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Editors’ Picks: 20 Great Gifts for Grads

May 2, 2014

by Stephanie Madewell handmade and vintage goods

Every spring, certain milestones are reached: flowers bloom, trees come into leaf and graduates get ready to march. There are many great ways to celebrate the grad in your life, from classic gifts like cards and jewelry, but for this collection, we focused on sourcing items perfect for life on campus (though some would be just as welcome to recent college grads).

A sturdy bag that holds all the essentials is a must-have.

Turn a dorm bed into a workspace with a handy lap desk.

Tuck a gift card to the campus coffee house into a handmade travel mug.

Because a clean dorm room is a happy dorm room.

Lanyards make keeping track of all those keys, cards and IDs a little easier.

Add some seating to a small space with a sturdy floor cushion.

Encourage studious thoughts with a book-scented candle.

Toting tomes and laptops across campus is a breeze with sturdy waxed canvas panniers.

A towel with their name on it won’t be so easily “borrowed” by roommates.

For getting to those early-morning lectures on time.

Add a little fun to wash day with a laundry bag that tells it like it is.

Treat them to a cool crate crammed with snacks and treats.

Engrave a vintage watch with their graduation date for a unforgettable gift.

Budding chemists will appreciate this cutting board every time they break to make a study snack.

Inspire the aspiring journalist with an throwback keyboard.

Mountain print notebooks encourage lofty thoughts and big dreams.

A sleek leather cases stashes a laptop in style and doubles as an interview-ready portfolio down the line.

Roman numerals give the traditional graduation date ID bracelet a classical twist.

Celebrate the places they’re going with art that incorporates specific coordinates.

Because cash is always welcome (or an Etsy Gift Card).

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