The class of 2020 may not have received a proper send-off, and that’s all the more reason to send them the best college graduation gifts you can muster. As a graduating college senior myself, I know nothing will ever replace the thrill of an in-person commencement ceremony, but thoughtful gifts from loved ones can also serve as a reminder of your achievements.
Earning a degree deserves to be celebrated one way or another, no matter the circumstances. Graduation gifts don't need to be expensive — even a simple note from a family member would be enough that special day a little brighter. But if you’re looking to send a newly-minted college graduate something they’ll really love, we’ve done the hard work for you. Teen Vogue has rounded up 17 of the best college graduation gift ideas money can buy and there really is something for everyone.
Whether your grad is missing trips to their local café or just wishes they could be at the beach, keep reading for gifts that will make their stay-at-home experience feel more like the celebration the class of 2020 has earned.
For the Trendsetter
Any fashion-forward graduate is bound to be impressed with a gift from Ganni. A darling of Copenhagen Fashion Week, the brand is offering 25% off select styles right now (including this versatile balloon-sleeved dress). In the unlikely event that it doesn’t suit your grad’s style, no worries; Ganni offers free shipping and free returns on every order.
For the Stay-at-Home Pro
No one dreams of starting their life post-college with a pandemic but these house shoes will make social distancing a little cozier. The Minnie Rose cashmere slippers make the perfect gift for the seasoned homebody, especially now that we’re all spending so much time inside. Available in three sizes, the tiger print slides are made of an ultra-plush knit and feature a cushioned footbed. Plus, cashmere means they won’t overheat the feet!
For the Spa-Goer
There’s nothing quite like the experience of visiting a spa IRL, but the NuFace Mini Facial Toning Device is definitely the next best thing. The sleek skincare tool emulates professional-grade facial massages. According to dozens of glowing reviews, it really does help to lift and tighten your skin over time.
$199.00, NuFACE NuFACE mini
For the Foodie
Whether they know it or not, this Instant Pot is the one gift every young adult could benefit from. This model of the world-famous multi-cooker costs less than $80, but according to 35 thousand perfect reviews, it packs a punch. It combines a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, and warmer all into one easy-to-use device any amateur chef will appreciate!
For the Self-Proclaimed DJ
With over 2,900 five-star reviews, the Bose SoundLink II is one of the best water-resistant mini speakers out there. Its silicone exterior and crystal clear sound quality make it the ideal shower companion, and it’s eligible for Amazon Prime, meaning it will get to your grad lightning fast if you have an account.
For the Master Decorator
This cotton throw blanket from Dusen Dusen is tailor-made for the grad who had the best-decorated dorm room throughout college. As sophisticated as it is fun, its multicolored stripe design means it will go with all the home decor they already have and love. Not to mention, it’ll make the ideal cozy addition to any work-from-home setup.
For the Clean Beauty Guru
The Detox Market is a curated hub of the best eco-friendly beauty and hygiene products available. The brand’s new monthly subscription box, The Detox Box, promises to send subscribers the latest and greatest green personal care products, making it a thoughtful gift for anyone who scours the ingredients list of any beauty products contain or someone that hopes to lower their environmental impact.
$55.00, The Detox Market
For the Go-Getter
This leather accordion card case from Dagne Dover can function as both a business card holder and a credit card case. Available in eight colors, its slim design and magnetic closure make it easy to stow and access. Not only that, but the brand is donating 10% of each sale to the charity of your choice; to make this gift extra special, choose a cause your college grad is passionate about.
$55.00, Dagne Dover
For the Fitness Devotee
If you’re looking to splurge on an athletic college graduate, the Apple Watch Nike Series 5 is the way to go. In addition to the usual features of an Apple Watch, like built-in cellular data, this model allows users to track their workouts and listen to Audio Guided Runs with the Nike Run Club app, making it the ultimate fitness smartwatch.
$529.00, Best Buy
For the Coffee Snob
This stainless steel espresso machine will blow any college kid’s favorite instant coffee out of the water. Unlike others at similar price points, the Mr. Coffee One-Touch CoffeeHouse is super easy to use and can brew the perfect latte from any type of ground coffee. Consider it an investment that could keep your coffee-loving grad from spending $5 a day on Starbucks.
For the Night Owl
Amid orders to stay home due to COVID-19, every nighttime social butterfly could use a pair of cute PJs they won’t feel bad about pulling an all-nighter in. Enter Sleeper, purveyors of the chicest unisex linen PJs around. Available in seven muted colors, these jammies will add a sense of excitement to even the most ordinary late-night activities.
For the Tea Lover
We love a travel tumbler as much as the next person, but when you’re not on the go, there’s something to be said for sipping your favorite tea out of a traditional mug. Enter the Ember Gen 2, the mug that’s the perfect combination of hi-tech and classic. Featuring a traditional mug design, it can maintain the temperature of hot drinks for up to an hour and even comes with its own charging coaster. Once we’re back to in-person workplaces, your grad will get to flex on everyone at the office when they’re seen sipping from this at their cubicle.
For the Sneakerhead
If you’re struggling to find the right kicks for a grad who seems to have them all, look no further than these understated white hiking sneakers. A collaboration between vegan leather shoemaker Veja and legendary fashion designer Rick Owens, it takes a true sneaker enthusiast to appreciate what went into the making of these shoes. Plus, they’re neutral enough to look great with any outfit.
For the Candle Aficionado
There are plenty of people out there who would prefer a floral candle over an actual bouquet any day of the year. This one from iconic luxury scent brand Diptyque smells like a bush of freshly-bloomed roses. Beyond looking beautiful on any coffee table, the candle can burn for up to 60 hours, meaning it’s a much better value than your average vase full of flowers.
For the Best Friend
Vancouver-based sustainable jewelry brand Wolf Circus melts down recycled metals to create beautiful necklaces, bracelets, rings, and more. Their pieces are also way more affordable than traditional fine jewelry. If your bestie is a newly-minted college graduate, send them this pendant as a reminder of the ways they brighten up your life.
$140.00, Wolf Circus
For the Bookworm
This subscription box from independent bookstore Brilliant Books is so personalized, your grad will feel like they chose each month’s picks themselves. Unlike most bookstore subscription boxes, this one chooses books for subscribers based on their personal tastes. Start your grad off with a six-month subscription to see how they like it.
$115.00, Brilliant Books
For the Beach Bum
Unless you have a pool or live on a beach or lake, college grads with summer fever can’t (and shouldn’t!) take a trip to the water right now. By gifting them this adorable inflatable pool, you’ll bring them one step closer to the beach… from home. And let’s be honest: Getting a heart-shaped kiddie pool in the mail will no doubt make their day.
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