58 Amazing and Useful Graduation Gifts 2021

by mkimmel | Last Updated: February 22, 2021

Graduation is one of life’s greatest milestones and because of that gift-giving during graduation has always been a tradition. If you are looking for useful graduation gifts for the fresh graduates in your life, have a look at this list. Here are 58 amazing gift ideas suitable for celebrating all kinds of graduations. There is something for every type of graduate here!

Graduation Keepsake Frame

Starting the gift list with an obvious choice, a keepsake frame. This one from Faithworks has a classic looking design in a glossy black finish. This frame fits a standard size diploma, a photo, and a tassel. It also has an inspirational quote written beneath the photo slot. This makes a perfect gift for any graduate!

The Sky Is the Limit

If you are gifting for a pre-school graduate or someone a little younger, you might want to grab this book. The Sky is the Limit: A Celebration of All the Things You Can Do is a book catered for the younger audiences, but it would make a great gift for any age! It is fun to read and has lots of illustrations; a perfect book to celebrate milestones in life.

The Freshman Survival Guide

Check this book out if you are gifting someone who just graduated middle school. This book is a great companion for the younger kids who are just entering college or transferring to a different school. The book comprises of tons of soulful advice for studying, socializing, and everything in between. It’s an awesome graduation gift!

Adulting 101

Now, this one is more suitable for the more mature graduates, perhaps someone who graduated college or high school. It is a great book that claims to be a complete guide on life planning, responsibility management, and goal setting. The book has a hardcover and a total of 192 pages. It is the perfect manual to grab for those new adults

Apple iPad Mini 5

Gone with the big notebooks and in with a new compact iPad. The iPad Mini 5 makes a great notetaking tool for young professionals or college freshmen. Its 8-inch screen, laminated display and apple pencil support makes it a great tool for reading. It can also handle sketching and notetaking without a problem!

Philips SmartSleep

Post-graduation is the perfect time to fix a messed-up sleep schedule. The Philips SmartSleep is a great tool to help with that. It is a light therapy lamp that syncs with the actual sunrise time which is proven to be helpful in aiding restlessness. The SmartSleep features 5 wake up sounds, FM radio, and tap to snooze functionality.

Graduation Cap Cufflinks

For an added personality on the graduation outfit, these pair of cufflinks from MRCUFF makes a great graduation gift. It comes inside a hard-sided presentation box ready for gifting. Out of the box, the set also includes a microfiber polishing cloth with the pair of mortarboard graduation hats. It is a simple yet charming gift!

Toshiba Microwave Oven

One of the most used adulting essentials is a microwave oven. It is a quick way to prepare hot meals, perfect for the ever-busy young professionals. This microwave oven from Toshiba has a black stainless-steel finish and a power efficient 1100W heating output. It even has a sound on/off option and a child safety lock.

Tri-ply Stainless Steel Fry Pan

Another essential for the young adults who recently graduated are a good set of cooking pans. This one from Calphalon is an 8-inch pan that features a whole-clad tri-ply stainless-steel. This fry pan has an aluminum core perfect for an evenly heated surface. This pan is also dishwasher safe and oven safe.

Acacia Wood Cutting Board

A nice-looking cutting board with a slight cherry or maple wood accents might be the graduation gift you’re looking for. This one from the Thirteen Chef’s store has a modern-looking design that can easily be mistaken as a decorative ornament. It is crafted with durability and functionality in mind. This walnut wood cutting board is resistant to stains and unwanted moisture.

iSteam Powerful Dry Steam

Perfect for getting those business attires ironed out in a breeze, this dry steam from iSteam makes a great graduation gift. It comes in 4 color variants, gold, blue, pink, and red. This dry steam makes clothes wrinkle-free in a matter of minutes. Also, it is safer than before with its new spill-proof technology and automatic safety shutdown feature

Premium Crystal Champagne Glass

For those post-graduation celebration nights, these champagne glasses are perfect. Modvera’s 4-piece crystal champagne glass set holds an adequate 7.7oz. It has an elongated flute shape for that modern look and a more ergonomic grip. It’s sleek, stable, and made from premium lead-free crystal-grade material.

SodaStream Fizzi

The SodStream Fizzi one touch sparkling water maker is a perfect companion for an unlimited soda experience! The SodaStream Fizzi comes with a BPA-free bottle that fits a hefty 1 liter of sparkling water. It features a 3-level fizz selection and it is compatible with various SodaStream carbonated flavors.

Fisher Bullet Space Pen

The Fisher bullet space pen is a standard-size pen that folds to nothing longer than an index finger. It is a great graduation gift for graduates who are transitioning from writing assignments to filling up job application forms. The bullet space pen features the pressurized Fisher pen cartridge which works upside down and even under water!

