Sure, it’s easy to just stick some cash in a card. But we’re here to help you step it up this year with gifts that will encourage the grad in your life to explore the world.
Ray-Ban Original Wayfarers Sunglasses ($155)
Graduation means the days of gas-station shades are over. Block out unsavory UV rays and negative vibes with the Ray-Ban Wayfarers, which feature polycarbonate lenses and sleek acetate frames.
FitBit Versa Smartwatch ($200)
The end of classes and stressful, late-night study sessions mean there's more time to focus on physical health. Help your grad amp up the workout routines with the Versa smartwatch, which has on-screen workouts and a wrist-based heart rate monitor.
Stanley Go Series Vacuum Tumbler ($30)
The Stanley Go series has an extra durable ceramic-like coating inside to eliminate the metallic taste that can plague other stainless steel insulated mugs. On the bottom, sticky silicone feet grip even the smoothest surfaces.
Midori MD Notebook ($10)
A great week starts with a solid to-do list. Create yours on a foundation like the Midori MD notebook. The notebook lays flat on your desk and has a square-grid pattern to keep your handwriting in check.
Patagonia Black Hole Duffel ($200)
Vacations aren't just for spring break anymore. The Black Hole duffel is made from extra burly, water-resistant fabric, which will withstand her new globe-trotting style.
Outdoor Tech Turtleshell Bluetooth Speakers ($180)
Save $20 with this two pack of Turtleshells speakers. They're waterproof, float, and can connect together via Bluetooth to create a complete audio system. Plus, an internal battery and USB port let you juice up your phone.
Patagonia Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Pullover ($120)
A solid fleece will live with you for years to come. The Synch Snap-T , which is made from recycled bottles, is both stylish and comfortable.
Brixton Hampton Fedora ($60)
Always ready for a photo, the straw Hampton fedora has two bold black and burgundy stripes to spice up your style, plus a wide brim to shade your face.
Filson Leather Pouch ($100)
This leather pouch is made from genuine leather that's sourced, tanned, and constructed in the United States. We love the contrast between the leather and the brass zipper.
Frye Melissa Shopper Bag ($360)
An essential part of looking like a functioning adult is having a good bag to store all of your stuff. This tote is big enough for a small laptop and an extra pair of shoes. Made from durable Italian leather, the top features a magnetic closure to keep all that secure.
Hydro Flask Food Flask ($30)
Hot food is a great pick-me-up in the middle of the day. Keep whatever you want warm in this colorful, leak-proof food flask from Hydro Flask.
Muji Gel Pens ($10)
Take your planner game to the next level with these colorful pens from Muji. The precise .05-millimeter tips roll smoothly and let you pack more words into a page.
Instant Pot Pressure Cooker ($100)
Outside has long lauded the crock pot for its ability to make delicious meals fast. Well, the Instant Pot is like a crock pot on steroids. It has seven uses: pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, saute and browning, yogurt maker, steamer, and warmer.
REI Co-op Aoraki Travel Dress ($70)
This versatile dress is designed to go from the office to happy hour, to your weekend adventure. The silky fabric doesn't wrinkle easily and lands just above the knee making it appropriate for most situations. Layer it over leggings or jeans for a more professional look.
White and Warren Tassel Triangle Scarf ($130)
If there was ever a time to splurge on cashmere, graduation would be it. This luxurious scarf feels softer than butter against the skin and has fun tassels to spice up any outfit.
Bri Bol Corriene Earrings ($130)
Stanley Stainless Steel Shot Glass Set ($25)
Take the party with you everywhere you go with this shot glass set from Stanley. It comes with four two-ounce stainless steel shot glasses that carry conveniently inside the steel case.