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57 best college graduation gifts for her in 2024

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For many people, college graduation represents a major milestone of growth into adulthood. The best college graduation gifts for her should celebrate this monumental occasion and help prepare her to leap into the next chapter of life. 

If you have a female college graduate in your life, read through the following gift options below, ranging from fashionable to useful to educational. Plus, check out our other gift guides on the best college graduation gifts for him and the best graduation gift ideas overall. 

A perfectly designed work bagA pile of Senreve Maestra bags with flowers surrounding them.

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Senreve Maestra

The Senreve Maestra is not a cheap work bag. In fact, we thought the price was ridiculous before trying it. But, if you’re looking for a big gift and possibly have people you can split the cost with, this one is worth an investment.

Its design is distinctive and sharp, its organization system excellent, and it can be worn in a few different ways — as a backpack, handbag, or crossbody. The leather is stain- and water-resistant and the bag also comes with a lifetime warranty. It also comes in three sizes: the Mini, Midi, and the Maestra, but the largest size is the only one that holds a 13-inch laptop.

A nice business card holderTwo colors of the Leatherology business card case on a white backdrop.

Leatherology

Leatherology Business Card Case

Her company will probably give out business cards, but she’s less likely to already own a business card holder she can feel good about pulling out at work, internships, or networking events. This looks polished, and Leatherology delivers orders in beautiful boxes, which doesn’t hurt for gifting. You can even get the holder monogrammed.

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Bombas

Bombas Women’s Week of Ankle Socks

We know what you’re thinking– socks? Yes, really, socks. Their college sock collection has probably seen better days, so treat them to a few fresh new pairs to help them walk through this next chapter of life. When it comes to socks, Bombas are some of the most comfortable and supportive around. For more on why we love this brand, read our Bombas socks review

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Dagne Dover

Dagne Dover Ace Fanny Pack

There’s a time and a place for a bag, but sometimes you just need to tote a few essentials with you and you want to keep your hands free. That’s when a fanny pack comes in handy. This one from Dagne Dover has plenty of pockets to stash cards and other small essentials, is super comfortable to wear, and comes in a variety of fun colors.

A high-quality olive oil to elevate their cookingPerson's hand pouring Wonder Valley Olive Oil over a bowl of salad.

Wonder Valley

Wonder Valley Olive Oil

This 2022 harvest olive oil is truly special. Made from a blend of Arbequina, Favalosa, and Tuscan olives, it is carefully hand-picked from groves in Lake County, CA, and pressed by a master miller within hours of harvest. The result is an olive oil with a bright, herbaceous, and peppery taste that brings a burst of flavor to any dish. Not only is it delicious, but it also contains high levels of polyphenols, powerful antioxidants associated with longevity. This premium olive oil makes for an exceptional and health-conscious graduation gift for any food lover.

A versatile and flavorful addition to any dishSquare jar of Old Salt Merchants Sriracha Sea Salt shown from the side.

Old Salt Merchants

Old Salt Merchants Sriracha Sea Salt

For a spicy and versatile gift for a graduate, consider a Sriracha Sea Salt. They can use it to add a fiery touch to their morning Bloody Mary, avocado toast, or eggs. Later in the day, it can be a delightful addition to their taco blend, seafood dishes, jicama, or even watermelon. It’s a unique and flavorful present that will surely add some excitement to their culinary adventures.

A perfect way to start their dayPerson placing an iced matcha latte in a clear glass onto a coaster on a wooden table.

Clevr Blends

Clevr Blends Matcha SuperLatte

For graduates looking to boost their daily routine with a healthy and delicious option, consider gifting them Clevr Blends’ ceremonial-grade matcha. Sourced from Japan and certified organic and non-GMO, this matcha is finely ground into a powder that can be easily mixed into hot or cold water, milk, or smoothies. It’s a convenient way to enjoy the numerous health benefits of matcha while adding a touch of sophistication to their daily rituals.

A versatile kitchen gadgetBroccoli sits in the cooking compartment of the Instant Pot Vortex Air FryerSmaller air fryers may be more useful for compact kitchens.

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Instant Vortex Plus 6-in-1 Air Fryer

The air fryer seems to be the choice kitchen gadget for recent college graduates, and for good reason. It makes cooking, and cleaning, a breeze. We’ve tested and reviewed plenty of air fryers and think the Instant Vortex Plus is the best air fryer thanks to its viewing window, affordability, and versatility.

