Every year, graduation season means a fresh new batch of grads are about to enter full-on adulthood. If you know a guy who is gearing up to walk across the stage in a cap and gown to receive his diploma, but you’re not sure what to get him for his special day, keep reading.
College graduation is a great time for gift giving because there are so many different categories of things graduates would be happy to receive. You can go the practical route and gift smart home devices or kitchen appliances. Or you can opt for a more fun gift like gadgets or games. You could even venture into the subscription service world for a gift that keeps giving even after graduation day.
Practical seems to be the standard for graduation gifting and you’ll definitely find some truly useful gifts in this guide, but it’s also nice to switch it up with some fun and personal gifts, which we’ve also included.
Dive in to 50+ of the best college graduation gifts for men:
As your grad moves out of his college home, help him trade in shitty beer decorations for smart home devices. The Echo Spot has a screen, meaning in addition to voice commands it can also show lyrics, weather forecasts, recipes, to-do lists — you name it. He can use the Spot to play music, request a rideshare, order a pizza, and more.
Laptops tend to degrade after a few years and your graduate has likely been using the same one for the last four years. Upgrade him to a new MacBook Air. It’s thin and lightweight and features a Retina display, Touch ID, the latest keyboard, and has all-day battery life.
Anker portable charger
Phones are honestly a necessity at this point. Don’t let your favorite grad be left with a dead one. This portable charger from Anker can juice up his phone all the way multiple times just on one of its own charges. It’s small enough that he can slip it in his bag or pocket wherever he goes.
Vizio 50-inch 4K smart TV
Another home upgrade here in case your grad has been watching Netflix on his laptop or a less-than-stellar TV. This Vizio is 50 inches, which is a really decent size for a new apartment living room or bedroom. It displays 4K Ultra HD content and has video streaming apps built in.
Amazon Fire TV Stick
If a whole new TV is out of your budget, you can still *kind of* give the gift of a smart TV. The Amazon Fire TV Stick plugs into the HDMI port and gives standard televisions smart capabilities with access to streaming services and internet browsing.
With an Apple Watch, the new graduate will be able to monitor his health, track workouts, and access apps and notifications. You can go for the model that just connects to WiFi or dish out a little more for the one with cellular connection.
A new laptop might not be the most feasible gift, but you can still surprise him with some new technology. This iPad has a 9.7-inch Retina display with up to 10 hours of battery life. It’s available as either 32GB or 128GB, with or without cellular, and in three different colors.
Kindle Paperwhite e-reader
Buying a Kindle as a grad gift is basically like gifting a library. He’ll be able to access millions of titles and listen to books with Audible. Plus if you’re not sure what genre your grad likes, this gift enables you to get him all of them. The Kindle Paperwhite is thin, light, and waterproof.
Canon DSLR camera
Phone cameras are constantly getting better, but nothing beats the real deal. The Canon EOS Rebel T6i has a high-resolution sensor that captures finely detailed, crisp, natural-looking photos. It also comes with an 18–55 millimeter lens kit.
Lululemon workout gear
It’s time to help your grad toss out those ratty shorts and upgrade his workout wardrobe to something stylish and sophisticated. For anyone who loves to break a sweat, something from Lululemon makes an excellent gift. Lululemon has so many great options, it’ll be hard to choose just one. The good thing though is that you really can’t go wrong.
ClassPass gives the grad the ability to get his workout on at different gyms, so he can try out locations without the commitment. This also gives him more freedom to attend different types of fitness classes around his city. Speaking of cities, ClassPass isn’t available everywhere, so make sure your grad’s location is on the participating list.
Powerbeats3 wireless headphones
These small earbuds pack all the power you’d expect from Beats, but in a more portable size. They’re wireless and last up to 12 hours on a single charge. The buds have secure-fit earhooks and a wrap-around cord so your grad can go wireless without the fear of losing part of the pair.
Ok, we know that a recent college grad has been carrying a backpack for most of his life, but this is the perfect time to upgrade to a more professional style. Depending on the line of work your grad is going into, he might need a good, put-together looking bag. This sleek backpack comes in three colors.
