The graduating class of 2020 has had to adjust all expectations of how their senior year would end and what their graduation day would look like. With on-site classes cut short by months this year, many classmates and lifelong friends have not been able to get together to celebrate this milestone and their huge accomplishments.
Without a definite end date for the current pandemic restrictions, it’s hard to know if these young adults will have the chance to walk the stage for their diploma, or even hug their best friends again before they move away to start their next stage of life.
Regardless of the chaos all around, a high school or college graduation is something to be congratulated and celebrated. These graduation gift ideas can help you find the perfect way to congratulate your graduate with a heartfelt gift.
Whether you need great graduation gifts for her or you’re shopping for graduation gifts for guys, this list can help you find the perfect things for their next step in life.
85+ Graduation Gift Ideas for the Class of 2020
Traditional graduation gifts are always a solid choice and include fine jewelry and watches, a classic writing instrument, or a high quality luggage set. There are also lots of great practical gifts for graduates like kitchen and home items that will be useful for those moving into a new home. Enjoy these and a variety of other unique graduation gifts that are destined to become cherished favorites that remind them of the loved ones who gifted them.
Accessory Graduation Gifts from Amazon
These stylish and smart accessory gifts make them feel as sharp as they look!
Custom Personalized Photo Pet Face Socks
Melt their heart with a pair of socks that feature their favorite furry friend (or school mascot, etc.)! These are certain to be well-received by pet lovers! Allow extra time for custom printing. Multiple colors available.
Class of 2020 Leather Bracelet
Help her show off her accomplishments with this “Class of 2020” layered leather bracelet .
Dr. Martens Vegan Smooth Black Combat Boot
The unisex Dr. Martens black combat boots have been the standard for combat boots since before the heyday of grunge. Multiple colors available.
Coach Wallet & Key Fob Boxed Gift Set
This high quality sport calf COACH leather full size wallet has a snap closure and includes 8 card sleeves, 2 full size bill pockets, plus 2 inside pockets. Set also includes a smaller ID case / wallet and a leather key fob. Multiple colors available.
Michael Kors Jet Set Wallet
Michael Kors Women’s Jet Set Wallet makes it easy for them to step out with just the essentials of cell phone, cash, ID, keys, and cards. Multiple colors available.
Michael Kors Jet Set Medium Flight Bag
This stylish Jet Set Travel Medium Flight Bag from Michael Kors will be a go-to bag for years to come. The crossbody design makes hands-free carrying of everyday items simple and sleek!
Ray-Ban Wayfarer Unisex Polarized Sunglasses
The Ray-Ban New Wayfarer sunglasses feature Ray-Ban polarized lenses to improve clarity and contrast while reducing glare and eye-strain. Made from high-quality scratch-resistant glass and lightweight, strong acetate. Multiple sizes and colors available.
Maui Jim Polarized Sunglasses
These polarized Maui Jim Big Wave sunglasses feature a lightweight, thin frame designed for more comfort over a longer wear time. Lenses block glare and UV from all angles, manage blue light, and boost colors with either brown or grey shade. Multiple colors available.
Brahmin Ady Wallet
Help them to show a solid respect for their hard earned money in this gorgeous Brahmin Ady Wallet. Includes 13 credit card slots, clear ID slot, and a zipper pouch for coins. Multiple colors available.
Brahmin Mini Asher Satchel
Brahmin Mini Asher Satchel features a small zippered top closure, adjustable double handles and a removable adjustable crossbody strap. High quality piece also has feet on the bottom and a back slide in pocket. Beautiful, high-quality statement piece that will last for years.
Tory Burch Gemini Link Canvas Tote for Women
This elegant choice from Tory Burch includes a sporty Gemini Link design on a canvas tote. Snap closure at top. Multiple colors available.
Novelty and Fun Graduation Gifts from Amazon
Surprise your graduates with these lighthearted gifts that might help bring them some smiles.
