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15 Graduation Gift Ideas

Skip the pomp and circumstance—these are the graduation gifts they really want.

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Smart Watch graduation gift ideasvia amazon.com

Smart Watch

Whether it’s their first day in class or on the job, an Apple Watch will help your grad arrive on time. It can also track their steps, monitor sleep and so much more.

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Super Plush Robe graduation gift ideasvia brooklinen.com

New Robe

A soft, cozy gift is always well-received. And your grad can wear this plush robe walking to their dorm’s shower or while working from home.

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Adventure Awaits Square Wood Piggy Bank graduation gift ideasvia hallmark.com

Adventure Fund

Adulthood comes with a lot of responsibilities—and a lot of bills. But it’s important to put aside some cash for something fun, too. This bank makes it easy. For an added gift, give your grad a head start!

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Full of Adventure Mugvia collage.com

Custom Mug

Capture your grad’s favorite memories on a mug they’ll use every morning. It’s a sweet blend of practicality and sentiment. (Go ahead and send ’em this mug cake recipe, too).

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via homesick.com

Memories Candle

If your kiddo is leaving home for the first time, a homesick candle will remind them of their favorite state or city. You can also pay homage to beloved memories, like days spent at summer camp or family road tripsA candle subscription also makes a great gift.

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Apple AirPods with Charging Casevia amazon.com

Wireless Headphones

Gift them something they really want. These wireless Apple AirPods make on-the-go listening a breeze.

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graduation gift ideas Moose Munch Gourmet Popcorn 1via harryanddavid.com

“Congratulations” Popcorn Tin

If your grad has a sweet tooth, then treat them to this deluxe popcorn tin. It’s full of four varieties of Moose Munch—classic caramel, milk chocolate, dark chocolate and s’mores. Plus, once the tin is empty, it’s a great spot for your grad to store cards, tassels and other memorabilia.

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graduation gift ideas Personalized Tan Leather Card Holdervia papersource.com

Customized Cash

When it comes to graduation gifts, cash is king. Make your money a little more personal by tucking it inside this personalized (and practical!) card holder

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WD - My Passport 2TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive with Hardware Encryption (Latest Model) - Bluevia bestbuy.com

External Hard Drive

While an external hard drive may not be the most exciting gift to open now, your grad will thank you when their computer crashes the night before a big project is due. 2000GB is enough space to hold, well, pretty much everything.

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graduation gift ideas Custom Graduation Gift Box Graduationvia SunburstBotanicals/etsy.com

Graduation Gift Box

Show your grad how much you care with a congratulations gift box filled with all of their favorite things. A sunshine box would be welcome, too.

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graduation gift ideas Leather Slim Backpackvia amazon.com

Sturdy Backpack

Whether they’re toting it to class or on a long commute, this handsome leather backpack will get a lot of use. Plus, since it’s made of leather, this pack will last for years.

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graduation gift ideas Trevor Lawrence Clemson Tigers Nike Retro Name And Number T Shirtvia fanatics.com

College Gear

Who doesn’t want to show a little school pride? Grads of all ages will appreciate a brand new college T-shirt. First years heading off to school will anticipate all of the exciting memories to come, while graduating seniors can look back on their college experience.

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Coffee Subscriptionvia atlascoffeeclub.com

Coffee Subscription

New jobs (or new classes) call for a steady stream of caffeine in most cases. Atlas Coffee Club sends fresh roasts from all over the world straight to your grad’s door. We love these other foodie subscriptions as well.

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SUR LA TABLE GLASS MICROWAVE POPCORN POPPERvia surlatable.com

Microwave Popcorn Popper

Midnight snack, anyone? This microwave popcorn popper is perfect for dorm rooms and studio apartments alike. It makes enough for their friends, too! For even more flair, include one of our flavored popcorn recipes.

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Packing Cubesvia nordstrom.com

Packing Cubes

From your first trek back home to your first business trip, pack like a pro with this set of fabric cubes. They’re designed to fit in your luggage with ease.

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Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.
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