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You’ve crammed for exams together, you’ve celebrated big wins — and defeats — and now your time as students is coming to a close. Celebrating graduation is a big deal, and you’re sure to get lots of gifts yourself, but what do you get for the friends who have been through it all right alongside you?
Don’t worry, we have some ideas. From a Tile Mate for the tech-obsessed friend or a chocolate gift box for the one with a sweet tooth, there’s something for everyone. Scroll through to discover our suggestions below and celebrate your fellow graduates in style.
BEST FOR THE FOODIE
Goldbelly gift card
You don’t have to be a local to enjoy local food anymore. Goldbelly allows you to order famous foods from around the United States and have them shipped anywhere nationwide. So if your friend is really craving Magnolia’s bread pudding from New York or some Crave Cupcakes from Texas, send them their way with a gift card. No matter where they are, they’ll have the graduation snacks that they actually want.
BEST FOR THE MUSIC-OBSESSED
Keep the party going with a portable Bluetooth speaker. Whether they’re heading to the dorm from high school or graduating into an apartment from college, they’ll need a way to blast their favorite playlist. This Sony option is compact enough to fit anywhere — plus it’s water and dust proof.
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BEST FOR THE SENTIMENTAL FRIEND
Custom photo book
Whether you went to the same school or not, putting together a photo book made up of memories from the past four years is a great way to close this chapter while honoring it at the same time. This gift will prove to be a bit more meaningful and it’s not as expensive as you may think. Shutterfly has 20-page options starting at just $11.99.
BOOK OF THE MONTH
BEST FOR THE BOOK WORM
Book of the Month subscription
Reading doesn’t have to end just because school is over. If your friend is a fellow book worm, they would definitely appreciate a chance to discover new writing with a Book of the Month subscription. Each month includes five book options (you choose which one you want to keep) and a 3-month subscription starts at just $49.99.
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BEST UNIQUE GIFT
If you can’t have your face on a cookie for your graduation, when can you? It’s sort of a gag gift, but it’s also the best thing ever. This Etsy seller turns any photo you want into a cookie cutter that can be used time and time again.
BEST FOR THE AVID LEARNER
The best part about not being in school anymore is getting to choose exactly what you spend your time learning. None of what you don’t want and all of what you do. One great outlet to help you do so is Masterclass. Gift your friend one class (for $90) or an all-access year subscription (for $180) so they can start learning from the greatest.
BEST FOR THE ONE WHO NEEDS TO RELAX
Adult coloring book
Your friend just accomplished something huge so don’t blame them if after a few nights of celebrating they tell you they would rather just stay in and get some rest. All the late nights spent studying have come to an end and they deserve a second to breathe. This adult coloring book from Etsy will help them relax while sending them positive vibes.
BEST FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Digital picture frame
Graduation means pictures, pictures, and more pictures. Since it’ll be nearly impossible to choose which to display, make the decision easier for them with a digital frame. This Aluratek frame with a 10.1-inch LCD screen will let your friend customize their own slideshow, that way no shot is left out.
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LA MAISON DU CHOCOLAT
BEST FOR THE SWEET TOOTH
Gourmet chocolate gift box
Got a friend who loves sweets? Celebrate with something a bit more special than a Hershey’s bar by giving them an assortment of gourmet chocolates. This La Maison du Chocolat box features 29 pieces of different ganaches and pralinés. It’s sure to be the most decadent gift they receive.
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BEST FOR THE ONE WHO NEEDS SLEEP
You’ve probably heard all the rage about silk pillowcases. They’re better for your skin and hair than a standard cotton or nylon one and can even help you get a better night’s rest. So if your friend is looking forward to finally get a full eight hours of sleep for the first time in four years, this gift can help them achieve that. Brooklinen’s cases constantly get rave reviews and come in a variety of dreamy colors.
BEST FOR THE FITNESS FAN
Everyone deserves a quality yoga mat, but no one more so than the friend who’s into fitness. Whether it’s for your friend who’s worn theirs down from so much use or the friend who is excited to step onto a mat for the first time, this Lululemon mat is sure to be appreciated. It’s available in many different colors and has just the right amount of thickness.
BEST FOR THE WORKOUT JUNKIE
If your friend can’t go a day without working out, the only accessory they probably want is an activity tracking watch. The Fitbit Charge 3 allows them to track their movement all day and they can even choose from over 15 exercise modes. So treat your friend to the workout buddy they really want — without you having to move a muscle.
