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10 College Graduation Gift Ideas

If your relative or friend is graduating from college and embarking on a new adventure as an adult, you can congratulate and help them be successful with a thoughtful present. Whether the new graduate is traveling the world, heading to grad school or starting a career, one of our top ten college graduation gift ideas is sure to help you celebrate this special occasion accordingly. The list has gifts from most to least expensive, so no matter your budget, you can give your loved one something useful for their next stage of life.

Carry-on Luggage

Graduating college brings a sense of freedom and a desire to explore the world. You may not be able to splurge on a trip around the world for your new grad, but you can help them have a secure and organized trip with a high-quality piece of carry-on luggage. This Samsonite luggage comes with 10 interior zippers and pockets to keep clothing and other items in place. The 100% polycarbonate lining is sturdy and can handle any amount of travel. Also, the multi-directional spinning wheels make it a cinch to steer across an airport terminal or train station. This luggage comes in a variety of sizes and colors, so you can find the perfect one.

Samsonite Luggage Winfield

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Revolving Spice Rack

Your college graduate is probably moving out of university housing and into a grown-up apartment of their own. Therefore, some of the best college graduation gift ideas will help them settle into their new home. Encourage your new grad to avoid takeout every night and cook at home instead, with this sophisticated spice rack. It comes with up to 20 pre-filled jars that preserve spices make herbs easy to shake or pour out on top of food. Each 2.5-ounce jar is refillable and dishwasher safe, and the lid is etched with the spice’s name for visibility.

Cole & Mason Herb and Spice Rack

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Bluetooth Headphones

Whether your new grad loves a brisk morning jog or listening to music on their daily commute, wireless headphones are a great gift. These Bluetooth headphones are waterproof, sweatproof and noise-canceling. So the recipient will be able to enjoy all their favorite activities without being tied down. They can explore their new neighborhood or listen to music on the train to work via any Bluetooth-compatible device. The battery on these lightweight headphones lasts for up to eight hours and comes with ear tips in multiple sizes for the perfect fit.

SENSO Bluetooth Headphones

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Lightweight Vacuum

A vacuum is one of the more unusual college graduation gift ideas, but it’s sure to come in handy in your new grad’s new apartment. High-end vacuums are expensive and bulky; this Lightweight Vacuum is slim and ultra-portable to fit in even the smallest living space. It works on all surfaces with a 16-foot power cord and easily detachable dirt cup for bagless vacuuming. The stick is removable to use it as a hand vacuum for quick cleanup. Your new grad can effortlessly keep their new space tidy.

BISSELL 3106-Q Lightweight Vacuum

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Graduation Tassel Frame

Your family member or friend worked hard for their diploma, and their tassel is a memorable keepsake of those years of education. College graduation gift ideas that help them preserve those memories are sure to be appreciated. This shadowbox frame comes with space for a 5×7 photo and insert to hang their graduation tassel. The overall size of the frame measures 10.5 x 10.5 inches with a black frame and ivory mat, so it’s sure to match any décor.

MCS Graduation Box Frame

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Programmable Coffee Maker

Whether your new grad is heading to more school for an advanced degree or starting their first full-time job, they’ll need to stay fueled. This coffeemaker is perfect for their apartment. It brews four cups at a time, so they’ll have enough for their morning cup and a thermos to take to work. The machine is lightweight for easy storage on a counter or in a cabinet. Also, the pot is easy to clean. The best feature is the programmable timer. So it can be set to brew at a specific time the next day for the most aromatic wake-up call.

Mr. Coffee 4-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker

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Household Tool Set

From putting together furniture to hanging pictures on the wall, every adult with their own place needs a comprehensive tool set. This 39-piece set comes with everything needed to make repairs around the house, such as a hammer, pliers, a box cutter and more, all collected in an organized storage case. The tools are chrome plated to resist heat and corrosion, so this set will last for years.

Cartman Orange 39-Piece Tool Set

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Stemless Wine Glasses

The best college graduation gift ideas help celebrate a new grad’s transition to adulthood. A sophisticated set of wine glasses makes a great housewarming present for their new place. These wine glasses are stemless, making them easier to store in a small apartment and also harder to break. They are shatter-resistant and resist tipping, so your new grad will have fewer messes to clean up when the celebration is over. Each glass in the four-piece set holds up to 15 ounces of a beverage. You can give this set of glasses as a present along with your favorite bottle of wine and a cool-looking corkscrew.

Royal 4-Piece Stemless Wine Glass Set

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Hide-a-key Rock

This may be one of the most unusual college graduation gift ideas, but it’s an incredibly useful item that a new grad probably wouldn’t think of buying for him or herself. This fake rock holds the spare key to your grad’s new house, and it blends in completely with the yard to keep the key hidden in plain sight. Part of being an adult means accidentally locking yourself out of the car or house every now and then. Therefore, this item makes it easier to get back inside. It’s a unique present, so your new grad is sure to think of you every time they see this rock out in the yard.

RamPro Hide-a-Spare-Key Fake Rock

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A simple houseplant can take a stuffy rental apartment and make it feel like home. A heart-leaf philodendron is one of the easiest houseplants to keep alive, requiring minimal sun and watering. You can give this houseplant as a graduation present along with a beautiful pot, or leave it up to the new grad to pick out their own to match their new apartment. Moreover, this bright green and quick-growing houseplant is sure to add some cheer to your grad’s home, and it’s super easy to care for.

Heart Leaf Philodendron


These college graduation gift ideas are great to help a new grad get settled into their new home and enjoy life as a fully fledged adult. Join the celebration of their successful education with one of these thoughtful gifts that are sure to get used all the time. Also, you can get more inspiration from our graduation gift ideas list. Which of the presents from the list above do you love?

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