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10 thoughtful gifts any college graduate would love

Julia Webb
·4-min read

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Graduating from college is an exciting milestone that deserves to be celebrated! But it can be challenging to find a unique gift the grad in your life will like and actually put to use.

While you can never go wrong with a nice card and cash, keep scrolling to check out 10 awesome gifts that any graduate would love to receive.

1. Beautiful stationery for them to write thank-you notes on

Credit: Papier
Credit: Papier

While store-bought cards are totally fine, receiving personalized stationery is both memorable and useful. Papier has a multitude of options to choose from, and they make it easy to customize your favorite style to your liking. The brand also offers planners, wellness journals and more.

Papier Rainbow Waves Stationery, $28 for 10

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2. A weekend bag they’ll be proud to tote around town

Credit: Dooney & Bourke
Credit: Dooney & Bourke

Whether they’re going on a vacation or coming home to see mom and dad, this duffle from Dooney & Bourke is timeless. The waterproof and stain-resistant fabric ensures that they’ll be able to use it for years to come, and it also makes for a great carry-on.

Dooney & Bourke Cabriolet Small Duffle, $220.80 (Orig. $368)

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3. A class ring they will actually wear

Credit: Kendra Scott
Credit: Kendra Scott

Traditionally, class rings get a bad rap for being worn for a year or so — and then never again. With a more classic ring, like Kendra Scott’s Elisa Signet Ring, graduates can wear it all the time since it goes with everything. This ring is covered in 18k gold vermeil and is engravable.

Kendra Scott Elisa Signet Ring, $98

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4. High-quality sheets to celebrate the end of Twin-XL beds

Credit: Frontgate
Credit: Frontgate

Really nice sheets are a luxury that not everyone thinks to buy for themselves. These gorgeous Egyptian cotton sheets from Frontgate are sure to make any grad feel like a true adult. This set includes a flat sheet, a fitted sheet and two pillowcases.

Resort Pintuck Egyptian Cotton Percale Sheet Set, $155.48 – $183.08 (Orig. $169.00 – $199.00)

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5. A smartwatch that will keep them organized

Credit: Amazon
Credit: Amazon

With an Apple Watch, graduates will have their texts, GPS, calendar, fitness tracker and more right on their wrist. While tech gadgets can feel impersonal, this smartwatch is so useful, they’ll know it came from the heart. You can also swap out the watch band to make it a more custom gift.

Apple Watch Series 3, $199 (Orig. $229)

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6. Something to remind them of home

Credit: The Grommet
Credit: The Grommet

If your graduate is moving away after college or staying in their out-of-state college town, a Stainless Steel City Map is a great way to keep home close by. The “map depicts bird’s-eye view of your favorite city and streets,” and most major cities are available for purchase.

Stainless Steel City Map, $29.95

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7. Upscale loungewear because they deserve to relax

Credit: Wknd Nation
Credit: Wknd Nation

Now that they have their diploma, grads have earned some relaxation time. A matching loungewear set is a work-from-home staple and something that they can wear all day long. This set from Wknd Nation can even pass as appropriate daywear on a Zoom call.

Wknd Nation Homeworksocial Set, $120

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8. A multi-purpose pan for their kitchen

Credit: Our Place
Credit: Our Place

Whether they like to cook or are a novice in the kitchen, a multi-purpose pan, like the Our Place Always Pan, makes for an excellent gift. This pan is said to replace eight traditional pieces of cookware, and all of its pieces fit together compactly, making it a space-saving dream.

Our Place Always Pan, $145

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9. A cookbook of simple recipes

Credit: Amazon
Credit: Amazon

Gift the grad in your life a cookbook of easy-to-make dishes to go with that multi-purpose pan. This cookbook from Half Baked Harvest has over 125 delicious and simple recipes, and it includes both vegan and vegetarian options.

Half Baked Harvest Super Simple, $22.79

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10. A stylish wireless charger to corral their everyday items

Credit: Courant
Credit: Courant

This wireless charging tray from Courant is sleek and functional. Grads can toss their keys and other essentials onto the tray and place their phones onto the charging section. This tray is available in five different colors of leather.

Courant Catch 3, $175

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