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12 Gifts Intellectual College Grads Will Appreciate

If you’re the Rory Gilmore-intellectual type, not just any grad gift will do. Whether you actually want to be a professor or just a super-brilliant social scientist or humanities expert, we’ve compiled a list of our fave smart-girl gifts. 


Icon Mug – Typewriter, $14, available at Anthropologie

We’re obsessed with this old school typewriter mug—perfect for the budding intellectual.

Everyday Weekly Deskpad, $12, available at Rifle Paper Co.

There’s no cuter desk calendar for anyone education-obsessed than this!

Art Print  (7″ X 10″), $17.68, available at Society6

Who wouldn’t want to display these inspirational women on their wall?!

Alexander Hamilton, $11.90, available at Amazon

Let’s be honest, it’s nearly impossible to score Hamilton tickets. The book that inspired the show is the next best thing!

Y.B. Supply Co. College Yard Candle, $22, available at Yearbook Studios

This candle literally combines the best scents of ~college,~ perfect for any aspiring professor!

Typewriter Memo Pad, $12.95, available at Urban Outfitters

This ridiculously cute memo pad is a must-have for your new desk.

Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future!, $9.67, available at Amazon

This book is made up of amazing women artists, writers, teachers, lawyers, and more. It’s the perfect inspiration for any recent graduate!


kate spade new york Office Kit, $39.95, available at PaperSource

Who said a desk had to be boring? Spice up any setting with these adorable Kate Spade office accessories.

Customized Planner, $36, available at Etsy

Keep all your dates in order with this customized planner. We’re obsessed with the black and gold color scheme.

OVER $50

Bicycle Bookends, $65, available at Uncommon Goods

Every intellectual needs a sturdy pair of book ends to keep her most prized posessions in order.

Fortitude, $63, available at Etsy

History buffs will adore this Frederick Douglass pullover.

BookBook for MacBook, $99.99, available at Twelve South

Look intellectual AF with this laptop case that turns your MacBook into a classic novel you’re just always carrying around.

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