Celebrate a loved one's milestone with one of the best college graduation gifts for 2021. Peruse products for tech lovers, jet-setters, bookworms, and more!

Best College Graduation Gifts for 2021

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College graduation marks a transition filled with exciting possibilities. Many grads are living on their own for the first time, which means looking and paying for an apartment. In the U.S., the average one-bedroom apartment is more than $1,620 per month. This hefty price tag can make furnishing a new home difficult for students.

Help a loved one feel comfortable in their post-graduation life by getting them one the best college graduation gifts of 2021. We've sorted these recommendations into seven categories to help you find a product that suits your grad's lifestyle and interests.

For the Tech Lover | For the New Apartment | For the New Job | For the Jet-Setter | For the Reader | For the Beauty Enthusiast | For the Picky Shopper

For the Tech Lover

Smart TV

Our Recommendation:

Insignia 50-Inch Smart 4K Fire TV

Released in 2020, this TV is fully compatible with Amazon's streaming services. Use Alexa voice controls to quickly access more than 500,000 films and TV episodes, as well as play music and manage other smart devices. This TV produces richly defined images using LED backlighting and high dynamic range technology.

$300 on Amazon

Smart Watch

Our Recommendation:

Apple Watch SE

The Apple Watch SE pairs with the iPhone to provide enhanced connectivity, allowing users to receive messages and calls, play music, and use the features of Siri. The device also acts as a health coach, analyzing workouts for potential improvements and monitoring heartbeats for irregularities. Users can customize their Apple Watch with stylish bands and digital faces.

$270 on Amazon

Amazon Fire TV Stick

The Amazon Fire TV Stick lets users quickly stream TV shows and movies in HD, including a huge library of free content. Connect the stick to compatible smart devices to monitor a security system, check traffic, and order takeout.

$40 on Amazon

Wireless Earbuds

Our Recommendation:

Apple AirPods

The latest Apple AirPods use state-of-the-art wireless connection technology to play stable, high-quality sound. In addition to a one-step setup process, these AirPods boast a universal fit and give you access to a variety of features through Siri. The wireless charging case provides up to 24 hours of battery life.

$160 on Amazon

Bluetooth Speaker

Our Recommendation:

JBL FLIP 4 Speaker

A portable and waterproof Bluetooth speaker, the JBL FLIP 4 offers enhanced stereo sound and a speakerphone with built-in echo and noise-canceling features. Connect up to two phones/tablets and amplify the audio by synching multiple JBL speakers. Additional features include voice command using Google Now or Siri and a 12-hour battery life.

$80 on Amazon

Smart Speaker

Our Recommendation:

Echo Dot, 4th Generation

The Echo Dot is a smart speaker capable of delivering clear sound quality. Users can listen to music through Pandora or finish a bestselling audiobook with Audible. Thanks to a suite of Alexa features, you can also check tomorrow's weather, control compatible devices, and keep your home safe with the Guard app.

$30 on Amazon

Bluetooth Tracker Tiles

Our Recommendation:

Tile Essentials

With this four pack of Bluetooth trackers, you can help the recent college graduate in your life find their keys, wallet, and phone as they rush to an important job interview. The free app (compatible with Android and iOS) lets users trigger an alarm within 150-200 feet and, when outside that range, retrieve an item's most recent location.

$66 on Amazon

For the New Apartment

Espresso Machine

Our Recommendation:

Nespresso Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Maker

Help your loved one get up for an early-morning workout with this coffee and espresso maker from Nespresso. On top of detailed instructions and 12 sample capsules, this package includes a Nespresso Aeroccino3, which can froth milk in seconds without intrusive vibrations or noise.

$209 on Amazon

Sparkling Water Machine

Our Recommendation:

SodaStream Fizzi Sparkling Water Maker

By using SodaStream, you can enjoy refreshing sparkling water without contributing to the waste created by single-use plastic bottles or aluminum cans. Product contents include a sparkling water maker, a carbonating bottle, and a CO2 cartridge that can carbonate 60 liters of water. Add flavor to your fizzy beverage with SodaStream Fruit Drops and other compatible ingredients.

$69 on Amazon

Personal Blender

Our Recommendation:

Magic Bullet Blender

With 250 watts of torque power, the small Magic Bullet blender lets you grind, blend, chop, mix, and whip up healthy smoothies and snacks. Blender cups are made from high-impact plastic, making them durable and easy to clean. This 11-piece kit comes with a recipe book, sealable cup lids, and extra blades.

$29 on Amazon

Toaster Oven

Our Recommendation:

Black+Decker Toaster Oven

Using precise heat and timer settings, this stainless steel toaster oven can evenly bake a 9-inch pizza or toast four slices of bread. It also has a broil setting and can be used to keep food warm. At a little over 16 inches across, the Black+Decker Toaster Oven is a perfect fit for small kitchens.

