The 30+ 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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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.

Bellroy Work Folio A5

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

Buck Mason Carry-On Jacket

A lightweight, casual blazer is perfect for the summer and will spruce up any 'fit. And it's a great starter piece for future networking events.

Floyd The Sofa

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

Fellow Carter Everywhere Mug
Fellow Products

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

Bellroy Classic Backpack

This 20L zip-top backpack strikes a chord between minimalist design and maximalist features.

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.

Tosaryu Hinoki Bath Mat
Jinen Store

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

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

Sonos Roam

One of the best portable speakers out there, the Sonos Roam is great for their desk, travel kit, or just for home usage.

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.

Drop Entr Keyboard

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

Glencairn Whisky Glass (Set of 4)

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

Outerknown Blanket Shirt

This is the best overshirt money can buy. It's definitely pricey but it'll get tons of wear in every season.

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.

Thuma The Bed

Is his mattress still on the floor? Do him a favor and welcome him into the adult world with an adult bed frame.

Lagavulin 16 Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Reserve Bar

The benchmark for Scotch is definitely an "adult" gift. Maybe he's not ready to appreciate it yet, but it'll certainly be a gift he'll come to cherish in the years to come.

Saatva Classic Mattress

A new mattress (to put on that new bed frame) is always a welcome gift coming out of college. Saatva's flagship is hard to beat.

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.

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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Coway Airmega 250 Air Purifier

He probably won't be thinking about his air quality in his abode. This new offering from Coway is powerful, affordable and just plain looks good.

Grovemade Wood Laptop Stand

A perfectly laid-out desktop is the ultimate grown person's flex. Get them there faster with this laptop stand from one of our favorite design brands.

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.

Thick Cut NY Strip Steak
Porter Road
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.

Warby Parker Hayes Sunglasses
Warby Parker

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

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.

Gear Patrol Annual Magazine Subscription
Gear Patrol

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.

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.

Yeti Roadie 24 Hard Cooler

An upgrade over that foam cooler he's had too long is a must. The Roadie 24 is perfect for home or on the road.

Steelcase Series 1 Work Office Chair
Now 38% off

If he's got a job that's going to allow him to WFH (work from home) still then he's going to need a nice office chair. For the price, it's hard to beat the Steelcase Series 1.

Benchmade 533BK-2 Mini Bugout Knife

A quality pocket knife that's lightweight and made with high-grade blade steel, like this one, can be as impactful and lasting as any gift you can think of.

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