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The 25 best college graduation gifts for the class of 2024

Caps off to your grad! Find personalized and practical graduation gift ideas they're sure to love.

A journal, Dutch oven, gold necklace and Apple TV on a green background.
Celebrate their next stage with kitchen gadgets, statement jewelry and more personalized picks. (Amazon, Le Creuset, Kendra Scott)

It's almost graduation season! Whether your college graduate has a job lined up, is continuing their education or is taking some time to explore what's out there, this major moment calls for a celebration. The best way to do so? Shop straight from this list of the best college graduation gifts for the class of 2024.

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From housewares for their new apartment to things they'd never splurge on but would (and will) flip over, keep scrolling to find a top-notch graduation gift idea that'll convey just how proud you are. While cash or a check is always appreciated, these thoughtful gifts will be more tailored to your grad. Opt for personalized stationery so they can send thank-you notes to loved ones after the fact. Or if you know they're moving into their own place in the coming months, go with some dependable cookware (like a Le Creuset Dutch oven) or a cozy throw blanket.

Got your wallet ready? Good, because we've rounded up 25 of the best college graduation gift ideas from popular brands like Our Place, Kendra Scott, Apple and more.

Finding time to reflect during this new stage of life is so special — and incredibly easy with The Five Minute Journal. This journal is full of pages for them to reflect on what they're grateful for each day, as well as inspirational quotes and daily affirmations to guide them during this transitional period. 

$29 at Amazon

This 10-in-1 pan can steam, roast, fry, boil, bake and more. If your grad's new space is short on storage, they'll definitely appreciate this do-it-all kitchen essential.

$150 at Our Place

Are they about to fly solo? This book will help prepare them for this new chapter and get them excited about things like cooking for one and having complete ownership of their finances.

$33 at Amazon

Engrave this 18k gold vermeil pendant necklace with the grad's name or initials. It stuns on its own or when layered with other dainty chokers. 

$150 at Kendra Scott

Your grad will need some blank stationery to write thank-you notes to loved ones. Minted has a range of sizes and styles to choose from, including uniquely shaped and foil-pressed designs.

$50 at Minted

You can never go wrong with gifting diamonds. This 14k solid gold stunner, complete with a diamond pavé initial, is a sweet way to mark this milestone. 

$240 at Gorjana

Their diploma will really pop in this black-painted frame with gold detail. Upload a photo, mail it in or bring it to a local store, then Framebridge will make sure it's matted just right. 

$75 at Framebridge

Because she'll need something professional to wear to all of those job interviews she has lined up. These pull-on ponte pants (available in sizes XS-3X) are perfect for her 9 to 5, but they can also be dressed down for after-hours wear.  

$148 at Spanx

Bring the cozy with this faux fur throw, which also comes in mint and hot pink for a welcome pop of color. "This blanket is dangerous. You don't want to leave your couch once it's on you," one happy Anthropologie shopper said. Sold? Thought so.

$98 at Anthropologie

Celebrate the place that shaped them — either their hometown or their home away from home — with this personalized pillow. Pick between five pillow sizes (prices vary) and 10 thread colors.  

$14 at Etsy

While these are a splurge, your graduate will be over the moon to open up a set of these Oprah-approved sheets. Why? Because they claim to be temperature-regulating and only get softer the more they are washed.

$311 at Cozy Earth

Toast the recent grad with these coupe glasses. Available in eight different colors, these glasses can turn any gathering into a celebration (but also look stunning on a bar cart).

$56 at Anthropologie
Clarkson Potter

Leaving the school's cafeteria behind means it's time to start cooking. Cook This Book by Molly Baz is packed with uncomplicated yet delicious recipes for all levels, including the chef's signature Cae Sal.

$23 at Amazon

Not everyone has the space or budget for a standing desk, but this converter can turn any table into one. They can place this 32-inch converter on top of their desk or dining table to elevate their workspace — literally.

$140 at Amazon
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$150 at Newegg

With this alarm clock, they'll be able to wake up to a gradual sunrise. And if falling asleep is a bigger struggle, then they'll appreciate the dimmable clock and variety of background noises — white noise, pink noise, brown noise and other soothing sounds inspired by the great outdoors.  

$200 at Amazon
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$200 at Nordstrom$200 at Best Buy

Treat them to a never-ending bookshelf. This e-reader can last for up to 10 weeks on a single charge, holds thousands of titles and has a light that automatically adjusts for optimal reading. 

$190 at Amazon
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$190 at Best Buy

Surprise her with the Dyson Airwrap. In stock now at Sephora, this do-it-all wonder can dry, straighten, curl and wave hair with ease. 

$599 at Sephora

These glass pearl and gold-tone plated brass earrings are absolutely timeless. Just think about all the uses she'll get out of them — holiday parties, date nights, weddings, the list goes on. 

$128 at Jennifer Behr

Having a Le Creuset Dutch oven sitting on your stovetop is a sign that you've reached adulthood. This cult-favorite enameled cast-iron piece comes in six sizes and more than 20 colors (color options vary by size).

$390 at Le Creuset

Give your grad an excuse to come home and visit. This carry-on has 360-degree spinning wheels and a tough outer shell and comes with a water-resistant laundry bag.

$275 at Away

They're bound to get a few congratulatory bouquets during this special time, so why not give them a pretty vase to put them in? When the flowers inevitably die, they can fill it with pampas grass or another kind of dried bloom. 

$70 at Nordstrom

They've already got the TV covered, but go ahead and hook them up with Apple TV 4K. That way they'll be able to access their favorite streaming platforms, including Netflix, Disney+ and Prime Video, in seconds — no cable plan needed.

$200 at Amazon
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$180 at Target$110 at Woot
Saks Fifth Avenue

Everyone needs a deck of cards — and this colorful acrylic box comes with two. Equally unique and useful, this duo will look so luxe on their coffee table or bookcase. 

$82 at Saks Fifth Avenue

A luxury watch is a classic graduation gift, especially for those heading into the workforce. This beauty from Michele will add just the right amount of sparkle to any look, thanks to the 60 hand-set diamonds and mother-of-pearl dial.

$1,595 at Michele

The meats and cheeses will get the most attention — that is, until people catch a glimpse of the pink quartz underneath. Pair it with a gift card to a local grocery store, so they can fill it up with small bites the next time they're hosting a dinner party or wine night. 

$128 at Anthropologie

 

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