Top 10 Best Graduation Gifts for Guys

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Shopping for that perfect graduation gift? We’ve rounded up ten of the best gifts you can give to a male graduate in 2015. These cool gifts include fun presents that will appeal to gamers, as well as gifts that will help jumpstart their career after graduation. If you want to find that perfect gift, read on to see our top picks for graduation gifts for men this year. Our guide is perfect for college grads, or those guys who are just finishing up high school or getting a GED. For even more gift ideas, check out our guide to the best gifts for men. You might also be interested in our updated list of the best graduation gifts for guys, which has additional ideas not featured in this post.

1. Calvin Klein Men’s Malik Texture Side-Vent Suit With Flat-Front Pant

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If the guy you’re shopping for spent most of his academic career dressed in jeans or sweats, he will definitely need a wardrobe upgrade before he starts interviewing for jobs. This great suit from Calvin Klein looks great on practically any frame. The cut is modern, yet timeless, and this is a suit that will even appeal to those guys who don’t think they like wearing suits. This suit is available in regular, short, and long sizes.

If you’re not sure this cut or color is right for him, you can browse more men’s suits from CK here.

Price: $161.29 – $299.99, depending on size selected

Buy the Calvin Klein Men’s Malik Texture Two-Button Side-Vent Suit with Flat-Front Pant here.

2. Samsonite Colombian Leather Flapover Case

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Every guy needs a great briefcase. We like this option for new grads because it’s professional enough for the workplace, but still has a youthful energy. The bag is made from real leather, with a nicely padded shoulder strap to ensure comfort during long commutes. The bag has ample storage space for files or a tablet. Some laptops will fit comfortably as well.

Price: $85.59 (69 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Samsonite Colombian Leather Flapover Case here.

3. Xbox One Special Edition Sunset Overdrive Bundle

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If your favorite grad still doesn’t have an Xbox One, graduation day is the perfect time to present him with that console he couldn’t afford to buy for himself. This Xbox One bundle includes the console, wireless controller, standard headset, a full game download and Day One Edition in-game content for Sunset Overdrive, and a bonus outfit and weapon for the game. Your lucky grad will also get a 14-Day Xbox Live Gold trial.

Does he already own this game? Browse more Xbox console bundles here, or check out new release video games here.

Price: $399.99

Buy the Xbox One Special Edition Sunset Overdrive Bundle here.

4. Eat Like a Man: The Only Cookbook a Man Will Ever Need

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Worried that your favorite grad doesn’t know how to cook for himself? This cookbook from Esquire is a great intro cookbook that focuses on the kind of food real men love to eat. There are some great steak recipes, as well as recipes for sweet treats like banana bread french toast that he can serve to his girlfriend for a romantic brunch.

Price: $18.75 (38 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Eat Like a Man: The Only Cookbook a Man Will Ever Need here.

5. Samsung Galaxy S6

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This smartphone isn’t the latest and greatest from Samsung, but it’s still a powerhouse, and any new grad will be happy to have a new smartphone to use for work or play. This phone has a slim frame and lightning-fast 64 bit, Octa-core processor. And since it’s a generation behind the Samsung Galaxy S7, it’s going to cost you less than the latest and greatest. If the guy you’re shopping for doesn’t love Samsung products, check out some other recommendations in our gift guide for the best smartphones to give as graduation gifts.

Price: $489 to own outright, without a service plan

Buy the Samsung Galaxy S6 here.

6. Toshiba Satellite C55-B5100 15.6-Inch Laptop

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If your grad’s current laptop is on its last legs, then a new laptop is a thoughtful, practical gift idea. This laptop from Toshiba has 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, an HD webcam with mic, and even packs in a DVD±RW/CD-RW drive. This laptop runs Windows 8.1 (64-bit). A laptop is a nice gift for grads who will definitely need a reliable laptop for work or post-grad studies.

Price: $266.99 (33 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Toshiba Satellite C55-B5100 15.6-Inch Laptop here.

7. Garmin Vivoactive

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Some graduates tend to put on a little weight after school. If you want to help your favorite guy stay lean and trim, a fitness accessory like the Garmin Vivoactive makes a great gift. It’s available with or without a built-in heart rate monitor.

This fitness tracker offers some smartwatch-like features. By pairing with a smartphone, the Vivoactive can notify the wearer of calls, texts, email and calendar items, and social media notifications. The screen is easy to read, even in direct sun. Plus, it has been GPS-enabled, which is great for runners, swimmers, or golfers. Battery life can be as long as three weeks, though heavy use of GPS can cut battery life down to just 10 hours. Still, that’s better than many other GPS-enabled watches and trackers can offer.

Price: $249.99 without HR, $299.99 with HR monitor

Buy the Garmin Vivoactive here.

8. Google Nexus 9 Tablet

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The relatively new Nexus 9 tablet is beautifully designed, but it also packs plenty of power. While the front camera is a little wimpy, this tablet boasts some other impressive specs. This tablet runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, with a NVIDIA Tegra K1 2.3 GHz x64 Processor doing all the heavy lifting. There’s 16GB of Flash Memory, along with 2GB of RAM.

If the price of the Nexus 9 is a little too rich for your blood, consider the older (but still top-rated) Nexus 7 tablet.

Price: $364.97 (9 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Google Nexus 9 Tablet here.


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For high school graduates traveling Europe during their gap year, or for college grads who are planning a cross-country road trip to their new job, this rugged camera is an awesome gift. Ideal for any grad who loves photography and outdoor living, this cool camera captures high-quality 12MP photos at speeds of up to 30 FPS.

Want to make sure that expensive camera stays in good shape? Check out guide to the best GoPro bags.

Price: $399.99

Buy the GoPro HERO4 SILVER here.

10. Amazon Prime Gift Subscription

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Nothing on this list quite right for the guy you’re shopping for? An Amazon Prime subscription is a thoughtful gift that works for pretty much anyone. While a year of Prime is a bit expensive, there are a lot of perks. In addition to free two-day shipping, Prime members also get unlimited access to a library of millions of songs, instant streaming of tons of movies and TV shows, and free unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive. Prime members also get free books to read every month through the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library program.

If the recipient is already a Prime member, the gift can be exchanged for an Gift Card. The one-year gift membership does not automatically renew.

Price: $99

Buy an Amazon Prime gift subscription here.

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