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17 Perfect College Graduation Gifts for Guys

It’s no secret: Guys are notoriously difficult to shop for. Cut to graduation day, when you’re expected to have presents ready for the important young men in your life – your brother, your cousin, your boyfriend, what have you. Don’t freak out! We’ve rounded up the best graduation gifts for guys – stress-free shopping awaits!


Knot Cuff Links, $9 at Brooks Brothers

Who says cuff links have to be boring? Give your guy a pair that helps him stand out from the crowd and show off his nautical side.

Slate State Bottle Stopper, $10 at Uncommon Goods

Home is where the heart is – and where the wine is. These slate bottle stoppers will help him remember where he came from, no matter where he’s going.

Desktop Basketball, $12.95 at Paper Source

His 9-5 desk job is about to get a WHOLE lot more fun. Game on!

Anker Astro Mini 3000mAh Ultra-Compact Portable Charger, $19.99 at Canopy

This portable USB charger allows you to charge your phone, laptop, or any other USB-compatible device on the go. Safety and convenience, all in one little stick – we’re obsessed!

First Jobs: True Tales of Bad Bosses, Quirky Coworkers, Big Breaks, and Small Paychecks, $12.08 on Amazon

Everyone’s first job is different, but there’s one thing that rings true for each and every one of them: they’re all a heck of a lot different than college, high school or anything else you’ve dealt with in your previous 22-or-so years of life. So let’s talk about it! Or at least start by reading about it.

Life Hacks, $14.99 at Paper Source

Consider this your ultimate guide to surviving and thriving in the real world – seriously, you’ll be better equipped than 99 percent of adults after reading these insider tips. From scoring discounts on Pizza Hut to earning yourself a free car wash, these life hacks are simply priceless.



Bike Doormat, $25 at Uncommon Goods

Make his home a happy place! You can’t keep it clean (only he can decide to do his dishes and the laundry), but you can give him the very best chance with this cool bike doormat.

Buff & Shine Shoe Polish Kit Navy, $25.95 at Paper Source

If you want to be ready for office life, you’ve got to invest in a quality shoe shining kit. Meet our favorite: this compact kit comes with everything he needs to shine (literally).

Kelvin Multi-Purpose Tool, $36.95 at Paper Source

With a screwdriver, 16 screwdriver bits, LED light, five-foot tape measure, level, magnets and tiny hammer, this present is a toolbox in a single tool. Basically it’s a no-brainer gift that every guy should have after graduation!

John N. Hansen 300 Chip Poker Game Set, $38.99

Guys’ night is about to get way more interesting, thanks to you and your perfect present pick. Tell him to get working on his poker face!


UNDER $100

Philips Norelco BT9285/41 9100 Beard Trimmer, $54 on Canopy

Keep that stubble in check! Whether he’s sculpting the perfect starter beard or keeping his face fresh, this beard trimmer is a must-have for any man.

Panasonic Breakfast Collection 2-Slice Toaster, $64.37 on Canopy

Make his mornings that much better! With two browning slots and a built-in warming rack, this toaster is the best way to make breakfast.

Herschel Supply Co. Novel Weekender Duffel Bag, $79 at Urban Outfitters

Whether he’s traveling for business or pleasure, sleeping in hotels or camping out with the guys, he needs a quality bag to store all his stuff. We’re obsessed with this pick from Herschel Supply Co.! It comes complete with a zippered shoe compartment, leather carry handles and a removable padded shoulder strap – so he can travel any way he likes.

Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker Wristband, $79.99 at Target

Balancing a full-time job with a personal life and your health is a lot to handle; so make it a little easier on that recent grad in your life! The Fitbit will help him monitor his sleep schedule, physical activity, heart rate and more so he can stay on top of what matters most: his health!


OVER $100

Laptop Mag Table in Birch, $170 at Canopy

We can’t express how obsessed we are with this multi-purpose table. One minute, he can use it to organize his books and magazines, the next he can use as an end table or a seat and the next he can flip it over to make it a laptop-friendly desk. Is there anything this table can’t do?

Samsung Galaxy Galaxy 4 NOOK 10.1, $299 at Barnes & Noble

For the guy who loves books and movies, this on-the-go gadget is the absolute best gift. With a 10.1” HD display, camera, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi, email and web browsing and more, this is the NOOK he’s been waiting for.

4040 Locust Industrial Storage Rack, $899 at Urban Outfitters

Normally, we try to keep our presents within a much lower, collegiette-friendly budget. But we believe that if there’s any time to gift a big-ticket item, it’s graduation! This storage rack is an absolute essential for apartment life – your recent grad can organize all his shoes and clothes in one place without worrying about tiny rooms or lack of closet space. Seriously, this will change his life.

Kate is the Associate Editor of Her Campus. Before joining the staff full-time, Kate was the Campus Correspondent for the HC Skidmore College chapter as well as an editorial intern, Love editor, and national contributing writer for HC. In addition to her work with Her Campus, Kate has been a Sex & Love stringer and digital editorial intern for WomensHealthMag.com and an Inner Circle Trendspotter for MTV. Kate graduated from Skidmore College summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts in English and French. In her spare time, Kate is usually spotted writing fiction, playing tennis, reading pop culture blogs until her eyes hurt, baking cookies, or dreaming up her next travel adventure.