15 Thoughtful Gifts for the College Grad

This post is all about the best college graduation gifts.

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Graduation season is quickly approaching, and with it comes grad parties, celebrations, and graduation gift-giving.

College graduates are beginning a new and expensive chapter of their life, and may not be able to afford the simple luxuries when figuring out how to pay their rent on a starting paycheck.

There is no better way to congratulate your loved one on graduating than by getting them a luxurious gift they will use long into adulthood.

Here is a list of thoughtful and practical gifts for the college graduate:

A Nespresso coffee maker.

A Nespresso coffee machine is essential for grads to have in their first apartment. It’s fast, easy-to-use, and makes a delicious cup of espresso that can be grabbed when running out the door.

Browse all Nespresso products on Amazon here.

A Samsonite carry-on suitcase.

This suitcase is perfect for the grad who will be traveling a lot for work. Samsonite suitcases are made with a hard outer shell to keep belongings protected, and that wheels rotate in 360* for easy maneuvering through the airport.

A functional bag for work.

Whether your grad prefers a classic tote, a durable backpack, or a professional briefcase, they will surely be thanking you every time they commute to the office with their computer, files, and personal essentials all in one convenient place.

A ClassPass gift card.

A ClassPass gift card will enable grads to try out as many boutique fitness studios as they like in their city, with classes such as bootcamp, cycling, Pilates, yoga, and more. ClassPass is available in 2,500 cities worldwide, and the gift cards have no minimum, so you can give grads as many (or as few) classes you want.

A stylish weekender bag.

This bag is probably already on your graduate’s wish list. A leather weekender bag is the perfect carry-on for short business trips or to bring a set of spare gym clothes to the office.

A Birchbox subscription.

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Gift them a Birchbox subscription here.

Your grad will look forward to this sampling of luxe beauty and skincare samples every month. You can gift a subscription for 3 months for $30, 6 months for $60, or a full year for $110.

A pair of Bluetooth headphones.

College grads will likely traveling A LOT in their first few years of work, whether commuting to the office daily or crossing the country for client meetings.

Graduates will love wearing a sleek pair of Apple AirPods on their morning commute, or using these noise-cancelling headphones by Bose to listen to music while in the air.A stylish speaker for their apartment.Sugarfina Pop the Champagne.

Their first luxurious candle.

Diptyque candles are the holy grail of luxurious candles. Your college grad has probably been eyeing them up in magazines for a while, but doesn’t have the cash on hand to make the purchase. They make for a great coffee table accent pieces and smell sooo good.

A subscription to The New York Times.

Most students have university-sponsored access to the major news publications in college, and will want to retain that access once it expires after they graduate. Gift a subscription to the Times to keep your grad informed about current events around the world.

A lightweight & powerful hair dryer.

The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer’s high velocity airflow and ionic technology will save grads crucial time getting ready in the morning and keep their hair frizz-free all day long.

A HelloFresh gift card.

These meal-kit subscription services deliver fresh ingredients and a recipe card for 2-4 meals every week, a perfect gift for grads who are just learning how to cook and are intimidated in the kitchen.

Their first set of matching pots & pans.

Students probably made it through all four years of undergrad microwaving leftovers and cooking up the occasional ramen, but they’ll love this pan set once they realize that they no longer have a meal plan and want to save money making their own food in their apartment.

An Amazon gift card.

If you’re not sure what to get your grad, an Amazon gift card gives your grad the purchasing power to buy anything they need.

A Wine subscription box or gift card.

What better way to celebrate with your grad than by gifting them a selection of wines catered to their taste every month. Subscribers take a survey to determine their taste preferences and are sent four bottles of wine they are sure to love.

A classic wallet.

College grads probably used a stick-on cardholder for the past four years, and need to upgrade to something more substantial they can carry with them every day.

A tablet for streaming and web-surfing when not at the office.

Many companies provide a laptop to employees, but recent grads will love a personal device they can cozy up on the couch with to stream services like Netflix and Hulu or surf the web.

Frequent movie watchers will love an iPad Pro, while book worms will be drawn to the Kindle Paperwhite.

I hope you enjoyed this post showing you the best graduation presents to buy this year.

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