Good Luck Greeting Card
This selection of Hallmark greeting cards will help you wish the graduate well on their next journey! Multiple colors available.
Graduation Mad Libs
Let the graduates get silly with the classic game of Mad Libs with a graduation theme.
Adulting Note Pad (To Do List)
Enjoy some lighthearted laughs about growing and “adulting” with the Adulting Note Pad (To Do List).
2020 Graduate Black Shaped Picture Frame
Display some pride in the Class of 2020 with this “2020 Graduate” black free-standing picture frame. Holds two (2) photos approx 3.5-inch by 5.5-inch.
“Crushed It” Oreo Gift Box
Tell them congratulations with a pumped up message letting them know that they crushed it!
“Now Hotter by One Degree” Coffee Mug
When you’re hot, you’re hot! Let them know who’s hot stuff with this fun mug that accurately states, “Now Hotter by One Degree”.
Double Happiness Keepsake and Paperweight
Remind them that you are always wishing for their happiness with this Double Happiness Chinese Symbol Keepsake and Paperweight.
Graduation Candy Bar Poem Gift Bucket
Even if they find the puns on the poem to be the ulitimate corniness, they are sure to enjoy both the sweet sentiment and the actual sweets in this gift!
College Life Graduation Gifts from Amazon
Living somewhere new for college brings all kinds of new routines and adventures in adulting. Adding in roommates can have advantages, but adds a level of complexity. These indispensable products can set them up to breeze through chores (including laundry day) like a champ.
Oversized Laundry Bag with Shoulder Straps
For students who use an off-site laundry room, a great bag to carry laundry is a huge help. This oversized laundry bag holds 3 loads and includes shoulder straps for easy carrying! Multiple colors available.
Shower Sandal Slippers with Drainage Holes
Any student using common or shared bathrooms will tell you that they need some kind of shoes to use in the shower. Regular flip flops will clumsily do the job, but these Shower Sandal Slippers with Drainage Holes are quicker drying and super lightweight.
Plastic Bathroom Shower Tote
Dorm students will definitely need to have a portable shower caddy to tote back and forth to the shower. Get something that has plenty of ventilation holes for easy drying (preventing mold) between showers. I like this model with 2 sturdy handles for easy carrying! Multiple colors available.
3D Contoured Sleeping Mask
When you share a room with another student, you never know when they’ll be staying up late to study when you’re trying to sleep. Make sure they have a comfortable pair of eye shades to provide a dark environment for the best quality sleep. Multiple colors available.
Lightweight Long Waffle Unisex Robe
Having a comfy and generous robe is the only way to get from the bathroom showers to your dorm room. Multiple sizes and colors available.
Caboodles Rainbow Rad On-The-Go Makeup Organizer
The classic Caboodles are back — the inventor and leader of on-the-go cosmetic organization since 1987 is still making fun cases to easily store and travel with beauty products! Multiple colors available.
Ultra Luxurious Reversible Plush Sherpa Blanket
Getting two people to agree on the same temperature in a room can be a challenge. Help your graduate keep cozy and warm with this luxe sherpa blanket that they will keep close by for years! Multiple sizes and colors available.
Organic Cotton Bathroom Towel Set
This 6-piece plush organic cotton towel set includes 2 bath towels, 2 hand towels, and 2 washcloths in a luxury 700 GSM weight. Multiple sizes and colors available.
Brushed Microfiber Hypoallergenic Sheet Set
Depending on the next phase of their life, they may need a new set of sheets as they move into a new place. This series of sheet sets includes dozens of colors and sizes including Twin XL (dorm room size) up to California King. Set includes fitted sheet, flat sheet, and pillow case(s). This wildly popular product has over 90,000 reviews! Multiple sizes and colors available.
Pusheen Cat Plush Animal Slippers & Sleep Mask
Keep the toes warm inside the dorms with a sweet pair of plush slippers (this set comes with a matching eye mask too!). Multiple colors available.
