20 Best College Graduation Gifts for 2017

20 Best College Graduation Gifts for 2017

After 18 hours of research evaluating 125 products, we picked Macy's Gift Card as our top choice.

Quick List: 4 Best

The top four picks on our list
#1
Best Graduation Gift for Filling out Their Interview and Job Wardrobe
Macy's Gift Card

 

  • Can be used for interview clothes, new work wardrobe, anything really 
  • Macy’s is everywhere so it’s a convenient clothier option 
  • Best graduation gift in general 

 

#2
Best Graduation Gift Jewelry for Him
SEIKO Mechanical Standard Models Automatic Men's Watch

  • Classy-looking watch made by a well-trusted brand 
  • Goes great with casual and professional wear 
  • Best watch for your money 

#3
Best Graduation Gift Jewelry for Her
Tiffany & Co. ZIEGFELD COLLECTION Pearl Earrings

  • Classic piece of jewelry 
  • Can wear these earrings everywhere 
  • Nice way to commemorate her graduation 

#4
Best Multi-Purpose Graduation Gift
Apple iPad Air 2 MH1J2LL/A 9.7-Inch, 128GB

  • Light, slim, and sleek design 
  • Fantastic screen resolution 
  • Multi-purpose tablet for work or home 

Quick Look: 20 Best College Graduation Gifts for 2017
Grace's Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-Up
Grace's Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-Up

  • Quick and entertaining read 
  • Provides helpful and relatable insights on life 
  • Good mix of humor and practical topics 

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Cards Against Humanity
Cards Against Humanity

 

  • Great for parties 
  • Hilarious possibilities based on who you play with (and the luck of the draw) 
  • Add-on packs that give the game more layers 

 

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The Original Bialetti Moka Express
The Original Bialetti Moka Express

  • Makes a really good and strong cup of coffee 
  • Easy to use 
  • Much more convenient than an espresso machine or coffee maker  

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NatureBox - The Full Spread, 20 snack box
NatureBox - The Full Spread, 20 snack box

  • Great introduction to healthy snacking 
  • Comes with a mix of sweet, savory, and spicy 
  • Can give a single gift box or buy them a subscription

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Windswept by Linzi Lynn Framed Graphic Art Print on Canvas
Windswept by Linzi Lynn Framed Graphic Art Print on Canvas

  • Beautiful piece of artwork 
  • Fantastic quality craftsmanship 
  • Unique art that’s sure to stand out 

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Tile Mate
Tile Mate

 

  • A life-saving tool for anyone who is forgetful 
  • Super practical, small, and convenient 
  • Easy to use 

 

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Wishing Ball
Wishing Ball

  • Beautiful glass ball that permanently stores all their future hopes and wishes 
  • A unique way to give a sentimental gift without being cheesy 
  • Great alternative to art 

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Nikon D5500 DX-format Digital SLR Dual Lens Kit
Nikon D5500 DX-format Digital SLR Dual Lens Kit

  • Perfect step up from point-and-shoot cameras 
  • Easy to use 
  • Takes beautiful pictures 

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T-fal RK705851 10-In-1 Rice and Multicooker with 10 Automatic Functions and Delayed Timer
T-fal RK705851 10-In-1 Rice and Multicooker with 10 Automatic Functions and Delayed Timer

  • Multicooker that handles all types of cooking really well 
  • Comes with recipes to get your graduate motivated to cook 
  • Great option for hands-off cooking 

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Netflix Account
Netflix Account

  • Soooooo many movies and TV shows to watch 
  • They can stream or order DVDs by mail for newer releases 
  • Much cheaper than a weekly trip to the movie theater 

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Amazon Echo
Amazon Echo

  • Simple voice commands that allow you to do so many different things 
  • Increases the convenience and comfort at home 
  • Leaves a small footprint 

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Stanley 94-248 65-Piece Homeowner's Tool Kit
Stanley 94-248 65-Piece Homeowner's Tool Kit

  • Because every home needs a durable and reliable set of basic tools 
  • Well-made tool set 
  • Affordably priced  

