Mom, Dad, & Grad Gift Guide

Spring might be the busiest time of year. Between graduations, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day, it seems like we’re always rushing around, looking for that perfect gift. This year, we’ve made gift-giving simple. Check out our Mom, Dad, & Grad Gift Guide to find presents for everyone on your list. The hardest part? Resisting the urge to buy one of each for yourself, too. 

The first steps into adulthood are scary. Ease the harsh reality of entering the “real world” with one of these awesome gifts for college grads.

Gifts for Grads

1. Business Card Holder

Time to get networking! Hook up your grad with a personalized business card holder and give them a one-up on the competition. Scoring a post-grad gig is all in the details these days.

2. Aviator Sunglasses

Help them get rid of all those free plastic (frat-tastic) sunglasses and upgrade to something a bit more sleek. Classic aviator shades are the perfect gift for any graduate. (Don’t forget to snag a pair for you, too.)

3. Gold Medal Bottle Opener

Nothing says, “You’re a winner,” like a gold medal that doubles as a bottle opener. Show your grad they’re the champion of the day and you couldn’t be more proud. Bonus points if you include a six-pack.

4. Diploma Frame

Earning a diploma feels almost as good as showing it off. A diploma frame like this one will let your grad display their earnings loud and proud in their new office. If that office just so happens to be Mom and Dad’s basement … we won’t tell.

5. iPad Mini

Bigger than a smart phone, smaller than a laptop, this device is perfect for the grad on-the-go. Get this for the newly employed grad who you know will be commuting back and forth from work by bus or train.

6. How to Cook Everything Book

Tell you grad to put down the ramen and pick up this cookbook! How to Cook Everything is an approachable, non-intimidating guide to the kitchen (thank goodness). Mark Bittman keeps things simple, just the way we like it.

7. Compass Ring

A gift for the artistically minded, this handcrafted compass ring is the perfect token for your grad as he or she navigates the metaphorical waters of adulthood. Ah, the open sea.

8. Tool Kit

No more calling dorm maintenance to come fix leaky windows or a squeaky door frame. Gift your grad this set and give them, literally, the tools they need to live on their own for perhaps the first time. Godspeed.

9. Duffel Bag

For the grad who loves to travel, upgraded luggage is always a plus. This duffel from REI is not too big, not too small, and sturdy enough to endure any adventure.


Now that you have your grad taken care of, check off everyone on your list!

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