50 Graduation Gifts Students Will Actually Use

Give your grad a gift they really want, and will take with them to campus and beyond.

April 26, 2017
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Graduation season is upon us and as the class of 2017 prepares to take the next exciting adventure in their lives, it's time to welcome them to the real world with a few productive (and effective) presents. 

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From gear to college essentials, congratulate the graduate in your life with these celebratory gifts that they'll use on campus:  

thug kitchen 101
"Thug Kitchen 101"

With more than 100 easy and accessible recipes, students will know exactly how to embark upon the plant-based lifestyle while on campus.

Thug Kitchen 101, $14.16, Amazon

Keurig K55 Single Serve Programmable K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker
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Single serve coffee maker

There when they need that speedy jolt of java at any time of day or night, a single serve coffee maker will give them the caffeine they need in just moments. 

Keurig K55 Single Serve Programmable K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, $94.99, Amazon

Cuisinart 4-Cup Coffeemaker
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4-cup coffee maker

For those moments when a little more caffeine is needed, this 4-cup coffee maker will do the job. 

Cuisinart 4-Cup Coffeemaker, $31.99, Amazon

Amazon Fresh subscription
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Amazon Fresh subscription

Take out the hastle of grocery shopping for your new college student with this subscription service that'll deliver study-friendly snacks, produce and household items, right to their door.

Amazon Fresh subscription, $14.99/month, Amazon

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Baking essentials

Those tiny dorm or college apartment kitchens aren't exactly baking-friendly, so make their cooking easy with these basic tools. 

AirBake Natural Cookie Sheet Set, $16.90, Amazon

OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Silicone Spatula Set, $11.99, Amazon

OXO Good Grips Batter Bowl, $12.99, Amazon

Pyrex 3-Piece Glass Measuring Cup Set, $10.60, Amazon

8-Piece Combo Set Collapsible Measuring Cups and Spoons, $9.90, Amazon

Rachael Ray Cucina 12-Piece Cookware Set
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Cookware set

For those days when their dining hall food just isn't cutting it, make sure they have what they need for a quick homemade dinner with a set of sturdy cookware that'll even last them past graduation.

Rachael Ray Cucina 12-Piece Cookware Set, $131.00, Amazon

Apple MacBook Air 13.3-Inch Laptop
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Apple MacBook Air 13.3-Inch Laptop

From classwork to FaceTiming with the family back home, a college-ready laptop will help them keep up with school and life.

Apple MacBook Air 13.3-Inch Laptop, $840.99, Amazon

ASUS Chromebook
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ASUS Chromebook

Weighing just 2.2 pounds, this all-in-one Chromebook will take them from classroom to library to dorm room efficiently. 

ASUS 11.6-inch Chromebook, $199.00, Amazon

Apple iPad Mini 2 with WiFi
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Apple iPad Mini 2 with WiFi

Make transport between classes even easier with this lightweight tablet that'll keep them connected anywhere on campus.

Apple iPad Mini 2 with WiFi, $274.95, Amazon

Samsung Galaxy 8-Inch Tablet with WiFi
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Samsung Galaxy 8-Inch Tablet with WiFi

Give them a portable tablet that'll not only serve as an in-class tool (it supports Microsoft Office), but will store photos, videos, and music. 

Samsung Galaxy A 8-Inch Tablet with WiFi, $197.99, Amazon

Anker Premium Stereo Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker
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Whether they want to play music in their dorm room or their apartment, these bluetooth speakers are the ultimate tech gift for your grad.

Anker Premium Stereo Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker, $55.99, Amazon

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones
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Noisy roommates, no more. Drown out the loundess of the dorm room with these bluetooth headphones.

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones, $179.99, Amazon

Apple TV
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Apple TV

From sports to their favorite shows, they'll be able to keep up with their entertainment. In between classes, of course. 

Apple TV, $149.00, Apple

Amazon Fire TV
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Amazon Fire TV

Streaming live tv, their favorite subscriptions services, and sports gets even easier with the Amazon Fire TV.

Amazon Fire TV, $89.99, Amazon

RAVPower Portable Charger
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Portable charger

Make sure they always have a place to charge their phones with this portable charger that can charge a smartphone at least five times with every full charge. 

RAVPower Portable Charger, $36.99, Amazon

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Music gift cards

You can't go wrong gift cards, and depending on their phone operating system, get them the card that'll the on-the-go entertainment they want. 

iTunes gift card, any amount, Apple 

Google Play gift card, any amount, Google

Fandango gift card
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Fandango gift card

Give them the gift of a movie getaway for those weekend afternoons when they need a little entertainment downtime. 

Fandango gift card, any amount, Amazon

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Apple Music subscription

Give them the gift of streaming music. With more than 40 million tunes to choose from, they'll have the perfect soundtrack for studying, walking to class, or hanging out with new friends. 

Apple Music subscription, $29.97/3 month membership, Apple

netflix gift card
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Netflix subscription

From their favorite shows to original movies, give them something great to watch. 

Netflix subscription, any amount, Amazon

Amazon Prime membership
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Amazon Prime membership

Give them the gift of free two-day shipping, thousands of movies and TV shows, millions of songs, and a countless collection of Kindle e-books.

