Graduation Gift Ideas Your New Grad Will Love

Graduation is always worth celebrating. If you're looking to get a gift for the grad you're proud to have in your life, you've come to the right place. We've got a variety of graduation gift ideas sure to put a smile on any recent grad's face.

1. Luggage


Luggage, backpacks and bags of any sort always seem to be appropriate for grads. Whether they need a nice suitcase to haul to college or a messenger bag to aid the office commute, you can't go wrong with travel accessories. We've broken this down into a few more concrete ideas.

Graduation Gift Ideas

Luggage Gift Ideas:


1.1: Rolling Suitcase Pictured: DaKine Split Roller Suitcase - Large, $129.95 (compare at $210)

1.2: Duffel Bag

1.3: Backpacking or Hiking Pack Pictured: Granite Gear Leopard AC 58 Backpack, $159.95 (compare at $249.95)

1.4: Carry-On Luggage

1.5: Camera Bag Pictured: Filson Canvas Camera Backpack, $229.95 (compare at $385)

1.6: Laptop Bag

1.7: Messenger Bag Pictured: Timbuk2 Dashboard Laptop Messenger Bag - Medium, $69.95 (compare at $109)

1.8: Ski or Snowboard Bag

2. A Trip


That gap between graduation and whatever's coming next is the perfect time to travel. Buying a flight or covering other travel expenses for your grad will help give them valuable life experiences. Send them off solo or go on a trip together; this could be the perfect opportunity to spend time with each other before those next big life stages. If an entire trip isn't in your budget, travel gear might be the way to go. Here are a some ideas.

Graduation Gift Ideas

Travel Gear Gift Ideas:


2.1: Luggage Pictured: DaKine Split Roller Suitcase - Large, $129.95 (compare at $210)

2.2: Travel Wallet

2.3: Headphones Pictured: Outdoor Tech Privates Wireless Headphones, $39.95 (compare at $79.95)

2.4: Backpack

2.5: Travel Mug Pictured: CamelBak Forge Vacuum-Insulated Travel Mug, $14.95 (compare at $30)

2.6: Travel Cubes

2.7: Portable Charger Pictured: Brunton Heavy Metal 5500 Power Pack Portable Charger, $23.88 (compare at $80)

2.8: Toiletry Bag

3. Outdoor Gear


Maybe your grad would prefer to complete a thru-hike or tick a number of U.S. national parks off their list over traveling abroad. Help them gear up for a big adventure with outdoor gear. We have a few ideas for this type of graduation gift...

Graduation Gift Ideas

Outdoor Gear Gift Ideas:


3.1: Sleeping Bag - or a big down comforter that can be used outdoors. Pictured: Burton X Big Agnes Shakedown Down Comforter - 600 Fill Power, $249.95 (compare at $366)

3.2: Tent

3.3: Camp Mug Pictured: Core Bamboo Enamel-Coated Steel Mug, $5.50 (compare at $10)

3.4: Camp Stove

3.5: Hammock Pictured: Texsport Rambler 2-Person Hammock, $24.95 (compare at $39.95)

3.6: Backpacking Pack Pictured: Granite Gear Leopard AC 58 Backpack, $159.95 (compare at $249.95)

3.7: Sleeping Pad

3.8: Flask Pictured: Oggi Stainless Steel Hip Flask and Funnel, $8.95 (compare at $15)

4. A Camera


Phones make pretty good cameras, but for those post-grad trips and experiences, an actual camera can help take photos to the next level. Choose between DSLR, point-and-shoot, and GoPro cameras depending on how your grad likes to explore and what type of photos they are hoping to capture. A nice camera bag is the perfect complement to this graduation gift.

5. Money


Let's be honest. The one thing recent grads could always use is cash. This might sound impersonal, but whether this money is put toward a dream trip or buying milk at the grocery store, you know it will be put to good use.  You can add a personal touch by including a sentimental card or a thoughtful note.
Lauren Seidl
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Lauren Seidl
Blogger at Sierra Trading Post
Lauren enjoys hiking, camping, climbing and exploring the outdoors. She's always up for trying something new, especially if it involves getting outside. When Lauren isn't out finding adventures in her home state of Colorado, she can be found writing as Sierra Trading Post's blogger.
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