10 thoughtful gifts any college graduate would love

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Graduating from college is an exciting milestone that deserves to be celebrated! But it can be challenging to find a unique gift the grad in your life will like and actually put to use.

While you can never go wrong with a nice card and cash, keep scrolling to check out 10 awesome gifts that any graduate would love to receive.

1. Beautiful stationery for them to write thank-you notes on

Papier Monogram Rick Rack, $28 for 10

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While store-bought cards are totally fine, receiving personalized stationery is both memorable and useful. Papier has a multitude of options to choose from, and they make it easy to customize your favorite style to your liking. The brand also offers planners, wellness journals, notepads and more.

2. A weekend bag they’ll be proud to tote around town

Calpak Luka Duffel, $120

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Whether they’re going on a vacation or coming home to see mom and dad, this duffle from Calpak is timeless. The thoughtful design, neutral color and lightweight feel make it a winner — and it also makes for a great airplane carry-on.

3. A class ring they will actually wear

Kendra Scott Elisa Signet Ring, $100

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Credit: Kendra Scott

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Traditionally, class rings get a bad rap for being worn for a year or so — and then never again. With a more classic ring, like Kendra Scott’s Elisa Signet Ring, graduates can wear it all the time since it goes with everything. This ring is covered in 18k gold vermeil and is engravable.

4. High-quality sheets to celebrate the end of Twin-XL beds

Resort Pintuck Egyptian Cotton Percale Sheet Set, $199-$249

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Really nice sheets are a luxury that not everyone thinks to buy for themselves. These gorgeous Egyptian cotton sheets from Frontgate are sure to make any grad feel like a true adult. This set includes a flat sheet, a fitted sheet and two pillowcases.

5. A smartwatch that will keep them organized

Apple Watch SE, $229 (Orig. $279)

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With an Apple Watch, graduates will have their texts, GPS, calendar, fitness tracker and more right on their wrist. While tech gadgets can feel impersonal, this smartwatch is so useful, they’ll know it came from the heart. You can also swap out the watch band to make it a more custom gift.

6. Something to remind them of home

Stainless Steel City Map, $29.95-$49.95

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If your graduate is moving away after college or staying in their out-of-state college town, a Stainless Steel City Map is a great way to keep home close by. The “map depicts bird’s-eye view of your favorite city and streets,” and most major cities are available for purchase.

7. Upscale loungewear because they deserve to relax

Splendid Spray Dye Pullover, $103 (Orig. $148)

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Now that they have their diploma, grads have earned some relaxation time. A cute and cozy crewneck is something that they can wear all day long. This pretty pullover from Splendid is just as perfect for lounging on the couch as it is for wearing to run errands.

8. A multi-purpose pan for their kitchen

Our Place Always Pan, $115 (Orig. $145)

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Whether they like to cook or are a novice in the kitchen, a multi-purpose pan, like the Our Place Always Pan, makes for an excellent gift. This pan is said to replace eight traditional pieces of cookware, and all of its pieces fit together compactly, making it a space-saving dream.

9. A cookbook of simple recipes

Half Baked Harvest Super Simple, $17.52

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Gift the grad in your life a cookbook of easy-to-make dishes to go with that multi-purpose pan. This cookbook from Half Baked Harvest has over 125 delicious and simple recipes, and it includes both vegan and vegetarian options. It’s also an Amazon No. 1 best seller.

10. A stylish wireless charger to corral their everyday items

Courant Catch 3, $140 (Orig. $175)

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This wireless charging tray from Courant is sleek and functional. Grads can toss their keys and other essentials onto the tray and place their phones onto the charging section. This sleek tray is available in five different colors of leather.

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