20 Graduate Gifts for the Next Season of Life

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Whether it’s from high school or college, graduation can be an exciting time full of anticipation, nerves and new beginnings. Life changes and knowing you have family and friends in your corner for those changes can make all the difference.

If you have a graduating loved one in your life, check out these ideas to bless them during this time.

20 Graduate Gifts

For the Practical Graduate

Victorinox Swiss Card

1.  Victorinox Swiss Card 
For anyone who might need a pair of scissors, nail file, ruler or tweezers in a pinch but doesn’t want to carry a knife in their pocket, this card is easy to slide into a wallet or purse and will help in your time of (practical) need.

2. Apple AirTags 
For the one prone to losing their keys, wallet, purse, backpack, an air tag will help keep track of valuables.

3. Portable Phone Charger 
For all of us—you can never have too many chargers because when you need one, you never seem to have one.

canvas LL Bean tote with pink handles and bottom
L.L. Bean tote

4. L.L. Bean Tote Bag
For anyone with a walking commute to class, work, etc., this tote will last forever, hold all the things, and come in handy for years to come.

5. Magnetic Scrabble Board
For the one with roommates, this fun fridge scrabble board will be a way to connect despite different schedules.

6. Scrunchies with Hidden Pocket
For the girlie who hikes, runs or frequents concerts, a scrunchie with a hidden pocket is the perfect size for your house key, some cash, or chapstick.

For the Ultimate Fan

7. Custom NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB or College Team Cup 
For the ultimate fan of any sport—collegiate or professional—this insulated cup will surely be a hit. You can even customize it with your graduate’s name.

Glass Cup with University or College Customization (Pictured: AmazingFaithDesigns on Etsy)

8. Glass Cup with University or College Customization
For the high school graduate on their way to university or the college graduate who isn’t quite ready to leave, this university-themed glass cup will imbue them with school spirit.

9. Print of the State of New Home/Alma Mater
For unique dorm-room decor or in memory of their alma mater, this cool state print is a conversation starter and will be a beloved piece of art for a long time.

For Those Who Like to Accessorize

10. New Mercies Necklace
For the young lady graduate to remember that The Lord is close and His mercies are new every morning.

11. Monogrammed Clutch 
For the monogram queen, this cute and functional clutch will be the perfect accessory to any going-out outfit.

For the Bookworm

12. New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp
For the person wanting to dive a little deeper with a daily devotional, especially if they’re just venturing out into a whole new world on their own.

Liturgies for Hope book

13. Liturgies for Hope: Sixty Prayers for the Highs, the Lows, and Everything in Between by Audrey Elledge & Elizabeth Moore
For anyone who wants to bring prayer into the everyday, this book of liturgies will help us see God’s presence in all parts of life.

14. Surviving Religion 101 by Michael Kruger
For the student who grew up in the church and will now be entering an arena where their faith is challenged, this book will address common objections to the faith.

15. Welcome to Adulting: Navigating Faith, Friendship, Finances and the Future by Jonathan Pokluda
For the young adult who might need some directional guidance on the choices they will have to make.

16. The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions by Emily P. Freeman
For anyone who struggles with making decisions, this is a helpful guide to making the right choices from day to day.

17. The Lazy Genius Way: Embrace What Matters, Ditch What Doesn’t, and Get Stuff Done by Kendra Adachi
For the person who is looking for practical ways to simplify their life.

open Bible next to colorful highlighters and a cup of coffee
Bible highlighters

18. Bible Highlighters
For the theologist or student of the Bible, these highlighters are gentle and won’t seep through thin Bible pages.

19. Scripture Engraved Leather Bookmark 
For any reader, this bookmark will be a constant encouragement of truth.

For the Learner…

20. A Year-Long Subscription to MasterClass ($120 for 12 months)
For the lifelong learner, a subscription to MasterClass would make a wonderful gift. MasterClass offers online courses in different skills, subject matters and levels taught by world renowned names: Gordon Ramsey, Coach K, Amy Poehler, Alicia Keys, Sarah Blakely, Simone Biles, Jane Goodall, and Steph Curry—to name a few.

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