Graduation season is a time for celebration. After four long but also so short years, college students are ready to begin the next chapter of their adult lives. We are here to help you choose a pitch-perfect graduation gift for your recent college grad. (Shopping for a high school graduate? We’ve got you covered too!)
This guide is full of thoughtful presents that can serve as meaningful mementos for the places they’ve been, as well as new essentials to take on all the adventures they will soon embark on.
Tactile Craftworks – Etched Leather Map Journal
A modern take on an ancient craft, these Made in the USA etched leather notebook covers showcase a favorite city. The supple leather hides are sourced from a tannery in Milwaukee then cut by hand and laser-engraved with antique, early 20th-century maps of American towns. The included Moleskine notebook is replaceable, so recent grads can always carry their thoughts in something beautiful.
Luckies of London – Scratch Map
At a glance, Scratch Map tells the world where in the world you’ve been. Luckies of London has created an elegant, gold-foil global map to help document travels in a different way. It’s interactive, informative, and keeps the memories of your journeys in tact and in one place.
No Place Like Home Candles – State Scented Candles
Breathe in memories of home with a candle that evokes the special fragrances of a native (or favorite) state. Crafted in Oregon with clean-burning, long- lasting soy wax, each state-centric candle combines scents that captures the essence of a location. If a graduate ever feels homesick, all they have to do is light a candle to feel right at home.
Evri – Multi-Device Charging Station
EVRI Multi-Device Charging Station provides power for up to five devices at once, including a laptop. Connector tips make this all-in-one hub work with different power types, making it the perfect gift for a new job, grad school, or post-graduation travels.
iSkelter – SlateGo Mobile Lapdesk
Straightforward and built for better posture, this lap desk is made from naturally light, heat-absorbing bamboo. There’s space for keys or a phone, and an open-hole base for ventilation. Perfect for getting work done while on vacation, during a commute, or when the desk gets a bit mundane, this lap desk is a unique and useful gift for all young adults beginning their careers.
Thero – Temperature-Controlled Travel Mug
All-nighters might be coming to an end, but coffee is forever. With the Temperature-Controlled Travel Mug by Thero, every sip of coffee is a good one. It’s made with phase change material and double-walled stainless steel to cool piping hot coffee (or tea) down to an ideal 140 degrees Fahrenheit in about two minutes, and maintain the temperature for up to five hours. The perfect way to adjust to an early schedule and conquer the day.
Rekonect – Magnetic Notebook
Create a custom notebook with pages that can be removed, re-organized, shared, and reattached. Pages can be scanned, photocopied, and printed, too, while the magnetized spine can also hold onto your pen. This modern notebook is the perfect place for a young professional to keep their to-do lists, plans, and projects in check.
Todder – Brass Fish Hook Keychain
It’s the little things that can make life easier, like this hanging keychain—a simple but smart solution to fishing keys from the bottom of bags and pockets. The hook can hang from a belt or inside a purse to keep keys handy, and makes them easier to grab. The perfect place to keep car keys, house keys, and all the other keys that help unlock amazing opportunities.
Lékué – Silicone Kitchenware
The perfect kitchen is where you try out new techniques, jazz up your menus, and find easy ways to make everyday recipes healthier. Lékué’s designs are focused on all sorts of users, from professional chefs to curious amateurs. So while you might not have a dining hall anymore, Lékué’s easy kitchenware is the perfect housewarming gift for any young adult to help them learn to cook delicious, nutritious meals in their new home.
Don’t take on extra stress this graduation season with worrying about what to get your new grad. With their journey about to begin, sometimes the best gifts come from The Grommet – I mean, the heart.