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LinkedIn Premium
LinkedIn Premium

 

  • Affordable graduation gift idea 
  • Excellent way to ease them into the job hunt 
  • Has a huge payoff in the end (if they use it) 

 

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Major Scale Musical Wine Glasses - Party Set
Major Scale Musical Wine Glasses - Party Set

  • Awesome for music lovers and non-music lovers 
  • Unique way to give glassware as a gift 
  • Works well in a variety of situations 

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The Richest Man in Babylon
The Richest Man in Babylon

 

  • One of the best personal development books you can give to a graduate 
  • Lessons are told parable-style so they’re easier to remember 
  • Great tips for finance management 

 

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Everlane - The Twill Weekender Bag
Everlane - The Twill Weekender Bag

 

  • Well-made bag that’s sleek and stylish 
  • Perfect size for carry-on 
  • Fits a weekend’s worth of stuff 

 

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Apple iPad Air 2 MH1J2LL/A 9.7-Inch, 128GB
Apple iPad Air 2 MH1J2LL/A 9.7-Inch, 128GB

  • Light, slim, and sleek design 
  • Fantastic screen resolution 
  • Multi-purpose tablet for work or home 

Check on Amazon
Tiffany & Co. ZIEGFELD COLLECTION Pearl Earrings
Tiffany & Co. ZIEGFELD COLLECTION Pearl Earrings

  • Classic piece of jewelry 
  • Can wear these earrings everywhere 
  • Nice way to commemorate her graduation 

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SEIKO Mechanical Standard Models Automatic Men's Watch
SEIKO Mechanical Standard Models Automatic Men's Watch

  • Classy-looking watch made by a well-trusted brand 
  • Goes great with casual and professional wear 
  • Best watch for your money 

Check on Amazon
Macy's Gift Card
Macy's Gift Card

 

  • Can be used for interview clothes, new work wardrobe, anything really 
  • Macy’s is everywhere so it’s a convenient clothier option 
  • Best graduation gift in general 

 

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We must admit, this roundup was difficult to write. Not because there was an overabundance of gift ideas or anything like that. It was more that the gift ideas that make the most sense for recent college graduates are extremely practical in nature, but tend to also be incredibly vague.

Like money. 

Yeah! Who doesn’t love money? Unigo recommends money as a graduation gift idea as does CBS News. But do you really want to hand your college graduate a stack of bills and be like, “Congrats!”? They’ve been in the habit of spending their money on noodles and late nights at the bar. Can you really trust them to make smart choices with it fresh out of college?

How about furniture? 

Yeah! Furniture would make for a great college graduation gift, especially if they’re moving out on their own for the first time. But finding that perfect piece of furniture that every graduate needs in their apartment is tough. Personal tastes aside, we at Faveable don’t necessarily know what they’re starting with so that’s another tough one to call. 

Or you could spring for a vacation.

Yeah! We all love vacations, and no one needs it more than the recent college graduate who just finished busting their hump on their last set of finals or their thesis. But, again, this comes down to personal tastes. Where do you want to send them? How much do you want to spend? That’s a really personal call and not one we can make for you. 

We appreciated that The Spruce recommended travel accessories instead of springing for a full vacation, so we did take that into account here. 

So, here’s the deal:

After extensive research on all the possible gift ideas for college graduates, we decided to go the practical route. Here’s why:  

When asked about the challenges of entering the real world (especially in this economy), psychologist David Palmiter said, “Change can be frightening, but it is important to remember that it happens to everyone all the time.”

Your recent graduate son, daughter, brother, sister, spouse, or best friend is going to have a lot on their mind right now. How do I find a job? How do I make new friends? How do I cook anything other than ramen? 

So, what better way to help ease them into this big transition than by giving them a gift that helps prepare them for it?

That being said, not every gift on this list of the best college graduation gifts will be 100% practical, but we have tried to cover all the bases so you’ll find something your graduate is sure to appreciate.


Editorial staff