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We’re approaching both graduation season and the end of a pandemic, which means you’ll probably be invited to some kind of grad party this year, if you haven’t already—and you definitely can’t show up empty handed. Whether you know a guy graduating high school, college, getting their MBA, or completing nursing school—you’ve got to find a great graduation gift for him that fits the diploma.
But shopping for any type of graduation gift isn’t always easy. It’s more special than any old birthday or holiday, and unfortunately, it usually ends up in a gift card because the thought process is just too intimidating. While gift cards aren’t a terrible idea, we believe (with our help) you can be a little more creative, whether it’s a keepsake gift or a useful graduation gift that’ll prepare him for entering the working world.
We’ve rounded up the best 2021 graduation gifts for him to celebrate the big day and set him up nicely for this exciting new chapter in his life. From personalized, unique graduation gifts he’ll cherish forever to the tech gadgets that make “adulting” more fun, the 43 gift ideas ahead will make his hard-earned achievement feel even more celebratory.
He’s embarking on an entire new chapter of his life, and he deserves something he will love to open, and actually use. Whether you go the practical, comical, or sentimental route, the unique graduation gift ideas ahead will make your life easier upon the RSVP.
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Day Owl The Backpack
Consider this an upgrade to the North Face backpack he used in college. It’s thoughtfully designed (from recycled plastic bottles) with specific compartments for your laptop, water bottle, sunglasses and more. Plus, it has a sturdy leather handle for the “briefcase look.”
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obVus Solutions Adjustable Laptop Tower Stand
Any guy who will be working (or browsing) from home after graduation could use this adjustable laptop stand from obVus solutions. It easily maneuvers to different heights and angles to stand or sit.
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The Pretty Little Mess Graduation Wine Label
Help the graduating guy build out his bar cart before his first day in the working world. Wine is always a good idea.
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Simply Love Creations Custom Graduation Frame
For a keepsake graduation gift idea for him, go for a custom-curated art sketch from Etsy. It symbolizes transition— going from cap and gown to suit and tie. Add an inspiring quote for motivation every time he looks at it.
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DuoMeDoll Custom Graduation Bobblehead
There’s no better desk trinket than a bobblehead. And to top that, it’s the perfect personalized graduation gift he’ll never expect. It’s like a trophy for graduating, but much more fun.
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The GiftedMug Shop Phd Graduation Gift Mug
He’ll laugh every morning with a coffee mug that reminds him of the years of hard work it took him to achieve one of the highest academic degrees.
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Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS, 44mm)
An Apple Watch is the most sought-after graduation gift for anyone heading into the “real world.” It makes any working man become much more efficient to take calls, track steps, and view calendar appointments, all from his wrist.
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Simple Human CleanStation
The world is all about sanitation stations these days. The newest product from Simple Human is the new sink adjacent standard. Simply place your phone in the chamber before you wash your hands and watch as it uses powerful UV-C light to sanitize any phone in 30 seconds. When you’re done washing, simply pick up your phone and be on your way.
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The Sill ZZ Plant
A plant is always a nice graduation gift idea. He can watch this ZZ plant grow as he embarks on a new chapter of life. It can represent a new beginning, bringing fresh air, and add some greenery to his home.
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HP Sprocket Portable 2×3″ Instant Photo Printer
Life is all about memories. Inspire him to go on more adventures as he journeys into adulthood. He’ll want to capture them all and print them with the HP Sprocket to later frame or stick on the fridge.
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Cartman 148 Piece Tool Set
Every graduating guy needs a solid tool kit in their adult life. This one from Cartman covers the basics for under-$50.
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Ooni Koda Pizza Oven
This pizza oven turns any patio into a ‘za kitchen—the ultimate upgrade from his keg stand frat parties and the late night campus pizza order.
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Montblanc Meisterstück Leather Card Case
Looking for a useful graduation gift for him? This sleek leather card case is perfect for him to carry everything he needs, without adding unnecessary bulk to his workwear trousers.
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Jack Mason Brand Pursuit Watch
A cool watch is a solid graduation gift idea for any guy. This one from Jack Mason looks luxe with s relatively affordable price tag.
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The Five Minute Journal: A Happier You in 5 Minutes a Day
This graduation gift might seem cheesy at first, but adding a five minute journal entry to his daily ritual will make him happier, motivated, and get him in touch with his feelings. It’s science.
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Minted Custom House Portrait Art
For the sentimental graduation gift seekers, this Custom House Portrait from Minted will always remind him of his roots while doubling as creative decor for his new pad.
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Nespresso Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine
Every productive day (usually) starts with a good cup of Joe, and no one does single serve like Nespresso. It’s the ultimate bachelor pad kitchen appliance, sure to impress any guest in his path.
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YETI Rambler 20 oz Tumbler
Morning commute calls for sipping on the go. The Yeti Rambler belongs in every dude’s cabinet to keep his liquids piping hot all day long.
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New York Times Custom Sports Book
Talk about a unique and thoughtful graduation gift! This custom sports book from Uncommon Goods turn his glory days as a high school or college athlete into a sentimental keepsake.
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The Wooden State Kentucky Magnetic Key Holder
Organization is the key to success. This magnetic key holder gives a home to his keys as soon as he walks in the door. Plus, the shape can be customized to his home state, or current residence. Either option makes for a thoughtful graduation gift.
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Anker Wireless Charging Station With Power Adapter
His tech needs a home, too! The Anker Wireless Charging station will get his accessories ready and charged for the day ahead, while looking sleek as hell on any bedside table. This is definitely one of the most useful graduation gifts to give him this year.
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Collage.com Photo Blanket
Let him remember college days with a photo collage blanket that covers every themed frat party or sporting event. It’s a fun conversation starter he’ll love to reminisce with.
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Tovala Gen 2 Smart Steam Oven
Guys that love a gourmet meal (but aren’t quite a master chef yet) will get great use out of the Tovala Smart oven. It lets you scan over 1,000 meals you can pickup from any grocery store for the perfect setting every time. Plus, you can order meals directly through the app to make single serve dinner and meal prep a breeze.
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The hype of the weighted blanket is real, especially after coming home from a long day on the job. The Bearaby Napper instantly help your graduating guy to relax without suffocating him in heat, thanks to its oversized knit holes.
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Our Place Always Pan
The multi-use Always Pan from Our Place that broke the internet belongs in every young professional’s kitchen. Not only does it look great on Instagram stories, it saves on space making cooking just about anything eight times more efficient.
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Solento Organic Reposado Tequila
Sometimes a good graduation gift is as simple as a great bottle of tequila. This one is so good, he can sip it straight, and it will look fancy as hell on a bar cart.
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Another counter top appliance that makes every guys’ meal prep more fun is the Instant Pot. If you haven’t heard, it’s an electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, slow cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, sauté pan, food warmer, and more. With this useful graduation gift, he’ll rarely need to use the oven.
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Bespoke Post Puro Box
Show him a thing or two about quality cigars. It’s how true men celebrate special occasions, and this box from Bespoke Post brings a global diverse array of quality tobacco products.
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Weekend Wash Bag
A good Dopp kit will make his future travels far more enjoyable because he’ll be organized and sleek. This one from Rains is made from a waterproof material for any checked baggage of toiletry explosions.
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Felix Gray Roebling Blue Light Glasses
If he’s moving onto an office job where he’s sitting at a computer from 9-5, a solid pair of blue light glasses are a must. Felix Gray is a leader in the space, and the Roeblings are equally stylish as they are beneficial.