12 Great College Graduation Gift Ideas for 2022

Set the college graduate in your life up for success with these fun, unique, practical, and thoughtful gift ideas.

College graduation is a huge milestone. After four years—or more—of ongoing education, many young adults are getting ready to set out in the world and start the next chapter of their lives. It is an accomplishment, to be sure—one which you will want to commemorate and celebrate.

But buying the right college graduation present can be tough. Young adults are still developing, after all, and their interests are ever-changing. And while you certainly can't go wrong with a gift card or an envelope full of money, if you're looking to buy something special for the grad in your life, fear not: We've got you covered. From gadgets and gizmos to home decor, you can spoil your grad rotten with any of these thoughtful college graduation gift ideas.

Five Year Keepsake Journal Set

Rifle Paper Co. journals
Rifle Paper Co.

Grads can record memories and goals in this beautifully designed Rifle Paper Co. set that has a ribbon bookmark and gold accents. Each journal starts with space to write down big dreams, prompting grads to explain how they'll accomplish each one. There are also pages to list "Moments Celebrated," "Movies Watched," and "Books Read" before the pages for daily journaling begin. Because the journal pages are labeled as "Day 1," "Day 2," and so forth rather than calendar-style, grads can use the set right away.

Modern Grey Diploma Frame

Modern Grey Diploma Frame
Amazon

Don't let their very important (and expensive) certificate get wrinkled! Grads can pop their diploma in this frame and then mount it on a wall or keep it on their desk. Either way, it will attractively display all their hard work!

Ninja Smoothie Bowl Maker

Ninja Foodi SS101
Amazon

Help grads adjust to not having a meal plan! They can make awesome smoothies and thick acai bowls with this countertop appliance that's more powerful than a regular blender. Just think of all the money they'll save on takeout! Pair it with a gift card to a local supermarket.

Congrats Gift Box

Baked by Melissa Evergreen Congrats gift box
Baked by Melissa

Surprise a grad with a box of 24 mini cupcakes from Baked by Melissa in appealing flavors like cookies and cream, deconstructed cookie dough, and S'moreo. A delicious vegan assortment is also available. The packaging is Insta-worthy!

Amazon Gift Card

Amazon Gift Card in a Congratulations
Amazon

Make a gift card more fun by sending it along in an adorable gradation cap. Amazon doesn't charge you extra for the cap box, and you may score free one-day shipping even if you don't have Prime.

Square Sparkle Halo Stud Earrings

Pandora Jewelry Timeless Elegance Stud Cubic Zirconia Earrings in Sterling Silver
Amazon

A timeless piece, these sterling silver earrings from Pandora are perfect for job interviews. They are also cute enough for a date or night out with friends.

Haven Wave Organic Cotton 6-Piece Towel Set

Bed Bath & Beyond
Bed Bath & Beyond

It's time for grads to recycle those well-worn towels from their college days (and laundry mishaps!) Help them start fresh in a new place with this set that's part of a new spa-inspired line from Bed Bath & Beyond. It includes two bath towels, two hand towels, and two washcloths that have a ribbed texture for extra absorbency. Plus, they feel plush! They come in five colors, including Harbor Mist and Celestial Blue. Pair them with a spa gift card, which will be much appreciated after finals week!

TravelPro Luggage

TravelPro luggage
TravelPro

Invest in a suitcase that they'll have for years to come. The TravelPro X Travel + Leisure collection includes a sleek carry-on spinner with an extension option for extra space. It's also a dream to roll! You could also check out the brand's new Platinum Elite Hardside collection, which is available in a great color: Dark Sky Blue. All TravelPro luggage includes a limited lifetime warranty.

Coway Air Mega 150

Coway Airmega
Amazon

A practical gift for their first apartment—especially if it's in an older building—this air purifier blends in beautifully with any mod décor. The HEPA filter removes more than 99 percent of odors, viruses, pollens, and pollutants. Easy to remove washable filters make it a breeze to maintain. It's also available in a variety of colors, including peony pink. (Swoon!)

Just Right Burlap Wrapped Bouquet

Farmgirl Flowers
Farmgirl Flowers

Brighten a grad's day by sending them Farmgirl Flowers. The company upcycles biodegradable coffee bags to hold the blooms. This chic pick features 25 colorful assorted flowers plus foliage.

Kodak Smile Classic Digital Instant Camera

KODAK Smile Classic Digital Instant Camera
Amazon

Retro design meets modern technology in this gift that's sure to be used often. The camera includes a 10-second timer and automatic flash. It prints 3" by 4" photos—larger than many other instant camera options.

Nest Bedding Complete Set

Nest Bedding
Nest Bedding

Now that Twin XL bedding is (hopefully) a thing of the past, a new duvet and sheets are in order! You can't go wrong with the soft, eco-friendly Nest Complete Set. It's available in white and slate and includes top and bottom sheets, pillowcases, and a duvet cover.

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