Culture & Student Life

2022 Graduation Gift Guide: Top 10 Must-Haves for College Grads

VC Social’s gift guide for the graduating class of 2022. Ranking the top 10 must-haves for recent college grads—starting at $25.

It’s the moment we have all been waiting for: graduation season has approached us and it’s time to commemorate the graduating class of 2022! Whether they studied virtually or in-person, earning a diploma or degree is a significant academic achievement for many students—and they deserve to be celebrated accordingly. As this chapter in a student’s journey comes to an end, friends and family can show their support by gifting a college grad with something that they need. The best gifts are often the sentimental kind—but when in doubt, gift cards are on everyone’s wish list.

How will you be congratulating the scholar in your life? VC Social has researched the top 10 must-haves for the graduating class of 2022—starting at $25. Keep scrolling to find the best gift ideas for the graduate in your life. (Listed by price: lowest to highest.)

1. “We’re Not Really Strangers” Card Game $25

We’re Not Really Strangers Card Game—Target

The best ice-breaker for grad parties and hosting game nights with friends. Warning: be prepared for deep questions!

2. Custom Graduate Frame $35

2022 Custom Graduation Tassel Frame—Things Remembered

The best sentimental gift money can buy: a custom frame to celebrate the graduate. Consider pairing this gift with a diploma frame too!

3. JBL Go 3 Portable Speaker $29.95-39.95

JBL Go 3: Portable Bluetooth Speaker—Amazon

A pocket-sized speaker for a grad on-the-go. For under $50, this little boombox will bring the party to any gathering.

4. Instant Qt Mini Vortex Air Fryer $49.99

Instant – 2Qt Vortex Mini Air Fryer—Best Buy

Give the gift of quick and easy meals with a mini air fryer. This compact air fryer is budget friendly and will be sure to inspire more home cooked meals!

5. Alumni Merch $59.98

Ventura College Champion Hoodie—Ventura College Bookstore

Alumni merch and college apparel are great gifts for nostalgic graduates that want to showcase their school spirit. Support the alumni’s school by purchasing directly through the school’s website or bookstore.

6. Vankyo Mini Projector $69.99

Vankyo L430 720p Projector—Target

Movie nights at home will never be the same thanks to this mini projector. This tech gift is ideal for stay-at-home enthusiasts.

7. LaCie Rugged Mini 1TB Hard Drive $79.99

LaCie Rugged Mini 1TB Hard Drive—Staples

For the tech-savvy graduate: a hard drive is a very useful tool for organizing digital data—during and post-college!

8. Samsonite Slim Backpack $99.99

Business Slim Backpack—Samsonite

A polished laptop bag for the graduate’s next professional journey.

9. Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 Instant Camera $130

Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 Instant Camera—Urban Outfitters

In an instant, the graduate can document their best memories with this nostalgic camera (including receiving this gift). Say cheese!

10. Apple AirPods Max $469

Apple AirPods Max—Best Buy

Now presenting the hottest gift of 2022: Apple’s new AirPods Max. Ranging in 5 different colors, these headphones are a fan favorite— your graduate will be sure to get good use out of these!

By Jocelyn Herrera

Jocelyn Carolina Herrera is a first-gen business woman with a passion for fashion and creative marketing. Her background in writing, photography, and retail management has led her to several opportunities as a creative professional. She is known for her contributions working in the fashion industry as a visual merchandiser, stylist, and event coordinator. Most notably, Ms. Herrera has collaborated with companies such as Victoria’s Secret, Urban Outfitters, and Buffalo Exchange. Born and raised in the sunny suburbs of Southern California, Ms. Herrera is currently pursuing a career in fashion marketing and public relations.

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