Field Notes: National Parks Series

If you are gifting a notetaking enthusiast or just someone who loves the nature, these Field Notes national park series make a simple yet cool-looking gift. The set includes 3 small notebooks, each with a colorful cover page. Each notebook contains 48 pages in a compact 3.5×5.5″ form factor.

Bose Headphones 700

The Bose headphones 700 is the latest noise-cancelling headphones from Bose. It features an industry leading active noise cancellation feature as well as voice assistant integration. The headphones 700 comes in three different colors, silver luxe, arctic white, and triple black. This pair of headphones is a super functional graduation gift, that’s for sure!

Apple Watch Series 5

The Apple Watch series 5 is a full-pledge iPhone companion that sits on your wrist. It has GPS, heart monitoring feature, sleep-tracking, customizable watch face, and a ton of other functionality. This smart watch is a great graduation gift for Apple fans who are looking to up their tech game.

Portable Folding Bike

Made from a thick alloy, lightweight aluminum chassis, and a compact foldable design, this bike is an awesome graduation gift. It comes in different colors such as blue, black, and yellow. This foldable bike also features an adjustable seat and separate front and back breaks. It can support a rider’s weight of up to 230 lbs as well.

Echo Dot with Alarm Clock and Smart Plug

A great gift idea for graduates who are moving to a new place are these smart home essentials bundle from Amazon. This bundle includes the 4th generation Amazon Echo Dot with Amazon’s smart plug. With these two, controlling home appliance, asking basic questions, checking the weather and a ton more functionalities are easily accessible.

iRobot Roomba i3+

The fresh graduates would be busy for job interviews and other adulting chores. The Roomba i3+ might be the best way to help them. It is a Wi-Fi enabled robot vacuum that is ideal for cleaning floors, rugs, mats, and carpets. It has a wide-range of sensors and cleaning tools that provides shiny and dust-free floors in a breeze!

Compact Leather Key Holder

Noisy jingling keys are annoying to everyone, but with this leather key holder from Recneps Design, that can be eliminated. These switch blade style key holders are made with a full grain leather finish. It can hold up to 6 keys and it comes with a key ring attachment. With these you can flip your keys like a multitool. Cool, right?

The Unfair Advantage

The Unfair Advantage is a great eye-opening book written by Hasan Kubba. Any fresh graduate can get tons of useful insights and life lessons in this self-help book. It teaches readers about the unfair advantages each person has and how to maximize it. The book will help your fresh graduate to see the success ingredients they possess!

IKEA Kallax Shelving Unit

This small bookcase from Ikea is the perfect book organization and display rack for your fresh graduate. It comes in a super sleek white finish which is easy to maintain and doesn’t retain smudhges. It has a total of 4 separate compartments which can hold anything from books and trophies to artworks and figurines. This one is a safe bet for sure.

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook

The Dell XPS 13 is a 13.3-inch laptop in a form factor of an 11-inch laptop. Its nearly bezel-less display allows for a high screen-to-body ratio and an overall smaller form factor. It is the perfect machine for fresh graduates who are looking to venture the corporate world. It has 16 gigs of RAM, 8th generation Intel processor, and a 512Gb SSDs storage.

Guess Kamryn Tote

Made from a big grain soffiano PVC leather, the Kamryn Tote is an elegant bag. This is a tote bag that is suitable for formal business meetings and job interviews. Its spacious interior comfortably fits a laptop and a few daily essentials. It has a nylon lining and it comes in two colors: black and cognac.

Gaiam Yoga Mat

The Gaiam Yoga Mat is an extra thick yoga mat with a lightweight PVC backing. The mat features a durable and extra-thick cushioning as well as a closed cell construction keeping germs and odor away. It is a great mat for exercising and staying fit; something every graduate should do!

Exploding Kittens Card Game

For winning new friends in college or in the office, the Exploding Kittens card game is a great graduation gift. It is an easy-to-learn game that can be played by 2-5 players. The set includes a deck of cards with funny looking cats illustrated on each one. It takes 5 minutes to learn and just 15 minutes to play.

RFID Blocking Stash Wallet

Perfect for those fresh graduates who are travelers by heart. This RFID wallet from Lewis N. Clark comes in different colors such as taupe, black, gray, olive, and navy. It has 2 front vertical zippered pockets and a flap closure up top. The slim design and the RFID-blocking materials is both stylish and functional.

Swiss Army Classic SD

The Victorinox Swiss Army classic SD is the smallest tool that packs a sharp blade, scissors, nail file, screwdriver, and a key ring. It is a great emergency tool to have in a small pouch or even in coin purses. The classic SD comes in a heap of color options, too! This small yet functional graduation gift is an extremely thoughtful lifesaver.

