Graduation season is upon us, and you don’t want to be ordering Oh, the Places You’ll Go! with overnight shipping at the last minute. Instead, get your honors in grad gifting with one of these thoughtful gifts.

A Ceramic Coffee Mug

Help the recent college grad upgrade from instant dorm room coffee packs and stale cafeteria coffee with a sleek ceramic coffee mug. The ceramic inner lining keeps their coffee tasting fresh, and the stainless steel vacuum insulation keeps their coffee hot for hours as they plow through job applications. Plus, these ceramic travel mugs look way more sophisticated than their old plastic mug from the campus bookstore. (Hint: Pairs well with a Starbucks gift card)

Noise Cancelling Headphones

For the recent high school graduate, noise-cancelling headphones are a godsend for loud dormitories. After all, they’ll be busy studying while everyone else is partying… right? Bose, Beats by Dre, and Sony all have high quality options that will wow your grad.

Trunk Club Gift Card

Give your recent college grad a leg up on the job hunting competition with a gift card to Trunk Club. This personal styling service sends the customer a trunk of clothes picked out for them specifically. Your graduate tries on the clothes, keeps what they love, and returns the rest! Trunk Club is known for their high quality clothes, and a recent graduate on a budget will appreciate being able to dress for the job they want.

The New York Times: 36 Hours Series

Maybe you’ve got a future globetrotter on your hands, one who’s eagerly planning their first solo backpacking trip. Spark their imagination with one (or several) of the books from the New York Times “36 Hours” series (aka a more useful version of Oh, the Places You’ll Go!). Each book offers insider looks at cities around the globe, with must-do tips condensed into manageable 36-hour schedules. Heck, you might find yourself booking a trip too.

Dorm Room Essentials

High school graduates know that a major key to surviving freshman year is having a tricked-out dorm room. We’ve got the lowdown on dorm room must-haves right here.


Now that you have a great graduation gift in hand, the only thing left to do is get a cheesy “Con-GRAD-ulations” card – you’re good to go!

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