Graduation Gifts They'll Love (And Actually Use!)
Graduation season is upon us, and you’re sure to have at least one grad gift on your list. Whether they are graduating from high school, college, or graduate school, congratulate them with the perfect gift for their next phase of life. We’ve got plenty of great graduation gift ideas for guys and girls, and tons of gender-neutral options you can gift all the grads you love. Whether you’re looking to spend $15 or $50, these are the best graduation gifts that they’ll actually appreciate. Practical but fun gifts like a Bluetooth speaker, new stationery, a Dutch oven, or a gold bangle surely won’t go unused. From the practical (device charging station) to the playful (iPhone photo printer), your graduates will love these gift ideas. Bonus: Many of these grad gifts can be monogrammed for a personal touch. You’ll be the favorite parent, aunt, grandparent, or friend when your grad opens these amazing gifts up.
Reversible Faux Leather Tote & Wristlet
BUY IT: $48; nordstrom.com
Whether they are continuing their education, traveling the world, or hitting the office, this reversible tote is the perfect carry-all bag for a new graduate. The attached wrislet will keep valuables safe and organized.
The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide
BUY IT: $18; amazon.com
The ultimate DIY guide for every aspect of life from caring for a cast iron skillet to folding a pocket square. The book is divided divided into five categories: kitchen, outdoors, home, gardening, and grooming.
BUY IT: $10/month; birchbox.com
The perfect monthly treat for any new graduate. A curated selection of beauty products will arrive at their door each month. You can choose 3, 6, or 12 month subscriptions, making it a perfect fit for any budget.
Celestial Coaster Set
BUY IT: $40; anthropologie.com
Coasters are a must-have for any home or apartment. This beautiful set will instanlty upgrade any coffee table.
I'm Outta Here Passport Cover
BUY IT: $24; amazon.com
Her post-graduation trip won't be complete without this passport cover.
Crock-Pot 7 qt. Slow Cooker
BUY IT: $54.99; bedbathandbeyond.com
Any young professional will learn to love their slow-cooker, just like their mom and grandmother.
The 52 Lists Project
BUY IT: $9; amazon.com
The 52 Lists Project is a collection of lists, one for each week of the year, that will help a recent grad find beauty, creativity, and joy to help make their dreams become a reality.
Adventure Enamel Mug
BUY IT: $9; amazon.com
Let the adventure begin! This sturdy Gentlemen's Hardware enamel mug will be a reliable companion during all of life's adventures.
Leather Passport Case
BUY IT: $58; fossil.com
A slim design and interior organization make this leather passport case from Fossil the perfect gift for any frequent traveler.
Kate Spade Polka Dot Ballpoint Pen
BUY IT: $36; amazon.com
A Kate Spade pen is a stylish and practical gift for the note-takers and list-makers.
Rifle Paper Co. Notebook Set
BUY IT: $15; amazon.com
This patterend trio will make sure she is never without a proper place to take notes. They are perfect to slip into a backpack, a purse, or keep handy on a desktop.
Voluspa Japonica Santiago Huckleberry Candle
BUY IT: $28; bloomingdales.com
This decorative candle will be the perfect addition to a side table, but will be ever better when it burns and fills the room with a sweet, warm scent.
TOMY KiiPix Smartphone Photo Printer
BUY IT: $50; urbanoutfitters.com
How cool is this? Now, your grads will actually be able to hold onto those memories they’re always taking pictures of on their phones.
Strong Initial Personalized Stationery
BUY IT: $55 for a set of 25; minted.com
This timeless, gender-neutral stationery is a useful and thoughtful gift for any grad on your list. There are six color options to match your grad’s personality and style.
New Kitchen Basics
BUY IT: $35; anthropologie.com
Every young grad needs to start somewhere when it comes to cooking, and this cookbook is the perfect place to start. Plus, it’ll look pretty on their kitchen counter.
Mark & Graham Leather Phone Sticker Card Case
BUY IT: $29; markandgraham.com
With this stylish card case, debit cards and licenses will always be safe and on their person. Plus, it comes in five color options with endless monogram possibilities.
Gold Mirrored Tabletop Tray
BUY IT: $29.99; worldmarket.com
This tray will be the first and prettiest item on their new coffee table.
The White Company Fine Silver Plated Picture Frame
BUY IT: from $36; nordstrom.com
Buy one or a set of these timeless picture frames and add a personal touch by gifting it with a picture of you and the grad inside.
Kate Spade New York Crystal Hinge Bangle
BUY IT: $48; nordstrom.com
If you know your grad’s jewelry preferences, this sweet bangle comes in gold, rose gold, and silver. This is truly an everyday piece she can wear for years.