$43 on Amazon

Instant Pot

Our Recommendation:

Instant Pot Lux Mini

Help your recent college graduate make healthy, cost-effective meals with this programmable pressure cooker. The Instant Pot Lux Mini uses the latest technology to steam, slow cook, and sauté in 70% less time than conventional appliances. Additional features include one-touch controls, adjustable temperature settings, stainless steel construction, and Amazon Alexa compatibility.

$60 on Amazon

Cookware Set

Our Recommendation:

T-fal Nonstick 12-Piece Cookware Set

This nonstick cookware is made from anodized aluminum, which evenly conducts heat and resists scratching and corrosion. The 12-piece set comes with two frypans, three saucepans, a dutch oven, a slotted spatula, and a solid spoon. T-fal cookware is dishwasher safe and withstands heat up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

$140 on Amazon

Silverware Set

Our Recommendation:

LIANYU 20-Piece Silverware Set

Made of stainless steel, LIANYU silverware is rust-resistant and easy to clean. The 20-piece set includes even numbers of tea spoons; salad forks; and dinner forks, knives, and spoons. Each piece is sturdy and comfortable to hold, making this silverware set a good fit for the dinner table or around a campfire.

$21 on Amazon

Knife Set

Our Recommendation:

Cuisinart Stainless Steel Block Set

No kitchen is complete without a durable knife set. These Cuisinart knives boast carbon stainless steel construction and ergonomic design, making them lightweight and sharp. They're suitable for precise chopping, carving, and slicing. The 15-piece block set comes with 13 knives — including an 8-inch chef knife and six steak knives — and all-purpose scissors.

$60 on Amazon

Dinnerware Set

Our Recommendation:

AmazonBasics 16-Piece Dinnerware Set

Help your grad throw a memorable dinner party with this 16-piece set of plates, bowls, and mugs from Amazon. Each lightweight piece is made from porcelain and is safe for the oven, microwave, freezer, and dishwasher. Designed with easy storage in mind, this dinnerware set is stackable and compact.

$33 on Amazon

Glassware Set

Our Recommendation:

Home Essentials 12-Piece Galaxy Glassware Set

Now that they're out of college, the grad in your life should stop drinking beverages out of red plastic cups. This 12-piece, dishwasher-safe glassware set from Home Essentials contains even numbers of double old-fashioned and highball glasses. It also comes with four juice glasses.

$30 on Amazon

Reusable Food Storage

Our Recommendation:

Stasher Reusable Storage Bags

Meal prepping becomes a lot easier with these Stasher reusable food bags. Made from platinum silicone, these sandwich, snack, and half-gallon bags create an airtight seal to keep food fresh and flavorful. In addition to being microwave and dishwasher safe, the Stasher bags contain no BPA, latex, or PVC.

$49 on Amazon

Kitchen Towels

Our Recommendation:

Utopia Towels Kitchen Towels

This 12-piece set of dish and kitchen towels from Utopia Towels lets users keep their home clean without producing paper waste. Made from ring-spun cotton, the towels are both durable and soft.

$17 on Amazon


Our Recommendation:

The Ultimate Cooking for One Cookbook

Help your grad save money on food with "The Ultimate Cooking for One Cookbook." Author Joanie Zisk compiles 175 recipes that focus on minimizing waste and leftovers. The book is divided into chapters for appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, breakfasts, and vegetarian cuisine.

$18 on Amazon

Measuring Cups and Spoons

Our Recommendation:

New Star Foodservice Measuring Spoons and Measuring Cups

This eight-piece set of measuring utensils is a great gift for the dedicated baker and occasional cupcake maker. These measuring cups and spoons are made from stainless steel and designed to produce accurate results. The pieces are simple to clean and nest for convenient storage.

$13 on Amazon

Tool Set

Our Recommendation:

Cartman 148-Piece Tool Set

This complete household hand tool set from Cartman can help your grad decorate and maintain their new apartment. The 148-piece kit includes heat-treated and chrome-plated wrenches, pliers, hex keys, and screwdrivers — all neatly organized in a durable plastic storage case.

$35 on Amazon


Our Recommendation:

Bissell Cleanview Bagless Vacuum

This cost-effective bagless vacuum uses a powerful suction system and triple-action brush to clean carpet and hard flooring. The swivel steering and 6-foot hose lets users maneuver around obstacles and into corners. The Bissell Cleanview comes with a variety of specialty attachments, including a tool for picking up pet hair.

