Gifts for Your Graduate

by Valentina Hughes · Updated on May 3, 2021

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We both know what they really want: money. But if you’re looking for a high school or college graduation gift that’s a bit more on the memorable side, or just something to accompany that check, we’ve got you covered.

Gifts for Your Graduate

1. Apple MacBook Air

The creme de la creme of gadgets, any recent graduate will appreciate starting their next chapter with a fresh laptop. Most grads are still using the laptop they got before college, maybe even in high school. Since the average life of a laptop is 3-5 years, it’s probably time they upgrade anyways.

2. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

This book shifted our perspective in necessary, inspiring, and lasting ways, and is a great graduation gift for anyone. A #1 New York Times Bestseller, it is “one of the most acclaimed books of our time: an unforgettable memoir about a young woman who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.”

3. Moleskine Classic Notebook

If you don’t know the graduate that well, or you’re looking for a nice detail to round out the gift, this is a no-fail choice. We’re big fans of Moleskine notebooks, one is never far from reach. The paper is high quality and feels like writing on butter. One recent grad says that this notebook is “sleek, mature, and usable, making it a great present for writers and non-writers alike.”

4. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

“A lyrical work of self-discovery that’s shockingly intimate and insistently universal…Not so much briefly gorgeous as permanently stunning.” –Ron Charles, The Washington Post
This novel is a breathtaking work exploring coming of age, first love, family history, and the redemptive power of storytelling.

5. Victrola 3-Speed Bluetooth Portable Record Player

Get them something to enjoy in their post-grad living space. Pair this best-selling record player with a few of their favorite albums, or give them a record that was popular when you were their age. This is a fun gift they won’t forget.

6. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

This masterpiece is one of the most beloved classics of our time. This collection of poetic essays delves into philosophical, spiritual, and inspirational accounts, meandering through topics such as love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, buying and selling, home, laws, freedom, punishment, reason and passion, self-knowledge, teaching, friendship, time, pleasure, beauty, and more. A requirement for any bookshelf.

7. Bose Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones

For their daily commute, working from home, on the plane, or for watching shows when the roommate is asleep, these fan-favorite headphones are a lux and thoughtful gift.

8. Handmade Trinket Dish

This is a thoughtful custom graduation gift for university, college, or high school. The perfect catch-all for rings, keys, coins, or small items.

9. Becoming by Michelle Obama

In this intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir, Michelle Obama shares experience growing up on the South Side of Chicago, her years balancing her career and motherhood, to her time spent at the White House. In this mesmerizing memoir, Michelle Obama invites us in to her world, sharing and reflecting on the moments that shaped her. This book is an ideal gift for any recent graduate, because Michelle’s prose inspires and encourages as much as it tells her story.

10. Personalized Leather Passport Cover

For the jet-setting grad, this personalized gift is something they’ll hold onto forever. This handmade leather passport cover is simple, elegant, and perfect for keeping their passport and travel documents safe.

11. Tom Bihn – Aeronaut 45 Travel Backpack

Our absolute favorite travel backpack. This bag carries is all, and will last. We’ve taken this back across the globe, and it never disappoints. Big enough to carry a trip’s worth of gear, small enough to be a carry on. A great gift for any grads looking to travel and see the world.

12. Hydro Flask 22 oz Tumbler

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They’ll be grateful for this extra-large cup of coffee when they’re embarking on their post-grad life.

13. Custom Graduation Card

If you’re looking for an extra-special card to slide some bills into, look no further.

14. The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country by Amanda Gorman

This stunning and dynamic collection is by poet Amanda Gorman, whose “powerful and historic poem” was read at President Biden’s inauguration. This special gift edition is a keepsake celebrating the promise of the future and affirms the power of poetry.

15. Samsonite Luggage 3-Piece Set

They’re going places, they need luggage. This best-selling and top-rated set of luggage will get them anywhere they need to go. Featuring four wheels for easier weight distribution and a side mounted TSA lock.