If the grad has a bunch of senior photos he doesn’t know what to do with, pop them into a photo book. This is a great, thoughtful way to display all those photos that might otherwise be lost to a Facebook album. Plus, you can write captions and sentimental notes throughout the book.
Boombox custom keepsake box
Similar to a photo book, this one pulls at the heartstrings a bit. It’s a box filled with letters and photos dedicated to the graduate. You can gift this alone or have collaborators work on it with you to give the grad a special keepsake box of memories.
Chocolate covered strawberries are a gift that can be enjoyed immediately. They’re often something people crave but don’t buy themselves. So, treat your favorite grad to some decadent treats to celebrate his accomplishments.
Visa gift card
Everyone talks about the broke college student, but what about the broke graduate in an entry-level job with student loan payments? That’s who really needs some monetary help. Provide a little cushion for your grad as he enters the real world.
Restaurant gift card
After four years of campus food and ramen, treat the grad to something else. Okay, he’s definitely eaten out at some point in the last four years, but it’s still nice to have someone else foot the bill. After all, adult life doesn’t come with a meal plan.
Bed Bath & Beyond gift card
Graduating college often means moving. And stocking a new home with furniture and other essentials is not cheap. Help the grad out with a gift card to Bed Bath & Beyond where he can pick up some items to get his new house feeling like home.
One tough adjustment from college to adult life is transitioning to a regular sleep schedule. Weighted blankets are designed to help people sleep better by making them feel swaddled (like getting a hug) and my even help with the release of dopamine (the happy hormone.)
As your grad is stocking his new home, one of the last things he’s going to want to drop a lot of money on is a pillow. This luxury pillow from Casper supports all sleeping positions and responds to movement throughout the night. Plus, it’s super comfortable.
Get the new grad’s bathroom off to a fresh start with a set of matching towels. This set comes with four bath towels, two hand towels, and four wash cloths. There’s something so adult about having matching sets, and this one comes in eight different color choices.
It never hurts to have storage bins. These latching ones from Ziploc can hold clothes, household items, or whatever else your grad might need to store. Plus, they aren’t too tall, so they can slide under the bed for discreet storing.
Roomba robot vacuum
Give the gift of convenience with a vacuum that takes the work out of cleaning. The Roomba 680 allows your grad to schedule cleaning across multiple floor types. The robot vacuum can even sense concentrated areas of dirt and work harder in those sections.
Two-way coffee maker
This coffee maker can handle a grad who can run on one cup or needs a whole pot of joe to make it through the morning. It acts as a single-serve with a spout tall enough to fit a travel mug and can fill a 12-cup carafe, which is included with the machine.
If you know a new grad who hangs his clothes in the bathroom while he showers in an effort to combat wrinkles, upgrade him to a real steamer. This one is ready to use in two to three minutes and works with tap water. Plus, it’s powerful enough to straighten out stiff cotton, linen, and denim.
Even if your grad isn’t the best cook, he’ll be able to make some pretty stellar meals with an Instant Pot. It’s seven appliances in one, including slow cooker, pressure cooker, and sauté pan. He’s able to set the Instant Pot on a timer and come back to it when his food is ready. It’s a great gift for someone who wants to meal prep for one.
Essential oil diffuser
Add some zen to the graduate’s life with an essential oil diffuser. This one cycles through seven colored lights and has high or low settings and three different timers. It also comes with a set of 12 aromatherapy oils.
Sometimes the best gifts are the things your guy would buy for himself anyway. By gifting an everyday item like razors, you take some of the financial burden off his regular expenses. With Harry’s you’re able to get a one-time set or gift monthly refills for a gift that keeps giving.
Help the new grad feel cozy after his showers with this flannel robe. It drops down to mid calf, has adjustable belt loops, and features two front pockets. The style comes in two colors.
