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23 Unforgettable College Graduation Gifts for Girls

Graduation is right around the corner! There’s no doubt that the last four years flew by – but that doesn’t mean graduation itself can’t be memorable. Gift the grad in your life with something special to celebrate all her hard work! We’ve picked out the perfect presents to get her ready for the real world – hello, adulthood!


BNTO Canning Jar Lunchbox Adapter, $8.56 on Canopy

Lunchtime never looked so sweet! Give her the gift of easy, fast, packable lunches for her new 9-5 job; we love how easy this lunchbox adapter makes it to be healthy during the workday.

Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps, $9.54 at Barnes & Noble

The title pretty much says it all. This handbook will be every recent college grad’s roadmap to adulthood. Trust us: She won’t want to live without it!

5-Year Diary (Blue Cover), $17.46 on Canopy

This gorgeous diary is made to save memories. Each page is devoted to one day of the year so your grad can scribble in updates on her life, thoughts on the transition from college or dreams for the future. Plus, it has special sections at the back to record books she has read and places she has traveled. It’s the ultimate graduation gift!

Jar You With Me? Shot Glass Set, $17.99 at ModCloth

What do we love about these pastel ceramic Mason jar shot glasses? Um, everything! These will be the cutest addition to your recent grad’s apartment, and she can use them to toast to her new life as an actual *~adult~*.

It All Just Clicked Kate Spade New York Photo Album, $20 at Paper Source

Your collegiette made countless memories in college – help her save her favorites! This super-cute Kate Spade photo album is the perfect place to keep tangible evidence of all her fabulous college days (because Facebook and Insta alone won’t cut it!).

Wonderland of Whimsy Bracelet, $24.99 at ModCloth

“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” So, so true for graduation. This quote from Alice in Wonderland has us feeling all the feels!

Daily Bubble Glass Set, $24.99 at ModCloth

These glasses totally remind us of champagne (hello, gold bubbly!), but that doesn’t mean they can’t be used for any other drink (we guess). Stock your recent grad’s kitchen with the essentials, starting with these cute and quirky cups!


Agate Stud Earrings, $29.50 at Ann Taylor

Forget boring old pearls – this fresh take on the timeless trend is our new favorite work-wear staple! Less than $30 for quality, office-appropriate earrings? Yes, please!

Pink Tool Set, $29.95 at Paper Source

Yes, everyone needs to learn to use tools after college. Whether she’s hanging pictures or putting together an IKEA dresser, she’ll need all the essentials on hand to get the job done. Make it easy with this 23-piece tool set from Paper Source!

kate spade new york One in a Million Initial Business Card Holder, $30 at Macy’s

Your recent grad is going to be meeting important people, making big career moves and trying to give a great first impression. Help her stand out from the crowd with this chic, professional, personalized business card holder!

Colorful 5-Piece Bakeware Set, $34 at Urban Outfitters

Does your grad have a sweet tooth – or just love to bake? Get her started cooking for herself with this cute and functional bakeware set. Cookies, cupcakes and more, oh my!

Best Iced Coffee Maker, $39.99 at Sharper Image

You wouldn’t believe how quickly a daily iced coffee purchase adds up. Help her save her hard-earned cash; this iced coffee maker brews 16 cups of iced coffee at a time, and the coffee lasts two weeks when refrigerated! This is truly the gift that keeps on giving.

Avocado Salt & Pepper Shakers, $45 at Uncommon Goods

Because nothing beats avocado, ever. These salt and pepper shakers will brighten up any kitchen with a splash of whimsy!

Accomplish Magnificent Starburst Necklace, Sterling Silver, $48 at Dogeared

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but there’s no denying this necklace is breathtaking! More importantly, it sends a motivational message your grad is sure to appreciate: Set your mind to something and accomplish magnificent things!

Lavender Relaxation Gift Basket by Alder Creek Gift Baskets, $49.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond

If there’s anyone who could use some stress relief and relaxation, it’s a girl dealing with the newfound realities of her first job, rent payments, life in a new city and more. This lavender gift basket has everything she needs to sit back and relax, from bubble bath and body cream to cookies and tea. Hello, R&R!

UNDER $100

Threshold Pouf, $59.99 at Target

The hardest thing to get when you graduate (besides a great job) is furniture – more importantly, furniture that actually fits your style, and not just a random assortment of hand-me-downs that look nothing like your aesthetic. Give your grad a trendy, pretty pouf for her apartment! Perfect for seating and decoration, this splash of color is perfect for a starter space.

Sculpted Feather Hinged Cuff, $68 at Chloe + Isabel

Hello, beautiful! This flawless feather cuff is timeless enough to work for the office and trendy enough to shine on a night out. Not to get all cliché and cheesy on you, but hey – what is graduation if not a chance to spread your wings? That’s where the feather cuff comes in. We’re obsessed!

Magritte Plate Set, $96 at MoMA Store

If she loves art and design, she’ll adore this Magritte plate set from MoMA! Let her show off her style in her kitchen and make mealtimes that much brighter.

Full Heart Necklace, $98 at Catbird

Meet the keepsake present she’ll keep on her at all times: this delicate necklace from Catbird is just what we were looking for! Whether you opt for sterling silver at $98 or solid gold at $216 (or some combination thereof), you’re sure to put a smile on her face.

OVER $100

Collegiette Crown Bliss Stack, $116 at The Her Campus Shop

Help your collegiette show off her HCXO spirit! Whether she’s a Her Campus chapter member, a remote writer or blogger, a fan of the community or simply a girl who loves pink, this stylish set of bracelets from eff.Y.bee will always remind her of her awesome time as a collegiette!

Kylie Leather Pumps, $128 at Ann Taylor

We get it: Plain leather pumps might not seem like the most exciting, jaw-dropping present of all time. But this will be the present she needs the most – and possibly the one she’ll use the most. Now’s the time for your grad to dress professionally, whether for interviews or for a big-girl job (Yay! Employed!). These pumps are the perfect pair to dress up any outfit and get her office-ready this summer.

Leather Latched Planter (Triple), $168 at Anthropologie

There’s nothing quite like a gorgeous green plant to take a room to the next level! This fresh and flawless wall décor will make a major statement in any room of her apartment, and let’s be honest: She needs to learn how to take care of something, so why not start now?

Microsoft Surface Pro 64GB Black, $469.99 at Intel

A girl’s gotta have her tech! Now that your grad is on the go, traveling or commuting, she’ll need an easily transportable, tech-savvy piece of equipment like this tablet from Microsoft. It comes with a prop stand and stylus, so you can use it anywhere for anything!

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.