$100 on Amazon

Weighted Blanket

Our Recommendation:

Quility Premium Weighted Blanket

Made of layers of cotton, polyester, and microbeads, this premium weighted blanket from Quility is soft and breathable. The blanket comes with a detachable duvet cover for added comfort and easy cleaning. As a general rule, weighted blankets should be about 10% of the user's body weight.

$100 on Amazon


Our Recommendation:

Mellanni Bed Sheet Set

Help the grad in your life sleep better with a new bed sheet set. Choose from various sizes and over 40 colors and patterns, including imperial blue, striped white, and checkered burgundy. These bed sheets are resistant to stains, wrinkles, fading, and shrinking.

$36 on Amazon


Our Recommendation:

Nectar Queen Mattress

This bed-in-a-box from Nectar is constructed from five layers of gel memory foam that cool and evenly distribute weight, providing a restful experience regardless of a user's sleep position. The package comes with two premium pillows and a lifetime guarantee. Additionally, users can test out this mattress for a full year without commitment or risk.

$800 on Amazon

Bathroom Towel Set

Our Recommendation:

American Soft Luxury Towel Set

This towel set includes two washcloths, two bath towels, and two hand towels made of luxury cotton imported from Turkey. These soft, lightweight towels absorb moisture rapidly and can be hand or machine washed.

$41 on Amazon

Area Rug

Our Recommendation:

Artistic Weavers Area Rug

Complete the look of a living room or bedroom with a 5'3" x 7'6" area rug from Artistic Weavers. Fashioned out of machine-woven polypropylene, the rug can withstand playful pets and high traffic, and can be easily vacuumed or spot cleaned. Pick from colors like grey, black, and dark blue.

$80 on Amazon

For the New Job


Our Recommendation:

Stylio Padfolio/Resume Portfolio Folder

Help a recent college graduate nail their job interview with this matte black document organizer. Made of faux leather, the Stylio padfolio has a refillable writing pad, a pen holder, and double-stitched pockets to securely store resumes, business cards, and other documents.

$13 on Amazon


Our Recommendation:

Clever Fox Planner

In addition to being a weekly/monthly scheduler, this planner is also a productivity journal that helps users improve their time-management skills and achieve goals. The planner comes in a gift box, which also contains an illustrated guide and 150 colorful organization stickers. Choose from several colors, including emerald, amber yellow, and rose gold.

$25 on Amazon

Handheld Clothes Steamer

Our Recommendation:

Hilife Handheld Garment Steamer

This handheld steamer helps working professionals look their best. On top of its lightweight portability, this garment steamer boasts 700 watts of power and a 240-milliliter water tank capable of producing 15 minutes of continuous steam. Use the included brush to remove stray hairs and any remaining wrinkles.

$25 on Amazon


Our Recommendation:

HP LaserJet Pro M15w Wireless Laser Printer

The Pro M15w printer is the smallest of its kind and HP's least expensive wireless laser printer. Through the HP Smart app, users can print from their smartphones through cloud networks like Dropbox, Google Drive, and iCloud. Additional features include reliable wireless connectivity and fast printing capable of producing 19 pages per minute.

$159 on Amazon

Lunch Bag

Our Recommendation:

Venture Pal Insulated Cooler Lunch Bag

Help your college grad keep prepared meals fresh with an insulated and leakproof lunch bag. This bag contains compartments for meals, drinks, and utensils, as well as a durable and adjustable shoulder strap that can be detached. Choose from various color and pattern combinations, including classic black and dark blue.

$17 on Amazon

For the Jet-Setter

Scratch-Off World Map

Our Recommendation:

Maps International, Scratch the World Travel Map

This scratch-off world map lets die-hard travelers document their adventures in gold. This detailed map features topographic shading and clear and colored national boundaries. The product is delivered in a protective tube and is ready for display.

$25 on Amazon

Airline Gift Card

Our Recommendation:

Southwest Airlines Gift Card

Travel can be life changing, particularly for recent college graduates trying to find their place and purpose in the world. A Southwest Airlines gift card lets you help them pay for a plane ticket in denominations of $50, $100, $150, or $200.

Starting at $50 on Amazon

Laptop Backpack

Our Recommendation:

Tzowla Travel Laptop Backpack

With this handy laptop backpack, traveling professionals can store their electronics and personal belongings in three secure compartments. The bag also features strong metal zippers, a combination lock, and a hidden port to connect headphones or a USB cable. Choose from six colors, including gray, purple, and black.

$22 on Amazon

Travel Tote Bag

Our Recommendation:

Kate Spade New York Cameron Laptop Tote

An elegant alternative to a clunky backpack, this laptop tote from Kate Spade contains two compartments large enough to store a 13-inch device. The bag also has an interior zipper pocket and exterior side pockets for personal accessories.

