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16 Graduation Gifts College Students Will Actually Want To Receive

We asked and they told us!

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We asked college seniors of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what graduation gifts they actually want to receive.

Surprise surprise, a lot of them want money, jobs, money, no student loans, and more money. But! They'd also be more than happy with things that'll help get them set up in a new apartment and/or experiences like vacays and tickets to shows.

Keep reading to find out what sort of gifts are best to give 'em once they cross that stage and get their diploma!

1. A blender, cast-iron skillet, or some other kitchen-related product for those planning on getting their own place shortly after walking across the graduation stage. They gotta eat!,

The 12-piece NutriBullet blending system comes with a power base, one tall cup, two short cups, one flat blade, one emulsifying blade, two re-usable lids, and a pocket manual with recipe and nutrition info. The plastic cups are dishwasher-safe! Meanwhile, the skillet comes pre-seasoned and should be washed by hand with light soapy water after use!

"I’d love kitchenware that isn’t so needed I’d buy it for myself, but stuff I’d still use like a blender or a cast iron skillet." —chamblees

Get the 12-piece NutriBullet blending system from Amazon for $59.99 and the cast-iron skillet from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in 10 sizes), and browse all of the amazing kitchenware on Amazon.

2. A vacation to help give them some time to chill after four years of hard work, or to give them the opportunity to explore new places before a job or grad school keeps them tied to one place for a while.

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If you're trying to figure out which places to book a trip to, check out this awesome list of 10 places you need to visit in your twenties.

"A vacation. Because I fucking need one, thank you." —breehimm

Check out for awesome deals on flight and hotel accommodations, because if you're gonna treat 'em to a trip, you should be smart about where you're putting your money!

3. A journal that'll help them document life in the real world — they might think it's lame now, but in years to come they'll laugh at how far they've come. Trust us.

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This particular journal prompts the owner to answer a question each day, which is perfect for beginners who want to get into the habit, but aren't quite sure where they should start. For more info on this fabulous find, check out why one BuzzFeeder loves it.

"My best friend gave me a beautifully bound journal that I love. It gave me a place to write down all the crazy experiences from my first year in the real world." —kzickel

Get it from Amazon for $15.26, and check out even more amazing journals you can buy from Amazon!

4. A ticket for a Broadway show, just in case the new grad is from the metro NY area or planning on visiting the Big Apple in the near future. A show can be a memorable, thoughtful reward for their hard work.

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On that note, concert tickets are also a great gift! Head on over to Ticketmaster, Live Nation, StubHub, or SeatGeek for all your ticketing needs, and be sure to check out a wide array of concerts happening this summer and throughout the year you'll want to purchase tickets to immediately.

"My parents are kindly getting me Broadway tickets!! NYC here I come!!" —annabelk4db3057b0

Be sure to utilize SeatGeek's awesome Broadway Show Buying Guide to find the play that perfectly matches your interests and price point!

5. A piece of jewelry so they'll be instantly reminded of the happy occasion whenever they have it on. A ring like this one is especially good if your grad isn't too fond of those hefty class rings.

"Class rings are the absolute worst, aesthetically, but I still want something that I will have and cherish for the rest of my life that symbolizes my accomplishments."


Get the ring for $119 (available in sizes 5–8.5). Be sure to browse the Kay Jewelers graduation gift guide to find a gorgeous piece of jewelry that'll put a smile on any new grad's face.

6. An electric kettle that'll give the busy bee some time at the end of a long day to enjoy a nice, hot cup of their favorite tea and relax.

This kettle is BPA-free and built with blue LED lights that illuminate and look hella pretty. Water can be brought to a boil in seven minutes or less. Plus, it has an auto shut-off feature, a 360 degree rotary base, and a secure locking lid that can be open with one touch, along with a stay-cool handle so you don't have to worry about burning your hand. To deep clean kettle, mix three tbsp. of vinegar or lemon with water, boil, let set for at least five hours, and then wipe clean.

"I’m obsessed with tea, and I’m not leaving that behind when I move two hours away from home. (Extra tea and mugs would also be appreciated, but the kettle is the one thing that I really want lol.)" —brookeb4d2f2a191

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in eight colors), and check out even more electric kettles available to gift to the tea-sipping grad.

7. A piece (or a few pieces) of furniture for when your grad heads out and into their own place and needs to start somewhere with making it their own oasis. Target's new Opalhouse line has some truly splendid offerings for the younger crowd.

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"I’ve been living in mostly furnished places designed for students for four years and have come to the realization that adult apartments don’t come with anything. Buying an entire apartment’s worth of furniture that doesn’t completely suck is so expensive!" —rahrl

Shop the furniture pieces in the collection starting at $49.99 or check out the entire Opalhouse line for more offerings that'll really get their first apartment in a living condition.

8. A spa day package to help them unwind, release stress, and chill the fuck out. You know what it's like being in the real world! You know they need a little R&R before entering this upcoming stage.

