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31 Great Graduation Gift Ideas to Send Them on Their Way

Cap off high school and college achievements with these A+ finds.

collegiate pouches and gray and black backpack
Uncommon Goods/Herschel

This year, celebrate the achievements of high school and college graduates in a big way by sending them off to their next chapter with the best graduation gifts. And because teenagers and young adults aren’t always the easiest crew to shop for, we’ve gathered a wide range of gift ideas to suit all your favorite grads, whether it's your own child, a niece or nephew, grandchild, or neighbor.

Of course, you can take the easy way out and pick up a gift card, throw some cash in a card with an inspiring graduation quote, or even send money through Venmo. But if you’re on the hunt for a present that’s useful, practical, and above all something they’ll love and appreciate, this list is a great place to start! We’ve included the best college graduation gifts for university-bound grads, super cool high school graduation gifts, as well as graduation gifts for him and graduation gifts for her, and for all personalities—athletic, outdoorsy, trendy, or just really in need of constant caffeine (we get it!).

If you have multiple graduates on your shopping list or you’re on a budget, there are plenty of cheap options in the $20 range, and we’ve included splurge-worthy finds too, like a wooden cornhole set for tailgates or a coffee maker to make those early mornings a little easier!

Uncommon Goods
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Collegiate Pouches
uncommongoods.com
$32.00

Choose from one of 30 colleges and universities to celebrate her alma mater or college of choice.

Etsy
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Personalize It!
Personalized Graduation Print
scrapbits etsy.com
$17.00

Commemorate her accomplishments with this customizable print. Choose hairstyle and color, skin tone, school colors, and more for a gift she's sure to cherish.

Amazon
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Lilly Pulitzer Insulated Tumbler
Lilly Pulitzer amazon.com

She'll be so grateful to head out the door each morning with a hot cup of coffee in an eye-catching Lilly Pulitzer print.

Pottery Barn
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Cozy Pom Throw
pb pbteen.com
$39.50

This cute and cozy throw in sweet pastel colors will keep her warm when she's away from home.

Etsy
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Customizable!
Custom Graduation Water Bottle
PersonalizationLab etsy.com
$23.96

This insulated water bottle can be customized by color and design to make sure his future roommates don't swipe it. 

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Wooden Alarm Clock with Wireless Charger
MOSITO amazon.com
$27.98

This clever gadget serves double duty as an alarm clock and wireless charger, so your grad can thank you for keeping them on time!

Etsy
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Comes in a Pair!
Honeycomb Shelves
craftedglorydesign etsy.com
$105.00

Space is a premium in dorm rooms and apartments. These stylish wall shelves give your grad a place to park knick-knacks and essentials alike. 

Pottery Barn
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Laundry Bag
pb pbteen.com
$59.00

You'll be shocked (or not!) at how much dirty laundry they can stuff in this one bag. But with easy-to-carry handles, hauling their load to the nearest washer will be a breeze. (Let's just hope it's not coming to your house!)

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Can Insulator
YETI amazon.com
$69.99

For your college grad who loves to tailgate (and keep his drink ice cold), this can insulator might just be his new favorite thing.

Urban Outfitters
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Polaroid Camera
Polaroid urbanoutfitters.com
$100.00

For a generation that loves instant gratification, what better gift than a Polaroid camera to document the fun times of young adulthood.

Cuisinart Cooler Bag
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Cuisinart Cooler Bag
Cuisinart amazon.com
$55.95

Your graduation will be all set for a tailgate, beach trip, or picnic in the park with this roomy cooler bag. It's lightweight and keeps food and beverages cold for 16 hours.

Uncommon Goods
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Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table
uncommongoods.com
$630.00

Though definitely a splurge, this reclaimed wood coffee table is something they'll take with them wherever they go. And they'll appreciate having a legit grown-up piece of furniture!

Etsy
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Custom Pet Portrait
DrawYourPortrait etsy.com
$28.50

Your grad is going to miss their favorite family member when they go off to college! A custom portrait will keep their furry friend nearby.

Herschel
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Classic Backpack
herschel supply co. herschel.com
$49.99

Gone are the days of the cartoon character backpacks! Your graduate will be ready for days trekking around campus with this grownup selection.

Amazon
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Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 535 Easy(ish) Steps
Grand Central Life & Style amazon.com
$15.99
$9.91 (38% off)

This useful book will help recent graduates figure out useful stuff like how to find an apartment, a reliable mechanic, and more—all with a sense of humor they'll appreciate.

Etsy
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Fold Away Lap Desk
bee9designshop etsy.com
$217.36

This sleek design is both stylish and smart. Take work wherever you want—couch, porch, or bed—with this light, portable desk that folds up in a snap.

Made by Mary
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Customizable!
State Disc Necklace
madebymary.com
$48.00

She'll show off her home state pride no matter where she lives with this sweet reminder of where she came from. 

Herschel
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Messenger Bag
herschel supply co. herschel.com
$14.99

He can stow his laptop and other essentials in this sturdy messenger bag. This stylish tote certainly won't be mistaken for a stuffy briefcase.

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Comes in 8 Colors
Writing Journal Notebook
YRL Best amazon.com
$14.95

After the graduate flips her tassel, she can map our her future in a faux leather journal, perfect for jotting down her thoughts or making to-do lists. 

Uncommon Goods
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Custom Travel Photo Coasters
uncommongoods.com
$65.00

Have photos of his friends and family immortalized on these custom coasters. Or embarrass him and fill them with baby pictures!

Slick Woodys
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Country Living Cornhole Board Set
slickwoodys.com
$250.00

Your college grad (and his friends!) will be ready for tailgate season with this football-themed cornhole set from the Country Living collection at Slick Woody's. 

Uncommon Goods
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NanoDry Towel
uncommongoods.com
$38.00

For a practical gift for an active grad, this pocket-size holder contains a 24"-by-47" quick-drying towel, perfect for dorm life or workout trips to the gym or pool.

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Small Town Girl T-Shirt
countryliving.com
$25.00

She won't forget her roots when she wears this fun T-shirt on campus or in her new city!

Rifle Paper Co.
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AirPods Case
rifle paper co riflepaperco.com
$25.00

She'll have no excuse for losing her AirPods when she keeps them in this pretty case.

Amazon
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White Noise Sound Machine
SNOOZ amazon.com
$79.99

Help your grad drown out a snoring roommate or noisy neighbors and get a good night's sleep with a white noise machine.

Etsy
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Personalize It!
Leather Luggage Tag
AACreativeDesignsCo etsy.com
$15.00

They'll have no problem spotting their suitcase with this monogrammed luggage tag. Pick the tag color and letter style to match their personality.

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Single Serve Coffee Maker
Keurig amazon.com
$79.99
$69.99 (13% off)

Save your grad a trip to the coffee shop (and some money!) with this single-serve Keurig. Its compact size makes it just right for an apartment or dorm room.

Uncommon Goods
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Inner Strenth Candles
uncommongoods.com
$35.00

Remind your college grad just how special they are—and to shine their light!—with these inspirational candles. 

Etsy
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Wall Art
YooHooPrints etsy.com
$4.87

Add a frame and your new grad will have the perfect reminder to hang on his wall. 

Walmart
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Portable Bluetooth Speaker
JBL walmart.com
$69.95

This portable Bluetooth speaker can be clipped to a backpack for music on the go. 

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