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BEST FOR THE HOME DECOR ADDICT
Bedside smartphone vase
They graduated school and now their phone charger needs to graduate to something cuter. This bedside smartphone holder transforms their boring charging cord into a sheek vase that is sure to spruce up any bedroom. These white and mint options from Uncommon Goods are made of cork and stoneware clay.
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BEST FOR THE COOK
Need we even explain? Everyone can use this 7-1 kitchen miracle. With the Instant Pot Duo Nova, you’ll be giving your friend a hand in the kitchen without actually being there. One gift turns into a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, and warmer. If your friend is really into cooking or is just learning, it’s a great device for all sorts of skill sets.
BEST FOR MOTIVATION
An inspirational book
While graduation is a terrific time for most, many people may get a stressed when forced to think about the next step in their life. Reading a motivational book can help with any doubts and insecurities. The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama will leave your friend inspired and hopeful.
BEST FOR THE HOMEBODY
A fancy candle
A rich-smelling candle can completely transform the entire dynamic of a home. If you think that sounds dramatic, you haven’t smelled the Baies scent from Diptyque. It’s a cult favorite and for good reason. It’ll make a great addition to your friend’s home and a gorgeous little present.
BEST FOR THE FORGETFUL FRIEND
It’s time to say goodbye to not just the school days but the days of having to say “wallet, keys, phone, check” before leaving the house everyday. If your friend seems to always misplace their everyday essentials, the Tile will save them a ton of time and energy by doing the searching for them.
BEST FOR BEING OUT AND ABOUT
You’ll never have to hear “Can I borrow your charger?” again after gifting your friend a powerful Anker portable charger. Providing up to 96 hours of power, they’ll be good to go no matter how long they stay out. Think of it as a crash course in Adulting 101.
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BEST FOR THE ONE WITH A GREEN THUMB
Add a little life and color to your friend’s home with some greenery. This handblown glass pot lets the plant control how much water it takes in so it’ll continue to grow even if they forget about it for a few days. And, most importantly, it’s quite cute.
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BEST FOR THE COOKIE LOVER
Custom Message Cookies
Say it with a cookie. Literally. It’s a new way to say congratulations. Skip the card and instead print your message on a shortbread cookie. This box of 24 from Uncommon Goods is homemade and delicious.
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BEST FOR THE TEA DRINKER
They probably have too many school mugs to count so how about personalizing one with their name instead? (Bonus points: They can pop it on their desk at their internship or job.) The shop HandLetteringLaura on Etsy will paint their name in script on mugs with shiny gold handles. Every time they drink their tea or coffee, they’ll think of you.
BEST FOR THE GADGET LOVER
Amazon Echo Dot
If you really want to do your friend a favor, give them a new friend. Alexa, that is. Amazon’s Echo Dot is perfect for just about anyone. It can answer their questions, set their alarm, and even turn on their lights.
RIFLE PAPER CO.
BEST FOR THE UNORGANIZED
Whether they’ve always been organized or have vowed to be for the very first time, a new planner will make your friend’s life much more manageable. Take away the fear of the unknown that may come with graduating. Rifle Paper Co.’s large-format 17-month calendars are the epitome of convenience and organization — and they come in some adorable designs.
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BEST FOR THE COFFEE DRINKER
We all have that friend who needs a coffee break every few hours. Treat them to a new brewing system with a Keurig. This K-select option has a 52-ounce water reservoir so they don’t have to refill as often. They can just pop in a K-cup and be on their way to conquer the world in a matter of minutes.
BEST FOR STYLE
College graduation most likely means a lot of interviews are on the horizon. Give your friend a style and confidence boost by setting them up with a sophisticated watch. MVMT has high-end looking styles for reasonable prices.
BEST FOR WORKING OUT
These Galaxy Buds from Samsung deliver up to 13 hours of battery life and powerful sound. Their in-ear design is meant to stay in no matter when you use them and they even come with three pairs of ear tips and three pairs of secure fit wingtips.
BEST LAST-MINUTE GIFT
Mastercard gift card
If you just can’t seem to find anything you think your friend would actually want, let them choose. Giving them a Mastercard gift card will take the stress of gift-giving off while still assuring that the recipient is happy.
BEST FOR THEIR HOME
Amazon Fire TV Stick
They say the best things come in small packages. Well this small remote can make a big difference in your friend’s home. For just $40, you’ll be giving them the ability to surf the net and binge-watch their favorite shows.