It’s almost May, which means graduation season is nearly upon us. If you have a child, friend, or relative making the big leap out of high school or college, you’re likely pondering what to get him or her—and we have some excellent ideas!
Not all graduation gifts are created equal. Of course, like any other gift, it’s the thought that counts, but something that’s both thoughtful and useful is always the best way to go. Whether they’re heading to a dorm, their first apartment, or a new job, here are some gifts any grad is sure to love and use!
Whether your giftee will be making meals in a dorm or an apartment, kitchen goods are always a safe bet for graduation. From quality cookware to flatware, these gifts might not be flashy or exciting, but they’ll definitely be used often.
Any grad will thank you for saving them from having to buy any of the following necessities:
T-fal Ultimate Hard Anodized Nonstick 14 Piece Cookware Set
Everything they need in one set.
Nespresso Vertuo Plus Coffee and Espresso Maker
Because everyone needs good coffee.
Homequen Black Flatware Set 20 Pieces
Nothing says cool like matte black utensils.
Corelle 18 Piece Dinnerware Sets
Classic white will go with anything.
Glaver's Drinking Glasses
This set of eight includes two sizes.
Help your graduate be proactive and keep their new space organized. Whether they need some small storage solutions for a dorm room or some under-the-sink organizers for their apartment, any of these items will help them keep their new home neat:
GRANNY SAYS 3-Shelf Hanging Closet Organizers
Adds more storage space to any closet.
Xsin Lung Under Sink Organizer
To help keep one of the messiest places in the kitchen organized.
SOLEJAZZ Slim Storage Cart
Slim enough to fit anywhere.
IRIS USA 32 Qt. Plastic Storage Bins
Perfect for keeping holiday decorations or winter clothes out of the way.
Practical gifts don’t have to be boring. Accessories bring the fun! From essential electronics to décor, the following gifts will be exciting to unwrap, as well as functional and fun to use:
Auking Mini Projector
Who needs a TV?
Echo Show 10
Alexa, buy Echo.
Vitruvi Stone Diffuser
Perfect for soothing exam stress.
AeroGarden Harvest Elite Indoor Garden
Help them save cash and grow their own herbs.
Homesick Scented New Home Candle
The perfect gift for a new home.
Don’t underestimate how nice it is to receive a nice set of towels or sheets as a gift. If you know your grad’s style, snag them the colors or patterns they’ll love. Don’t know what they like? No problem! You can’t go wrong with classic white. Either way, any of these pieces will be a most welcome gift:
Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set
So they can find out what all the hype is about.
Casper Sleep Pillow for Sleeping
Help them drift into dreamland after cramming all night.
American Soft Linen Four Piece Bath Towel Set
Soft, fluffy, and necessary.
Serta ThermaGel Memory Foam Mattress Topper
Make that dorm mattress far more comfy.
YnM Weighted Blanket
For cozy evenings studying or sipping tea.
Whether they’ll be commuting to work or class, office supplies and career-related items make fantastic graduation gifts. Whether it’s a quality laptop bag or an organizing solution for their home office or dorm, any of these gifts are sure to please your new grad:
Nubily Laptop Bag for Women
Chic and simple.
BALORAY Lunch Bag
Not their elementary lunch box.
Clever Fox Planner
Help them keep track of their schedule and appointments.
ZOBIDO Comfy Home Office Task Chair
No matter how hard they're working, they'll be comfy in plush velvet.
Jerry & Maggie Desktop Organizer
Perfect for a dorm room desk.
For those who want to give a unique but still useful gift, kits are the way to go. From helping your giftee keep their laundry in check to must-have tools, these options will come in handy, even if they don’t realize it now:
40-Piece All-Purpose Household Pink Tool Kit
Because everyone needs a hammer at some point.
Dorm Room Multipurpose Cleaning Kit
Help them keep that dorm room spick-and-span.
SHBC Compact First Aid Kit
It's important to be prepared for life's little emergencies.
Better Together Bundle
There are no excuses for that huge pile of dirty laundry with this kit.
Rockland Melbourne Hardside Expandable Spinner Wheel Luggage
Because everyone needs a vacation at some point.
Whether your loved one is graduating from high school or college, any of these practical options make perfect gifts. While they might not be the flashiest, they’re certainly functional, which is just what you need when it’s time to start adulting.