10 Gift Ideas for the Graduate in Your Life

Do you know someone that is about to graduate high school or college? If you do and you are not sure what a graduate will need for the next step in their life, we figured it out for you! Grads have a lot of new changes ahead of them and items they need to succeed to further their education or career. Instead of giving your grad money, we put together a list of 11 items that are better than any picture frame.


A backpack is probably something they need but isn’t something they want to spend their money one. Grab them a bag that has enough space for all their school work and a safe place a keep their laptop. 

altego backpack

Promising Review: “Comfortable, lots of accessible and useful pockets, and it looks great. It seems it’s going to be my backpack for some years!” –Amazon Review

Price: $79.99


Many millennials and Gen Z’ers there love for travel is something that doesn’t go unnoticed. And keeping track of their travels on a cork globe documents their memories. 


Promising Review: “I wasn’t expecting much when I ordered this product, but it has definitely exceeded my expectations. I love to use globes like these for certain things like traveling and showing my nephews and nieces where certain countries are. This product fills all my needs, and is a great product for how much I paid. I am glad I decided to buy this globe as it is an amazing product! I would recommend this to anyone who travels and loves to track where they’ve been in a fun way!” – Amazon Customer 

Price: $39.99


For the college grad that will find out that sitting at home with a nice glass of wine is really a way to enjoy company. Grab them a wine opener that, they will surely put it to great use! 


Promising Review: “Love love love it…. gorgeous and is soooo simple to use! Best wine opener ever and I have tried them all!” – Wendi

Price: $19.99


Want to add a little more to their wine opener gift? Grab them this card game that is sure to make a night in with friends one to remember. 

Promising Review: “Fun game with the right crowd and maybe a few drinks! Get to know your friends! :0)” – Cheryl 

Price: $25.00


Looking for a beautiful piece of jewelry to gift your grad? This compass necklace is perfect and the packaging adds a message that is one to remember. 


Promising Review: “Such a great graduation gift and was shipped so fast!” – Lindsey

Price: $28.00


After graduation comes job interviews for their big kid jobs! Set them up with a padfolio that will make them look professional but will also keep their papers organized. 

samsill padfolio portfolio

Promising Review: “I find it: holds enough paper but not too bulky, nice to write on (does not fell spongy but firm), stylish and looks like real leather (no funky smell), and good size for meetings, consults, and interviews (fits in most briefcases). With the hurried and clumsy world of traveling in business; you don’t have to be afraid of ruining an expensive leather portfolio if something goes wrong (coffee/damage in bag). Highly recommend for professionals out-and-about (Sales, HR, Tradeshows etc..)” – R. Jones

Price: $13.99 (available in 3 different colors)


The things they don’t touch on in college is in this book that anyone needing to learn how to adult will enjoy! 


Promising Review: “Great tips and isn’t dense at all. Siegal is perfect because he doesn’t spend too much time being biased on specific topics. Very impartial but very informative. I will say however that he does talk a lot about saving money, which in the end is the best practice. I highly recommended reading.” –

Price: $11.88


Staying on the subject of adulting, a good thing for any graduate to have around their home or apartment is a toolkit. They will be amazed at how much they will use this and how much they will need it!


Promising Review: “Handy dandy set. I needed a quality set of tools since I just moved to a new place and couldn’t bring any. It gives you the basics and the step above basics. It has been very helpful and sturdy. I have been putting together furniture since the day it arrived and it hasn’t let me down.” – Taylor

Price: $38.67


This Polaroid camera takes pictures and instantly prints them. Perfect for the traveling grad or those game nights with friends. Having these memories instantly printed will give something for these millennials and gen Z to hang up on their bare walls.


Promising Review: “I purchased this product as a gift. It was a hit and works very well. The pictures aren’t amazing quality (it’s a polaroid!), but definitely worth the price. I would definitely recommend getting extra paper, because the unit only comes with ten pieces and they go fast!” – Alex 

Price: $199.99


One thing a college grad will be excited about is his/her new business cards! Prepare yourself for a picture of this full of new cards on the grad’s work desk. It’s the little things in life that bring so much joy!


Promising Review: “Purchased 2 of this, and it really is a beauty. definitely will purchase more if I need more, and will recommend to anyone who wants to display their business cards nicely. Be noted, the rear wood piece might be bent a bit due to weather, and humidity, (stated in their website.) but didn’t stop me. Will be great center piece for your desk, station, anywhere.” – Sung

Price: unavailable

Tell us in the comments other ideas that would be perfect gift ideas!