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
The best ice-breaker for grad parties and hosting game nights with friends. Warning: be prepared for deep questions!
2. Custom Graduate Frame $35
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
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
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
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
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
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
A polished laptop bag for the graduate’s next professional journey.
9. Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 Instant Camera $130
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
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!