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Graduation Gift Ideas Shopping List

Ideas for Graduation Gifts

Graduation is a time for friends and family to celebrate the achievements of their high school and college scholars.  As graduation season approaches and these sometime students begin to embark on new chapters, you'll no doubt be needing some inspiration for a graduation gift. This can often prove a tricky and stressful endeavor! If you're struggling to find a graduation gift that is useful and personal, we've compiled a list of ideas that will help you find the perfect present for this proud moment.

Graduation is both an exciting and daunting time for young people facing the next step in their lives, and the right gift can really express your pride and happiness for them. Oftentimes, graduates are light on cash due to many years living on a student budget. There are many substantial items they would love to have at this stage in life, but they’d never buy for themselves. This is happy hunting ground for a gift giver. If your graduate loves coffee, perhaps a nice espresso machine would be just the thing to welcome them into adult life with a sleek, durable appliance they can be proud of.  Just about any burgeoning career person could appreciate a sturdy, leather bag—whether it be a wallet, purse, laptop bag, backpack, or small luggage item.

These ideas are just the beginning. For our full list of practical and thoughtful commencement gift tips for men and women, see the graduation gift ideas checklist below. We hope it brings you just the right inspiration to delight the special grad in your life!

Graduation Gift Ideas

Here's a shopping list full of graduation gift ideas.

  • Laptop
  • Laptop bag
  • Metro or gas card
  • Bike
  • Headphones
  • Board game
  • New York Times subscription
  • Hygiene kit
  • Smartphone
  • Camera
  • Portable speakers
  • Wallet or purse
  • Overnight bag or other luggage
  • Tool kit
  • Hard drive or USB drive
  • Watch
  • Jewelry
  • Gym membership
  • Cookbook
  • Blender
  • Coffee machine
  • Diploma frame
  • Cocktail bar set
  • Portable phone charger
  • Fitness tracking device