24 graduation gift ideas to help your friends prepare for their next adventure


As spring break draws to a close, it’s time to start looking forward to an even more important occasion: graduation. Graduating from high school or college is not only a major academic achievement, but tossing your cap up signals the start of an exciting new chapter. Whether that means getting into the workforce, taking time off to travel, applying for a job, or moving into a new apartment, it’s a time of opportunity, and you want items that will equip you for any lies of course. Luckily, any of these 2022 graduation gift ideas will help your best friends prepare for their next adventure. (And these treats will also look good on any wish list you have.)

The best graduation gifts are those that are personal, thoughtful, and useful to the recipient you are gifting. To make sure your gift doesn’t gather dust in their closet, we at Elite Daily have compiled a list of treats for four *unofficial* rites of passage your loved one might experience after they *officially* receive their diploma. From planning a trip after graduation to a new job or internship, these unique graduation gifts will help them prepare for the path they want to take.

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Post grad road trip must haves


If you’re not going on a post-graduation road trip, has there ever been a degree? Whether you’re planning a cross-country trip where you can really connect with your best friends, or taking a solo trip to one of your bucket-list destinations, a post-graduation vacation is the perfect way to reconnect after all that relax and rejuvenate stress while studying for the final exam. Kitted out with essentials like a sturdy weekend duffle, a travel pillow with thousands of rave reviews, and of course, TikTok’s viral favorite water bottle, the Hydro Flask, you and your BFFs will have the road trip of your dreams with all these must-haves to hand.

Treats for a good first impression


It’s much easier to make a great first impression when you feel confident that you’re presenting yourself at your best. If your gift recipient is going to college or preparing for their first real job, they will definitely appreciate some professional items to help them through the transition. From a popular selfie light to spice up their Zoom meetings to a laptop case in a super aesthetic hue, these goodies will help any graduate look and feel good in a new environment surrounded by new people.

Gifts for your new space


For both high school seniors and college graduates, moving into a new dorm or apartment may be their first time taking full responsibility for decorating their space — and it can get expensive. Help them out with these eye-catching home accessories, from a Bridgeton-inspired gilded mirror to virally colored stemless wine and water glasses that are sure to make a statement wherever placed.

Cute products to display your favorite memories


As excited as you are for the next chapter, you still need a place to store and showcase your favorite memories from the last four years. You know, when nostalgia strikes. While there are so many options for digital photo frames, nothing beats a snap at hand. These cute Polaroid and printable wall displays are perfect for showcasing the good times past and the adventures yet to come.


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