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    22 Graduation Gifts College Students Actually Want To Receive

    Everything you need to kick-start the rest of your life. The products in this post were updated in May 2018.

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    1. A celebratory flask.

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    YOU GRADUATED!! Time to drink.

    Get it from Cafe Press for $19.95.

    2. $50 in quarters.

    3. A T-shirt blanket made with all your soon to be *alumni* swag.

    4. A few bottles of artisanal tonic.

    mouth.com / Via jackrudycocktailco.com

    You mastered the art of drinking in college, but did you master the art of crafting the perfect cocktail? Probably not because...keggers. Receive a bottle of this for graduation and plan a cocktail party.

    Get it from Mouth for $18.75.

    5. A gift certificate to a florist in your new 'hood.

    6. An unlimited-ride metro card.

    7. A bottle of CALM DOWN organic bodywash.

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    You're about to graduate. Don't have an anxiety attack! The essential oils of ginger and lavender will help calm and clear your mind so you're ready to walk across that stage and into the rest of your LIFE, if you will.

    Get it from Dermstore for $18 or Birchbox for $20.

    8. A Seamless gift card.

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    You can pick the amount it's worth and rest assured that if you just (physically or mentally) can't leave your apartment for food...you won't starve to death.

    Get it from Seamless starting at $25.

    9. The New York Times: 36 Hours USA & Canada, 2nd Edition

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    After you graduate and land a new job, you might not be able to escape for a weekend getaway for a while. But while you're busy getting some time under your belt at work, daydream a little about trips you'll be able to take when your newbie status wears off.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.35+, Barnes & Noble for $28, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    10. This shirt when it all becomes just too much.

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    Tell everyone to STFU without saying a peep.

    Get it from Zazzle for $25.10 (available in sizes S–5X).

    11. A tear-away calendar made from from real, physical photographs you can decorate your new space with.

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    Make a cool calendar out of your Instagrams that you can tear off and give to a friend or stick on your wall. You have a million pictures online, yes, but when you're in a new city finding your way, physical prints can make your space a lot warmer.

    Get the 365-day calendar from Social Print Studio for $40.

    12. A cork globe.

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    If you have big jet-setting plans after college, or just want to daydream some, this is a sharp way to show off where you've been and/or where you're headed! You can even tack on ticket stubs or photos to make it more personal.

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $48+ (available in two sizes).

    13. The Cards Against Humanity game.

    amazon.com / Via store.cardsagainsthumanity.com

    You're going to be meeting a lot of new people after college, and a hilarious game never hurt in making new friends.

    Get it from Amazon for $25.

    14. A Keurig coffee maker starter set.

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    It'll save you so much time and money to make coffee at home, and it's literally the easiest thing in the world to use. This includes a 40-cup variety pack of K-cups to get you started!

    Get it from Amazon for $120.97.

    15. A classy business card holder.

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    So maybe you're not employed *yet* but the time will come! A nice holder will inspire you to get the perfect card to put inside.

    Get it from Nordstrom for $20.

    16. Oh, the Places You'll Go signed by friends and professors.

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    This takes a little work, but it's so worth it!

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+, Barnes & Noble for $9.50+, or a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    17. A nice blazer that'll do the job for work and play.

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    You're probably going to have lots of job interviews to go on and lots of fun parties to attend postgrad. A nice versatile blazer will be a much-needed upgrade to your college wardrobe.

    Get them from Old Navy: striped blazer for $39.99 (regular, tall, and petite sizes XS-2XL) or $69.99 (sizes 3XL-4XL), or built-in flex non-iron blazer for $69.99 (regular, big, and tall sizes XS-XL)

    18. A Netflix account of your own.

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    For just $7.99 a month you can prevent any lagging issues when your parents are watching at home, your sibling is watching at college, and you're watching in your new postgrad city. AND you won't have to worry about your queue being messed up.

    Get a plan from Netflix starting at $7.99 (three plan options).

    19. A weekender bag.

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    All your college friends will probably be headed in different directions after graduation. A nice weekender bag will have you ready to visit them constantly.

    Get it from Everlane for $95.

    20. A GoPro camera.

    amazon.com / Via shop.gopro.com

    Sure entering the adult world might mean a 9-5, but there's still time for adventure. This little guy is waterproof and ready to document everything in your next chapter of life.

    Get it from Amazon for $179.

    21. Themed postage stamps.

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    You're going to have lots of thank-you letters to write and lots of long-distance loving to send if you're moving somewhere new after graduation.

    Get them from Zazzle: "I did it!" in a sheet of 20 for $25.05 or the "Class of 2018" in a sheet of 20 for $22.50

    22. A money tree.

    jet.com / Via orientaltrading.com

    AND THEY SAY MONEY DOESN'T GROW ON TREES. Psh.

    Get it from Jet for $14.99.

    CONGRATS, GRADS!

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