Graduation season is upon us, so it’s time to celebrate the college kids in your life before they head out into the real world. “Adulting” is hard enough (we know!), but you can make the transition easier with a whole lot of love and patience and the right present. We’ve rounded up all the best gifts for college graduates to prepare them for their next stage in life.
Keep scrolling for FIRST‘s picks for the best graduation gifts.
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Gift For College Graduates
Best Gift for College Graduates
A subscription to Stitch Fix is an easy way to convince your son or daughter it's time to toss out their hole-y college T-shirts in favor of more adult attire. With this service, each month your son or daughter will receive clothing hand-picked by a personal stylist based on their taste. Your kid can keep whatever they want and then return the rest. You'll only be charged for the pieces your child holds onto — and shipping is free both ways!
Where to buy: $20-$600, Stitch Fix
College Graduation Gift For Her
Best College Graduation Gift for Her
Sweatpants and oversized T-shirts were totally fine when your daughter was pulling all-nighters in the dorms. But now it's time to swap those out for some comfy adult pajamas, so she can drift off to dreamland in style and wake up rested for work the next day.
Where to buy: $68, Nordstrom
Gift Ideas For College Graduates
Gift Ideas for College Graduates
After years of dorm food and top ramen, this may be the first time your son are daughter starts cooking their own meals. Make the transition painless with a Hello Fresh subscription. Fresh, pre-portioned ingredients will arrive on their doorstep so they can whip up quick and easy weeknight dinners.
Where to buy: $7.87/serving depending on the plan, Hello Fresh
Gifts Ideas For College Graduates
Best Housewarming Gift for College Graduate
This 16-piece dish set is dishwasher-, microwave-, and oven-safe, and will add a hint of class to all the dinner parties in your son or daughter's future.
Where to buy: $41.99, Wayfair
College Graduation Gift For Him
Best College Graduation Gift for Him
A monogramed tie bar and cuff links set is perfect for any grad who has to dress up for work. Every time your son looks down at his wrists or adjusts his tie, he'll be reminded of all the sacrifices you made to help him achieve his goals.
Where to buy: $57, Nordstrom
Best Gifts For College Graduates
Best Professional Gift for College Graduates
Business cards are always a good idea for college grads as they'll no doubt be attending a lot of networking events in the future. A classy, professional business card is a must when it comes to making a great first impression.
Where to buy: 50 cards from 19.99 depending on the style, Moo
Gifts For A College Graduate Girl
Best Inexpensive Gift for College Graduates
A new planner is the perfect gift for the organized grad in your life. This way, she doesn't have to keep using her old college notebook to write down her appointments and to-dos.
Where to buy: $30, Amazon
Gift For College Graduate Daughter
Best Gifts for Your College Graduate Daughter
Dagne Dover's totes fit everything a working professional could want or need: laptop, notebook, water bottle, pens, pencils, and clothes for the gym. It also comes with a handy keychain that attaches to the inside of the bag so your daughter won't have to unpack her bag in the middle of the street to find her keys. Choose from four sizes and 12 eye-catching colors, including olive, sea mist, and bay blue.
Where to buy: $145-$265, Dagne Dover
Gifts For College Graduates From Parents
Best Gift for College Graduates From Parents
Many parents will remember reading Dr. Seuss' Oh, the Places You'll Go! to their kids at bedtime, but this meaningful gift will also remind them of all the amazing opportunities in their futures. Maybe you can even sit down with your not-so-little ones again and read it together.
Where to buy: $10.78, Amazon
Presents For College Graduates
Best Funny Gift for College Graduates
Anyone who hasn't had their morning coffee yet will relate to the snarky message on this stainless steel travel mug. This insulated portable tumbler works with both hot drinks and cold ones to ensure your grad is always caffeinated with a smile on her face.
Where to buy: $21.75 (originally $29), Society6
Gifts For College Graduates Male
Best Meaningful Gift for College Graduates
If your son is more of a backpack than a briefcase kind of guy, he'll love this one from Bellroy. With its mature design, this rucksack feels like an adult version of kid's college bag. Plus, it's roomy enough to fit a 15-inch laptop with space to spare.
Where to buy: $139, Bellroy
Gifts For College Graduates Female
Best Small Gift for College Graduates
Packing a lunch is a great way to save money, but we bet your daughter isn't going to want to show up for her first day with a lunch box that has cartoons all over it. Upgrade her lunch bag with this pretty floral lunch tote from Kate Spade. This roomy sack is big enough to hold all her snacks, plus it's insulated to keep everything cool.
Where to buy: $30, Kate Spade
Gifts For College Graduates Guys
Best College Graduation Gift for Guys
If your grad isn't the backpack type, a messenger bag may be more his style. This versatile document bag from Ted Baker can be worn across the body or held like a briefcase. "Beautiful bag! The quality is amazing. It looks like it could also go with any business or business casual outift. Love it!" one happy Nordstrom customer wrote.
Where to buy: $129, Nordstrom
College Graduation Gift Ideas For Son
Best College Graduation Gift Idea for Your Son
MVMT's Classic Gritty Glow watch will make a stylish addition to any grad's wrist. With its elegant design, it may even become something he passes on to his own kids.
Where to buy: $95, MVMT
Gift Ideas For College Graduate Girl
Best Personalized Gift for College Graduates
With this chic necklace from Kate Spade, your college graduate will love that you took the time to personalize your gift. "I bought two of these for my favorite college graduates. They are simple and sophisticated — the perfect everyday necklace for a new professional. I love the variable length as pendant necklaces are often too short for my taste. The clasp can be adjusted within several inches," one woman wrote on the Kate Spade website.
Where to buy: $58, Kate Spade
Gift Ideas For College Graduates Male
Best Useful Gift for College Graduates
A bright patterned tie is an easy way for any working professional to add interest to an otherwise boring dress shirt. You can't go wrong wit this maroon polka dot tie from The Tie Bar — it also comes in an equally classy navy blue shade.
Where to buy: $19, The Tie Bar
Gifts Every College Graduate Needs
Best Practical Gift for College Graduates
Fix anything with this handy mini tool kit from Uncommon Goods. Whether it's a loose screw that needs tightening or a zipper that needs repairing, your kid will have it covered out there on their own.
Where to buy: $30, Uncommon Goods