Graduation Gift Idea Series: 5 Great Gifts For College Graduates

Graduation season is upon us and that means it’s time to celebrate! Graduating from college is an incredible accomplishment. It is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication. So what should you gift a new college graduate? You’ll want to focus on a giving something that relates to the new stage of life they’re entering. Check out our list of ideas that are perfect for new college graduates below!

A Great Bag

Vince Camuto Dopia Leather Briefcase *  The Transport Tote by Madewell

A high quality bag is a gift that is both functional and beautiful. New college graduates need a bag that can fit a folder that holds resumes, documents, a laptop, and their everyday essentials like their wallet and keys. Above are two great options, the first of which this classic and versatile Vince Camuto Dopia Leather Briefcase. The other is the Madewell Transport Tote– a chic but still practical option for those who prefer to carry a purse over a briefcase.

Champagne Flutes

Ravenna Champagne FlutesVeuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne

Champagne flutes are a fun gift that a new graduate can enjoy both immediately and for years to come.  This set of four Ravenna champagne flutes are a great starter set of champagne glasses– they’re nice enough to be a great gift but not so nice that breaking one would be stressful. To make this gift a complete experience, include a bottle of champagne with the flute set.

A Business Card Holder

Leather Business Card Case by RumorsGifts

Business cards are a must for those just setting out in their career. And a business card holder is great for making sure that those business cards stay in great shape– they don’t want to hand potential clients or employers a crumpled or dirty card. This leather and metal business card is a stylish way to keep a new graduate’s cards looking pristine. It’s also monogram-able, so it can be personalized.

A Nice Watch

Men’s Movado Museum Bracelet Watch‘The Birdy’ Bracelet Watch by Shinola

Many see owning their first nice watch as a marker of passing into adulthood. This makes gifting a fine watch to a graduate a thoughtful and special gift. Watches with metal bracelet style straps are the most appropriate style for the office (or a job interview), for both men and women. This Movado watch is strong, classic, and embraces the current trend of minimalism we’re seeing in men’s watches. And this stunning rose gold Shinola bracelet watch is a great choice for the young woman as it is both professional and chic.


The Tassel Was Worth The Hassle Card * Congratulations Exclamation Card * And So The Adventure Begins Card

The last item on our list is one that many graduates want the most: money. Money can help a new graduate have a little extra ease while entering an uncertain chapter of their life. If you’re gifting money, you can put either a check or cash into a nice greeting card. Be sure to write a thoughtful message in the card to make this gift more personal.

Gift Round Up:

There you have it: our top 5 gifts for college graduates! This post is the first in a series of graduation gift idea posts The Guided Gift will be putting up this week. Coming up next: Gift Ideas For High School Graduates!

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