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50 Best College Graduation Gifts to Celebrate Your 2022 Grad's Major Milestone

Tons of thoughtful ideas that any friend, family member or parent can give.

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Their college years went by in a flash — for you, at least. After four years of exams, group projects and the occasional all-nighter (you know it's true), the time has finally come for them to walk across the stage and accept their diploma. And you? Well, you've been there by their side to cheer them on, calm their stress and encourage them to chase their dreams. But before you let your emotions get the best of you (parents, we're looking at you), browse through these college graduation gifts to find something to show just how proud you are.

There are so many different ways to express your pride. While some of these graduation gift ideas for him or her are more sentimental than others, all of them are packed with the same level of thought and care since they were hand-picked with recent grads in mind. That means, you'll find a range of practical buys for their first apartment, thoughtful keepsakes to remember the good ol' days and personalized jewelry fit for a special moment like this. No matter who you go with, these picks will remind them that an ending is really just a new beginning. And let's face it, that's the exact message they need to hear right now.

FYI: If you're shopping for a specific kind of grad, we also have law school and nursing graduation gift ideas.

Kendra Scott
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A Personalized Way to Give Jewelry
Letter Pendant Necklace
Kendra Scott

Because everything looks better gilded in gold. This gold-plated initial necklace is the just the right size for everyday wear, adding a personalized touch to any outfit.

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Etsy
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Sentimental Pick That Parents Can Give
Custom Map Print
SunWallArt

Whether they're moving far away or staying close to home, get them a custom map of their college town to remind them of the place they left behind. Just select a size, send over their old home away from home and wait for the print to arrive in the mail.

Amazon
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Something Fun to Play With Friends
Things They Don't Teach You in School Trivia Game
Hygge Games
Now 18% off

Sure, they've learned a lot, but there's bound to be a few things that slipped through the cracks. Luckily, they can bust out this party game to test their knowledge and learn a random trivia fact or two.

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Amazon
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Practical Enough for Day-to-Day Use
Bento Lunch Box
bentoheaven

Before they head out the door to go to work, they can divide their lunch into the two compartments and secure it with the strap to prevent any leaks or spills. It even comes with matching utensils and a separate condiment container.

Etsy
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More Unique Than a Framed Picture
Custom Graduation Print
Timetobelove

Even if they have tons of photos with their friends from graduation day, this print is the only way to guarantee that everyone they love is in the same shot. Pick out a hairstyle, outfit and accessory for each person in the friend group, then add a quote or college name up at the top.

Minted
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Fill It With Things Your Daughter Loves
Montauk Snap Tote
Minted

The leather straps and personalized name plate dress up this checkered cotton tote, making it the perfect bag to carry her essentials when she's on and off the clock.

Amazon
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Works for Him or Her
Digital Wooden Alarm Clock
MOSITO
Now 14% off

This isn't your average alarm clock: Not only does it look incredibly chic sitting on a nightstand, but they can rest their smartphone on the top to give it a power boost. That's right, it doubles as a wireless charger!

Amazon
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The Work Wellness Deck: 60 Simple Practices to De-stress and Recharge Wherever You Work
Chronicle Books

The 60 cards in this deck will help them create healthy habits from day one on the job. Whenever the stress, exhaustion or restlessness kicks in, they can pull a card to teach them ways to refresh, flow or connect.

Amazon
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"Hotter by One Degree" Wine Glass
Gtmileo
Now 12% off

Earning a college degree is a major life accomplishment, and this stemless wine glass celebrates the major milestone with an all-too-relatable pun. Pair it with a bottle of her favorite wine for a well-rounded gift.

Good Housekeeping
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Laundry Symbol Chart Art Print
Good Housekeeping

There's an art to doing laundry — and your grad has learned it the hard way (e.g. shrunken sweaters and stained blouses). This print will help clarify a few things ... as long as they remember to take a look at the care tag.

Mark & Graham
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Personalized Luggage Tag and Passport Case
Mark & Graham

If traveling is the first thing on their list, then give them this matching passport case and luggage set. Keep 'em simple and sleek, or add a shadow-printed monogram for an additional $12.50. Oh, the places they'll go!

Etsy
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Actual Handwriting Bracelet
IMESILVER

Jot down an inspiring message or inside joke that only your grad will appreciate, and IME Jewelry will turn it into a silver, gold or rose gold bracelet.

