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The Ultimate List of College Graduation Gift Ideas

We’ve come up with the ultimate list that every college grad wants! Check out our list of 31 college graduation gift ideas.

It’s been a rough year for college students.

Navigating the world of virtual learning while trying to finish up their education and earn their degree.

All their hard work is going to finally pay off!

They’ll hopefully get to walk across a stage this year to get their diploma.

So let’s find that college student the BEST college graduation gift!

We’ve done lots of research and quizzed recent college grads to come up with our ultimate list of college graduation gift ideas.

I’m sure you’ll find the perfect present for your special graduate.

And if you’re looking for a meaningful graduation gift idea you need to check out this post.

What Do College Graduates REALLY Want?

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College graduation is usually the end of an era.

No more sleeping in late and staying up all night.

On the otherhand…no more stressing over papers or finals!

But now there will be new stresses in life…

Will I get a job?

How long will it take me to pay off my student loans?

How Can You Help Your College Graduate Financially?

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1. Pay off College Student Loans

What an amazing gift for any college graduate to walk away with a diploma in their hand and no student loan debt.


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2. Open a Roth IRA for the Graduate

Teach your college graduate about the value of investing right from the start.

Opening a Roth IRA for the graduate or some other type of investment is a gift that keeps on giving.

The new graduate can continue to invest and this gift will continue to grow year after year.

College Graduation Gift Ideas to Help Them Land Their First Job

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If your graduate hasn’t already landed their first job now is the time they will need to step up their game.

3. Interview Suit or Clothes

Maybe that inexpensive suit you bought for job fairs needs an upgrade.

Or maybe they never got one!

A recent college grad will definitely need a suit for job interviews.

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4. Dress Coat

A young professional may not have a decent dress coat.

An affordable men’s trench coat would be perfect over a suit and would be a great college grad gift.

And a classic tan trench coat never goes out of style for her.

What to Get the Graduate for their 1st Job?

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5. Shopping Trip for Professional Wardrobe

How fun would it be to take your graduate on a shopping spree to get items they need to start their professional wardrobe?

Now that would be a super useful college graduation gift idea!

6. Briefcase or Work Bag

All young professionals will need a briefcase or work bag to take to their new job each day.

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7. Business Cardholder

Here are some business cardholder options in masculine distressed leather or pretty monogrammed metal to hold those fancy new business cards in that stylish new briefcase!

8. Nice Wallet

That recent graduate may be carrying around the same wallet since high school.

Along with a new professional life why not get them a nice but budget-friendly wallet.

Here’s a great option for her and another for him.

9. Stitch Fix Subscription

With a new job they may not have a lot of extra time to shop.

A stitch fix subscription would help the graduate continue to add to their professional wardrobe.

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College Graduation Gift Ideas for the Home

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Is your graduate moving into a new home after graduation?

10. Help Buy Furniture for New Place

We all know how expensive furniture can be.

And until the graduate starts making money they may be living with a cardboard box as their kitchen table.

But didn’t we all do that?

Helping them by purchasing a new bed, living room couch, or even kitchen table would be a much appreciated graduation gift idea.

Or what about a new appliance so they can learn to expand their cooking abilites?

11. Instant Pot

12. Air Fryer

13. Nespresso Maker

14. Cookbook

But if they aren’t much of a cook here’s a great alternative…

15.Meal Subscription

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We love the Eat to Evolve meal subscription service.

They offer healthy pre made meals delivered right to your door!

So simple!

If the kitchen isn’t their thing…what about an electronic for the home?

16. Smart TV

Upgrade that tiny college television for a larger smart TV with the latest features.

17. Streaming Subscription

A one year subscription to Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ or other streaming service would make a fun graduation gift idea.

17. Fire Stick

18. Echo Dot

19. Downpayment on New Apartment

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Now this would be an ultimate graduation gift idea for your college student.

Help them get started in their new adult life by paying the downpayment on a new apartment!

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College Grad Gifts for the Traveler

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20. Luggage

Even if the graduate isn’t planning to travel right after graduation a set of luggage is a traditional gift idea that will always be useful.

21. Go Pro

22. Yeti Cooler

23. Camera

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Most young people use their iPhones for any picture taking they may do.

But a good quality camera makes a wonderful college graduation gift idea.

And this Canon camera bundle comes with everything you would need!

24. Scratch Off World Map

How fun would it be to keep track of all those traveling adventures with this awesome transparent scratch off world map?

25. AAA Membership

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And just in case…a AAA membership is super useful present.

No one wants to be stuck on the side of the road when your car breaks down!

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Other College Graduation Gift Ideas

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26. College Alumni Gear

College students have been wearing their college gear for the past four years.

But now they’ve earned the privlege to sport an alumni hoodie!

27. Diploma Frame

28. Kindle or Tablet

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29. Amazon Prime Membership

That low college prime membership fee will disappear once the student graduates.

Gifting an Amazon prime membership would be a super helpful gift since Amazon offers everything from movies to books to shopping!

And don’t forget free shipping for prime members!

30. Fab Fit Fun Subscription or other subscription box service

Subscription box services are gifts that keep on giving.

Most services have monthly or quarterly options for delivery to the graduate depending on your budget.

31. Gym Membership

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Help the college graduate stay in shape with a gym membership now that the university gym is no longer available to the graduate.

I hope you found the perfect college graduation gift idea from our list!

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