15 College Graduation Gifts Graduates Really Need

So this year, I have two college graduates. Yep, I said two. I have been a busy mama that's for sure. I'm just glad that they made it through. That's two down and one to go.







Lately, I've been running around trying to plan the perfect graduation party and it got me thinking. What do college kids really want, or should I say need for graduation? I bet I can give you a few ideas. Take a look at this practical list of college graduation gifts that your student will actually need.





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15 College Graduation Gifts Graduates Really Need



1. A gift card to Office Max, Staples or Kinkos - Now that your kid has graduated they are going to need to print off several copies of resumes and other important documents. This will come in handy.



2. Ties for the guys or pearl earrings for the girls - They're going to be going on interviews and a nice tie or simple set of pearls will be the perfect touch to any interview outfit.



3. A business card holder - Yes even college students need business cards for networking or looking for a job. Help them keep organized and professional.



4. A roll of quarters - I can't tell you how many times my son has been without cash and really needed it. Most college kids carry a debit card or credit card only. Give them a roll of quarters to keep in their car for parking meters, laundry, or anything else they need change for.



5. Multiple $5 gift cards to Starbucks, Subway, etc. - It's about to get real for your college graduate and money might be funny. Gift cards to Starbucks and other fast food restaurants are practical ways to make sure your kid doesn't go hungry.



6. A bus pass or gas/parking gift card - A gas or bus card is a perfect graduation gift and will definitely get used.



7. Now that your student has graduated they may be looking for their first apartment. First apartment gifts will help them settle into their new place nicely.



8. A Keurig or another automatic coffee maker - Welcome you're a college graduate to the real world with a coffee maker. It will help fuel many mornings and long work days to come.



9. A tool set - Every college student should have their very own set of tools. That way you can get all of your tools back.



10. Grocery gift card - Again, because they need to eat.



11. A food delivery service gift card - Get your college student a Bite Squad or Amazon Fresh gift card for nights when they just don't have the time to cook or forgot to go grocery shopping.



12.  A care package - Just like the ones you used to send to their dorms. You can add their favorite treats or small gifts that you know they would love.



13. A hamper full of household necessities like toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, laundry detergent etc.. College students always seem to run out of these items. This way they'll have a stash on deck.



14. "Oh the Places You'll Go" book by Dr. Suess -  Signed by friends and family members of course.




15. Last but not least, money, money, and mo money! For them to use at their discretion. ;)





What gifts are you planning to give the college graduate in your life?




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24 comments

  1. CONGRATS. . .you should be stepping high right now! Give them money.

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  2. I can't wait for my daughter to graduate!! She is just 10 but I'm ready right now. I always give Visa gift cards and let them buy what they want

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  3. Big Congratulations! I love the idea of the gift card for groceries. That and the first apartment gifts even though l'm pretty sure they'll just ride your place..haha! :-)

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    1. Thank you! Your right, they do like to crash at mom's house.

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  4. These are great ideas. I love the idea of pearls for the girls. Priceless gift she can use forever. Money is always a hit lol Thats what I gave the recent college grad in my family. But I like the idea of more personal gifts you mentioned like the care package.

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    1. Yeah, I usually always give money but it's nice to think outside the box.

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  5. Congratulations to your babies! A roll of quarters is definitely a good idea. I haven't thought about that one. Great post!

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  6. I am anticipating my year to graduate. I am totally excited already.... A Keurig would be a perfect give for myself. Congrats to you and yours.

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  7. These are all great gifts. Reminds of when I graduated college.

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  8. Such great gift ideas! I actually have the Dr Seuss book for my 4yo and I've had her preschool teachers write in it as she's progressed in school. I hope to continue the tradition all through grade school.

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    1. I have one too. We got ours for our first house.

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  9. Congratulations to your children! This is a great list, I definitely need to refer to it for the next graduate!

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  10. Congratulations. I know you are proud of both of them. Your smile and beams of joy are contagious, I am so happy to see your two children moving forward and completing their goals. Two huge accomplishments.

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  11. I remember getting these exact gifts when I graduated from high school. Some people wanted cars, I was happy to get necessities for my next journey.

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  12. Congratulations to the Graduates and to you Mama...great job!!! My nephew is graduating this year and I have to find the perfect gift for him!

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  13. Oh I can get down with this list. I love a good practical gift.

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  14. Congrats to your children and mommy! The gift card idea to office max is great, especially for a decent amount. Not having to purchase supplies for a while will be helpful.

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  15. Congrats to you! I've received many invitations to graduation this year. To keep it simple I gave cash. These are some excellent choices though! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Congratulations to you & your children. I'd get an engraved trinket for a necklace or bracelet. If not then money never hurts x

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