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23 Graduation Gifts College Students Actually Want To Receive

Everything you need to kick-start the rest of your life.

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2. $50 in quarters.

If you're headed to a big city after graduation, you might not have a washer and dryer in unit and you will be SO THANKFUL to have a stash of quarters in your arsenal already. And...isn't there a drinking game they could come in handy for too...


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

There's simply not going to be room in your new closet for every Greek life and intramural sports shirt from college. This pattern is only $9 and you'll literally be able to wrap yourself up in memories instead.

4. A few bottles of artisanal tonic.


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. Available here for $16.

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

Flowers feel a little unnecessary when you're tight on cash, but if you have a gift card there's no excuse! You can instantly make your apartment feel cozier and not have to worry about infringing on your (necessary) wine budget.

6. An unlimited-ride metro card.

If you're moving to a big city after college, you might be saying bye-bye to driving and hello to public transportation. A monthly unlimited card will save you cash and hassle on your ~super grown-up~ morning commute.

7. CALM DOWN organic bodywash.


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. Find it here for $20.


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


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. Available here for $30.54.

11. Real, physical photographs you can decorate your new space with.


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. Available here for $40 (365 prints).

12. A cork globe.


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. Find it here for $129.


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


This takes a little work, but it's so worth it! Get the book here for $10.83, then take it around to be signed by important friends and professors. It'll be something you cherish forever.

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

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. Find this one for women for $79.90 and this one for men for $149.


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. Available here.

20. Nail polish in your school colors.

Perfect for the big graduation day and all the interviews in store after. Find this Essie "rock the boat" polish here for $8.50.

21. A GoPro.


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. Find it here for $129.99.

22. Themed postage stamps.

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. Find the "I did it!" in a sheet of 20 for $24.75 here or the gold "Class of 2015" in a sheet of 20 for $23.75 here.