Lighted Makeup Mirror (1x / 10X magnifying)
There is no telling what kind of conditions the recent graduate will be living in over the next few years. Make their skincare, makeup, and hair routine easier for years with this lighted magnifying makeup mirror.
Bose Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones
Students and grads alike will find these headphones to be a critical tool for tuning out unwanted noise from the environment. Whether you need to focus or just want a break from noise, these top quality noise cancelling headphone from Bose can be a lifesaver! Multiple colors available.
Electronics Graduation Gifts from Amazon
These high tech electronics can both simplify and enhance the things that they already do.
Wireless Waterproof Earbuds
These Bluetooth 5.0 wireless, waterproof earbuds include a charging case and work with both android and iphone smartphones.
Fire TV Stick 4K Streaming Device
Reward their hard work with some much deserved entertainment and relaxation. The Fire TV Stick 4K streaming device allows them to connect their TV to hundreds of online entertainment content like ESPN, HBO, CNN, and more!
JBL Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
JBL FLIP 5 – Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker feature 12 hours of playtime for all day fun! Multiple colors available.
Beats Wireless Headphones
Beats Solo3 wireless on-ear headphones deliver high quality sound via Class 1 Bluetooth (40 hours of listening time per charge). Stylish color choices inlcude Rose Gold and Club Navy.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 10.5 inch 256GB is the 2-in-1 that’s your all-in-one. Instantly transform your Android tablet into a PC desktop experience when you attach the keyboard with built-in trackpad. Multiple sizes and colors available.
Lenovo Flex 15 2-in-1 Convertible Laptop
With a 360 degree hinge, this Lenovo Flex 15 2-in-1 convertible laptop allows you to easily flip easily flip it into tablet mode for browsing the web, or stream a TV show in tent mode. Lightning fast boot-ups and a battery that lasts all day (10.5 hours!). Great choice for all-around performance.
Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch
For anyone in the field of video or the arts, a mac is a hard working must-have. Includes top notch specs for speed and performance. Multiple sizes and colors available.
Household Graduation Gifts from Amazon
Once a graduate moves in to their own place, they’ll need to have the right tools to run their household. These gift items for the home can help new graduates furnish their new places with quality products that will get frequent use.
Fiskars 8″ Forged Scissors
No matter what they are doing after graduation, they are going to need a quality pair of scissors more times in life than they can possibly imagine. Start them off with this quality pair from Fiskars that multi-tasks like a champ and includes a LIFETIME WARRANTY!
Tool Kit with Storage Case
This tool kit includes most of the basics that anyone would need for surprise jobs including hanging artwork to assembling furniture and making household repairs. An essential item for anyone.
Corelle Bands & Dots Patterned Livingware Dinnerware Set
Corelle 16 Piece Pattern of Bands & Dots Livingware Dinnerware Set, Versatile Gray. Dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave & pre-heated oven safe!
Corelle Winter Frost White Dinnerware Set
Many generations in my family have grown up on Corelle dishware. The iconic pieces are lightweight and strong and are safe for dishwasher, microwave, and oven! Also makes a great wedding gift! Multiple sizes available.
Instant Pot Duo Nova 7-in-1
This model of Instant Pot (Duo Nova 7-in-1) has over 70,000 reviews on Amazon and currently has a very high 4.6 / 5.0 rating! See what all the rage is about with this easy countertop device that is Electric Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Saute, Yogurt Maker, and Warmer in one!! Multiple sizes available.
Nespresso by De’Longhi VertuoPlus Deluxe
Help them easily kick the pricey latte habit with a Nespresso coffee and espresso machine. This single machine conveniently and quickly makes freshly brewed long-cup coffee with naturally formed crema and traditional espresso. Each machine includes a complimentary coffee welcome set with a range of espresso Vertuo capsules with unique aromatic profile. Multiple sizes and colors available.
Ninja Professional Countertop Blender
This hardworking blender by Ninja includes 16 ounce cups for easy smoothie creations and a larger capacity blender for party sized creations!
