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10 Best College Graduation Gifts

If you’re scouring the Internet for the best college graduation gifts, scour no further. We’ve compiled a list of the ten best presents to give the college graduate in your life that is sure to elicit smiles all around. These young people are crossing a significant threshold in their lives and, more broadly, in modern Western society. Presents that are both useful and fun will always be appreciated because many of them suddenly find themselves in need of practical items or marks of their new adult status. But whether they are sentimental or rich with utility, these gifts serve to affirm bonds of care.

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1. Samsonite Omni PC Hardside Spinner

Samsonite 68311 Omni PC Hardside Spinner 20 24 28, Navy, 3 Piece Set Best College Graduation Gifts

Never underestimate the awesome power of good luggage. Giving a durable, reliable, easy to use suitcase speaks volumes. Whether a graduate has a job traveling or they plan to take an occasional trip home from the city in which they settle, sturdy suitcases are a valuable present. A microdiamond, hard exterior resists the impacts of hard travel and is scratch resistant, so it’s sure to keep its good looks for years. Within, a full-zip interior divider and crossing straps make organized packing simple. The lightweight spinner wheels make mobility a cinch.

2. Samsung Gear S3 Classic Smartwatch

Samsung Gear S3 Classic Smartwatch (Bluetooth), SM-R770NZSAXAR – US Version with Warranty Best College Graduation GIfts

The stainless steel bezel and watch face with a traditional appearance will stand any graduate in good stead. Whether dress is casual or business professional, they can wear it with confidence. But this watch isn’t just for looks or telling time. By rotating the bezel, they can access apps and notifications. Plus, it comes equipped with 1.5 GB of RAM, Samsung Pay, and fitness tracking software. It is resistant to dust, water, and the occasional accidental concussion and it doubles as a Bluetooth device for hands-free communication.

3. Featherstone 2-Person Tent

Featherstone Outdoor UL Granite Backpacking 2 Person Tent for Ultralight 3-Season Camping and Expeditions Best College Graduation Gifts

If you’re looking for the perfect graduation gift, this lightweight, collapsible 2-person tent is a great choice. It gives any young person an essential item they need to get out into nature and unwind. It’s spacious enough for two adults and has a single pole construction that makes it simple to set up or take down. Plus, it’s freestanding, so if it needs to be moved after set up, there’s no need to take it apart first. The weatherproof material is lightweight, ideal for three-season outdoor use in backpacking, hiking, and exploring. The taped seams add another aspect of protection against the weather, and two entry vestibules proved secure space for camping gear making it a perfect, affordable travel gift.

4. Michael Kors Women’s Bradshaw Watch

Michael Kors Women's Bradshaw Gold-Tone Watch MK6266 Best College Graduation Gifts

This is a gorgeous, classic gift for any young woman embarking on the next phase of her life. This gold watch may be stainless steel in fact, but it has the looks and style of a traditional gold timepiece. While the watch is feminine and sophisticated, its 43-millimeter steel case is anything but diminutive. Give her the gift of powerful presence with quartz analog movement. It pairs well with casual, formal, and business attire and will help mark her progress through the world for years to come.

5. Freshwater Cultured Pearl Necklace Set

Freshwater Cultured Pearl Necklace Set Includes Stunning Bracelet and Stud Earrings Jewelry for Women - VIKI LYNN Best College Graduation Gifts

While pearls have served as a traditional gift for graduation for many years, that doesn’t mean they’ve gone out of style. Pearls such as these are cultured, which makes them affordable, but no less beautiful or real, and they mark this momentous transition for the rest of her life. Because they’re soft and natural, the pearl ear studs, bracelet, and necklace can be paired with casual attire or donned to attend a formal affair. Both the necklace and bracelet are closed with gleaming sterling silver, 18-karat gold plated pea clasps.

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6. Nespresso Coffee and Espresso Machine Bundle

Nespresso Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine Bundle with Aeroccino Milk Frother by Breville, Black Best College Graduation Gifts

If you’re seeking a unique graduation gift that will receive constant, grateful use, this espresso machine may be perfect. Most college students develop a taste for hot coffee or tea beverages first thing in the morning, but once they embark upon their journey of adulthood, they may find that a daily trip to the coffee shop is too costly for their budget. This combination coffee maker and espresso machine comes with a milk frother and multiple functions that permit anyone to make their own crafted café beverage at home, which will help your recent graduate to save money while living their best life.

7. Airbnb Gift Cards

AirBnB Gift Card Best College Graduation Gifts

In the past decade, a trend for travel has taken hold among the rising generation. While they still value practical necessities and possessions, these new adults know the worth of experience. Help them stay safe and comfortable on their journeys by giving the gift of travel accommodations with these Airbnb gift cards. They can be loaded with any amount you wish, making them an affordable gift idea for college graduates. The recipient can apply them at any participating property, which renders one of the more onerous aspects of travel safe and confident.

8. Handcrafted Antique Leather Journal by Moonster

LEATHER JOURNAL Writing Notebook - Antique Handmade Leather Bound Daily Notepad For Men & Women Unlined Paper 7 x 5 Inches, Best Present for Art Sketchbook Best College Graduation Gifts

The art of handwriting, of laying out plans or constructing ideas on the page, may seem to be a lost art. Rest assured that plenty of young graduates still practice this craft. This beautiful, uniquely rendered leather journal may be both an ideal gift and a way to show love for your thoughtful dreamer that won’t break the bank. The 120 sheets of handcrafted recycled cotton paper take ink or lead exquisitely, so sketches or personal thoughts will flow with ease. The traditionally oil tanned leather is ethically sourced, and each book is unique. Because it’s not sealed, the bearer of this book can create their distressed look via daily use but marks smooth away easily. Its asymmetric closure flap ties securely with a knotted leather strip.

9. Bostanten Leather Briefcase with Shoulder Strap

BOSTANTEN Leather Briefcase Shoulder 15.6"Laptop Business Vintage Slim Messenger Bags for Men & Women Best College Graduation Gifts

No matter what profession a young graduate pursues, a good briefcase will always stand them in good stead. The padded shoulder strap option and a durable oil wax finish are just the beginning with this beautiful, practical leather briefcase. A front zippered compartment permits storage and easy access to daily essentials, such as a cell phone or spare writing implements. Meanwhile, the top-zippered access provides entry into a central compartment with ease. Within, a secure laptop pocket and file dividers permit storage of business needs, projects, and paperwork while three pen slots, 16 card slots, and nine slip pockets allow organized storage of small, necessary items.

10. Classic Engraved Pocketwatch from Frederick James

Graduation Gifts for Him - Pocket Watch - Engraved ‘Class of 2019’ Best College Graduation Gifts

While it’s marketed as an affordable graduation gift for a young man, this stylish and sentimental timepiece is a perfect present for any graduate. The brilliant silver case measures 4.5 inches in diameter and fits in most pockets. While it might seem a bit of an anachronism, it serves as a beautiful alternative to a wristwatch and will mark your rising adult as a person of worth and integrity. Engraved with an inspirational message, each watch comes with a 40-inch chain.

Striding across the stage in cap and gown at the sound of one’s name is one of the signatory rights of passage in American culture. It signifies the completion of a significant endeavor and the finish of an entire phase of life. Gifts at this time are both customary and essential to the success of every young person. While many may be sentimental, finding the best college graduation gifts can take more than a little effort, but with this list, you can spend more time with your rising graduate and less time searching the Internet.

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By BCR Staff

May 2019