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Standard Baggu

They probably have an array of canvas bags and totes from random events in college, but the Standard Baggu is enough to replace them all. It’s a reusable bag made of ripstop nylon that can hold up to 50 pounds worth of stuff, and folds down small enough to fit into a 5×5 inch pouch. This will be their go-to bag for errands, groceries, and so much more.

A labor of love made by a mother-daughter duoPerson wearing a Kit Keenan x Cynthia Rowley strawberry print ruffled apron while holding two cakes.

Cynthia Rowley

CR x Kit Ruffle Apron

The Kit Keenan and Cynthia Rowley collaboration offers a stylish collection of aprons and oven mitts, specially designed for graduates who have a passion for cooking. These fashionable kitchen accessories are crafted to add flair and style to their culinary adventures. With two distinct patterns to choose from, this collection provides a range of options to suit their personal taste.

Treat the graduates in your life to these fashionable and functional pieces that will elevate their cooking experience and make for a thoughtful and practical gift.

Easy to care for plantsThree different succulent in planters on a table.

The Sill

The Sill Succulent Arrangement

For the college grad with a green thumb, you can never go wrong with gifting nice plants. Each succulent in this set is so cute and comes in a beautiful planter. Give her three or six, she can scatter them around her windowsill, desk, kitchen, or bookshelf to bring a breath of fresh air to her space.

A book filled with memoriesThe Artifact Uprising Everyday Photo Book.

Artifact Uprising

Artifact Uprising Everyday Photo Book

After four years of learning and fun, she probably has more memories than she can count. A sweet way to commemorate her college journey is with a photo book. This one is easy to personalize and fill with photos of her most cherished memories. You can be sure she’ll flip through this often.

A journal to hold her notes and thoughtsa journal assortment from Papier

Papier

Papier Hardcover Notebook

Navigating life post-college can seem daunting. If she’s the type who loves to write out every thought that crosses her mind, treat her to a new journal. This one is the perfect place to house all of her notes and thoughts. Papier has plenty of beautiful options that truly make journaling fun, but we love this design and that it can be personalized.

A polaroid cameraPerson holding a mint green Fujifilm Instax Mini 12 Camera and a printed photo while sitting on a picnic blanket.

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 12 Instant Camera

Your favorite college graduate is probably used to snapping pictures on her iPhone. And while she may be great at it, an instant camera is a fun new medium to explore. Every time she snaps a picture, she’ll actually get a hard copy to hold onto. An iPhone just can’t compare. 

A luxurious hotel-quality robeFolded Fluff Co Hotel Robe resting on top of a slatted bamboo holder that sits across a bathtub.

Fluff Co

Fluff Co Hotel Robe

For graduates looking to unwind and relax, the Fluff Co hotel robe is an excellent choice. Made with high-quality cotton, this robe offers a soft and fluffy feel, providing ultimate comfort. It’s available in a range of colors and sizes, catering to individual preferences.

With its durable design, it is built to last for years, making it a gift that will continue to bring comfort and relaxation well beyond graduation. Treat the graduates in your life to the gift of luxurious comfort with a Fluff Co hotel robe.

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Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Pour-Over Kettle

This kettle is equal parts decorative and utilitarian. It heats up water easily for pour over coffee, tea, instant ramen, and more – and it looks good doing it.

A personalized signet ringring on a women's finger

Catbird

Catbird Jewelry Dollhouse Signet Ring

Nice jewelry will always be an appreciated gift, especially after such a big accomplishment as graduating college. A signet ring is a classic piece that she can wear everyday. This dainty number from catbird is made of 14K gold, and can be engraved with a singular letter for a personal touch. Whether you choose the letter of their name, someone they love, or their alma mater, this is a gorgeous way to commemorate this important time in their life.

The gift of readingBook of the Month

Book of the Month

Book of The Month Subscription

Book of the Month is a bookworm’s dream. Each month they’ll get the option to have one book from BOTM’s well-curated collection sent to their doorstep. It’s an easy way to ensure they always have something new to read, and it’s a great way for them to get introduced to new titles too.

A versatile and durable measuring cup setGreat Jones Beyond Measure Duo of blue glass liquid measuring cups.

Great Jones

Great Jones Beyond Measure Duo

The “Beyond Measure” measuring cups from Great Jones Goods are an ideal gift for the graduate who enjoys baking and cooking with precision. Crafted from durable materials, these measuring cups combine functionality with a stylish and modern aesthetic, making them a standout addition to their kitchen tools.

