Tuesday, May 26, 2020

10 Graduation Gift Ideas for Class of 2020 Grads

Right around this time of the year, the class of 2020 would have been celebrating graduations as they move on to their next steps. However, due to COVID-19, we've all been forced to adapt to a new way of life. For the class of 2020, this meant missing senior year festivities, having to say goodbye to classmates over social media, postponed celebrations with close friends and family, and virtual graduations. Having to miss out on these big moments is hard, so it's important to remember our graduates in this difficult time and to celebrate their accomplishments. If you're stumped on graduation gift ideas, I rounded up 10 great gift ideas for grads at varying price points that range from fun to professional.

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1. Gift Cards
Gift cards are always a great gift idea. You may not know exactly what your grad wants or needs, so this takes out the guess work. Amazon is a great company to send a gift card from since there are so many options. College textbooks can be bought at a (somewhat) cheaper price, there's a great selection of school or office supplies, and there are items that your grad could buy just for personal enjoyment. I also love that you can shop through Amazon Smile where part of your payment goes to a charity of your choice. You could also get your grad a gift card to Starbucks, Panera, their favorite shop, or to a local small business. Most gift cards can be sent over email so there's no worries about coming in contact with other people. Your grad will appreciate being able to treat themselves to something nice!

2. Amazon Prime Membership
Whether your grad is headed to college or moving into a new post-grad apartment, odds are that they'll need to buy a few things. An Amazon Prime Membership will give them expedited delivery, discounts on Amazon products, access to free Kindle books, Amazon Prime Video, and Amazon music, and other great perks. An Amazon Prime Membership can help your grad long after they receive their diploma.

3. Headphones
Studying in noisy places can be tough. Dorms are usually bursting with activity, people working on group projects in libraries can make focusing hard, and sometimes you just want to listen to your own music. Headphones are a great graduation gift for your college-bound senior, future graduate students, or budding professionals. Airpods are a popular choice because they're small, easy to pop into a bag, and can charge in their case. They're also conspicuous enough to listen to music while you work and have built-in microphones if you need to make a call. Another great option are Over-Ear Headphones (the ones pictured come in black, blue, teal, purple, red, and white). The sound quality on these are great, and they also come with noise canceling features if you just want a quieter environment without playing music. Bose is also claimed to be the authority on headphones if you want to splurge on a really nice set.

4. Books for Pleasure Reading
When everyone is cooped up inside, it can be fun to escape into a literary world for a while. Pleasure reading books are also a nice break from reading dry textbooks. Find out your grad's favorite genre and stock them up on a few bestsellers! I just finished Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman and cannot recommend it enough! Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng is also a great book and has a recently-released Hulu series adaptation (check out my review here). Your book-loving grad will be so excited to get into a good book as they enter their next chapter of life!

5. Streaming Service Subscriptions
In between all the studying your future college student will be doing, they'll also need some time to relax. A favorite college activity has always been watching Netflix in bed. Hulu, Disney+, and Amazon Prime Video are also great options to keep your grad entertained.

6. Keychains
Keychains are a cute gift to recognize your grad's accomplishment that they can take with them wherever they go. They're a great way to personalize a set of keys and jazz them up a bit. I have a couple that I like to keep on my own keys that always make me smile. They can also be added to backpack zippers, hung on cork boards, added to bookmarks, or kept in a jewelry box as a reminder of an accomplishment. Keychains are also pretty inexpensive, have so many different designs, and won't break the bank even if you get them customized.

7. Mugs, Tumblers, and Glasses
Creative drinkware is always a fun idea! There are so many different options that can be customized to something your grad would love! Most people drink coffee, water, wine, or something else, so mugs, tumblers, and glasses will definitely get a lot of use.

8. Picture Frames
This one is my personal favorite. Pictures let us look back on happy times in our lives. Being robbed so many fun end-of-the-year memories that your grad was no doubt looking forward to is tough. Picture frames can be a way to remember the good parts of their final year in school that made them smile. They also add a personal touch to dorms and apartments.

9: Padfolios
A great gift for emerging professionals is a padfolio. Before law school, I had never used one of these, but once I started using it, I loved it! They can hold papers, business cards, and other small items, and they have a sleeve for a legal pad and a loop to keep a pen in. Padfolios are an excellent item to bring along to interviews to hold extra resumes, keep business cards, and jot down notes. They're also super useful during internships and look much more professional than just a pad of paper and a pen clipped to it.

10. Work Bags

As your grad enters the working world, they'll need a sturdy bag that can hold a laptop, files, a wallet, keys, and any number of other things. It's best to go with a neutral colored bag that can stand on its own and will be able to hold a fair amount. My parents bought me the Tory Burch Robinson Tote in the picture on the left as a college graduation gift, and it survived all through law school and is still in perfect condition. This Laptop Bag (center) and the  Kate Spade New York Women's Margaux Large Tote (right) are also great options. Having a professional-looking work bag will send your grad off to the working world confident and put together.

Do you have other suggestions for great graduation gifts? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Oooh! I love all of these graduation gift ideas! You can never go wrong with gift cards. They come in handy when the person whats to buy something they specifically want! You can't go wrong with wine glasses hehe. Oohoohohoh I know I would've loved a nice work bag!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    1. Thank you! I know I definitely would have loved any of these as graduation presents lol.