Gift Ideas for Your 2019 Graduate

Graduation gift ideas that your student will love.


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Small metal first aid kit

small metal first aid kit

Photo by Johnny Miller

Photo by Johnny Miller

Hey, they’re crazy college kids now. There’s gonna be a boo-boo or two, but this can dispense the antiseptic when you’re not around.

Buy it: bestmadeco.com, $68

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Noise-canceling headphones

noise-cancelling headphones by JBL Tune

Photo courtesy of JBL Tune

Photo courtesy of JBL Tune

With these, rowdy roommates won’t keep your kid from studying (or napping).

Buy: JBL Tune 600BTNC, jbl.com, $100


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Dorm safe and robe

Shlocker dorm safe with bathrobe

Photos courtesy of Dormco and Madewell

Photos courtesy of Dormco and Madewell

The Shlocker dorm safe keeps toiletries handy and safe from shampoo thieves.
Buy: dormco.com, $40

The Snowe unisex honeycomb bathrobe will keep them covered on post-shower treks down the hallway.
Buy: madewell.com, $98


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Duffel bag

Mover pack duffel bag

Photo courtesy of Everlane

Photo courtesy of Everlane

For packing up dirty laundry to take home or a weekend trip to a friend’s school: a duffel they can also carry backpack-style.

Buy: Mover pack, everlane.com, $78


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Home state hat

state cap from Etsy via Colors of My Youth Boutique

Photo courtesy of Etsy/Colors of My Youth Boutique

Photo courtesy of Etsy/Colors of My Youth Boutique

Even when she’s miles away, everyone will know where her heart is, and he’ll wear this cap to class to give props to his home state and disguise bedhead.

Buy: etsy.com, $25


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K-Mini Plus single serve coffee maker

Keurig K-Mini Plus single serve coffee maker

Photo courtesy of Keurig

Photo courtesy of Keurig

Cheaper than the coffee shop—and they don’t even have to get dressed first.

Buy: keurig.com, $100


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Sonos Play:1 wireless speaker

Sonos Play:1 wireless speaker

Photo courtesy of Sonos One

Photo courtesy of Sonos One

So they can crank the tunes from their phone, Spotify and tons of other music services. It even connects to Amazon Echo devices. (If you’re feeling generous, $50 more gets them a built-in Alexa.)

Buy it: sonos.com, $150; Sonos One, $199 


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Monthly ramen delivery

monthly ramen delivery

Photo courtesy of japanramenbox.com

Photo courtesy of japanramenbox.com

The classic college-kid comfort meal gets a Gen Z upgrade: monthly ramen delivery right to their door.

Buy: japanramenbox.com, from $20/month


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Dr. J Professional 4-inch mini projector

Dr. J Professional 4-inch mini projector

Photo courtesy of Amazon

Photo courtesy of Amazon

With this handy device they can screen movies for the whole dorm (yay, making friends!) or enlarge their Fortnite games.

Buy: amazon.com, $80


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Home state necklace

graduation gift idea: necklace in the shape of the student's home state

Photo courtesy of mayabrenner.com

Photo courtesy of mayabrenner.com

Buy: mayabrenner.com, from $98


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Travel Photo Journal by Oh Joy!

Travel Photo Journal by Oh Joy!

Photo courtesy of Oh Joy!

Photo courtesy of Oh Joy!

Your teen can document her pre-college summer travels in this cute book she'll want to keep for a lifetime.

Buy: mixbook.com, starting at $15.99