13 Graduation Gift Ideas that He Actually Wants

For years you’ve watched him put in all the hard work that’s needed to succeed in school. Whether he was spending entire weekends on research papers in high school or pulling all-nighters to ace his finals in college, all his dedication has paid off and it’s time to celebrate!

Your son, brother, or grandson has reached his goal and graduation is coming up. Unfortunately for so many grads in the class of 2020, graduation events just won’t play out like years past. For many, due to social distancing rules and shelter in place orders, there will be no donning of caps and gowns, no big ceremonies, and no packed parties. While it’s OK to mourn and be sad over this loss, it’s also OK to go a little over the top, celebrating as best you can from a distance.

Don’t let this moment pass him by without showing him all the kudos he deserves. We’ve gone ahead and found some of our best gifts for graduates this year. We considered what the future might hold for him, so whether you're looking for high school graduation gifts or college graduation gifts, seeing him off to higher education or hoping he'll land his dream job, we’ve got gift boxes that he’ll actually want. Let's all join in and give 2020 grads a big virtual round of applause!

1. Deadbolt Mystery Society

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Price: Starts at $21.67/month

About the Box: Some of the best grad gifts focus on one very important piece of life - fun! The Deadbolt Mystery Society is the perfect gift box to keep him on his toes and flexing his mental muscles with a DIY standalone mystery. Working solo or with a group of friends, he'll unbox challenging gameplay with puzzles, codes and clues, and get immersed into a mysterious world filled with captivating characters and storylines.

Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. in the 1st full week of the month

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2. VINYL MOON

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Price: Starts at $23.00/month

About the Box: Make sure he always has new beats to blast in his dorm room with a monthly subscription to Vinyl Moon. A unique gift for music fans and vinyl lovers, every album delivers the chance to explore 10 up-and-coming, scene-worthy artists through a professionally curated track list. Each new volume is pressed on high-quality color vinyl, and packaged with custom-designed jackets and inserts, perfect to add to a growing collection.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. except for select countries around the 17th of each month

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3. Son of a Barista

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Price: Starts at $28.17/every 3 months

About the Box: Whether he's heading on to college or out into the workforce, one thing he'll always need is a nice, strong cup of coffee. Son of a Barista is here for him! Sending a free high-quality espresso coffeemaker with the first order, plus 60 pods for 60 cups, he'll always have a freshly brewed espresso at hand. He'll get 30 pods filled with a cremoso blend and 30 pods filled with a puro 100% arabica grind for a perfect pick-me-up.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the 7th of every month

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4. MATTER

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Price: Starts at $25.00/month

About the Box: If you're tempted to get him a memorable keepsake, go out on a limb and pick up something truly one-of-a-kind with the MATTER box, a monthly subscription that brings a collection of curiosities. Dubbed as part museum and part lab project, every box brings between 4-6 objects of intrigue, including everything from natural specimens, like rare crystals and ancient fossils, to historically significant artifacts, like authentic NASA computer chips.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. in the 1st week of the month

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5. Gentleman's Box

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Price: Starts at $29.00/month

About the Box: A perfect graduation gift for college graduates who are heading out into the real world, the Gentleman's Box offers a curated mix of lifestyle essentials to help today's modern gentlemen look and feel his best. Offering both a Classic or Premium option, he'll get 4-6 top-quality accessories, ranging from umbrellas and stainless steel tumblers, to stylish headphones, watches, messenger bags and more.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. within 3 business days of check out

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6. Bokksu

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Price: Starts at $36.99/month

About the Box: While this year might not be the best year to send him on a global adventure, you can bring him on a culinary adventure through Japan with a monthly gift subscription to Bokksu. Exploring traditional food and festivals, he'll get between 10-25 authentic snacks that showcase the featured region, plus a pairing tea and a detailed tasting guide, offering information about both the culture and the treats.

Shipping: Ships to select countries from Japan within 4 days of ordering

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7. American Cocktail Club

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Price: Starts at $27.99/month

About the Box: Help your soon-to-be-former college student celebrate virtual-style with a little help from the American Cocktail Club. Specializing in craft cocktails made with all-natural juices, choose either a box with or without the booze to send all the mixers, garnishes and handcrafted ingredients he needs to transform into a mixologist and whip up 4 servings of a delicious craft cocktail drink from the comforts of home!

Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. during the 3rd week of the month

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8. Brothers Coffee Company

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Price: Starts at $19.00/month

About the Box: We've mentioned it before, but we'll mention it again -- coffee! A great gift for moving on to college or heading to a 9-to-5, with Brothers Coffee Company your favorite grad will have good, bold coffee. Every box focuses on freshly ground, ethically sourced coffees and features a different roaster from around the world. Choose between 3 subscription tiers, select a preferred roast, and he'll get coffee that's been roasted to perfection.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. within the 1st week of every month

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9. Culture Carton

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Price: Starts at $16.00/month

About the Box: Set him up for success with a monthly subscription to the Culture Carton. Available in 3 tiers, lifestyle items-only, book-only, or a lifestyle + book box, this subscription puts a fresh spin on refined sophistication sending a gift set of curated lifestyle products that are themed around self growth. Filled with an insightful read and practical products, like sunglasses, tech gadgets, leather goods and top-quality EDC items, he'll have all he needs to be on his way!

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 17th of the month

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10. Beard Care Club

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Price: Starts at $6.75/month

About the Box: With great beard comes great responsibility! Help the new graduate in your life put his best face forward with a wide range of all-natural products from the Beard Care Club. Members of the bearded brotherhood will keep their facial hair soft and groomed with any of the 11 available subscription options, that range from budget-friendly mini kits to splurge-worthy gifts packed with all sorts of grooming necessities, like oils, waxes and balms.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. between the 5th-7th of every month

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11. Forma Supply Co.

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Price: Starts at $33.33/month

About the Box: Forma Supply Co. is a highly rated, no-frills T-shirt box that's available as a monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly subscription. Bringing the best in straightforward fashion basics, he'll get that comfy casual look for less with 3 premium-quality tees in a range of different colors, including everyday neutrals, color-speckled and heathered brights. Featuring a super-soft fabric and classic crew neck, he'll get an assortment of timeless wardrobe essentials.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. within 2-3 days after ordering

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12. Spiffster Tie Club

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Price: Starts at $8.25/month

About the Box: Send him out into the world for his first suit-and-tie gig knowing he'll look the part with Spiffster Club. Available in 7 unique options, this fun monthly box sets out to deliver a wide range of trendy, fashionable ties. From silks and skinnies, to bow ties or sock+tie combos, send him a gift that will match his personal style. Each handcrafted high-quality tie will add bold pops of colors, classic patterns and eye-catching textures to any business attire.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 22nd of each month

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