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Doordash

Doordash Gift Card

Whether they don’t want to cook or don’t know how to, there’s always food delivery. Gift cards get a lot of flack for not being personal, but a food delivery gift card will always be put to good use. And when they get to order their favorite meal without paying a dime, they’ll be thinking of you.

A classic footwear optionPerson wearing Birkenstock Women's Arizona Essentials EVA Sandals.

Dick’s Sporting Goods

Birkenstock Arizona Sandal

These comfortable and fashionable summer footwear options are perfect for various occasions, from long walks to casual outings. With their contoured footbeds that offer excellent arch support, they ensure comfort and support during extended wear.

Birkenstocks come in a wide range of styles and colors, allowing her to find the perfect pair that matches her personal taste. Whether she’s exploring the campus or enjoying outdoor activities, gifting her a pair of Birkenstocks will keep her comfortable and stylish throughout the summer and beyond.

A truly luxurious and captivating candleLoewe Tomato Leaves Candle in a red ridged container.

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Loewe Tomato Leaves Candle

Surprise her with the luxurious and unique scent of the Loewe Tomato candle. Its fresh and spicy fragrance adds a touch of sophistication to any room. It makes for one of the best college graduation gifts for her.

A box of artisanal chocolatesBox with andSons Signature Collection of six artisanal chocolates.

andSons

andSons Signature Collection (6-pack)

The andSons Signature Box makes for a perfect graduation gift with its collection of fine chocolates that blend classic European-style ganaches and pralines with modern and inventive hand-painted molded confections. The award-winning, foil-stamped packaging showcases a selection of their most popular and seasonal chocolates, making it a truly special and indulgent treat for any chocolate-loving graduate.

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Milk Bar

Milk Bar Birthday Cake

Milk Bar cakes are one of our go-to gifts to send to friends and family. We love their classic flavors as well as the limited-edition stuff, too. You can find a review of the Milk Bar cakes here. It’s also one of the Insider Reviews All-Time Best products.

A unique and healthy twist on chocolate milkCan of Slate High Protein Shake in the classic chocolate flavor resting on a bed of chocolate bits.

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Slate Milk High Protein Shake (12-pack)

For graduates who enjoy a sweet treat while prioritizing a healthy lifestyle, Slate Milk is an excellent choice. With less sugar and fewer calories than regular chocolate milk, it provides a guilt-free indulgence. Whether they’re celebrating their achievements or simply looking for a delicious pick-me-up, Slate Milk offers a satisfying and healthier alternative. Treat them to the creamy and flavorful delight of Slate Milk as they embark on their post-graduation journey.

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Sony WH-1000XM4 Headphones

Our favorite noise-canceling headphones, Sony’s WH-1000XM4, balance sound quality, noise cancellation, and comfort, and they’re perfect for long commutes, focusing during work, or relaxing. This is also one of the items featured in our list of the All-Time Best products we’ve tested.

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Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn Faux Fur Ruched Throw

If she’s moving into a new home post-college, it can take a while to make that place really feel like home. A great way to speed up that process is with gifts that make her feel comfortable, like this plush throw blanket. It’s seriously cozy and brings a luxe, lived-in look to her space too.

A new set of body care essentialsskincare set

Nécessaire

Nécessaire The Body Hydration Set

For the graduate who is obsessed with all things skincare, treat her to a set that prioritizes the skin below her neck. With an exfoliant bar, body wash, and serum, this trio will keep skin smooth, supple, and smelling amazing. The products are all also dermatologist-tested, non-comedogenic, and hypoallergenic, so even those with the most sensitive skin can enjoy.

A framed photo of their friendsThe Piccolo wooden frame by framebridge showcasing a picture of a mother and her child.

Framebridge

Framebridge Gift

Nostalgia holds a special place in our hearts, and framing a photo of the graduate’s friends or favorite memories from school allows them to carry those cherished moments with them wherever they call home. Framebridge offers high-quality frames and custom framing options, ensuring that the photo is beautifully presented. This sentimental and personalized gift is sure to evoke warm memories and serve as a constant reminder of their college journey and the friends who were part of it.

A nice bottle of ChampagneBottle of Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label champagne next to a flute of champagne in front of a yellow a blue draped fabric backdrop.

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Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label Champagne

Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label Champagne is an exceptional choice for celebrating college graduation. Known for its iconic yellow label, this champagne offers a delightful and vibrant taste that is both refreshing and refined. With its crisp acidity and notes of citrus and brioche, it is the perfect bubbly to toast to the graduate’s achievements and future success.

