Pairs perfectly with that new diploma.

It’s cap and gown season, which means it’s also time to start thinking about gifts for the grads in your life. Whether they’re celebrating high school successes or a new college degree, your gift will go a long way to making their special day even special-er. Now, I know what you’re thinking — Can’t I just… write them a check? Yes, of course you can. But what’s the fun in that?? Your grad put a lot of work into finishing school; the least you can do is put a little thought into their gift.

But don’t worry — your gift search just got a whole lot simpler. Below are five foolproof ways to congratulate your favorite grad (and earn yourself bragging rights as a best-in-class gift giver for years to come).



Life comes at you fast, especially after you graduate. And this point-and-shoot Fujifilm Instax Mini is the perfect way to help your grad keep up with the action. They’ll get high-quality, quick-printing photos of everything from the ceremony to the afterparty to all the adventures that lie ahead. Holding onto new memories has never been easier.



Nothing says All Grown Up like a beautiful watch — and these classy timepieces are the easiest way to kick your grad’s look up a notch. Water-resistant up to 50m, the Armani Exchange Active is perfect for the guy on the go (wherever he goes). And you can’t get more classic than a Citizen Carina, easy to dress up or down for a big interview or night out on the town.



Speaking of accessories, your grad certainly won’t say no to some nice sunglasses. And it’s about time they retired that flimsy free pair from the campus career fair. (Hey, cheap sunglasses are great for the beach. But post-grad life calls for a post-grad pair of shades.) These unisex Ray-Ban Wayfarers look good on anyone, and will keep the sun out of your graduate’s eyes as they set sail for new horizons.

Google Home


Whether they’re headed to college or out into the workforce, your grad will appreciate anything that makes their life easier. The Google Home does that — and so much more. It’s the simplest way to check the weather, set timers, schedule appointments and reminders, listen to podcasts, stream music, and get answers to questions from anywhere in the house. This is the perfect voice-activated, hands-free, in-home assistant for the person who’s already got enough on their hands.

State bag


“Oh, the places you’ll go.” You hear that a lot this time of year. Yes, usually people are referencing the Dr. Seuss classic, but it doesn’t hurt to think more pragmatically. Your grad’s going to be packing their bags — leaving home, leaving campus — and they could use some gear that’ll keep up with them for the long run. This STATE bag makes a modern update to the classic backpack, perfect for early-morning treks across the quad or into the office. And a Herschel Supply Co. bag is the ideal day pack to adapt to any adventure or routine. So your grad can really go places in style.

So congrats to the graduate — and congrats to you on finding them a really great gift.

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