oil diffuser that doubles as a cool mist humidifier.
Know someone who loves to stay organized (or needs help in that area?) Make a home for all their odds and ends with a storage cart – and outfit it with a few fun organizing baskets, caddies as well!
A great gift for any audiophile who loves all things vintage 🙂
Slipping into a supersoft set of sheets is like getting a hug – and PeachSkin Sheets are the coziest ones I've found so far. They're incredibly comfortable and unbelievably soft!
Most dorm buildings will have a few heavy-duty vacuums lying around for students to use. But a hand vac is a good gift that can help keep both the dorm and the car tidy for small accidents.
This one will take up minimal space, but get the job done in a pinch. (Plus this new Black + Decker Wet/Dry Hand Vac can handle spills as well!)
Your graduate is going to be spending a lot of time in bed – it'll be their couch and hang out spot, homework lounge and oftentimes where they eat. Other than wall art, the bed is also the easiest way to personalize a dorm room.
Help them deck out the one piece of furniture that's about to play a central role in their new world!
Flourescent lighting is the WORST – and on a college campus it's literally everywhere. Find a lamp that gives off the opposite of harsh lighting for times when they need something restful. The ENO Eclipse lantern is a cool option because it can serve as a dorm nightlight (it has 4 lighting modes) and serve as lantern and tent light on weekend camping trips as well.
Fill a book with good memories, positive vibes and personal accomplishments that led up to this day – a great way to spend a little on something that means a lot!
Walmart has some great everything-included sets, especially these Gibson Total Home packages at Walmart!
You could even put together a whole set of what they'll need for dorm room cooking from the Dollar Tree! They seriously have some AWESOME bargains there 🙂
This is a more expensive gift – but will be invaluable to your graduate as they do research, work on papers, keep up with course information, etc…
Many dorms have community bathrooms – and a bathrobe is a great gift to help them feel more comfortable journeying to and from the shower. Pair it with a shower caddy and nice toiletries to make it a bigger gift!
I fell totally in love with these Contigo Kangaroo bottles – the perfect place for Cash, a Key, and school ID!
Succulents are a good choice because they're hardy and need little watering – and they're very trendy besides! A gift card to Lowe's garden center would be a good way to not only outfit your graduate with all the houseplants they could wish for, but also pick up one of the following…
Both of these are helpful for the first time on your own – and will last beyond the college years.
Of course, cash is ALWAYS going to come in handy – as well as gift cards to local restaurants, movie theaters or stores….
- Grocery Store
- Restaurants (Check out this adorable Pizza Box giftcard presentation!)
- College Bookstore
- Gas Card
Graduation Gift Basket Ideas:
Laundry Supplies Bundle
Pick up a cute Laundry Bag and add detergent/fabric softener + lots of Quarters in a container (My mom sent me to school with those mini M&M containers full of quarters!)
Quick & Easy Food Basket
Pack a box full of meal items that are super easy to prepare. Include cans of soup, ramen, granola and protein bars, peanut butter and crackers, cereal, etc…
Box of Love
Ask friends and loved ones to each write a letter to your grad so when they're having a homesick moment they can get a hug from far away.
Suds & Bubbles Bundle
Snacks, pens, Notebook, Gum and other odds and ends to help study time be a little more pleasant!
First Aid Kit
This one you can either buy or put together yourself – but it will come in handy (especially if your grad will immediately join the Ultimate Frisbee group out on the quad 😉 )
*Not all of these are frugal, but graduation is one of those events that only comes around once – so I've also included some special gifts on here that are a little pricier 🙂
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