Whether enjoyed during a graduation celebration or saved for a special occasion, Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label Champagne adds a touch of luxury and elegance to the festivities, making it a fantastic gift choice for any graduate.

A great work bagSide by side of Cuyana System tote in caramel and inside of bag.

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Cuyana System Tote 13-inch

Not only is it gorgeous, but this roomy tote is thoughtfully designed to maximize space and keep her belongings organized. It features a snap system that lets her add or remove organizational accessories, so the bag is customized to her needs. It’s also versatile; she can use the interior organizational pouch as a clutch at night when the bag is off-duty. There’s a 13- or 16-inch option, as well as beautiful pebbled or croco leather to choose from.

A pillow that pays homage to their alma matercustomized college embroidery pillow

Uncommon Goods

Embroidered College Pillow

If they look back on their time in college fondly, they’ll love the idea of bringing a piece of their alma mater into their space. This pillow, covered in the iconography and colors of their university, infuses their bed, couch, or accent chair with some school spirit. 

A monogrammed jewelry box she’ll keep foreverMejuri jewelry box in beige with lid open.

Mejuri

Mejuri Jewelry Box

A monogrammed jewelry box is a wonderful college graduation gift for her. It’s the kind of item that she may not think to splurge on for herself, but will absolutely appreciate having. Not only is it a beautiful and timeless piece, but it’s also personalized with her monogram, adding a special touch. With a jewelry box, she’ll have a dedicated place to store and organize her precious accessories for years to come.

A more pleasant way to wake up every dayThe Hatch Restore 2 glows reddish and displays 11:20 on a bedside table next to a lamp and book.

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Hatch Restore Sunrise Alarm Clock

To help them transition to earlier mornings, the Hatch Alarm Clock is an excellent choice. This innovative alarm clock simulates sunlight to gently wake them up, mimicking the natural sunrise. The gradual brightening of light helps regulate their sleep cycle and makes waking up a more peaceful and energizing experience.

Additionally, the Hatch Alarm Clock offers various customizable features, such as different light colors, sounds, and a built-in nightlight. It’s a thoughtful gift that can improve their mornings and overall sleep quality, making it easier for them to adjust to a new schedule.

 

A pair of workout sneakershoka clifton running shoes

Hoka

Hoka Clifton 9

Gift a new pair of sneakers to help her strut into this new chapter of life. The Cliftons are made for everyday running and walking, making them a great choice for all different lifestyles from runners, of all levels to those who log their mileage on long walks.

A beautiful bouquetBouquet of blue hydrangeas in a glass vase from UrbanStems.

UrbanStems

UrbanStems Classic Flower Subscription

Send flowers if you can’t be there in person or if you’re supplementing a digital gift such as a gift card. We’re fans of UrbanStems; the company’s bouquets are one of the best items we’ve ever tested

If you’re looking for something that won’t be gone after a couple of weeks, you’ll also find options for potted plants and low-maintenance, decor-friendly dried bouquets.

An office-ready blazerModel wearing a black Of Mercer Prince Blazer and matching trousers.

Of Mercer

Of Mercer Prince Blazer

A nice, reliable blazer that she can wear for everything from interviews to days in the office (if that’s what her next chapter includes) is a classic wardrobe staple.

If you’d rather leave the decision-making up to her, give her a gift card to a store like Everlane, Banana Republic, J. Crew, or Universal Standard so she can shop for her own post-graduate clothing.

 

A travel-friendly speaker for listening to musicA person relaxing in a lounge chair in front of a pool with the Sonos Move speaker on the table next to them.

Amazon

Sonos Move

We think the Sonos Move is one of the best Bluetooth speakers you can buy. It has excellent sound quality, a good battery life that can last up to 11 hours on the go, and convenient smart features such as connecting to smart assistants from Amazon and Google. It’ll be useful for travel or for listening to music at home with her friends.

A monogrammed passport cover and luggage tag for her future travelsLeatherology Deluxe Passport Cover + Luggage Tag Set in mustard.

Leatherology

Leatherology Deluxe Passport Cover and Luggage Tag Set

Hopefully, post-graduation life brings with it plenty of opportunities for travel and new adventures. This leather passport cover and matching luggage tag can be functional, stylish, and sentimental pieces they travel with for a long time — especially because you can have it monogrammed, too.

A cereal that feels like childhood but is responsible like adulthoodMagic Spoon cereal boxes stack on top of each other while a rainbow holographic spoon leans on them. A bowl of Magic Spoon cereal is in front.

