2021 College Graduation Gifts Your Off-to-Work Kids Will Love

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.

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

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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. These are some 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 both stylish and well-priced.
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Garment Steamer

An easy way to get rid of the wrinkles in your clothing, adding the right amount of polish to your look.

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 needy children around the world.

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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. 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.

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.


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

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.

Prime Account 

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

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HP ENVY Wireless All-in-One Printer

HP Let’s face it every kid these days is going to need a printer. Here’s one that does it all; print, scan and copy.

Steve Madden 20 Inch Carry On Luggage Collection

Lightweight, glides easily and looks great while it’s doing it.

Things They Don’t Teach You in School Game

Just plain fun. All the fun facts you didn’t learn in school. If your graduate loves trivia, this is the game for them.

Cute Mini Leather Backpack Fashion Small Daypacks Purse for Girls and Women

This backpack is so cute and goes with any outfit! It’s small but fits a water bottle and other necessities. And it comes in seven great colors.

Astrology Pillow

Does your graduate love their sign? If they do, here’s a great decorative pillow for them.

Magic Bullet Blender

Do you enjoy smoothies? You need this.

The Ultimate Cooking for One Cookbook

Cooking for one isn’t easy. This is a great cookbook for someone who lives alone and needs recipes for one.

Bedsure 100% Bamboo Sheets 

Who isn’t looking for those perfect sheets??? These are super soft and silky feeling.

City Map

Is your graduate moving away? What better to remind them of home than this aesthetic print map. You can choose to have it with their college town or their hometown.

Custom Coordinates Necklace 

Another gift to remind your graduate of home. This appealing necklace is perfect for anyone to take a piece of home with them everywhere, having specific coordinates on their necklace.

Airpod case that can be personalized

the question is, how many times a day do you lose your AirPods. Here is a way to keep them from going missing and to identify them as yours.

Homesick Scented Candle

Does your graduate love candles, then why not get them a candle that reminds them of home?

Electric Kettle

This kettle is safe and brings water to a fast boil. It is very simple and easy to use!


This absorbent cotton towel allows you to choose the colors, fonts, and initials you want to add to it.

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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