Philips Hue LED Smart Light Bulb Starter Kit
Get them started out right with technology to make their home as smart as they are. These energy efficient Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance LED Smart Light Bulbs work with multiple formats and devices including Alexa.
Google Nest Learning Thermostat
Help them easily manage their home’s heating / cooling with a smart learning thermostat from Google and Nest. Proven to save energy and works easily with Alexa.
Breville Smart Convection Toaster Oven
The Breville Smart Oven Pro 1800 W Convection Toaster Oven with Element IQ is a versatile piece that does a lot within a small footprint. The brushed Stainless Steel looks sharp with any décor.
Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer Gift Set
The small, powerful Dyson digital motor V9 combined with Air Multiplier technology, produces a high-velocity jet of controlled air, for fast drying and precision styling. Prevents extreme heat damage to help protect shine (intelligent heat control measures the air temperature over 40 times a second to prevent heat damage). Dyson Supersonic hair dryer comes with magnetic attachments, so you can adjust quickly and easily and the powerful motor is tuned to produce one inaudible frequency.
Dyson HEPA Air Purifier and Fan with WiFi
This smart air purifier automatically senses and reacts to changes in air quality then reports pollution in real time on LCD screen and on your Dyson Link app!
Dyson V11 Torque Drive Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
Dyson’s most intelligent, powerful cordless vacuum. Twice the suction of any cordless vacuum plus up to 60 minutes of run time!
Dyson technology helps create a cleaner, healthier home – Our vacuums and purifiers are scientifically proven to capture particles as small as allergens and bacteria.
Jewelry Graduation Gifts from Amazon
A quality piece of fine jewelry can last a lifetime — and often be handed down to future generations as well. Invest in a gift that will take them from this stage of life into all their adventures ahead.
Two-Tier Jewelry Box with Lock
This medium sized jewelry box is colored a perfect shade of Tiffany blue, but comes in other colors as well in case your grad has more of a Cartier style. 😉
14K Gold 10mm Ball Stud Earrings
These gold ball stud earrings are made of 14kt yellow gold and come in a variety of widths and colors. The classic shape is a wardrobe staple that goes with almost everything! Multiple sizes and colors available.
David Yurman Petite Wheaton Citrine & Diamonds Bracelet
This Petite Wheaton Citrine & Diamonds bracelet from David Yurman features a golden citrine gemstone flanked by pave diamonds. Made of sterling silver and closes with a hook clasp.
Solitaire Basket Diamond Pendant Necklace
Gift her with a timeless diamond solitaire pendant necklace. The classic style goes with everything and will be treasured for a lifetime. Made in USA of 100% natural and conflict free diamonds.
Solitaire Round Diamond Stud Earrings
These diamond stud earrings automatically elevate any look and work well for both formal occasions and informal, everyday wear. These diamonds are 100% natural, un-treated , conflict-free diamonds. Multiple sizes and colors available.
Watch Graduation Gifts from Amazon
A sharp and stylish watch will help them look great while ensuring that they are always punctual as well.
Swatch Navy Blue Luminous Dial Unisex Watch
This everyday watch from Swatch features a structured rubber strap and green Superluminova indexes. Modern look has a style that works for both men and women. Plus, purchase includes free battery exchanges at Swatch retail locations!
Michael Kors Slim Runway Stainless Steel Watch for Women
Michael Kors Silver Slim Runway Stainless Steel Watch features a 42mm case and three hand analog display. Multiple colors available.
Kate Spade New York “cheers!” Hybrid Smartwatch
This hybrid smartwatch from Kate Spade New York can track steps, sleep, and other habits! Set personal goals and count down big moments all with this hybrid smartwatch that’s always ready for a celebratory toast! Multiple colors available.
