Best Gifts for Grads 2017

It’s time to congratulate the graduate!

If graduation has you wondering where the time has gone, you probably have a grad in your life who’s near and dear to your heart. As they take the next big steps toward an independent, fulfilled life, a meaningful gift to send them off smiling is super important to celebrating the grads’ success.

Whether you’re gifting a high school grad, a college grad or both, you’ll want to give a gift you know they’ll use throughout their next adventure. That’s why the team hand-selected our favorite, fail-proof gifts for every graduate. Happy shopping!


1. Fossil Women’s Jacqueline White Leather Watch

A high quality watch will forever be a great gift option for grads. This personalized Fossil watch is simple yet bold, allowing for a chic and classic look. Plus, you can customize it with a message, name or monogram. Buy Now


2. The Book of Everyone

The Book of Everyone puts a modern day spin on your classic scrapbook and brings personalization to a whole new level. By entering basic details about the recipient, The Book of Everyone will determine facts from how many years that person has spent dreaming to the big events that happened the day he or she was born. It’s a guaranteed gift that your grad will cherish forever. Buy Now


3. Kate Spade New York 13″ Laptop Sleeve


Macy’s $50.25

Whether your grad is going off to college or heading out into the world of professionalism, a sleek laptop sleeve will always be handy. This protective sleeve from Kate Spade New York is decorated with the classic brand stripes and fits perfectly around any 13-inch laptop. Buy Now


4. Keurig® HOT 2.0 K575 Plus Series Brewing System

We probably don’t need to explain how valuable a Keurig is to a college student. This is the perfect gift for a grad heading off to embrace life within a dorm room. The HOT 2.0 K575 Plus has customizable settings and a handful of brew size options. Whether your grad needs a daily cup or a little extra caffeine to get through finals week, this device is a must-have. Buy Now


5. Beats by DRE Solo 3 Wireless Headphones


Kmart $203.99

Looking for a gift your grad is guaranteed to use? Look no further. With the Solo 3 wireless Beats headphones, you can skip the cord and enjoy music at the highest quality. These top-notch headphones can’t be ignored, especially for grads heading to college or starting their first, big-time job. Buy Now


6. Custom University State Heart Map


Etsy $23+

This is a cute gift to get the grad excited about their next adventure post high school. It’s personalized and custom-made depending on which university is in the grad’s future, and its’ the perfect decor item to hang in her bedroom at home or in her brand new dorm room. Buy Now


7. College Mascot Apparel

Hane’s Ink Prices Vary

As soon-to-be students at a university or college, high school grads can’t wait to show off their school pride. Mascot apparel is a gift every grad will love, and Hanes Ink has clothing options for almost every college nationwide. Buy Now


8. Protection Necklace

This subtle and sophisticated necklace is the perfect gift for grads straying away from home for the very first time. The sterling silver angel and the 22k gold vermeil feather represent protection and the presence of a guardian angel, so every grad can feel safe in a new place. Buy Now


9. Google Chromecast

The Chromecast by Google is an excellent and convenient way to stream your favorite TV shows, movies, music and games from your wireless device. After a super simple setup, you can access apps like Spotify, Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, HBO Go and ESPN in a matter of seconds. Buy Now


10. Leather Tote

Giftscom $169.99

Every hard-working student or early professional needs a tote bag in her life. Made from 100% American leather, this tote is classic, simple and perfect for every occasion. Plus, you can personalize it with a monogram or a name under 12 characters. Buy Now


11. Ultimate Dorm Survival Kit


Dormify $89

You can’t go wrong with the gift of dorm survival. This all-around fantastic kit includes adhesive bandages, a laundry backpack, adhesive Command poster strips and hooks, dish soap, all purpose spray, scrub cleaner, laundry soap, a sleep mask, a head massager, ear plugs, a weekly calendar message board, a rain poncho, a ping pong ball and a mint spa shower caddy. What more could a dorm newbie need? Buy Now


12. Nike Women’s Free RN Running Shoes

Who doesn’t need a good pair of running shoes to keep the motivation flowing? These Nike sneakers are comfortable, supportive and lightweight on your feet, flexibly expanding and forming to the natural movement of your step. Buy Now


13. Your Superheroes Full Size Travel Brush Set

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Ulta $50

A great gift for the beauty queen grad. This top-rated brush set can only be found at Ulta and it includes a brush for powder, foundation, creases, concealer, shadow and brow/liner. Buy Now


14. Mint Lexington 3-Tier Rolling Cart

When you move into a dorm room, it’s all about the storage. Give the gift of space saving to the grad heading off to college. This 3-tier rolling cart can be moved around with ease, while enabling organization and really great room decor. Buy Now


15. Custom Notebook & Stationery 


Vistaprint Prices Vary

Feeling homesick is extremely common for grads moving far away from home for the first time. Give them a gift that will let them reflect on their own thoughts and feelings, or a gift that will let them write home with a personal touch. There’s endless options for customization with Vistaprint, all at prices you’ll love. Buy Now


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