College Graduation Gift Guide

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College commencement is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion. Naturally you want to show your love, pride and support with a gift that is just right and personal. Let us help you choose something that’s as special as your new college graduate!

New city, new apartment, new life

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Appliances

Bright and whimsical or plain and practical, your new grad will love a panini maker, blender, Cuisinart, Keurig, juicer, espresso machine or waffle iron.

 


  • Fill a basket with items celebrating the transition to a new neighborhood: local restaurant gift certificate, hiking or sightseeing guide, regional foods/treats.
  • Subscription to a season of theater or musical performances
  •  Gym membership
  •  New laptop (the one that went to college has probably about had it) along with a stylish protective case or sleeve
  •  Themed kitchen gift basket — Fill it with utensils or pans specifically for baking, grilling, etc. Add a cookbook!
  •  Gift certificate for meal/ingredient delivery services like Blue Apron or HelloFresh, or for a cooking class/evening for a group of people
  • New bedding (no more X-long twin!). AllerEase bedding is both hypoallergenic and luxurious.
  •  Business cards: There are many online, customizable options — check out MOO
  •  Monogrammed stationary — Lots of unique choices on Etsy, and at Minted

Dress for success


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Accessories

  •  A scarf or special piece of jewelry
  •  Guys need ties!

 


  •  Gift card to a nice clothing store for professional wardrobe purchases
  •  Cufflinks with university logo
  •  Gift card to online style service like Stitch Fix or Trunk Club

 


Personalize the cash gift


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  • Give money for a special post-graduation trip.
  • Provide first month’s rent on a new apartment, or the first student loan payment.
  • Stock — Get your new grad excited to learn more about investing and saving for the future.


Travel and Transportation


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  • A Zipcar gift membership is perfect no matter where your grad will be living.
  • Grads with cars will appreciate a AAA membership, car emergency kit, and gas cards for road trips.
  • New carry-on bag or passport holder


Nostalgia

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  • Diploma frame — See more creative ideas for perserving memories here.
  • Set of college logo coffee mugs, alumni license plate holder, etc.
  • Latitude and longitude charms for bracelet, necklace, keychain — A reminder of the place they spent four (or more) years making memories that will last forever. Lots of hand-stamped choices in Etsy or check out the collection at Lat and Lo.


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