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Your niece got into six colleges. Your godson graduated cum laude. You’re so proud! But first, there’s a graduation party and you need a gift. Here are eight totally thoughtful options for the grad in your life.


They’re going to fill their dorm rooms and first apartments with thrift-store sofas and hand-me-down dishes. Give them at least one thing they’ll be proud to hang in this home and the next…and the next: a real painting or photograph. Not sure where to start? Try an online source like Cureeo or UGallery.


Vending machine food is the worst. Send fuel for late-night study sessions from Love with Food, a snack subscription service that delivers healthy, all-natural treats for as low as $10 a month.

Cleaning Service

One city apartment, two cats, three roommates: Things are bound to get hairy. Help keep things sanitary with a gift certificate for a housekeeping service.


From hanging pictures to putting together IKEA furniture, they’re always going to need a hammer or screwdriver. Make sure they have a fun (and affordable) tool set at the ready.

Fancy Accessory

A statement-making Hermès scarf or a piece of jewelry that says ?Look, I?m from Tiffany!? takes any cheap first-interview suit up a notch.


Wearing a nice watch makes you feel like you have your life pulled together--and right now, your grad’s life could use some pulling together. We like these classic his and hers styles from Detroit-based leather company Shinola.


Travel Bag

They’re going to miss mom and dad. Send them home for the weekend with a classic tote like this chic men’s style from Everlane or a floral-print number from LeSportsac.


Reading Material

Everybody gives Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go--the idea is too cute to resist. Track down a limited-edition pop-up version to make it a real keepsake.

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