$300 on Amazon


Our Recommendation:

Rockland Melbourne Hardside Expandable Luggage Set

Made from a lightweight but tough thermoplastic polymer, this luggage set allows users to securely store clothes, shoes, and other belongings in mesh zip compartments. Ergonomic handles and multidirectional wheels provide ease of mobility. The three-piece set includes 20-, 24-, and 28-inch upright suitcases.

$145 on Amazon

Duffel Bag

Our Recommendation:

Herschel Novel Duffel Bag

This duffel bag is perfect for a weekend getaway or a trip to the gym. The bag offers over 42 liters of primary storage space, a separate footwear compartment, and a detachable padded shoulder strap. With dimensions of 11.75 inches x 20.5 inches x 11 inches, this duffel satisfies the carry-on requirements of most airlines.

$75 on Amazon

Travel Toiletry Bag

Our Recommendation:

WDLHQC Travel Toiletry Bag

This hanging travel bagc comes with six compartments, including two mesh pockets, and a stainless steel metal hook to help busy travelers keep their toiletries protected and organized. Made of high-quality PVC, the bag is durable, waterproof, and quick to dry.

$24 on Amazon

Travel Pillow

Our Recommendation:

Lucear Twistable Memory Foam Travel Pillow

Whether by plane, train, or automobile, prolonged travel can be taxing on the body. The Lucear memory foam pillow twists to accommodate multiple positions and shapes for individualized support of the back, shoulder, head, or upper spine. This travel pillow is easy to clean and attaches to any bag.

$21 on Amazon

Instant Camera

Our Recommendation:

FujiFilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

Help the grad in your life put down their smartphone by giving them an instant camera from FujiFilm. The Instax Mini 9 uses a 60-millimeter lens and built-in flash to produce photos in seconds. The camera comes with an accessories bundle that includes decorative frames and colored lens filters.

$100 on Amazon

For the Reader

Adulting Book

Our Recommendation:

Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 535 Easy(ish) Steps

In this illustrated book, author Kelly Williams Brown helps young adults tackle practical challenges like apartment hunting and saving money. Readers also receive advice related to more complex issues like domestic conflict and family ties. The book is available in paperback, digital, and audiobook formats.

$9 on Amazon

Audible Membership

Audible lets users listen to the latest memoirs, novels, and podcasts from their smartphone or tablet device. The Premium Plus gift membership provides access to a huge library of books and original content. Members receive one credit each month to purchase any title in the Audible catalog and the ability to make free exchanges.

Starting at $15 on Amazon


Our Recommendation:

Kindle Paperwhite

The newest Kindle Paperwhite boasts a glare-free display and up to 32 GB of memory, allowing users to store plenty of books and comics. This e-reader is waterproof and provides weeks of entertainment with a single charge. Additional features include Bluetooth connectivity, Audible compatibility, and immersive reading tools.

$130 on Amazon

For the Beauty Enthusiast


Our Recommendation:

Valloey Rover Gold Initial Pendant Necklace

A gold pendant necklace crafted by Valloey Rover jewelers is a good accessory to any outfit. This hypoallergenic necklace (meaning it contains no lead or nickel) can be customized with a single-letter initial and dangles from a chain that extends to 2 inches.

$13 on Amazon

Beauty Box

Our Recommendation:

Allure Beauty Box

Discover new makeup and skincare products with a monthly Allure Beauty Box. Each package contains six or more products personally tested by Allure experts, as well as a magazine filled with tips and discounts. There is no shipping cost, and you can freely pause or cancel the subscription at any time.

$23 per month on Amazon

Home Fragrance

Our Recommendation:

NEST Fragrances Classic Candle

A scented candle from NEST Fragrances allows users to fill their home with the soothing smells of orange blossoms, tangerines, and orchids. Candles are made from premium wax to optimize aromatic diffusion and burn for 50-60 hours. The candle holder is made from white-striped glass.

$44 on Amazon

For the Picky Shopper

Amazon Gift Card

Give the gift of online shopping with an Amazon gift card in any amount from $10-$2,000. The card is sealed in a mini envelope, and free one-day shipping is available depending on the location. Amazon does not charge a processing fee or stipulate an expiration date for gift cards.

Various value amounts on Amazon

Amazon Prime Membership

An Amazon Prime Membership makes purchasing goods from the world's largest online retailer easier and cheaper. Members enjoy free expedited shipping, including two-day delivery of prescription medication, early access to daily Lightning Deals, and exclusive discounts at affiliated stores like Whole Foods. A Prime Membership also provides access to a library of free music, movies, TV shows, and video games.

$13 per month on Amazon

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