Magic Spoon

Magic Spoon Variety Pack

A childlike cereal for grown-ups is a nice transition into adulthood. Magic Spoon tastes like the sugary cereal some of us still crave since we were kids, but it’s high in protein and low in carbohydrates. You can find a full Magic Spoon review here.

A Blue Apron gift cardA Blue Apron Subscription box showing an array of vegetables and seasonings on a wooden counter.

Blue Apron

Blue Apron Gift Card

In case that cookbook isn’t always the first thing they turn to after a long day, Blue Apron is one of the most helpful subscriptions to have.

The service delivers the ingredients for a meal with detailed step-by-step instructions on how to make it. Depending on how many people the subscriber notes in their order, Blue Apron will also send the right portion size.

It works directly with farmers and cuts out the middlemen, so their foods are higher and fresher quality for less money on average. 

Plus, your grad can learn how to make healthy, delicious meals by doing it themselves with fresher ingredients and in a more convenient way.

A highly recommended French pressBodum Chambord French Press and a clear cup of coffee sitting on a wooden tray on a bed.

Williams Sonoma

Bodum Chambord French Press

Coffee is a crucial part of many an adult’s mornings. We love the Bodum Chambord French Press for a good cup; it’s about as timeless as they come, and it’s unfussy and seamless to operate. It’s also affordable.

You can find all our favorite French presses here, though this is our number one pick.

A pair of Apple AirPods Pro for when she’s on the moveapple airpods pro 2nd generation in charging case

Apple

Apple AirPods Pro

We love Apple’s AirPods Pro for Apple users. They’re no-hassle, work with Apple products, have decent sound and noise cancellation, are water-resistant, have a wireless charging case, and feel more comfortable than standard AirPods.

You’ll find more wireless earbuds we love here.

A Brooklinen gift card for really nice new sheets for her adult apartmentA bed made with mint green Brooklinen sheets and pillows in the center of a bedroom surrounded by side tables..

Brooklinen

Brooklinen Gift Card

Your graduate may appreciate an upgrade in bedding to match their new chapter or their new space. 

Brooklinen is one of our favorite bedding brands — you get premium, cant’-wait-to-go-to-bed bedding at relatively affordable prices. Read our Brooklinen sheets review here.

A commemorative map of their college townFramed black and white customized map of Manhattan in a frame set on top of a desk next to a lamp, potted plant, and books.

Grafomap

Grafomap Personalized Map Poster

Capture the essence of their college town, hometown, or favorite place in the world with a customizable graphic map. This thoughtful gift allows them to commemorate a special location and keep it close to their heart no matter where life takes them. The map can be customized with specific details, such as street names, landmarks, and personalized messages, making it a truly unique and sentimental piece. Whether they choose to display it in their home or keep it as a cherished memento, this customizable graphic map serves as a constant reminder of the special place they hold dear. It’s a heartfelt and meaningful college graduation gift that will evoke fond memories and inspire a sense of nostalgia.

 

A planner that helps her map out how to achieve a long term goalA hand using a pen to write an entry in the BestSelf Co. Self Journal that is pictured resting on a teal backdrop

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BestSelf Co. Self Journal

The BestSelf Co. Journal is an invaluable tool for individuals seeking to map out their future plans in a clear and manageable way. Designed to help them create five- or 10-year plans, this journal provides a tangible and structured approach to setting goals and achieving personal growth. Whether they are embarking on college, starting a new job, planning to travel, or pursuing other endeavors after graduation, this journal offers a sense of direction and purpose.

A savvy suitcaseThe Away Carry-On suitcase in lavender.

Away

Away The Carry-On

The Away Carry-On is a fantastic gift for college graduates who are ready to embark on their next adventure. This sleek and durable luggage piece is designed with functionality and style in mind. It features a compact size that meets most airline regulations, allowing for hassle-free travel. The thoughtful design includes a built-in battery to charge devices on the go, a compression system for efficient packing, and a durable shell to protect belongings.

With its modern aesthetics and thoughtful features, the Away Carry-On combines both fashion and functionality. It’s a practical and stylish gift that will accompany them on their future travels, making it an ideal choice for a college graduation gift.

Read our Away luggage review here.

A set of packing cubesSet of six Away Insider Packing cubes in green.

Away

Away The Insider Packing Cubes (Set of 6)

If the college graduate has travel plans on the horizon, gifting them packing cubes will be greatly appreciated. Packing cubes are practical and versatile organizers that can make a significant difference in the packing and travel experience. By grouping items together by genre, outfit, or day, they can easily locate and retrieve their belongings without rummaging through their suitcase.

