15 Graduation Gifts That Will Upgrade Post-Grad Life

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May 04, 2019

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Gifts for the Graduate Transitioning into Adulthood

Now that their tassel has been turned, it’s time for your college graduate to finally enter the world as a full-fledged adult. There’s no secret about how difficult adulting can be but, with the right tools and accessories, grads can find the fun in freedom. Here are some gift ideas that will help make their transition into whatever lies ahead as smooth and enjoyable as possible.


Help your graduate be on time for that important interview or networking event with a sleek and stylish watch. These SK wristwatches are elegant, timeless and won’t break the bank.

BUY IT: Amazon, $20

Overnight Bag

An overnight bag is the perfect gift for young professionals traveling for work, and grads that need a reliable bag for those spur-of-the-moment weekend trips. The vintage leather CUIBIRD travel duffel is a perfect pick. It is waterproof, contains a separate shoe compartment and has an adjustable strap for easy carrying.

BUY IT: Amazon, $26

Business Card Holder

Help your grad take their networking game to the next level with a stylish, yet inexpensive business card holder. The holders come in a multitude of colors and your graduate will be more than happy to whip out their business cards in this high-quality holder to make all the connections needed in order to reach their professional goals!

BUY IT: Amazon, $7


Navigating that post-grad life can be difficult, but with the right tools and resources, anyone can learn the ins and outs of life after college. Resource books can be fun and insightful, all while educating them on how to successfully navigate adulthood.

BUY IT: Amazon, $10


Regardless of whether your graduate is a fitness novice or workout warrior, a gift card to ClassPass will get them on their feet. ClassPass is a monthly fitness membership that grants access to millions of fitness classes offered around the world. One of the best things about ClassPass is both members and non-members of the service can redeem gift cards to book their choice of classes! Gym memberships can be pricey but with ClassPass you can help your graduate achieve their fitness goals.

BUY IT: ClassPass, gift cards starting at $50

Amazon Grad Gift Card

Give your college grad the freedom to buy exactly what they need for their post-grad plans. Whether it’s a silverware set for their new apartment or school supplies for Graduate school, an Amazon gift card is the way to go! Instead of buying a basic design, opt for the card that comes in a cute, graduation-themed gift box! The box is its own wrapping paper and will surely brighten your graduate’s day!

BUY IT: Amazon, gift cards starting at $25

Amazon Fire Stick

The Amazon Fire Stick is the perfect gift for a first apartment. Your new grad won’t have to worry about paying for an expensive television provider because the stick provides access to streaming services such as CBS All Access, Netflix, Hulu and more!

BUY IT: Amazon, $40

Fix it Kit

The Fix it Kit is the perfect portable toolkit for a new graduate’s apartment or car. The tools inside are up to any task, both large and small. This portable toolkit is fully stocked with a hammer, LED Flashlight, pliers, tape measure, sockets and more, proving that great things come in small packages.

BUY IT: Uncommon Goods, $30

Blue Apron Subscription

Gone are the days where grads had to survive on ramen noodles and frozen pizza. Blue Apron is the perfect gift to show them how to prepare delicious and healthy meals without having to make a trip to the grocery store. Blue Apron’s meals are delivered directly to their door, perfectly portioned, uses fresh ingredients and will reignite your grad’s love of home cooking!

BUY IT: Blue Apron, $60 gift card

Luggage Set

A luggage set is a practical post-grad gift that’ll come in handy for business trips and week-long summer getaways. A great way to personalize this gift is by finding a matching luggage tag!

BUY IT: Amazon, $92


The slow-cooker is a very underused, underrated kitchen appliance that makes cooking extremely easy. This is one of the best cooking appliances for the busy grad who is always multi-tasking. All they need to do is toss in all their ingredients, let the slow-cooker do all the work and prepare an amazing meal! Get a large enough slow-cooker, and your grad will have leftovers that’ll keep them fed for the next few days.

BUY IT: Amazon, $57

Diploma Frame

Your graduate worked hard for that degree, now give them a way to proudly display it! A diploma frame is the perfect way to show off their amazing achievement by putting it front and center.

BUY IT: Amazon, $36

Personalized Padfolio

Have your grad be the envy of the meeting room with a personalized, engraved padfolio. It comes fully equipped with a notepad inside for all of your note-taking needs, as well as compartments for a calculator, papers, cards and more. This padfolio is a one of a kind professional gift, and will most definitely be used again and again, well after graduation.

BUY IT: Amazon, $26

iHome Bluetooth Alarm Clock

The days of your graduate using their phone as an alarm are over! Have them level up with this multi-feature alarm clock that additionally works as a phone charging dock and Bluetooth speaker as well. This clock will give life to your grad’s bedroom and they’ll never have to worry about oversleeping again.

BUY IT: Target, $60

Stemless glasses

Cheers to the graduate! Toast some bubbly with this set of 4-fold, rimmed stemless wine glasses. These glasses would look stunning on a bar cart and will turn any celebration into an elegant affair. The look and design of the glasses are timeless, ensuring they’ll be used for years to come.

BUY IT: Target, $37

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