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25 Thoughtful Graduation Gifts That Aren't Cash and a Card

Can I go back to college now?

Design by Travis McHenry

It may be a few years since you've walked across the the graduation stage, but when your sister, cousin, or friend celebrates the big milestone in her life—whether she earned a Bachelor's, Master's, Ph.D., law degree, or more—she deserves a present she'll actually use. (No, a Starbucks gift card doesn't count.) Make the transition to the real world a bit easier for her with these cool grad gift options you'll low-key want to snag for yourself.

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The Art of the Bar Cart Styling and Recipes Book

Chronicle Books, $23

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Help her learn that the top of the kitchen cabinets aren't the most practical place to store her wine bottles.

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Apple Watch Series 3

Apple, $329

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The newest waterproof Apple Watch Series 3 allows you to make phone calls and texts without your phone next to you—especially useful for the girl who quickly finds her schedule packed with meetings.

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A Statement Sweater

Lingua Franca, $380

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Inspire her to show 'em who's boss with this soft cashmere sweater.

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Lavender Lotion

Rodin, $84

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Lavender is known for its soothing effects; this hand and body cream filled with calming essential oils will help her tackle any high-stress situation.

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A Two-Tone Yoga Mat

Adidas by Stella McCartney, $60

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Give her something to look forward to after work with this new no-slip yoga mat. (She'll appreciate it even more when she realizes the free yoga classes at the school gym are over.)

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Monogrammed Note Set

Rifle Paper Co., $16

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This eight-pack of floral monogrammed note cards will come in handy as she goes through the job interview process.

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A Personalized Gold Bracelet

Coordinates Collection, $155

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Give her a customizable bracelet with the coordinates of a location that holds a special place in her heart (like her alma mater). She'll keep it forever and remember this new, exciting time in her life.

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Good Vibes Crystal

Free People, $109

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Crystal junkies will be obsessed with this geometric black obsidian crystal that promotes insight, change, detox, clarity, and balance.

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A Beautiful Coffee Maker

Bodum, $50

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It's time to retire the Keurig and replace it with this gorgeous rose-gold french press.

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Stay Home Throw Pillow

Anthropologie, $39

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When the fomo kicks in, she'll have this fleece "stay home" pillow as a reminder that she deserves to chill out every once and a while.

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Sweet Dreams Sleep Mask

Slip, $45

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Help her commence the hours of sleep she missed out these past four years with this luxury silk sleep mask.

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A Transportable Tote

Madewell, $148

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Make her commute easy with this vegan leather crossbody that can fit all of the essentials—including her laptop and shoes.

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Make It Happen Notebook

Smythson, $75

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When she needs a little inspiration, she'll have this "Make it happen" notebook in which to write down all of her goals for post-grad life.

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Wanderlust-Worthy Passport Holder

Anthropologie, $24

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If she's planning on traveling the world post-grad, she'll need this cute floral passport holder...

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The Girl on-the-Go Suitcase

Away, $225

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...And this TSA-approved carry-on that comes with a built-in iPhone charger.

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A Playful Message Board

Bando, $120

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Whether she's writing passive-aggressive "buy the toilet paper" notes or fun "let's party" reminders, this message board is a stylish addition to her new place.

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Candle Trio Set

Boy Smells, $42

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Boy Smells is known for its eclectic range of gorgeous-smelling candles. Even if she's picky about her scents, she's certain to like at least one from this trio—St. Al, Cedar Stack, and Redwood—and all three will look perfect in her new apartment.

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A Chic Wool Beanie

Acne Studios, $150

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A beanie that advertises how she really feels about entering adulthood.

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New Sunnies

Privé Revaux, $30

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Privé sunglasses are a celeb favorite that look a lot more expensive than they are. Plus, who says no to a new pair of sunnies?

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A Powerful Read

Amazon, $11

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Elizabeth Gilbert's #1 New York Times best-selling Big Magic is inspiring and impactful. It's perfect for the post-grads who don't want to lose their creativity within the limitations of the "real world."

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A Statement Lip

Chanel, $37

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A powerful red lip provides a much-needed confidence boost inside and outside of the office.

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A Wardrobe Essential

Equipment, $191

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The shirtdress is a conservative-yet-chic office staple that she can wear throughout the year with a pair of sneakers or booties.

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A New Desk Accessory

Bando, $50

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The perfect addition to her desk that shines a light on all of the amazing work she does.

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Go-To Rainboots

Hunter, $150

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Adult wardrobe rule number one: Make sure you have a pair of rain boots because grown-ups still have to go to the office during thunderstorms.

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Do Not Disturb Hat

Eugenia Kim, $495

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Eugenia Kim's iconic "Do Not Disturb" floppy hat is Instagram-approved and a firm reminder to always use those vacation days.

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