Amazon Prime membership, $33.00/3 months, Amazon

CamelBak eddy .75L Water Bottle
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Water bottle

Get rid of the disposable plastic bottles and give them this easy-to-carry, spill-proof water bottle. 

CamelBak eddy .75L Water Bottle, $13.29, Amazon

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Date rap drug test coasters

The prevalence of on-campus crime means college safety should be top priority for all students, especially while drinking. These date rape drug coasters can test and can identify two of the most widely used date-rape drugs.  

Secure on Campus Date Rape Drug Test Coasters, $10.00/20 coasters, Amazon

First aid kit
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First aid kit

Scrapes and bruises are fairy unavoidable, so make sure they're stocked in case of a minor emergencies.

All-Purpose First Aid Kit, $14.49, Amazon

sewing kit
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Sewing kit

Quick fixes will be easy with this fully-loaded sewing kit that contains all the repair essentials. 

Embroidex Sewing Kit for Home, Travel & Emergencies, $8.95, Amazon

Emergency personal alarm
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Emergency personal alarm

If they're walking home alone after class, make sure they're well-equipped with self-defense tools like a personal alarm to scare off a potential attacker. 

Binboll Emergency Personal Alarm, $9.99, Amazon

School gear
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School gear

Help them represent their new collegiate team with caps, jerseys, and swag fit for a new fan. 

NCAA gear, prices vary, Amazon

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera
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Instant film camera

Help them capture the candid moments of college with a instant film camera they can carry around while out with friends.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera, $58.60, Amazon

White Wood Framed Wall Mounted Message Center
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Message board

Give them a place to display those messages from friends and dormmates with this wall-mountable (or door-mountable) message board.

White Wood Framed Wall Mounted Message Center, $39.99, Amazon

Alarm clock
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Alarm clock

Make sure they wake up in time for that early morning lecture with an alarm clock that also doubles as a phone charger. 

Homtime Multi-function Alarm Clock, $33.99, Amazon

Starbucks gift card
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Starbucks gift card

Spring for that coffee fix with a gift card that'll help keep them awake and energized in class. 

Starbucks gift card, any amount, Amazon

Samsonite Aspire Xlite Expandable Spinner Luggage
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From spring break trips to visits back home, a set of luggage will ensure they're traveling in style. 

Samsonite Aspire Xlite Expandable Spinner Luggage, $77.00, Amazon

Hip Hold Plastic Laundry Basket
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Laundry basket

For those exciting trips to the dorm laundry room, this basket will help keep all of their clothes organized. 

Hip Hold Plastic Laundry Basket, $18.01, Amazon

Amazon gift card
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Amazon gift card

Help fund their pirchase of textbooks, school supplies, and any other essentials that may com eup throughout the semester.

Amazon gift card, any amount, Amazon 

Uber credits
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Uber credits

Whether its for a late night ride home or a last-minute drive to class, give them the gift of quick transportation.

Uber credits, any amount, Amazon

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An easy and eco-friendly ride around campus is exactly what your new college student needs. 

State Bicycle Fixed Gear / Fixie Single Speed Bike, $299.00, Amazon

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Gas cards

Are they bringing a car to school? Help foot their gas bill with a gift card to their go-to station.

Shell gas card, any amount, Shell

Exxon gas card, any amount, Exxon

BP gas card, any amount, BP

Marathon gas card, any amount, Marathon

the big life
"The Big Life" by Ann Shoket

Written in Ann Shoket’s friendly and authoritative style, The Big Life will help you recognize your power, tap into your ambition, and create your own version of The Big Life.

The Big Life$24.99, Amazon

Level Up Your Life
"Level Up Your Life" by Steve Kamb

Steve Kamb will teach you exactly how to use your favorite video games, books, and movies as inspiration for adventure rather than an escape from the grind of everyday life. 

Level Up Your Life, $19.99, Amazon

The School of Greatness
"The School of Greatness" by Lewis Howes

In The School of Greatness, Lewis Howes shares the essential tips and habits he gathered in interviewing "the greats" on his wildly popular podcast of the same name. A framework for personal development, The School of Greatness gives you the tools, knowledge, and actionable resources you need to reach your potential. 

The School of Greatness, $25.99, Amazon

"Gracious" by Kelly Williams Brown

From New York Times bestselling author of Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps Kelly Williams Brown comes a funny, charming guide to modern civility in these―yes, we'll say it―rather uncivil times.

Gracious, $22.99, Amazon

The Code of the Extraordinary Mind
"The Code of the Extraordinary Mind" by Vishen Lakhiani

The Code of the Extraordinary Mind, a New York Times bestseller, teaches you to think like some of the greatest non-conformist minds of our era, to question, challenge, hack, and create new rules for YOUR life so you can define success on your own terms.

The Code of the Extraordinary Mind, $26.99, Amazon

The Champion's Mind
"The Champion's Mind" by Jim Afremow

With hundreds of useful tips, breakthrough science, and cutting-edge workouts from the world's top trainers, The Champion's Mind will help you shape your body to ensure a longer, healthier, happier lifetime.

The Champion's Mind, $15.99, Amazon

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