2019 College Graduation Gifts Your Off-to-Work Kids Will Love

Want to give your college kid a hand in making the transition from student to young professional? Here are 22 presents that make perfect college graduation gifts.

For the parents of college seniors, a huge hat tip to you, as your kids near their academic finish lines. While you make plans for the big day, your offspring are turning their sights to life after college, beginning their careers (fingers crossed!) and moving into a their first post-grad apartment. Here are our favorite gift ideas that will help them along their way to adulthood.

We have gathered the suggestions for books and gifts from Grown and Flown Parents and put it all in one place here.

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 College Graduation Gifts


Giving an elegant piece of jewelry to mark this milestone is THE classic college graduation gift for a young woman. British designer Monica Vinader makes gorgeous slim bracelets that would be a perfect present for your daughter. (Engraving, gift wrap and shipping are all FREE.)

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Digital Assistant

We have tried Google Home, Alexa from Amazon Echo Spot and are super-excited about the Echo Show. Whether your grad is looking for the news, weather, a favorite playlist, or a sports score, the answer is just a shout away. This is one of our favorite college graduation gifts

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Felt Laptop Sleeve

Elegant and functional, this charcoal felt sleeve will help protect a laptop and is stylish and well-priced, too.
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Garment Steamer

An easy way to get rid of wrinkled clothes, adding the right amount of polish.
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Roku Ultra Streaming Media Player

With access to 3500+ paid or free channels, your kid will have loads of choices when they come home after a long day of work.22 college graduation gifts

Leather Tote 

Not-for-profit Feed has been fighting world hunger for more than nine years. These bags are stylish and every purchase helps feed children around the world.

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Stitch Fix

Consider giving your son or daughter a Stitch Fix Gift Card. Stitch Fix is a personal styling service that sends a collection of five items of clothing tailored to the needs, body type, and budget of the recipient. There is no obligation to buy what’s sent and shipping is free. This could be a great way to help jump start a professional wardrobe for your young adult.

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Crisp Dress Shirts 

Upgraded Linens

Time to upgrade your grad’s bedroom with a new set of sheets and we are big fans of Brooklinen, a company that has garnered great press for their excellent quality products. A gift for a your kid’s new apartment will be a welcome replacement for their college-era bed linens.

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New Shoes

If you have not yet heard about Allbirds, let us introduce you to your new favorite shoes. Made from superfine New Zealand merino (the softest wool on earth) Allbirds are unbelievably comfortable, lightweight, perfect for every day, amazing for traveling, and, in a word….adorable. The lace-up Wool Runners have been super-popular with the college grads we know (and love) who wear them at work or when catching up with friends over dinner on the weekends. They are the most versatile shoe we have ever found.

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Backpacks for Laptops

It’s hard to beat the practicality of a backpack for a work bag and we like this backpack laptop bag that’s sized right for a laptop.

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Apple World Travel Adapter Kit

One essential addition to a new office is a phone charger. If your kid will be traveling internationally, consider this set of chargers as a graduation gift.

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Home Facial

Expensive facials are not in the budgets of recent college grads so consider getting a Clarisonic Facial Cleansing Brush System so your young adult can treat their skin to an at-home cleansing.

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We are big fans of this Detroit-based manufacturer.  The watches are more expensive but have classic designs and beautiful leather bands.  Take a look at Shinola Watches for both men and women.

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Professional Attire

Here are a few stores that offer discounts to college students. Consider a gift card this spring while their student ID is still valid.

Brooks Brothers 15% student discount in stores

More Clothes 

Uniqlo has well-priced classic clothing for men and women and is an excellent source for new work clothes.  22 college graduation gifts

Toiletries Bag

The size and hanger on this cosmetics travel bag, the, SEPHORA COLLECTION The Excursionist, makes this one a top pic when counter space is at a premium.

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New Duffel 

A new gym bag can be a motivating reminder to your grad to make time to work out. Consider adding a gift card for a series of spin or barre classes to this Nike Duffel and they will be perfect graduation gifts.

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Prime Account 

Isn’t it time for your kid to have their own account?

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Memberships, Classes and Tickets

Experiences make wonderful gifts so consider treating your son or daughter to a membership to a gym, museum in their new town or tickets to a game or concert.

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If you have a college graduate about to start his first job, this is the list you need to find the best gift ideas to help him start his career. #giftideas #gifts #college #collegelife #collegegrad #graduationgifts #gifts #graduation

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