College Graduation Gift Ideas

It’s graduation season – and your student is graduating! Congratulations!

Your student may move on to graduate school or begin a new career. They may be moving home or into their own apartment.

No matter where your student is headed, this is a milestone and you want to mark the occasion with an appropriate graduation gift. Whether it’s large or small, practical or sentimental, it’s sometimes difficult to come up with just the right ideas.

Special gifts should be personal, and you know your student best. We’re offering some suggestions to help you start your imagination flowing. Think about your student’s interests, needs, and personality and see where it takes you.

We’re listing a dozen ideas here, but then be sure to check out our list of ideas from previous years. All together, you’ve got nearly 50 ideas to get you started.

Champagne flutes

Your student has a lot to celebrate at graduation time but will have New Years and other celebrations coming in life. Give them something to celebrate with.

Personalized Tumbler

Carrying coffee to work or any event will be even more fun with this tumbler.

Box or storage tote with staples for their new kitchen

If your student is moving into an apartment and will be doing even a little cooking, they’ll need those staples we all take for granted. Fill a container with those everyday items – salt, sugar, pepper, a few spices, cooking oil, ketchup, mustard, mayo, rice, pasta, etc. Maybe add a gift card to the nearest grocery store.

Things They Don’t Teach You In School

Gathering with friends can be even more fun with a few games to share.


Diploma Frame with Tassel Holder

Showing off your diploma is important as a matter of pride, but adding the tassel is a nice, sentimental touch.

Temperature Control Smart Mug

This will keep your graduate’s coffee or tea at the perfect temperature all day at work.

Work Wellness Deck

The suggestions on these 60 cards will help your graduate nip burnout in the bud – before it has a chance!

Adulting Made Easy by Amanda Morin

The perfect bridge for graduates into their adult life with enough humor, practical tips, and stories about her own failures that students will keep reading. Graduates need this book.

Custom map print/poster

If your graduate is moving to a new city, an artful map on the wall is a fun way to get familiar with their surroundings.

G’Morning, G’Night – Little Pep Talks for Me & You

Little words of wisdom from Lin Manuel Miranda, creator of Hamilton, will keep your student going.



If your graduate has been using the college printers, they’ll need one of their own. Make sure they’re equipped.


Individual waffle maker

Homemade almost always beats frozen. Even if your grad is in a hurry to get out the door, this can provide the perfect breakfast.

If these suggestions aren’t enough for you, don’t fret. Check out our complete list of college graduation gifts for more ideas!

And if you want even more check out our list of holiday gifts. They can make great graduation gifts, too!

Note: We think these are great gift ideas for your student no matter where you purchase them.  If you use our links, College Parent Central receives a small percentage of your purchase price. This does not change the cost to you.  We think it’s only fair to let you know that.

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