Fossil Men’s Machine Stainless Steel Hybrid Smartwatch
This good looking analog watch includes Activity Tracking and Smartphone Notifications. Activity & Sleep Tracking with stats and long-term progress views in the companion app, set custom goals to track on your device. Track your laps and time races with stopwatch mod
A|X Armani Exchange Men’s Classic Stainless Steel Watch
Solid black watch from Armani Exchange features black and gunmetal dial accents and markers. Multiple colors available.
Emporio Armani Men’s Hybrid Smart Watch
This stylish smart watch works with both android and iphone. Can track activity throughout the day and provide alerts / notifications.
Longines Conquest Diamond Mother of Pearl Watch
This elegant timepiece from Longines is an investment that will be cherished for a lifetime. Stylish watch features diamonds, a mother of pearl dial, and a stainless steel case. Water resistant to 5 ATM.
Montblanc Sport Watch for Women
The Montblanc Sport Lady is a beautiful timepiece that features white mother of pearl diamond dial, diamonds set on bezel, luminescent hands, and date feature in a polished steel case and bracelet. Water resistant to 200 meters.
Montblanc Timewalker Chronograph Watch
This Montblanc Timewalker Chronograph is statement timepiece of the highest quality. This self winding automatic movement watch has a polished finish with a brushed red gold case. Features include chronograph, luminescent hands & hour markers, and water resistance to 30 meters.
Writing Instruments Graduation Gifts from Amazon
A classic graduation gift, these quality writing instruments elevate the writing experience and are made to last for generations.
Cross Calais Fountain Pen (Engravable)
This classic Cross Fountain Pen has a blue lacquer finish, a black lacquer grip, and polished chrome appointments. Includes a case for gifting and can be engraved with their name or a message (up to 25 characters) to honor their achievements! Includes Cross Lifetime Mechanical Warranty.
Cross Century II Ballpoint Pen (Engravable)
Send them off in style with an authentic Cross Century II high gloss black lacquer ballpoint pen with 23kt gold plated appointments. May be engraved with a message (up to 25 characters) to honor their achievements!
Cross Townsend Collection for Scuderia Rollerball Pen
Indulge them in their Ferrari dreams with this Cross pen with Scuderia Ferrari colors / patterns. The sporty writing instrument features a signature double band with red/black enamel and a perforated clip modeled after the nose and cockpit of a Formula 1 race car! Multiple colors available.
Montblanc StarWalker Midnight Black Fineliner
Genuine Montblanc with Floating star on cap includes capping system, barrel from black precious resin, ruthenium-plated clip and rings, and a transparent cap with a floating Montblanc emblem. Made in Germany to last for generations.
Montblanc Rouge et Noir Spider Metamorphosis Fountain Pen
Zoom in closely on the head and the cap of the Montblanc Heritage Collection Rouge et Noir Spider Metamorphosis Black Fountain Pen to see the spider emblems in all their glory on this gorgeous and timeless writing instrument.
Book Graduation Gifts from Amazon
Send graduates off with words of wisdom as they embark on a new path (even if the wise words aren’t your own).
The Graduate’s Handbook: Your No-Nonsense Guide for What Comes Next
The Graduate’s Handbook: Your No-Nonsense Guide for What Comes Next by Clark Gaither offers insight from authors, philosophers, and historical figures for graduates. Topics include careers, procrastination, fear, failure, and relationships and offer page after page of thoughful reflections.
Shoot Your Shot: A Sport-Inspired Guide To Living Your Best Life
Shoot Your Shot: A Sport-Inspired Guide To Living Your Best Life by Vernon Brundage Jr. This sports-inspired book takes a closer look at the successes of some of the best athletes to identify the key principles that the world’s most elite basketball players have used. Explains in detail how to use those same principles to navigate through life, accomplish goals, and realize dreams.
The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown
The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown by Catherine Burns, Neil Gaiman. For high-school student and neuroscientist alike, the storytellers share their ventures into uncharted territory—and how their lives were changed indelibly by what they discovered there. With passion, and humor, they encourage us all to be more open, vulnerable, and alive.