YnM
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Weighted Blanket
YnM

Many people claim that weighted blankets offer a sense of calm, which is a must during the post-college job hunt. Try to pick one that matches their body's weight — a 15 lb. blanket if they weigh 140 lbs, a 17 lb. blanket if they weigh 160 lbs and so on.

Amazon
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Gift Card in a Graduation Cap Box
Amazon

Their shopping list for new apartment essentials is never-ending. Give them what they really need — money to spend on Amazon! — and wrap it up in an adorable gift box to mark the occasion.

Minted
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Filter Heart Snapshot Mix
Minted

Commemorate the best memories from their college years with this heart-shaped collage. But first, get the hammer ready: They'll definitely want to hang it as soon as they move into their new spot. 

Etsy
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Custom Coordinates Necklace
JewelryBlues

Remind her that no matter where she goes, she'll always be close to home. Get the coordinates of your grad's favorite spot engraved on this necklace in your choice of silver, gold, or rose gold. You can also add a message on the back, plus choose the length of the chain.

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The Backpack
Modern Picnic

It may look like a standard (but seriously cute) leather backpack, but there's a surprise inside: an insulated interior to keep her lunch chilled during her commute. There's also a padded pocket to protect her 13" laptop.

Papier
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Scallop Trim
Papier

Sending snail mail is a sign of adulthood, wouldn't ya say? Personalize this set of 10 notecards and let her decide when and where she wants to use them — whether she plans to save them for a special occasion or send a simple hello to her college pals.

Amazon
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Graduation Gift Wine Labels
Hadley Designs

If you have several grads in your life, pick up a few bottles of wine (up to six) and make them fit for the occasion by adding these celebratory labels with fun phrases like "Sip, sip, hooray!"

Etsy
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3-in-1 Charging Station
Oakywood

They can stick this oak or walnut charging station on their desk, nightstand or end table, and give their devices a boost whenever they need it — no cords necessary. It's compatible with most iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods models.

Amazon
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All Along You Were Blooming: Thoughts for Boundless Living
Zondervan
Now 41% off

This is a time for celebration and good cheer, but it's also an opportunity to shower your grad with the love that they need at such an uncertain time in their life. Here, Instagram poet Morgan Harper Nichols offers advice to help them delight in the moment, as difficult as it may be.

Our Place
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Always Pan
Our Place

One pan, unlimited opportunities: They've probably seen it on Instagram and thanks to you, it can have a spot in their kitchen (on their stovetop for all to see). This piece, available in seven gorgeous colors, does the work of eight pieces of cookware: a fry pan, sauté pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula and spoon rest.

Uncommon Goods
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Urban Map Glass
Uncommon Goods

When he settles down for a whiskey on the rocks, he'll be reminded of the city he used to call him. All glasses come etched with a bird's eye view of major U.S. cities, including Chicago, Austin and Atlanta. 

Amazon
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The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter
Twelve
Now 14% off

Let them hear it straight from a pro: Here, a clinical psychologist explains why their twenties are their most pivotal years in terms of work, relationships and just about everything else. No pressure whatsoever. 

Homesick
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State Candle
Homesick

As a sweet tribute to their college years, give them a soy candle with a scent inspired by the state they used to call home. That way, they can reminisce every time they let this candle burn. 

Chatbooks
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Instagram Photo Book Series
Chatbooks

If scrapbooking isn't your strong suit, let Chatbooks do the work for you: Once you get hold of their Instagram login (you'll have to be sneaky), fill the pages of the 6" x 6" or 8" x 8" book with up to 60 photos that fully capture their college experience. 

CrateJoy
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Subscription Box
Work Space Spark

Since they're starting from scratch, sign them up for a monthly subscription box that'll send everything they need to take on the work day, from lined notebooks to office decor. 

Uncommon Goods
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Birth Month Flower Grow Kit
Uncommon Goods

While a traditional bouquet will do, this grow-your-own-flowers kit better represents your grad. Tucked inside each glass bottle, they'll find seeds, helpful instructions and a soil-growing medium. Plus, once the flowers reach full bloom, they can transport them to their garden and use the vase for another bouquet.

Paraval
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Aviator Carry-On
Paraval

Now that your grad is off on their own, give them something to remind them that you're just a flight or train ride away. This ultra-chic carry-on can carry up to four days worth of clothes, depending on what kind of packer they are. 

Kendra Scott
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Everlyne Blue Cord Friendship Bracelet
Kendra Scott

Even when you're miles apart, this cord bracelet will remind your college bestie that you're always thinking of her. Pick from eight cord and stone medallion combinations — maybe one that matches your alma mater?

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