Vitamin To-Glow Pack

This vegan skin care kit from I Dew Care is cruelty-free, paraben-free, and compact. The set includes a full-size plush party overnight lip mask, as well as moisturizers and serum in a travel-friendly size. Each of the included products are formulated with antioxidant-rich gels, vitamins, and other healthy extracts.

Rush Fit Resistance Bands

Resistance bands are good tools to use for home exercises. These one from Rush Fit comes in a set of 5, each with varying resistance levels. The bands are sized 12″ by 2″ and made from 100% heavy duty latex free of TPE. This is a great graduation gift for anyone who’s looking to squeeze in a workout on the fly.

YETI Rambler Insulated Tumbler

This camo-themed tumbler from Yeti weighs a pound and can store up to 30 ounces of beverage. The Rambler is BPA-free, dishwasher safe, and it features a no-sweat design. The outer material is painted with DuraCoat which does not fade, peel, or crack. This is a great graduation gift that will surely last a lifetime!

Alpine Swiss Toiletry Bag

If you want to give a graduation gift that’s something simple yet classy, consider getting this leather toiletry bag. This 9.5-inch leather grooming bag is made with functionality and style in mind. It is an absolute pleasure to use and look at! With its waterproof nylon material and sleek finish, no doubt, this bag is a product of premium craftsmanship.

Jackery Portable Power Station

For the fresh graduates who are outdoor enthusiast or likes to go on off-grid trips, the Jackery portable power station is wonderful to have. It is a full-blown power station that produces no fumes and runs completely on electricity. It can power basic home appliance such as a cooker, phone chargers, and a lot more.

DELSEY Paris Expandable Luggage

The DELSEY Paris Helium Aero expandable luggage is a 29-inch luggage with a polycarbonate shell. It comes in dozens of color options such as titanium silver, black, brick red, teal, blue textured, and a lot more. It is manufactured to last long using tough material that are both crack resistant and shatterproof. Also, that metallic finish gives off a stylish design.

Tomons Swing Arm Desk Lamp

A perfect addition for a fresh graduate’s workspace desk setup is this adjustable wooden desk lamp from Tomons. It has a firm arm that is made from solid wood. The cable that runs from the light bulb socket through the wall plug is covered in sturdy nylon material. This desk lamp is the perfect combination of rustic and modern styles.

Makeup LED Vanity Mirror

The recent graduates who are makeup enthusiasts will surely love this portable trifold vanity mirror. The mirror has 21 dimmable LEDs accessible through the mirror’s touch-enabled display. It does not plug on a wall socket, rather it is powered by 4 pieces of AAA batteries which makes it ideal to travel with.

Motionwise Electric Standing Desk

The Motionwise adjustable electric standing desk is an awesome graduation gift. It is extremely easy to assemble and can be setup in under10 minutes. The surface spans a spacious 24×48″ and the table’s height varies from 28″ to 48″ depending on your preference. Conveniently, the desk’s motors charges through a simple USB port.

AeroGarden Black Harvest Indoor Garden

This indoor garden is for the graduates looking for an easy entry to the world of gardening. The AeroGarden’s Black Harvest includes a 6-pod herb kit containing basil, parsley, dill, thyme, Thai basil, and mint. It can accommodate the growth of up to 6 plants simultaneously. This indoor garden requires no soil, and at 12-inch high it fits perfectly on any countertop.

Birkenstock Arizona

Gone with the fancy slides and in with a classier pair of sandals. The Birkenstock Arizona is a pair of unisex sandals made with Birkenstock’s signature cork footbed. It has a flat heel shape and a soft and flexible leather strap with a suede outer. Also, this footwear comes in a heap of colors, designs, and finishes.

Dacasso Walnut & Leather Desk Pad

Made from a top-grain leather and a felt lining beneath, this desk pad screams premium. The added walnut accents on the sides are extremely elegant and stylish looking. This desk pad is a great gift to add to your fresh graduate’s workspace. It measures 34-inch by 20-inch and has a thickness of 0.25 inches.

Timbuk2 Walker Pack

The Timbuk2 Walker Pack is the bag upgrade every graduate needs. It is a classy backpack made from premium leather and waxed canvas. The walker pack has a dedicated laptop compartment that fits up to a 15-inch computer. On the inside, this bag packs in a lot of pockets for organizing smaller items.

Yanibest Silk Pillowcase

For the graduates who are also heavy sleepers or afternoon nappers, these silk pillowcases from Yanibest make a great gift. Featuring a Mulberry silk on both sides, this pillowcase will upgrade the look and feel of your ordinary pillows. Moreover, silk pillowcases contain 18 amino acids which nourishes the skin and hair during sleep. How cool is that?