What I Know For Sure
What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey. This beautiful cloth bound book comes with a ribbon marker and is packed with insight from Oprah Winfrey. Organized by theme (including joy, resilience, gratitude, possibility, awe, and power) these essays offer a powerful glimpse into the heart and mind of an extraordinary woman―while providing readers a guide to becoming their best selves.
Laptop / Book Bag Graduation Gifts from Amazon
These versatile bags can take a young graduate from campus to career with ease. Carry books, laptops, and more in these quality, stylish cases.
Leather Messenger Bag
This leather messenger fits up to a 17 inch laptop plus books, documents, and accessories in classic style.
Kenneth Cole Reaction Colombian Leather Business Backpack
This Colombian leather business backpack from Kenneth Cole Reaction features anti-theft RFID technology and a dual compartment for up to a 15.6″ laptop. Multiple colors available.
Kenneth Cole Reaction Colombian Leather Messenger Bag
This timeless Kenneth Cole REACTION messenger bag is 11.75″ high and 16.5″ wide to carry most laptops with up to a 16″ screen. Classic styling works both at the club or in the office! Multiple colors available.
Tumi Voyageur Joanne Laptop Carrier for Women
The Tumi Voyageur Joanne Laptop Carrier is packed with features a can hold a laptop up to 14″. Includes leather-trimmed handle, adjustable and removable shoulder strap, monogrammable detachable leather key ring plus an add-a-bag sleeve for convenience. This piece also features Tumi Tracer (an exclusive program that helps reunite lost or stolen items).
Tumi Alpha Bravo Aviano Slim Brief for Men
The slim briefcase for men packs a lot of features in a slim package. This well organized model offers a dedicated 15” laptop section, a padded tablet pocket, interior and exterior pockets, and a removable shoulder strap. Multiple colors available.
Tumi Voyageur Chandler Business Brief for Women
The Tumi Voyageur Chandler Business Brief is a lightweight leather bag offering a purposeful, practical design that doesn’t compromise on style. Interior features a padded laptop pocket with leather snap tab (fits 15″ screens), zip pocket, four media pockets, card pocket, pen pocket, and a monogrammable detachable leather key ring. This piece also features Tumi Tracer (an exclusive program that helps reunite lost or stolen items).
Luggage Graduation Gifts from Amazon
Every graduate is embarking on a new journey towards something. Send them off in style with a quality set of luggage or bags that best suits their next adventure.
Natural Shoulder Tote Bag
This natural cotton canvas tote bag is available with any monogram letter from A – Z to help them identify their belongings. This versatile, sturdy tote includes an inner zippered accessory pocket.
Buffalo Leather Travel Dopp Kit
A sturdy dopp kit is an essential item for men to contain their grooming essentials — both at home and when traveling. This buffalo leather dopp kit features a double-zip top opening for easy access to toiletries! Multiple colors available.
Fjallraven Kanken Classic Backpack
Choose from fun color combinations with a Fjallraven Kanken Classic Backpack (same design since 1978). Versatile and functional!
The Fjallraven Splitpack is a backpack-duffel bag hybrid that’s both practical and functional. Use it for everyday commutes or longer trips with the large straps designed for comfortable carrying. Multiple colors available.
Leather Duffle Bag
This sturdy leather duffle bag works great as a carry-on bag for quick overnight trips. The high-quality stitching and heavy duty lining ensure its durability and long term usage. It comes with 1 large compartment and zippered pockets. Multiple colors available.
Lightweight Spinner Suitcase Set
This lightweight 3 piece luggage set features 3 softshell spinner suitcases in a variety of color choices. Suitcases nest inside each other for each storage at home. Multiple colors available.
Samsonite Hardside Expandable Spinner Luggage
This versatile set includes a 20″ Carry On (that meets the size restrictions for domestic travel) and 24″/28″ Spinners. Made to last and include a 10 YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY! Multiple sizes and colors available.
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Which of these great gifts would your graduate most like to receive?