Best Grad Gifts for 2016

This is the time of year when groups of high school and college young adults are grabbing that diploma or degree and looking to conquer the world.

Buying a gift that matches their enthusiasm and optimism, and one that is also practical and fun, can be difficult depending on the type of grad on your list. We have compiled a list of the top grad gifts for high school and college grads to enjoy on the big day and afterwards.

Gifts for the High School Graduate

The Tech-Savvy Grad

The high school grads who are planning to head to college in the fall are more tech savvy than any other generation. When it comes to documents, photos and selfies by the thousands, and their collection of videos, cloud backup is vital. One affordable and smart option to give as a gift is Elephant Drive. With Elephant Drive, you get:

  • A monthly cost of $9.95
  • Shared files for collaboration
  • Up to 10 devices covered
  • Free trial and annual discount

The Sweet Tooth Grad

Nothing says “I’m proud of you” like sweets, and not just one or two sweet treats, but an entire basket of goodies. Two gift basket companies that are always appreciated are Shari’s Berries and The Popcorn Factory.

From Shari’s Berries:

  • Nuts, Sweets and Snacks basket
  • Fields Classic Crate of cookies

From The Popcorn Factory

  • Deluxe Tub
  • Caramel Lovers Basket

The “Keep Those Brownies Coming, the Real World is Tough” Grad

A brownie of the month club is perfect for the grad who knows the value of brownie points and knows how tough the next year can possibly get. Vermont Brownie Company is the perfect gift. Details include:

  • Delivery of preservative-free small batch brownies
  • A 6 pack of brownies for three months for $79.99
  • Individual brownies for $4.00

The Grad Who Knows You Have to Look Good to Get Ahead

First impressions matter whether the high school grad is entering the job force or heading off to a large university. A monthly delivery of beauty supplies can be a lifesaver for a grad just starting out on her own. A subscription to Birch Box can be perfect. It includes:

  • Delivery each month for only $10
  • Each delivery comes with 5 samples of high-end beauty supplies
  • Can include bath and body, hair and skin, makeup and fragrance
  • Supplies for young men, too

Gifts for the College Graduate

The Grad Who’s Face You Can’t Live Without

A college degree can take a young adult anywhere, literally. If you want the college grad in your life to keep in touch, a virtual phone service may be the perfect gift idea. One option is Phone.com. This service includes perks such as:

  • Monthly plan starting at $9.99 with 100 free minutes
  • No contracts
  • Mobile app for easy use
  • Ability to purchase additional features and minutes

The Grad You Want Make Sure is Fed

There are so many worries watching a grad enter the real world. Making sure that grad eats a healthy meal here and there is one of them. This food delivery service can keep a grad’s belly full and your worries at bay. Plated is the perfect food delivery service for college grads and includes:

  • Wide choice of recipes to try
  • Delivery of top notch fresh ingredients
  • Two dinners for two people for $48 plus $6 for shipping

A Snack Attack Before Taking on the Real World Grad

Sometimes a broke college grad just needs to sit back, veg out, and snack until those upcoming job interviews roll around. One great snack gift option is from The Fruit Company. A gift from them can include:

  • Gourmet fruit plus chocolates, desserts and cheeses
  • Snack baskets as low as $30
  • Average cost for fruit, cheeses, and snacks range from $50 to $100

The Grad Who Needs to Wake Up Before Taking on the World

A coffee club subscription can ensure your favorite college grad has the coffee needed to get any job done. One option is Bean Box Coffee of the Month Club. Details of this club include:

  • 4 types of coffee for $20 a month
  • 3, 6 or 12 month subscriptions
  • gift certificates in $25 increments
  • Free Shipping

Something for Everyone

The pressure, stress, and excitement of a new chapter in a young life can warrant a thoughtful, functional gift and also gifts that keep on giving each month. Check out our reviews of high-tech services, food clubs, and coffee clubs that can make this next journey the best yet for the grad in your life.



Karri is a freelance writer with experience in newspaper and radio news reporting. She also dabbles in fiction when she isn’t writing blogs, articles, websites, or ghostwriting for others. Publishing her fiction novel is at the top of her bucket list. She loves traveling, gardening, and painting. She is also an avid coffee connoisseur and runner training for her first half-marathon. Karri has recently settled in coastal Maine after her husband retired from 23 years in the Army.

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