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"After working so hard for the past four years, I would love the opportunity to take a relaxing day to relieve myself of all of the built-up stress I have accumulated!"


Spa packages are pricey, we get it. That's why Groupon is the perfect place to find a great one. Filter by your location, find a price you can reason with spending, and bada bing, bada boom, RELAXATION!

9. A KitchenAid stand mixer that'll make the perfect "adulting" present and last them decades. These things are worth the price tag. Plus, it'll encourage 'em to cook!

This stand mixer has 10 different speeds from very slow stir all the way to very fast whip to meet all your prepping needs. It comes with a flat beater, a dough hook, and a wire whip. It features a 5 qt. stainless-steel bowl, a head tilt back for easier access, and a two-piece pouring shield.

"My parents have had theirs for over 25 years, so I know it'll last, and I bake a lot. I really want something that I'll use on a regular basis." —chowdersoup

Get it from Amazon for $259 (originally $429.99, available in 45 colors).

10. A pre-paid Uber account perfect for any grad, but especially the ones going off to a city! Sometimes public transportation commutes suck, sometimes you need to know there's a reliable way of getting home after a night out, and sometimes you just have no excuse, but wanna take an Uber where you're going.

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"Money in a pre-paid Uber account, no questions asked, just in case I ever need a safe ride home from something I ~might~ not want to share with my parents."


Check out Uber for more info on making your grad a pre-paid account.

11. A Crock-Pot to aid in their quest of meal-prepping versus spending every dollar they make in their entry-level job on food delivery. They can easily prepare a week's worth of meals, and get plenty of other uses out of it, too!

This slow cooker in particular holds up to 6 qt.'s and can serve seven or more people. A digital countdown control allows users to program their cook times anywhere from 30 minutes to 20 hours, and it automatically shifts to warm setting once cooking time is up. The locking lid means being able to bring your creations on-the-go safely. The removable oval stoneware can be used in the microwave, in the oven in temps. up to 400 degrees F, and is dishwasher-safe.

"Bulk meal prep is a big helper when you have a full-time job. It's also great to make fun dips for pre-games and parties!" —sayerd

Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in two colors), and checkout Amazon's entire selection of Crock-Pots and slow cookers.

12. A Starbucks gift card that'll keep them caffeinated as they see to their real world responsibilities, As someone who didn't graduate very long ago, take it from me: an iced Americano makes a big difference in my day.

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"A Starbucks gift card! I'm getting ready to study for the CPA exam and can use all the caffeine I can get." —Rebecca Kreutzer

Get it from Amazon for $25+.

13. On that note, gift cards in general are a great way to reward someone while also letting them choose their prize. Some notable stores? Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Lush, iTunes, Sephora, and Target.

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"Allll the gift cards, please and thanks." —salazscandals93

Check out a huge assortment of gift cards available for purchase on Amazon, Jet, Walmart, or Target.

14. A laptop to assist them in parting ways with the same computer they've used all throughout college — a step into the real world should mean a new comp.

For those who are like, "Wow, this laptop is really awesome, can I find out more?", the answer is of course you can! It features a 15.6 in. screen size with a 1920x1080 max screen resolution, and a 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5 processor. It has one USB 2.0 port, and three USB 3.0 portions, and a battery life that lasts for approximately 15 hours. It uses a Windows 10 operating system and weighs roughly 5 and a half pounds.

"A new laptop. Any laptop. Mine is old, heavy, dies in three minutes, and will melt your lap. Especially considering I’m going to graduate school after this! Please, O-Gods-Of-Graduation-Gifts, send me a blessing." —anab407654bea

Get this particular Acer model with over 1,000 reviews on Amazon for $599.99, or checkout Amazon's entire selection of computers and tablets.

15. A printer that'll come in handy when they need to print their grad school papers, new hire documents, W4 tax forms — you know, the important shit.

This printer can be wirelessly connected to your computer, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch as long as you have a stable Wi-Fi connection. Yay for air printing! You can print and scan photos or documents from your mobile device by using the free Canon PRINT app. Plus, this 'lil thang is a 'lil thang, and works well for small living spaces.

"Printing is one thing most college students rely on the university for. It would be nice to have a printer at home for important documents instead of going somewhere to print. Minor inconvenience? Yes. Still want a printer though." —johnsa7

Get this particular Canon model from Amazon for $44.45 (originally $99.99, available in two colors), and check out the entire selection of printers available on Amazon.

16. And when all else fails, MONEY. All (soon to be former) college students want money. They want lots and lots of money. All the money. If you can't find a good gift for them, just give them money. Because they want it. All of it. Did I mention they want money?! Because they do. They want a lot of money.


"For people to stop asking me what my plan for the future is. Also Money." —tabram



(Yes, I know this is a gif from the great movie trilogy of our time, High School Musical, don't @ me.)

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