A Kindle for post-grad readingA person in a hot tub outside holding the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite.

Best Buy

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Learning is an ongoing process, and graduation shouldn’t be the end of it. Giving them a Kindle means they’ll have the tools to keep being curious in their lives by having both the device that makes it an easy and affordable process. Kindle Paperwhite is waterproof and has a no-glare screen even in direct sunlight. If you can spend a bit more, the Kindle Oasis is our top overall pick for the best eBook readers.

If they’ve already got a Kindle or they read on their phone or iPad, you might look into gifting them a Scribd membership. It’s lesser-known than apps like Audible, but it’s typically a better deal and will give them access to hundreds of thousands of books and audiobooks. 

A must-read financial guidebookBook cover of "I Will Teach You to be Rich" by Ramit Sethi

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“I Will Teach You To Be Rich” by Ramit Sethi

Libby Kane, our Executive Editor for Personal Finance Insider says she regularly buys a new copy of this book just to give it away. It’s an excellent introduction to making the most of your personal finances — especially if your graduate is young or new to managing money. (Great news: if they follow the advice in this book, they can keep buying as many lattes as they want and still save money).

A subscription to designer clothesA model walking in a bright pink suit in green heels and carrying a yellow bag.

Rent the Runway

Rent the Runway 1-Month Subscription

Rent the Runway is an excellent option for college graduates who want to experience a never-ending closet of designer clothes without the hefty price tag. With Rent the Runway, she can enjoy a rotating wardrobe and access a wide variety of styles throughout the month. This subscription-based service allows her to choose from a curated selection of high-end clothing and accessories, giving her the opportunity to experiment with different looks for various occasions.

Read a personal review of Rent the Runway Unlimited here.

A mini projector for at-home movie nightsanker nebula capsule main

Amazon

Anker Nebula Capsule

As an adult, they can decide that any night of the week is a movie night, and this portable projector will help them do just that. It’s the size of a soda can, but projects up to 100 inches, transforming any blank wall or ceiling into a giant screen. 

A book of advice on how to lead a compassionate life"This is Water" by David Foster Wallace book cover that is white with the title of the book and the author highlighted in gold.

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“This is Water” by David Foster Wallace

David Foster Wallace’s “This is Water” is an insightful and thought-provoking commencement speech that he delivered to the graduates at Kenyon College in 2005. In this speech, Wallace reflects on the everyday struggles, frustrations, and inconveniences that we encounter in life.

He encourages listeners to shift their perspective and cultivate a conscious awareness of the world around them, emphasizing the importance of empathy, compassion, and choosing how to interpret and respond to the challenges we face.

A membership for the best fitness options in her cityThree people in a line doing a side lunge pose at a ClassPass yoga class.

ClassPass

ClassPass Gift Card

Boutique fitness classes are typically a great gift for anyone who loves staying active. They can be easier to commit to in the busy post-grad adjustment period than a gym membership. 

ClassPass lets her try studio fitness classes in her city for lower-than-normal prices, so she can test-drive a good variety without breaking her budget. 

A tile tracker that will help her find lost itemsHand holding a Tile Mate tracker next to a set of keys.

Amazon

Tile Mate

The Tile Mate attaches to stuff you may want to track and the stuff you may lose, like your keys or luggage. If you misplace something (and it has a Tile attached to it), you can just check the Tile app to locate it. As a bonus, if you lose your phone, you can press your Tile Mate to make it ring. 

An excellent cookbook that’s tailored to beginnersCover of "How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food" by Mark Bittman showing a spoon with tomato sauce inside

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“How to Cook Everything: The Basics, All You Need to Make Great Food” by Mark Bittman

Lots of graduates enter this new chapter with little cooking know-how. Mark Bittman’s cookbook, which teaches the basics of everything in a fun, digestible way for newcomers is one of the best gifts you can give to people who don’t want to solely rely on takeout but could use some extra help. It even has a list of ingredients they might have in their fridge already.

We’re also personally fans of the “How to Cook Everything” cookbook.

A toolkit they will undoubtedly need in “real life”CARTMAN 148-Piece Tool Kit open to show wrenches, hammer, drill bits, pliers, and assorted other tools inside.

Amazon

Cartman General Household Hand Tool Kit

After graduation, you enter the “real world,” and the real world will include putting together furniture, Googling how to fix leaky faucets when your landlord avoids your calls, and enticing your friends with pizza to get them to help you mount your living room TV. It’s not the most “fun” gift, but it will absolutely be necessary. 

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