14 Favorite 2021 Grad Gift Ideas from Uncommon Goods

Graduation season is here and we love being able to suggest unique gift ideas for the grads in your life. Whether you are looking for a perfect send off present for a neighbor’s child you have watched grow up, or your own son or daughter, we have a list of unique gifts from one of our favorite sites, Uncommon Goods.

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Unique grad gift ideas for 2021 grads

1. Collegiate Pouches

Zipper pouches are a great way for your college student to store make-up, charging cables, earphones, or other valuables inside a backpack or a dresser drawer.

college pouches

2. Wishbeads Necklace

These gorgeous pendant necklaces are available in rose quartz, lapis lazuli, coral jade, and grass agate. The pendant has a cylinder with room for a message of love and encouragement.

wish beads necklace

3. Bedside Essentials Pocket

One major design flaw with the weirdly elevated XL twin beds found in most freshman dorms is the lack of a nightstand to store glasses, phone, headphones, etc. The flap of this felt pouch slips underneath the mattress and will keep your teen’s essentials close at hand. Available in two sizes.

dorm bed storage

4. Long Distance Friendship Lamp

Light up loved ones’ lives—across town or across the world—with these in-sync lamps. Buy a pair and, when you touch your lamp, their lamp lights up in the same glow, sending a little “thinking of you” to a far away loved one.

5. Tabletop Cornhole Game

Playing cornhole has never been easier than with this compact set to use on a table. Comes with board, launchers, mini beanbags, score board and pegs. (Beer for 21+, not included.)

tabletop cornhole


6. PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer

We are all tethered to our phones but try not to think of the germs that we encounter with every touch.  This ingenious phone soap case sanitizes and charges at the same time. Learn more about how dirty our phones are. 

phone soap

7. Travel Cord Roll

Dorm room organization is a challenge for even the most organized student. With a travel cord roll, your teen can easily pack and untangle their electronics cords to keep in a desk or throw in a backpack for weekend trips home.

jewelry storage

8. Collegiate Pillow

We think these pillows are true keepsake items. The design team at catstudio has discovered and highlighted all the treasured spots at your son or daughter’s college with their unique embroidery style.

collegiate pillow

9. The Path Necklace

This beautiful necklace is designed with a combination of stones that are meaningful. According to the artist, green tourmaline promotes creativity, smoky quartz is calming and the silver bar is symbolic of your grad’s path. With a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, this necklace will thrill and inspire any freshman.

the path necklace

10. Microwave Pasta Pot

Going to the dining hall for a quick meal isn’t always an option but now, this ingenious microwave pasta post makes it so easy. Just add water and noodles and pop it in a microwave and it’s done! the lid is a strainer so your college student will have all they need without leaving their dorm.

microwave pasta pot

11. Personalized Socks

What is it about a pair of socks that makes it so easy to misplace one?  Sock Island is alive and well and living in dorm laundry rooms. With these Pima cotton socks, there will be no mistake as to whom they belong. Personalize them with an initial, a phrase, or a name. In grey or black.


12. Women’s Personalized Socks

Same personalized offer as above, these are Supima cotton, and come in white, grey, black or pink.


13. Long Distance Friendship Frame

Touch this unique frame and a different color lights up showing your teen that you are thinking of them while they are away.

long distance frame

14. Microwave Popcorn Popper

Having a snack of freshly-popped popcorn will be super-easy with this innovative silicone popper. No oil needed, wipes clean and is collapsible for easy storage.

popcorn popper

More About Uncommon Goods

Uncommon Perks Membership

Thinking of shopping at Uncommon Goods for multiple recipients this year?  Pay $14.90 for the “Uncommon Perks” membership and you will receive free standard shipping on all purchases plus double the regular donation in the Better to Give program.* As an added bonus, members will also receive two $5 credits during their membership.

*One more thing – We happen to love Uncommon Goods as a company.  They have a fantastic collection of unique gifts and we could pour over their website Gift Finder all day long shopping for our grads and, truthfully, everyone in our families.  But they are also a company with altruism in their DNA.

Their Better to Give program connects their customers to nonprofits around the world. With every purchase made, Uncommon Goods donates $1 to a Better to Give partner when customers designate a recipient non-profit at checkout. Since the program began in 2001, Uncommon Goods has donated over $2,000,000.

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