Graduating from school and entering a new life chapter is a reason for celebration. Whether he’s setting up a new apartment, starting a new job, or taking a beat to figure out his next step, there’s a gift you can give that will make the transition a bit easier or a bit more fun.
You’ll find 20 gifts — from the latest tech to a brand of cereal that’s healthy but tastes sugary like childhood favorites — to give your new graduate.
Here are 20 of the best graduation gifts for him:
A record player for his new home
For the one who’s constantly listening to music, a turntable for his new abode makes for a great gift. It’s functional, but also decorative. A turntable is perfect for setting a good mood in the home and elevating the aesthetic in any room. He can jam out to all of his favorite tunes, whether it’s while he cooks in the kitchen or works in the office.
A facial cleanser
This facial cleansing brush has left both male and female reporters on our team with clear, smooth skin. This particular model works as a state-of-the-art facial scrub brush, pre-shaving, and anti-aging tool. Supporting the “fewer, better” mentality, the FOREO Luna 2 has a lifespan and level of quality that justify the price tag — so they can make great use of your gift for years to come.
A toiletry bag to use at home or for travel
Rains is a Denmark-based company chiefly known for making high quality, stylish raincoats. This wash bag is of the same spirit. It’s completely waterproof, which is a necessity for any good wash bag. The pouch features adjustable buckles that enable him to alter the volume of the bag to his needs.
A Disney Plus subscription
Graduating from college usually marks the beginning of “adulting,” but he’ll eventually need a break from being a grownup. With everything from classic Disney movies and shows from his childhood to Star Wars and Marvel movies, a Disney Plus subscription is a sure way to stay entertained. Learn more about Disney Plus here.
A made-to-measure suit
Suits — especially the nice ones — are a large yet ultimately necessary expense for most men, even if it’s only for special occasions rather than his everyday job. This is one gift he’ll likely use for years to come, will inspire confidence and gratitude every time he puts it on, and is something he will likely need before he has the budget to afford it.
A Brooklinen gift card for new sheets
Your graduate may appreciate an upgrade in bedding to match their new chapter or their new space.
Brooklinen is a common recommendation for us — you get premium, cant’-wait-to-go-to-bed bedding at relatively affordable prices.
An electric pressure cooker
Just in case the idea of tossing tons of vegetables, meat, and a couple of other ingredients into a pot in the morning and coming home to a nicely cooked (and affordable, and potentially healthy) meal appeals to him, the Instant Pot is every recent graduate’s best friend.
Ultimately, if you spend most of your day at work or commuting, the last thing most people want to do is come home to devote two of their three free hours to make a lavish dinner for one. Plus, it cuts down on how many dishes he’ll have to wash. We even rank it as the best budget option in our guide to the best electric pressure cookers.
A popular, stylish suitcase
An Away suitcase is a particularly thoughtful gift for grads living far from home or planning future travel. The cult-favorite luggage has an ejectable external battery that charges devices easily on the go, 360-degree wheels for no-hassle travel, and weighs only 7.6 pounds.
A sleek wallet he can keep forever
Bellroy wallets last forever, which is one reason why they take the top spot in the Insider Reviews buying guide to the best men’s wallets. This Note Sleeve is the company’s best seller. It’s compact but big enough for 4-11 cards — the most important cards go in the easy-access slots and the rest can be stored in a pull-tab.
A Bonobos gift card
No matter what he has in store for life after graduation, he’ll surely want to upgrade his wardrobe. Bonobos is a high-quality menswear brand that sells everything from chinos, button-ups, and suits for the office to casual styles like jeans, polo, and T-shirts to wear on the weekends.
Read our full reviews of Bonobos’ chinos and Bonobos’ Chelsea boots.
An Amazon gift card
If what you really want to do is just give cash but are looking for a nicer equivalent, an Amazon Gift Card is a subtle way to accomplish the same freedom and utility. Amazon has virtually everything a new grad could desire (really, there is everything), so you know that no matter what they’ll be getting something they genuinely want — which, in a lot of cases, is best since they know what they need better than anyone.
An Amazon Prime membership
An annual Amazon Prime membership is one of those things that immediately makes life easier and ultimately better. If you decide to gift one, the recipient will enjoy free two-day shipping; access to the Prime Now app, which provides free two-hour delivery on tens of thousands of items; Prime Video, Amazon’svideo service; Prime Music; the Kindle Lending Library; Prime Reading; Prime Audible Channels; unlimited photo storage, and more.
A fancy messenger bag
This Leatherology bag is an option that inspires a bit more confidence than a JanSport. The startup makes great leather accessories for much less than you’d expect to pay, like a $300 messenger bag. You’ll find a few more budget-friendly options at Herschel Supply.
A customized business card holder
While his company will likely give him business cards, he’s not likely to already have a business-card holder he can feel good about pulling out of his pocket. A business-card holder like this monogrammable option from Etsy looks competent and thoughtful.
A small but powerful speaker
makes some pretty great speakers for recent grads. They work well, can be used as a sound system, have useful features like a morning alarm that may sound more pleasant than their phone, and are not so expensive that they can’t possibly build upon their collection. If he’s planning on entertaining friends, the newest Sonos One is a great option, especially since it now connects with Amazon Alexa. You can read about tech specs and how this speaker matches up to a similar option.
A great weekend bag
Dagne Dover has earned a spot as one of our default recommendations for great bags. Their weekender/carry-on Landon Carryall is made out of a cool neoprene material and has ample organization. It has an internal laptop sleeve, an exterior phone pocket, and a detachable key leash, plus a few other helpful design features.
A Kindle for post-grad reading
Gifting a Kindle will complete a similar task to gifting graduates some of the books every young adult should read. Learning is an ongoing process, and graduation shouldn’t be the end of it. Giving them a Kindle means they’ll have the tools to keep being curious in their lives by having both the device that makes it an easy and affordable process and the reminder.
If they’ve already got a Kindle or they read on their phone or iPad, you might look into gifting them a Scribd membership. It’s lesser-known than apps like Audible, but it’s a better deal and will give them access to hundreds of thousands of books and audiobooks.
A toolkit, which they will undoubtedly need in “real life”
After graduation, you enter the “real world” and the real world will include putting together furniture, Googling how to fix leaky faucets when your landlord avoids your calls, and enticing your friends to help you mount your living room TV with pizza. It’s not the most strictly “fun” gift, but it will absolutely be necessary. He’ll be glad he has the tools to handle whatever life throws at him confidently, and this is one gift he may not immediately buy for himself, but which you really want to have before the very second you need it. Thoughtful and useful.