The 14 Best College Graduation Gifts That New Grads Will Love

College graduation season is just around the corner, which means it’s time to play “Pomp and Circumstance,” cheer on the new college grads in your life, and find a great college graduation gift or two. This year’s college students deserve something extra special for all their hard work balancing classes and remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. But where can you find a college graduation gift box that’s sure to delight the recipient — and a gift box that you can send conveniently, no matter where you’re located?

The answer is Cratejoy’s graduation gift boxes. When you send graduation gift baskets, you send a deluxe gift set that any new grad will enjoy, appreciate, and use. Monthly congratulation gifts are an especially thoughtful present for a new grad as they start the next stage of their life and career. You can select from college graduation gift boxes that include a personalized gift, a keepsake, delicious foods, inspirational goodies, a spa gift, or another high-quality curated collection that will surprise and delight your new grad.

Cratejoy is honored to celebrate this year’s new college grads — and make gifting easy for you — with this list of graduation gift ideas. Read on to find the perfect graduation gift for the college graduate in your life, whether they’re a relative or your best friend. These presents will stand out at any graduation party and make the grad’s life easier and more joyful.

The Best Graduation Gift Ideas for College Grads

1. CoachCrate


Say “Congrats, grad!” with the gift of personal growth and empowerment delivered each month. This subscription crate works like a life coach in a box, sending your favorite college graduate a monthly growth plan, a book of the month with a reading plan, online coaching videos, curated items to encourage relaxation and wellness, and more. With every month focusing on a different topic related to personal development, these grad gifts consistently offer more to learn. It’s a smart and thoughtful way to help grads invest in themselves.

Price: Starting at $42.75
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. by the 25th of the month

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2. The Original Gourmet Cheese Club


Elevate your new graduate’s snacking and break time to a luxurious level with these high-end gourmet gift baskets. Treat them to a monthly selection of three small-batch artisan cheese selections (about ½ a pound each) featuring high-quality and rare ingredients, along with tasting notes, cheese profiles, pairing recommendations, and serving suggestions. If the college grad you’re celebrating loves gourmet food or enjoys entertaining friends, this unique gift box is a wise and delicious way to say congrats.

Price: Starting at $38.95
Shipping: Ships within the U.S. (except for AK and HI) soon after your order is placed for your first box and around the same time each month for subsequent boxes

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3. Habitation Box


Give the graduation gift of interior design with this high-quality college graduation gift box. Every month, the grad will receive four to six luxury home decor items (or seven to nine items in the Elite box) in a versatile neutral color scheme, all curated by a professional interior designer. Featuring handmade items, decor from small businesses, eco-friendly and socially conscious materials, and seasonal decor, this deluxe graduation gift can help your graduate take their living space’s look to the next level.

Price: Starting at $65.83
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 1st of the month

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This college graduation gift box puts a new spin on deluxe music subscription boxes by delivering an exclusive vinyl record every month. Each vinyl album features songs by 10 up-and-coming musicians and a custom-designed album cover, so the contents of every gift box look as awesome as they sound. Plus, subscribers get additional discounts at the Vinyl Moon store. College grads who love discovering new music artists and building their vinyl collections will be over the moon for this graduation gift.

Price: Starting at $26.00 per month (annual membership starting at $23.00 per box)
Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. around the 17th of the month

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5. American Cocktail Club


Your favorite college grad just earned their degree, and now you can help them complete graduate work in mixology with this award-winning craft cocktail gift box. Every month, they’ll receive a graduation gift box that includes all the ingredients to make four craft cocktails (one subscription box includes alcohol, while the other one does not). The subscription box features unique, natural, and low-sugar materials hand-crafted by expert mixologists, making it a great gift for a young adult who’s looking forward to entertaining friends.

Price: Starting at $40.99 (Everything But the Booze box starting at $32.79)
Shipping: Ships within the U.S. (the Everything box with alcohol does not ship to AK, KY, MS, or UT) during the third week of the month

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6. Authentic Books


Treat a new grad to self-care, a great read, and an immersive experience with this monthly graduation gift. Each book box has a different theme and includes a new hardcover book, a soy candle, tea or cocktail ingredients, a curated playlist, and self-care and beauty items that go along with the monthly theme. Featuring products from U.S.-based artisans, this college graduation gift also donates 5% of each purchase to supporting children’s literacy, so it’s a fun and unique gift that also gives back.

