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15 Practical College Graduation Gifts

Celebrate a huge milestone with these thoughtful college graduation gifts.

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Quality Coffee Maker

While the days of gulping down Red Eyes are (hopefully) over, your grad will still need to make a good cup of coffee. This touchscreen maker from Cuisinart is easy to program, and it even has a self-clean feature! They can brew a standard cup o’ Joe, or try out one of these copycat coffee shop drinks.

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College Town Wine Glasses

There’s a good chance your college grad doesn’t own wine glasses. (And if they do, we can all but guarantee they’re made of plastic). Gift them a sentimental upgrade with these stemmed beauties from Well Told. Each made-to-order glass features an etched design of their college town!

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Leather Overnight Bag

For a quick trip to visit mom and dad or her college bestie, this leather overnight bag is an absolute must. It’s loaded with convenient storage features—like a laptop compartment and slide-in phone pocket. Plus, the tanned leather exterior will only get better with age.

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Some Sage Advice

Think back to when you had just entered adulthood—what do you wish you had known? Capture words of wisdom from friends and family members in an Impart book. This heartfelt gift will be cherished by your grad for years to come.

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Cooking Subscription Box

See ya later, ramen. Chock-full of recipes, kitchen gadgets, books and more, the Taste of Home Special Delivery Box is a great choice for grads who are new to cooking.

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KitchenAid Stand Mixer

For grads who love to bake, you can’t go wrong with a KitchenAid stand mixer. Available in plenty of pretty colors, this 5-quart, heavy duty appliance is a striking addition to any adult apartment. Get started with these KitchenAid mixer recipes.

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Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

While it’s a bit of a splurge, the Dyson V11 Torque Drive vacuum cleaner is a game changer. It’ll help your grad keep their new home clean without a ton of effort. (Learn more about it in our editorial review of this vac.)

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Flatware Set

There’s something about owning your own (matching!) set of flatware that feels so adult. This 20-piece set from Crate & Barrel is perfect for small dinner parties—or delaying how often you need to wash dishes.

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Weighted Blanket

Between studying for final exams, navigating the post-grad job market and saying goodbye to friends, transitioning out of college can be a bittersweet period. Make it a little easier with a weighted blanket. This gift wraps your grad in a cozy, comforting hug.

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Front Page Puzzle

You might need to send this gift a little late—but trust us, it’s worth the wait. Commemorate the occasion with a custom puzzle showcasing the front page of the New York Times on their graduation day.

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Luxurious Towel Set

While towels may be the adult equivalent of kids unwrapping socks, your grad will change their mind after drying off with this luxurious set. It includes four bath towels, two hand towels, four washcloths and a bath mat.

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AirPods Pro

Perfect for commuting, jogging or taking a call, these Apple AirPods Pro are a sleek, practical gift your grad will be excited to open.

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Container Set

Our Test Kitchen adores these stackable OXO containers, and your grad will, too. They’re perfect for organizing a pantry, closet or bathroom.

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Celebratory Candle

Cheers! This “Let’s Toast” candle is perfect for grads celebrating virtually. It features lots of fruity notes—including champagne grapes. These candle accessories also make a great gift.

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Good ol’ Gift Card

Cash never goes out of style—but a gift card to your grad’s favorite establishment feels a little more personal. Pick one up for Target, Amazon or a beloved local business.

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Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.

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