Simple Stack Hanging Bar Calendar
BUY IT: $22; minted.com
They won’t miss an appointment with this sweet calendar hanging on their wall. Customize it with a family picture to remind them Mama is always watching (just kidding—kind of).
June & May Portable Speaker
BUY IT: $88; anthropologie.com
Any grad will be thrilled to receive this sleek speaker they can take on the go. The modern design won’t stick out like clunky electronics tend to, and they’ll use it all the time.
Lodge 5-Quart Double Dutch Oven
BUY IT: $54.99; worldmarket.com
Every Southern cook knows that a Dutch oven is the start to dozens of delicious recipes, so this gift will mean the world to your grad, who will use it for a long time.
Gentlemen’s Hardware Survival Kit
BUY IT: $18; anthropologie.com
With a compass, fire starter, 6-in-1 penknife, tweezers, 210cm rope, wire saw, and 10 safety pins, this kitschy survival kit will actually come in handy in the real world.
Custom Filled Map Art
BUY IT: from $36; minted.com
This is such a neat gift that’s totally unique for your grad. Pick a place that means a lot to them, whether it’s their house, their alma mater, or even their favorite restaurant at home.
Alexandria Linen Flower Bath Towel
BUY IT: $14.99; worldmarket.com
A set of new, fluffy bath towels is always a welcome gift, especially if you add the personal touch of a monogram.
Cathy’s Concepts Monogram Oval Cuff Links
BUY IT: $30; nordstrom.com
Every young gentleman needs a set of cuff links, and a monogram makes us love this classic pair even more.
Tile Mate Tracker, 4-Pack
BUY IT: $59.99; bloomingdales.com
With four Tiles in their possession, there won’t be a set of keys, phone, wallet, or laptop to ever go missing! This is a gift the grads and their parents will appreciate big time.
Rifle Paper Co. Recipe Tin
BUY IT: $38; anthropologie.com
Although physically small, this gift has monumental meeting. They can potentially keep it forever and build on recipes from the time they graduate. Bonus personalization points if you include some of your own recipes to get them started.
Nordstrom At Home Kennebunk Bliss Plush Throw
BUY IT: $39.50; nordstrom.com
This so-soft throw comes in 21 color options, so there’s bound to be one that matches your grad’s room. And you know what we’re going to say next: You can always add a monogram.
Crosley Tourmaline Cruiser Bluetooth Record Player
BUY IT: $69; urbanoutfitters.com
Add a little antique flair to your grad’s room with this vintage-inspired record player that also has Bluetooth capability.
Sunnylife Azule Cooler Bag
BUY IT: $35; bloomingdales.com
After graduation comes summer, so send them off on vacation with this adorable cooler that can go from beach to picnic to backyard football.
elago Charging Hub
BUY IT: $25; urbanoutfitters.com
If you’re worried about getting them something that will end up gathering dust, any grad, any age will absolutely use this gift.
Assorted Mini Latte Bowls
BUY IT: $18 per set of six; anthropologie.com
If you’re gifting for a high school grad, we all know many of their meals will be out of the microwave, so these bowls will come in handy. If you’re gifting for a college grad, these cute bowls will look picture-perfect in their first kitchen.
The Tie Bar x Mark and Graham Gift Set
BUY IT: $49; markandgraham.com
Whether they’re getting dressed up for job interviews or cocktail parties, every guy could use a tie update. This cute gift set comes with a tie, a pocket square, and a pair of socks to keep him styling from head to toe. There are six color/pattern options, so even if you have multiple grads to buy for, there won’t be duplicates.
Black GreenPan Rio Nonstick Ceramic Frying Pans 2 Pack
BUY IT: $39.99; worldmarket.com
When you’re a broke college kid or recent college grad, you eat a lot of budget-friendly staples like eggs. With these sleek pans, those eggs will actually be cooked very well.
Ursula Serving Bowl
BUY IT: $68; anthropologie.com
This stunning serving bowl is a piece they’ll cherish for a long time. It can be used as a centerpiece or beautiful serving piece.
Mark & Graham Linen Jewelry Pouch
BUY IT: $59; markandgraham.com
This timeless jewelry pouch is a gift she’ll actually use, and the soft colors will blend with whatever luggage she already has.
Custom House Portrait Art
BUY IT: from $32; minted.com
How sweet is this? If your grad is going off to college, they’ll love this little reminder of home. If they’re graduating college, you can get the print made of their college house. If they’re leaving graduate school, you can get them a print of their future home. Regardless, this gift will mean a lot.