Price: Starting at $38.00
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. during the last week of the month

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7. Work • Space • Spark


Brighten your new grad’s workspace and living space with this career and office decor subscription box. They’ll receive four to five on-trend items every month to decorate their desk and help increase their productivity, including paper goods, office supplies, tech toys, and more. Plus, subscribers get access to exclusive career growth material online. This monthly subscription box makes a fun yet practical gift for new college grads, whether they’re entering the workplace, pursuing another degree, or just looking for professional inspiration.

Price: Starting at $47.99
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. between the 15th and the 20th of the month

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8. Craftsman Crate


Does your college grad love getting their DIY on? Then they’ll enjoy this college graduation gift box, which delivers real tools, clear instructions, and fun projects to help subscribers develop and flex their maker skills. Past boxes from this award-winning subscription service have featured projects like mosaic making, soapstone carving, and basket making. If the new grad in your life likes to tackle DIY crafts and build their skills while they build new items, they’ll look forward to the contents of every deluxe gift box.

Price: Starting at $30.77
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. around the 9th of the month

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9. Owl & Moon Apothecary


A magic-themed graduation gift might be the perfect present for the new grad who loves new age practices like crystals, essential oils, aromatherapy, and alternative spirituality. Every monthly box celebrates a different theme and includes a combination of an intention-setting candle, a curated crystal, an aromatherapy item, a handcrafted soap, and up to four magic- and metaphysical-focused goodies. Filled with vegan and handcrafted products, this gift box is sure to delight grads who want to explore the practice of magic.

Price: Starting at $34.95 (Light and Lather Mini Box starting at $17.95)
Shipping: Ships within the U.S. within five business days after the end of the month

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10. The Plant Club


Looking for college graduation gift ideas that will encourage your new grad to grow? This plant of the month club does exactly that. The monthly box delivers live plants to the gift recipient, providing them with beautiful home and office decorations and a fun and fast gardening project once a month. Each gift box includes a high-quality plant, an adorable pot and accessories, clear instructions, and a few extra gardening-related goodies. It’s a great gift that provides your new grad with lovely decor and easy DIY projects that flex their green thumb.

Price: Starting at $36.00
Shipping: Ships within the U.S. (except for AZ, AK, HI, and PR) within one to two weeks of the 11th of the month

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11. The Appalachian Mercantile


Celebrate all things Appalachian with this thoughtfully curated college graduation gift box filled with Appalachian foods, crafts, and home goods. Your new grad will enjoy a collection of six to seven high-quality, full-sized products each month (or quarterly if you select the Seasonal Mercantile Box), along with a recipe and information about the products’ makers. Unboxing these grad gifts feels like a trip to Appalachia in a box, giving your new grad the chance to enjoy delicious and premium regional items from home.

Price: Starting at $38.00
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. three business days after your first order and on the 15th of the month for subsequent monthly/seasonal boxes

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12. SpiceBreeze


Your new grad will want to get things cooking as soon as they receive this subscription box. Each monthly gift box includes freshly ground pre-measured spices, with enough spices to cook three to four servings of an amazing and delicious meal. Recipients can choose between spices for meals, desserts, or exotic seasonings. With a recipe card and fun facts included in every box, this grad gift is a tasty way to help college graduates build up their cooking supplies and recipe know-how.

Price: Starting at $8.90
Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. by the 15th of the month for regular boxes

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13. Paradise Delivered Premium Box


Send your new grad a once-a-month spa gift thanks to this deluxe graduation gift. Featuring seven to eight full-sized premium products in every monthly box, this award-winning gift set specializes in vacation-themed bath and beauty items, jewelry, accessories, books, snacks, wellness treats, and more. It’s a great way to support a college grad’s self-care practice. Each subscription service feels like a staycation in a box, providing your favorite graduate with the fun and relaxation of travel from the comfort of home.

Price: Starting at $37.50
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on or before the 8th of the month

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14. Grill Masters Club


Help your college grad get some grill world experience with a graduation gift that delivers grilling and BBQ-themed products every month. Curated by a certified and award-winning Pitmaster, this monthly gift subscription delivers four full-sized items in each box, like spices, sauces, rubs, wood chips, grilling accessories, and more, as well as delicious and time-tested recipes. It’s a fun way to let your graduate have fun with their grill while exploring new flavors, classic tastes, and high-quality grilling and cooking products.

Price: Starting at $24.99
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 7th of the month

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