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    26 Useful Gifts College Grads Will Actually Want

    Things they'll actually want to use!

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    1. These Bose noise-cancelling wireless headphones are great for bringing into work, wearing on a flight, or using at the gym.

    amazon.com

    Promising Review: "These headphones have the clearest and best sound quality that I have ever heard. The noise cancellation puts me in a new world while listening to John Mayer's music. This is by far the best headphone that I have ever bought and I never regret buying it." β€”Jamrey Hombrebueno

    Get it from Amazon for $349. / Available in two colors.

    Also, check out our picks for the best headphones you can get on Amazon.

    2. This beer foamer is perfect for a grad who spent the past four years drinking beer from a keg β€” I mean, studying really hard....

    amazon.com

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    3. This exercise bike desk station is great for grads who want to spring into shape while writing grad school papers, filling out job applications, or just watching Netflix.

    amazon.com

    Promising Review: "I can't say enough about this thing. I typically work from home and I can't stand 'wasting' valuable time sitting still. I easily burn 200-300 calories in 45 minutes to one hour, and I'm able to get some of my notes done. It's quiet, comfortable, and a smooth ride. It makes it easy to focus on whatever the task is, and not the exercise." β€”Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $219+.

    4. This keyboard waffle iron will have any new graduate sweet dreaming about tomorrow morning's breakfast.

    amazon.com

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    5. This pizza box oven is a gift from the heavens that any 22-year-old will TRULY cherish.

    amazon.com

    Promising Review: "I purchased this pizza box for my granddaughter to use. She loves it! It doesn't take a long time to cook and she makes pizza rolls, bagel bites... anything she would cook in an oven. It's one of the best purchases I have made in a while." β€”Ramona Dahl

    Get it from Amazon for $58.89.

    6. And while you're buying them the pizza box oven, go ahead and add on this incredibly useful pizza cutter/bottle opener.

    aplusrstore.com

    Get it from A+R for $18. / Available in four colors.

    7. This selfie ring light will be super useful in ensuring every single picture they take has perfect lighting.

    amazon.com

    Promising Review: "I have to say that it's better than what I thought, and the size is exactly what I expected from the pictures. This thing is by far the coolest gadget I own." β€”Isha

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    8. This flask bracelet will become their new favorite accessory.

    domino.com

    Get it from Domino for $34.99 or Amazon for $36.53. / Available in three colors.

    9. This cute telephone makes for an awesome apartment-warming gift for someone with a soft spot for old-timey looks and still uses a landline.

    cb2.com

    Don't worry, the phone has modern-day, easy-to-use features.

    Promising Review: "This phone is just amazing. It's the best vintage piece to get, perfect color, and affordable." β€”nemg

    Get it from CB2 for $89.95.

    10. This #foodporn photo album will be welcomed by anyone you know who likes to take photos of their food to post on Instagram β€” AKA everyone.

    amazon.com

    Get it from Amazon for $13.90. / Four different types of albums available. (#foodporn, Petsies, Selfies, and Ussies.)

    11. This hoodie neck pillow is perfect for the wanderlust grad.

    dormify.com

    Get it from Dormify for $20. / Available in three colors.

    12. The cocktail computer makes a unique gift for a drink connoisseur.

    ahalife.com

    Pick from 24 basic ingredients and get curated drink recipes.

    Get it on AHALife for $60.

    13. The best present for a grad who likes to pick out their own things is this Amazon.com gift card that comes in a tasseled cap box.

    amazon.com

    Promising Review: "Clever cap gift box for an Amazon gift card. Lid fits nice and snug so the card won't shake out. Two notches let you grip the bottom half and pull the top lid off easily." β€”smartcookie

    Get it from Amazon between $25-2,000.

    14. This comical book puts a hilarious spin on an array of real-world responsibilities.

    amazon.com

    Promising Review: "This book gives a fun heads up to graduates about some of the things that people have to deal with in the real adult world. Obviously it's marketed as a gift, but even reading it as someone who graduated a few years ago, you can't help but laugh at remembering your first disastrous trip to the DMV or just how confusing taxes really are. The pages in the back for people to sign are a really cute touch!" β€”Melissa Harrington

    Get it from Amazon for Kindle for $6.99 or paperback for $14.05.

    15. This Kate Spade New York watch is a beautiful present no matter where they may be headed after they throw their cap.

    macys.com

    Get it from Macy's for $195.

    16. These screen glasses are a practical way to protect your eyes from technology screens.

    store.moma.org

    Promising Review: "I use these glasses both in the office, and every night at home when watching TV or on my phone. I love them! Greatly help to reduce eye fatigue, headaches, and help control my circadian rhythm." β€”Miguel

    Get it from the MoMA Store for $50. / Available in six colors.

    17. This skull mold tray is a trendy way to make ice cubes, chocolate, and frozen treats.

    Promising Review: "Enjoyed this very much. Have already tried it with different colored drinks with great success. I like ice molds a lot and this is one of the greatest." β€”Alexander Hollingsworth

    Get it from Amazon for $12.98.

    18. This handy book they won't mind reading.

    amazon.com

    Promising Review: "I love this book. First, as an English major, the drink names are incredibly clever. Secondly, as a bartender, these drinks are delicious. I'm determined to try them all as I read (or re-read) each book they're inspired by. If you like quality drinks, then I definitely suggest this book." β€”Alex Edmondson

    Get it from Amazon for Kindle for $9.99 or hardcover for $8.92.

    19. This hot air popcorn maker will make life much easier for a busy college grad.

    amazon.com

    Churns out up to to 10 cups of popcorn in under three minutes.

    Promising Review: We have used the crap out of this thing since we got it. We never used to eat popcorn, but now we eat it every Sunday for family movie time. Follow the directions, (heat it up before putting the popcorn in, put in the right amount), and have a suitable container to catch the popcorn and you will love this popper. β€”sliderhouserules

    Get it from Amazon for $35.01. Available in three colors.

    20. The Vupoint Photo Cube lets your loved ones connect their phones via USB, Wi-Fi, or the connector dock and BAM β€” instant printed photos at their fingertips.

    frontgate.com

    Get it from Frontgate for $229.

    21. This tic-tac-toe shot game is a fun and unique way for new grads to celebrate with their friends.

    amazon.com

    Get it from Amazon for $13.23.

    22. These funny adulting stickers make being a real-world person a bit easier. Just do something responsible and reward yourself for your maturity!

    amazon.com

    Get them from Amazon for $4.99.

    23. This state pendant is a gorgeous way for a grad to keep their college state close to their hearts.

    Promising Review: "I love this tiny necklace! If you're going for an understated or minimal look, this is very nice. The chain is short, which I like. The charm is very shiny and noticeable." β€”kpcrescent

    Get it from Amazon for $19. / Charms available for 44 states.

    24. This adorable tote makes for a good bag when running errands, heading to class, or going to work.

    modcloth.com

    Promising Review: "Bag is spacious and made of sturdy material. Much bigger than I thought, but to me, it was a lovely surprise. The fabric makes it versatile for things like the beach and picnics. It's plastic and easy to wipe down, if need be. Definitely happy with this purchase." β€”Dunja

    Get it from ModCloth for $7.99.

    25. This automatic electric corkscrew is honestly so amazing, we dare you to not be tempted into buying one for yourself too.

    amazon.com

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    26. This snow globe quite simply captures what exactly your grad will be thinking as they walk across that stage. Perfect.

    ahalife.com

    Get it from AHALife for $60.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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