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Grad Gift Guide

May 11, 2018

As the school year slowly comes to a close, there are likely those of you who have graduates in your life. Whether it be your child, a grandchild, a niece or nephew, or even just a friend, it’s time to show the grad in your life how proud you are of them. Put a big smile on your grad’s face with some of these practical and sentimental gifts ideas.

For the Dorm Room

If your grad is going to college, no doubt they’ll get some use out of dorm room supplies. Whether it be something as simple as new bedding or a coffee maker, or even some new furniture if you’re feeling like splurging, you absolutely can’t go wrong with gifting some dorm room essentials. 

Three girls in a dorm room sitting on a bed with lime green bedding

School Supplies

School supplies don’t just have be about your standard pencils, papers, and notebooks. Take this gift idea a step further, and upgrade the supplies of the grad in your life. Perhaps buy them a high quality fountain pen that they can take to class? Or maybe a trendy laptop carrying case will work perfectly for them while on their new campus. Or hey, if this is a grad that you’re practically close with and you have the budget for it, a laptop is always a useful gift for a grad.

A black carrying case for a laptop

Professional Wardrobe

While classes can often mean sweatpants, hoodies, and your basic t-shirt and jeans combo, for some grads, it can also mean professional internships, important interviews, and networking events. Treat the grad in your life to a new professional wardrobe. A suit or tie is something all men will get use out of, while female grads will also get equal use out of stylish trousers, blazers, and chic dresses. Practicality for the win with this gift idea!

Three college students in professional looking outfits

Sentimental Gifts

But hey, as much as we love a good practical gift, perhaps you want to gift your grad with something a little more sentimental and personal. A piece of jewelry that shows how proud you are is always appreciated. Or perhaps you’re thinking something simpler than that. Why not go with a frame with a picture of you and your grad together? Even a photobook showing the grad’s journey through pictures makes a great gift for such a monumental occasion in their life. Monogrammed gifts also always add a sentimental edge to any gift idea.

Grandma and granddaughter sitting on a couch looking through a photobook

A Gift Bundle

If you can’t decide what gift idea works best, we’re all about combining these ideas to come up with the ultimate gift bundle. Pick up a nice basket, throw in a Starbucks gift card, new coffee mugs, school supplies, a sentimental framed photo, and a thoughtful card expressing your pride, and we guarantee you’ll have one happy grad on your hands.

A college gift basket

With any of these gift ideas, we suggest you get ready for a big hug. Your grad is certainly going to feel the love. Mission accomplished.