The best gifts for recent grads, from business card holders to portable USB chargers

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  • Graduation is a worthwhile accomplishment that deserves a thoughtful gift.
  • You can find all graduation gift guides here, along with some standout gifts from each guide.
  • If you’re looking for gifts for another occasion, check out all Insider Reviews gift guides here.
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A graduation is always an accomplishment worth celebrating, and this seems to be especially true in 2021. Students everywhere adapted to the many different challenges brought forward by the novel Coronavirus – adjusting to remote learning and navigating the uncertainty of what their school experiences will look like. Earning a degree (during a global pandemic, no less) is certainly something to be proud of, so celebrate the students you love with a thoughtful gift.

We’ve gathered up all of our graduation-related gift guides below, with some of our favorite gifts called out from each piece. Affordable options, last-minute finds, and masculine and feminine choices for both high school and college are all featured.

Here are the best graduation gifts in 2021:

Feminine graduation gifts vetted by a recent graduate

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Perfect graduation gifts for her — as recommended by a recent college graduate

Unique subscription boxes, coffee makers, or custom maps of their college town: This list has been written by a recent graduate herself to encompass all the things they’ll need, want, or miss as they enter the next chapter of their adult life.

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Masculine graduation gifts, as selected by a recent graduate

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Thoughtful college graduation gifts for him, as recommended by a recent graduate

This list touches on many helpful tools for postgrad living that they may not have already thought of, like a tracker for their keys or a USB car charger.

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Masculine high school graduation gifts

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Clever and practical high school graduation gifts for him

Regardless of where their path leads after high school, they’ll appreciate a useful addition to their dorm or bedroom. Bedside caddies, extremely comfortable lounge pants, and blue light glasses subscriptions are just a few of the gifts we think nearly any high school grad would be grateful for.

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Feminine high school graduation gifts

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Thoughtful high school graduation gifts she’ll actually want to keep

Photobooks and college apparel are certainly kind gestures, but there are plenty of other graduation gifts that can stand out from the crowd while maintaining their thoughtfulness. We’ve profiled some memorable options in this mindfully crafted list.

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Graduation gifts for all

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The best graduation gifts you can give to upcoming high school or college grads

No matter the degree or recipient, a graduation is an exciting milestone to celebrate. This all-encompassing list likely has you covered with home and kitchen necessities, tech accessories, and profound books to add to their reading list.

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Graduation gifts under $100

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Graduation gifts under $100 that the class of 2021 will love

Gifts that come with a large degree of thought don’t necessarily need a high price tag. Cookbooks, planners, and water bottles are gifts they could use every single day that don’t require a substantial budget.

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Graduation gifts under $50

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The best gifts you can get grads that won’t cost more than $50

These thoughtful gifts include simple bouquets of flowers, business card holders, and even tablets, all for under $50.

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Last-minute, Prime-eligible gifts

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Amazon Prime gifts for high school and college graduates that cost under $100

We’ve all been there: Suddenly the event that felt months away is finally here. If you’re racing against the clock, are in search of affordable options, or simply prefer the convenience of Amazon Prime, we’ve got your back.

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