The 45+ Best College Graduation Gifts

Get that fresh grad something useful as they enter the competitive job market.

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Any way you spin it, graduation is a pretty major achievement and a significant event in anyone's life — especially from college. After years of hard work learning and practicing a trade, that recent grad is finally ready to embark on the next chapter in their life and dive headfirst into the competitive job market. And that's worth celebrating.

If you want to give the recent grad in your life more than just a pat on the back and a hip hip hooray, you've come to the right place. From simple, thoughtful budget-friendly finds (like kitchen must-haves) to big-ticket tech (like an Apple laptop), there are more gift options here than you can swing your cap at. And that means there are certainly one or two somethings that would make the perfect gift for that college graduate (him or her) you're shopping for.

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Black Micarta® Smooth Trapper

An elegant pocket knife is the perfect way to celebrate an adventurous graduate – it's a gift that they will keep and use forever. The Smooth Trapper is a prime contender for everyday tasks around the house, on a camping trip or even for the hunter in your life. Especially this version, which sports a durable, grippy-yet-soft-feel Micarta handle. It's an heirloom gift that'll be your favorite grad's new go-to tool until it's time to pass down to the next generation.

Fellow Products
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Fellow Carter Everywhere Mug

Keys? Check. Phone? Check. The perfect to-go mug? Hell yeah.

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Mophie Powerstation Plus (6,000mAh)

This is a great portable battery for anybody who has an iPhone. The integrated cable means its always ready to go.

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Smartwool Classic Hike Full Cushion Crew Socks

Great. for daily wear but especially adept at hiking, these socks are cozy, cushy, made in USA and made in part from recycled nylon.

Jinen Store
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Tosaryu Hinoki Bath Mat

Yes, you're going to gift a recent grad a wooden bath mat because those cloth ones are freakin' disgusting.

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Bellroy Work Folio A5

A nice daily folio for work or travel is a can't-miss grad gift.

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Patagonia Baggies Shorts 5-inch

These go-anywhere shorts are ready for any summer adventure and will last for years. They're also great for lounging — making them a great one-two grad gift punch.

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Floyd The Sofa

He's going to need more seating than that beanbag he had all through college.

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Purist Mover Vacuum Water Bottle

The grad you know can fill this insulated bottle with coffee, tea, water or, yes, a favorite cocktail, and drink from it from any side thanks to its innovative lid.

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Lodge Blacklock Triple Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet

Lodge's upgraded cast-iron skillet weighs less and performs better than its standard offering. The interior finish is smoother and more rounded in the interior, which allows for easier tossing and less stickage.

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Glencairn Whisky Glass (Set of 4)
Now 41% off

The classic whiskey snifter is still the best, and has become the defacto whiskey tasting glass for competition judging and collectors alike.

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Pappy Van Winkle Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup
Pappy & Company

Ok, so maybe you can't buy him a bottle of the most sought-after whiskey around. But maple syrup aged in retired Pappy Van Winkle barrels? That's just a nice Saturday morning topper to pancakes.

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J.Crew Classic Relaxed-Fit Chino Pant

Chinos are a style staple. But J.Crew chinos are a style icon. Set up the grad in your life for success with these must-have pants.

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Forty Five Supima Crew Tee

Forget the multi-pack. This tee is made from USA-grown Supima cotton and features a classic fit and vintage wash — it's a step up.

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Bloomscape Philodendron Heartleaf

It's important to learn how to keep something (anything) alive at some point after school. Start with this vining philodendron, which is much easier than a fish.

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Gear Patrol
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Gear Patrol Annual Magazine Subscription

Each Gear Patrol Magazine subscription comes not only with two beautifully designed, coffee-table-quality magazine editions per year, but also, an annual gift: a $15 voucher to the Gear Patrol Store, delivered to your inbox each December.

Porter Road
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Thick Cut NY Strip Steak
Porter Road

Is a dry-aged, 2-inch thick-cut NY Strip Steak necessary? No, probably not. But it'll be a helluva meal for him to grill up to celebrate graduation one evening.

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TriggerPoint Grid Foam Roller

It's cheaper than a gift certificate for a sports massage and is reusable too.

Ten Thousand
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Ten Thousand Versatile Shirt

If anything will convince the grad in your life he doesn't need to rock that cotton alma mater tee at the gym, it's this shirt.

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Q Timex Reissue Watch

As iconic as Timex watches come, this reissue is as stylish as it is reliable. A solid watch is also a great go-to grad gift.

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The Omsom Asian Starter Bundle

Omsom, the easiest way to put food on the table that's not called Cup Noodles.

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Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

One of the most underappreciated bourbons of the last 10 years comes from Woodford Reserve, that, with Double Oaked, showed the whiskey world how to make a vanilla bomb of a double-barrel whiskey.

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Casio G-Shock GMWB5000D-1 Watch

An all-metal riff on the original G-Shock watch, this timepiece looks outstanding and benefits from a full suite of features and practical indestructibility.

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Everlane The Bomber Jacket

A bomber jacket is a style staple that should be in everyone's wardrobe rotation. This one from Everlane also boasts a sustainable recycled construction.

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Tojiro DP Gyutou

You could drop $500 or more on a custom chef's knife, or you could drop a cool $85 on this one that's heralded by chefs and home cooks alike.

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Drop Entr Keyboard

With an aluminum case and slick angular design, the Entr is the perfect entry-level mechanical keyboard.

Warby Parker
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Warby Parker Hayes Sunglasses

Great sunglasses not only protect your eyes, they make you feel good, too.

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Patagonia R1 Air Crew Top

Patagonia's latest wears like a technical fleece but looks like a sweater. Win-win.

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OXO Coffee Grinder

The best coffee grinder for the money, period. Oxo's burr grinder has more in common with grinders that cost twice as much than it does with those at or below its price point. Works best for cold brew, pour-over or classic drip coffee.

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