Get your graduate ready for any post-grad vacations or trips home with a hardside luggage set. This one comes with 20-inch, 24-inch, and 28-inch suitcases with spinner wheels. The set is available in four different colors.
Help the grad keep his bathroom organized with place to put his toiletries. This bag is great for a razor, toothbrush, moisturizers, and other small products. It’s water resistant and easy to clean, plus it has a stylish design.
Everyone should have a good toolbox readily available, whether that’s to hang up wall decor, build furniture, or perform some minor home improvements. This kit comes with 39 pieces, including a hammer, interchangeable screw driver, scissors, pliers, and more.
Blue Apron takes the guesswork out of the question, “What’s for dinner tonight?” The service sends everything your grad needs to make a full meal and will allow him to try new foods that he might not seek out on his own. The number of meals he gets depends on the amount you put on the gift card.
Google WiFi system
The Google WiFi system eliminates your grad’s need for a router. It provides seamless coverage throughout the home, eliminating dead zones and buffering. And it’s easier than going through a provider to set up a router.
Spotify gift card
Graduating college is an exciting time, until you realize you lose all your student discounts. Help ease the transition of paying full price for music by gifting a Spotify gift card. The card only has one value option of $60, which should cover six months of the service.
New sheets make sleeping even more enjoyable than it already is. This set comes with a fitted sheet, flat sheet, and two pillowcases that have the comfort and softness of 1,500 thread count Egyptian cotton. The fitted sheet also has reinforced elastic to help it stay in place. This sheet set comes in a variety of colors and sizes to fit your grad’s needs.
48-piece dinnerware set
Home items are not the most exciting gifts, but they are appreciated. You’ll give the grad the ability to pocket money he would have spent on dishes to spend on something else. Plus, dinnerware sets don’t come cheap, so you’re doing him a solid by taking care of it.
18-piece cookware set
Along with dinnerware, cookware is essential to a home, but not the most fun thing to buy for yourself. Which is why it makes such a good graduation gift. This set from T-fal includes different sized pots and pans as well as a few kitchen utensils.
Cast iron skillet
In addition to a standard cookware set, it’s nice to have a cast iron skillet to handle some bacon or a morning frittata. This pan especially comes in handy if your grad doesn’t have access to a grill but wants to whip up steaks or burgers. This skillet is pre-seasoned and comes with a silicone handle cover.
If organization is important to your grad (or you wish it were), this planner will come in handy. It’s 12 months enclosed in a faux leather cover, giving it a stylish look. The inside features yearly, monthly, and daily calendar views with sections to write notes. It also comes with calendar stickers and features an inner pocket.
“The Mask of Masculinity”
This book addresses the different masks that men can sometimes feel they need to put on. Some of these include stoicism, aggression, and sexuality. The author addresses the complexities of being a man and how men can live as their truest selves. Reviewers say it’s a must-read that tackles authenticity and societal pressures.
What Do You Meme?
Just because he’s graduating college, doesn’t mean he has to leave games behind. This Cards Against Humanity style game tasks players with creating the funniest meme with photo and caption cards. This game is an especially hilarious gift for anyone who has spent the better half of their life with the internet.
Quip electric toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes have become pretty fancy — and quite pricey. Quip strips down to the basics with its sonic vibrating electric toothbrush. It looks like a standard brush in both style and size, but it’ll help keep your favorite grad’s mouth feeling cleaner. Quip runs on a subscription basis, so brush head refills can be sent to your grad every three months.
After receiving gifts, the grad is going to have some thank-you notes to write. Equip him with some fancy, personalized stationery to do so. Or have him save it for any handwritten notes and letters he might send in the upcoming future. (Like maybe a note to a hiring manager following a job interview.) Either way, he’ll feel grown up with his own letterhead stationery.
A college graduate has likely spent the last couple years drinking cheap, shitty alcohol. Give him a reason to indulge in some nice wine by giving him a gift card to Winc. The wine delivery service will have the grad take a palate quiz to figure out the types of wine he might like and then suggests selections based on the results. He’s then able to purchase up to four bottles at a time.