Zoreya Makeup Brushes

The Zoreya makeup brush set contains 15 different synthetic brushes. It is a great gift for graduates who loves doing their makeup. The set contains 7 pieces of basic kabuki makeup brushes as well as 8 pieces of precision brushes. The soft and dense synthetic fibers from these brushes will ensure that no makeup will go to waste!

GoPro Max

Ideal for the outdoor lovers and the adventurous ones, the GoPro Max packs in 3 cameras into one device. It can record 360-degree footage, stabilized 180-degree captures, and 270-degree panorama shots. Like other GoPro models, the GoPro max is built like a tank, it is waterproof, shockproof, and ready for adventure.

Ember Smart Mug 2

Ideal for graduates who can’t stand drinking hot coffee gone cold, the Ember Smart Mug 2 is the upgraded version of the original Ember smart mug. It now packs a battery life that lasts up to 3 hours on a single charge and a bigger 12-ounce capacity. This mug is app-controlled and very easy to clean.

Lenox Pierced Paisley Vase

The Lenox seaview sand tulip vase stands 10-inch tall and weighs 1.75 pounds. It is an attractive vase with a simple white finish, a unique texture and intricate cutouts, and gold trimmed edges. This vase is crafted with a lead-free crystal making it a non-toxic product. It is an awesome graduation gift perfect for those who love decorating spaces.

Rockaway 12-Piece Dinnerware Set

Gifting a dinnerware set might sound boring but it is extremely helpful for someone who’s entering adulthood! This 12-piece dinnerware set from Gibson Home has a soft matte finish with an off-white paint along the edges. The set includes 4 pieces of the following: dinner plates, dessert plates, and bowls.

ibi: The Smart Photo Manager

The ibi smart photo manager is a device that collects, organizes, and privately shares photos and videos among select people. It’s simple-to-use companion app allows users to search through the wide collection of media. This smart photo manager also features integration with smart televisions and chromecasts.

Marble Jewelry Dish Tray

With a ceramic body and an elegant marble design, this jewelry dish tray makes an attractive accessory on top of any counter. It is adequately sized at 5×7″ perfect for housing keys, wallets, and jewelry. The tray also has a silver trim which adds to the premium look of the tray. It makes a great graduation gift for its versatility of use and attractive style.

Nitecore TIP SE Dual-Core Keychain

The TIP SE from Nitecore is a metallic keychain light that outputs a hefty 700 lumens. It features a built-in USB-C charging port, so no need for those disk type batteries. The TIP SE has 4 operating brightness levels as well as direct access to the turbo and low option. This is a useful graduation gift because you’ll never know when you’ll need a light!

Aukey USB Charger

These days there is no such thing as “enough USB” ports, we always have tons of devices to charge. One of the best solutions to that is this Aukey USB charger with 4 ports. This charger has a collapsible plug for easy storage, and it can output a total of 8A and 40W. It is suitable for all types of devices from iPhones, iPads, Android phones, and laptops.

100-Piece Home Repair Tool Set

It is very likely that the fresh graduate in your life will soon be moving to a new place. To ensure they have all that they need for a quick home repair or maintenance, give this tool set as a gift. Each of the 100 tools included in this set is forged from high-quality steel and coated with a corrosion resistant chrome finish. This is an absolute must-have!

Etekcity Food Scale

No more school means more time to keep the diet in check! This electronic food scale from Etekcity is the perfect tool to have to keep track of eating proportions. It has a large sturdy base made from stainless-steel. This food scale can measure anywhere between 1 gram to 5 kilograms of weight.

Minimalist Abstract Line Art

These minimalist abstract line art posters are great for decorating new spaces or giving old spaces a new look. Get these posters from Haus and Hues as a gift for the fresh graduate in your life. A set of these includes 6 art prints that has an individual size of 8×10 inches. Each poster is guaranteed gallery-quality and blemish-free.

Minimalist Wallet

Made with 100% leather, these wallets from Clifton Heritage is an awesome graduation gift for anyone. It is slim, functional, and guaranteed durable for everyday wear and tear. This wallet comes in dozens of color options and textures. It can hold 5 credit cards, 1 ID card, 1 document, and still has room for a few emergency bills.

Mini Assorted Artificial Succulents

These assorted artificial succulents come in a pack of 4. Each artificial succulent is planted on a white ceramic vase perfectly sized for an office desk or bookshelf. These succulents would make a great decoration to spice up a boring office or room. It is a simple gift and thoughtful gift that any graduate will find a use for.

The Good Stuff Document Case

For keeping important documents safe from water and unwanted fire, The Good Stuff document case is a perfect solution. It is a fireproof and watertight safe box that can withstand a burning 2000℉ of heat and any flooding! Tough is an understatement for this box. The fresh graduate in your life can use this to store important files, diplomas, and even a computer.