Best Gifts for College Students Graduating in 2021
Gift ideas for college students can be hard to come by. It’s hard to know what to get students who are engaged in higher learning, and even more difficult to suss out what a student on the cusp of graduating would actually need.
This is a huge time of transition for most college students. Many of them will be moving away from home and starting a job in their new career (or at least working towards those goals).
We’ve compiled a list of ideas that any 2021 college grad would be happy to receive after they accept their diploma.
1. Streaming Entertainment
College grads might be hard at work at their new jobs (or looking for their new jobs) but they also need to kick back and relax sometimes.
Paramount+ gives them the chance to do that with live sports, breaking news, and exciting originals like Star Trek Picard and The Good Fight.
This gift card is a no-brainer that everyone will love.
2. A Pendant to Remember It By
While your grad will probably order their own ring, if they are intending to wear one, they will definitely be excited if they see a Reed’s Jewelers box under the wrapping paper. This Personalized Engraved Graduation Name and Year Pendant Necklace is a unisex pendant, perfect for all grads.
This necklace makes for a subtle keepsake that will remind them daily that all their hard work paid off.
You can choose the metal (Sterling Silver, 14k White Gold, 14k Yellow Gold), engrave their name (up to 15 characters) and the year they graduated.
This pendant is approximately 19mm in diameter and comes suspended from a cable chain, in your choice of 16, 18, or 20 inches in length. Sterling Silver options come with a 1.25mm wide chain. Gold options come with a 1mm wide chain.
3. An Organic Subscription Service for All
Thrive Market is a membership service that delivers organic brands to your door with guaranteed savings.
Even better, every paid membership sponsors a free one for a low-income family!
With this gift, your grad can shop the world’s best organic, non-GMO, non-toxic, and sustainable brands straight to their door at 25-50% off retail.
Members earn wholesale prices every day and save an average of $30 on each order.
4. Fancy Glasses for Their New Home
These days, many people say that adult life begins after graduation. Give your grad an adult gift that will make their new living space feel put together and polished.
Elegance Wine Tasting Party Tasting Glasses are high-quality hand crafted crystal wine glasses that your grad can proudly display and use for many years to come.
This is a set of six beautifully shaped crystal wine glasses, perfect for everything from dinner parties to more formal celebrations.
The fine luxury crystal these glasses are crafted from is of high quality, clarity, and sparkle. You can even order this set to be delivered in gift packaging!
5. Sparkling Wine and Chocolate Gift Basket
Sparkling wine and chocolate will never be a bad combination for a celebratory gift basket. Roederer Sparkling Wine & Godiva Chocolates Gift Basket comes with a 95 point rated wine paired with a slew of Godiva chocolates.
The gift basket includes:
- Roederer Estate L’Ermitage:
Fine tiny bubbles and a long-lasting mousse are the usual footprints of the L’Ermitage cuvée. This cuvée is showing great notes of apricot tart and hazelnut. The mouthfeel is smooth, velvety, creamy with a well-enveloped citrus acidity and a long finish.
Rated 95 Points: Wilfred Wong
- Godiva Assorted Dessert Truffles 4.2 oz
- Godiva Chocolate Covered Almonds 2 oz
- Godiva Crème Brulee Chocolate Truffles 4.3 oz
- Godiva Chocolate Dipped Pretzels 1.5 oz
- Godiva Dark Sea Salt Chocolate Bar 1.5 oz
- Reusable Hyacinth Basket with lovely Red Ribbon
6. Who Doesn’t Need a Blender?
Ninja® Foodi® Power Blender & Processor System with Smoothie Bowl Maker and Nutrient Extractor is not only powerful and versatile but also comes with plenty of useful accessories.
This blender claimed that it can “power through at any speed and never stall”. With 1400-peak-watts, this is one powerful blender!
The Power Blender & Processor Pitcher is not only a blender, bowl maker, and food processor, but a dough mixer. The bundle also includes a free coffee and spice grinder!
This blender system crushes, food processes, and makes smoothie bowls and dough. The motor is a powerful 1400-peak-watt with smartTORQUE™ to power through difficult ingredients without stalling or the need to stir or shake.
7. The Software They Need
Microsoft Suite, or Microsoft 365, has been the industry standard almost since the software was invented. Most jobs for college grads these days are going to require them to at least know how to use these applications.
This software works on PC, Mac, iOS, and Android and includes an impressive 1TB cloud storage.
8. A New Laptop
A laptop is one of the most important tools that any recent grad can have. Especially with so much work being remote, and Zoom being so essential to current business practices.
Aspire 5 Laptop offers a great bang for your buck.
This laptop runs on Windows 10 Home thanks to an Intel® Core™ i3-1115G4 processor Dual-core 3 GHz
It has an Intel® Iris Xe Graphics shared memory and a 17.3″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) 16:9 ratio screen.
Additionally, this laptop is EnergyStar Approved with a maximum battery run time of 8 hours.
9. A Professional Bag to Begin a Career With
If your recent college grad wants to look like a professional, they need a professional-looking bag to carry their business essentials. This Business Slim Leather Backpack will help them look their best so they can be taken seriously in their new career.
This elegant bag is constructed of 100% genuine leather. It includes one main compartment that features a padded laptop compartment that fits up to a 15″ laptop. It also has ample room for files and other paperwork.
10. DA2 Decibel Atmosphere Ear Buds Bluetooth Waterproof Wireless
Anyone who has put in the years of hard work required to graduate from college deserves a reward. DA2 Decibel Atmosphere Ear Buds Bluetooth Waterproof Wireless are high-quality wireless Bluetooth headphones that your grad’ll love.
The future of compact Bluetooth audio, DA² Atmosphere Wireless Bluetooth Ear Buds are the perfect mix of high quality and cost-efficiency. These subcompact True Wireless Stereo (TWS) earbuds offer stunning HD sound with 13mm drivers. They outperform comparable products and cost $100 less than popular brand-name earbuds.
Decibel DA² Atmosphere Ear Buds feature TWS Bluetooth Play V5.0 that enables you to pair with virtually any cell phone on the market today. Hands-free calling allows you to take calls anywhere you are. Paired with the high sound quality, you will be able to hear every word crisp and clear. Touch controls on the earbuds themselves let you take calls, change volume, etc.
The earbud battery lasts 4 hours per playback on a single charge. The charging cradle lasts for 36 hours and quickly charges the earbuds. They are also waterproof, protecting them from the elements and mishaps prone to happen around electronic devices.
11. Frame This Memory Forever
Commemorating a major life milestone isn’t something that should be taken lightly. The Lawrence Frames Black Wood Dbl Mat Graduate – 4″ x 6″ will preserve the moment that your grad received their diploma in elegance and style.
The frame is made of black wood and comes with a horizontal wall mounting. It is hand-finished with exceptional workmanship. While the entire frame measures 8.9″ by 10.2 by 0.9″ the elegant double bevel cut mat is cut to hold a 4″ by 6″ photo.
12. Time Honored Classic
As far as graduation gifts go, watches are a time-honored classic. Rather than getting something flashy, gift your grad with an Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS).
The Apple Watch Series 6 has a new sensor and app that allows you to measure your blood oxygen level. You can even take an ECG from your wrist!
With the newly enhanced always-on retina display, you can see your fitness metrics easily. this display is now 2.5x brighter outdoors when your wrist is down.
You can set a bedtime routine and track your sleep to help cultivate healthy habits. The GPS model allows you to take calls and reply to texts from your wrist.
Additionally, you can track your daily activity, like running, walking, cycling, yoga, swimming, and dance, on Apple Watch and see your trends in the Fitness app on iPhone.