14 Gifts New College Grads Will Actually Use

When you graduate from college, no one tells you to upgrade your luggage to something sturdy (and, if you’re lucky, equipped with a phone charger). No one tells you that, yes, there’s always space in your kitchen for an appliance, like an Instant Pot, a crockpot, or an air fryer. And no one stresses just how important really, really good bed sheets are — and we’re not talking about those rough-to-the-touch 200-thread sheets.

Why? Because new college grads are so broke, they can barely afford that first student loan payment creeping up at the end of the month. That’s why, as a parent or friend or family member, it’s worth putting a bit more thought into what you give your graduate this year. Sure, you can write a heartfelt card, but what your grad (also) really wants is something they’ll use for months — maybe even years — to come.

Ahead, we’ve curated a list of meaningful and useful gifts for your new college grad.

1. Brooklinen luxe core sheet set

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More than 13.5K reviewers agree: This Brooklinen sheet set is worth every penny.

2. Arlo Skye carry-on

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You’ve heard of Away, but Arlo Skye is another popular hard-shell luggage with an integrated, removable charger. What we love about Arlo Skye’s carry-ons, though, is the front pocket.

3. Feskin backpack

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Your 20s are the perfect time to go explore the world; and to do so, you’ll need a good, sturdy backpack.

4. INIU power bank

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Great for travel, for camping, for long road trips, you name it: Your grad will thank you for gifting this dual high-speed portable charger.

5. Echo Dot

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“Alexa, help find me a job.”

6. Instant Vortex Plus

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Instant Pots are so last year. Now, we’re on to air fryers — and health-conscious grads will love ’em.

7. Elixir crystal wine glasses

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So long, Red Solo cups.

8. Ritual

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Multivitamins are likely not top of mind for your college grad, so help ’em out with this monthly subscription box that comes equipped with just that.

9. Bissell featherweight vacuum

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It’s lightweight, it’s bagless, and it’s a beast.

10. Ninja coffeemaker

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A great — not just functional — coffee maker is essential.

11. A coffee subscription

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Why not pair the coffee maker with a steady supply of coffee from around the world? Atlas Coffee Club sends a different flavor directly to your door at the frequency of your choice — either every two weeks or every four weeks — and each box features 12 ounces of freshly-roasted coffee, flavor notes, a postcard, and brewing tips.

12. Business card holder

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Getting your first set of business cards is always exciting. Gift this personalized, leather business card case and this sleek wood business card holder.

13. AirPods

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For those with long commutes, these AirPods will be lifesavers.

14. Polaroid OneStep2

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Help them capture post-grad life in the trendiest way possible.

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