With graduation season in full swing, now’s the time to stock up on gifts (that don’t suck) for the recent graduates in your life. It doesn’t matter if they’ve just completed their undergraduate degree or if they’re done with a master’s program, any academic achievement is a milestone worth celebrating. These gifts aren’t your typical graduation gifts and will certainly stand out. Some are funny and unique, some are useful and practical, and some check all of those boxes.
Here are our 10 favorite cool graduation gifts in no particular order. Want to keep shopping for graduation gifts? You can do so here.
1. Bamboo Monitor Stand Riser & Organizer
This is the best cool graduation gift for the office. The next step after graduation is ultimately a job. Help a new grad get organized off the bat with this monitor stand for their office or home office. It elevates their monitor up to eye level for a comfortable viewing experience, saving their neck from long-term strain. It will also keep their desk organized with various holding slots for their cell phone, coffee cup, and any desk accessories they might keep on hand. Slide anything under the stand to get it out of the way while working. If work related gifts are the direction you’re headed, don’t miss this curated list of fun finds for the workspace.
Price: $28.99 (12 percent off MSRP)
2. Mr. Coffee Smart Wifi-Enabled Coffeemaker
This is the best cool graduation gift for caffeine addicts. If they thought they didn’t get enough sleep as a student, they’re in for a rude awakening. Whether they’re going to graduate school or they’re headed into the real world, coffee will become their best friend. This coffee maker is especially great for millennials who like to do everything with their smart phone. They can easily connect to their coffee machine and brew a fresh pot from anywhere using their smart device. For example, they can brew their morning coffee from bed or brew an afternoon pick me up when they’re on the way home – pretty awesome. We like the reasonable price tag on this one but it’s certainly not the only option. Check out alternative smart coffee machines here.
Price: $79.95 (47 percent off MSRP)
3. Silver Metal Book Ends
This is the best cool graduation gift for the home. New grads are doing a ton of things for the first time – commuting, working a full-time job, and ultimately living on their own in a real grown-up apartment. Small decor items like this help to add to the aesthetic of their first home. Let’s be honest – disposable income for home decor is probably not a new grad’s first priority, so they’ll appreciate a gift like this even more. If these aren’t their style, check out some alternative book end designs here.
4. Coffee Because Adulting is Hard
This is the best cool graduation gift for a kid at heart. Peter Pan had the right idea. Let’s all move to Never Never Land, shall we? It’s no surprise that growing up is challenging, and the real world hits hard once classes end and graduation is complete. It’s best to just laugh at the whole ordeal with a funny gift like this. Gift this mug along with this t-shirt that reads: “I’m not adulting today”, this book titled: “Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps”, or any of these funny gifts with a similar message.
5. Personalized Leather Business Card Holder
This is the best cool graduation accessory gift. As a new member to the working force, there’s a slew of accessories and items that new grads haven’t had a need for up until this point. Briefcases and messenger bags are a great option, but if you’d like to go a different route, consider a monogrammed business card holder for meetings and networking. This one is made with metal and brown faux leather casing, with a magnetic closure. The monogram is laser etched, with the ability to choose from 36 various designs. Check out this fun flask from the same shop and gift both with a note that says “work hard, party hard”.
6. Kate Spade New York 12-Month Desktop Calendar
This is the best cool graduation gift for the chicks. Calling all girls for a PSA. Kate Spade makes adorable desk accessories that will make coming to work a bit of a treat. This gold calendar stand is chic and professional, with thick card stock for each month’s calendar and the Kate Spade logo. You can also find Kate Spade file folders and Kate Spade tech accessories, all awesome gifts for a new grad.
7. Pizza Shaped High Speed USB Flash Drive
This is the best cool graduation gift for techies. If we could offer one piece of advice for new grads, backing up would be it. Speaking from personal experience, there’s nothing worse than losing a presentation the night before you’re supposed to give it, all of the pictures from your most recent vacation, or all of your client’s documents (been there, done that). These fun flash drives hold either 8GB or 16GB of data, and come in designs like pizza, sushi, chocolate, and hamburgers – all of a grad’s favorite food groups. Looking for another tech gadget for a recent grad? Check out this curated shopping list of cool ideas.
8. Men’s Safe Messenger Bag
This is the best cool graduation gift for a grad on the go. If you’ve ever taken out your laptop on a plane or train, you know that it can be uncomfortable to work on personal documents in tight quarters. Even if your neighbor is minding their own business, you might feel like they’re in your personal space. This gift is a two-for-one special, functioning as both a fashion statement and as a protective mobile workstation. The messenger bag can hold most 11″ – 15.6″ screens and is made with high-quality materials, including a microfiber lining that will keep laptops scratch and dust free.
9. Emergency Money Bank
This is the best cool graduation gift for starving artists. If you’re shopping for a grad who’s been living under the wing of their parents, odds are it’s going to take them a little bit of time to get the hang of managing their personal finances. While you’re searching for a cool gift for a grad, the truth is, they probably just want some cash. Fill this mini piggy bank with $100 (or whatever amount you’re comfortable with). When things get rough they can bust it open (or simply unscrew the back) to collect the cash.
10. Straight Outta College T-Shirt
This is the best graduation gift for music and movie lovers. A fun play on N.W.A, this shirt can be worn around town, on their graduation day, or even as loungewear. It’s made from 100 percent cotton and comes in a variety of colors. It has a lightweight, classic fit, and can be machine washed. Keep in mind that the t-shirts do run a bit small and due to the cotton fabric, tend to shrink slightly. Order up a size for a proper fit.
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