Graduation Survival Kit-The Ultimate List Of Graduation Gifts For Men!

Graduation Survival Kit

Dear Cool Gifts: My boyfriend is graduating soon and I want to create a “Graduation Survival Kit” for him. I’m not really sure what to put in the kit. I want to show him how proud I am of him and put in some really cool boyfriend gifts! What should I do?

Hello Hopeless Gift Hunter,

Graduation gifts for boyfriend are very important because graduation is a big accomplishment and life transition. When considering gifts for a boyfriend who is transitioning you should consider what he needs to make the transition go smoothly. Great graduation gifts for men include gifts they can use at their new jobs or new schools if they are continuing their education. Here are a few gifts to for boyfriend to include in your graduation survival kit!

College Graduation Survival Kit

College graduates need very practical items they can use during their transition and will probably like something a little bit more fun or celebratory as well. Here are a few graduation gifts for men that are perfect for college grads:

Grad to Great: Discover the Secrets to Success in Your First Career

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“Grad to Great: Discover the Secrets to Success in Your First Career” by Anne Brown is a good graduation gift because career advice is something that many college grads need. “Grad to Great” includes information about how to ace any job and how make your presence known at your new job. Check it out!

Money Advice by Dave Ramsey: “The Total Money Makeover”

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Money advice is one of the best gifts for boyfriend you can give him during big life changing events! Having advice about how to manage any aspect of your life during such a busy time can be very helpful and grounding during a whirlwind of life changing events. Check it out!

“The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business”

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Transitioning usually means creating new habits and doing things you’ve never done before. If your man is notorious for being late or maybe working too hard (and not taking you out often enough) then he can benefit from “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business.” Writer Charles Duhigg shares insight into how you can change bad habits and create healthier habits. Check it out!

College Life Survival Kit Gift Basket

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Your man has worked hard to earn his diploma. Give him a sweet gift treat to show how much you care. This indulgent gift basket incudes everything that a chocolate lover would ever need including chocolate covered pretzels and peanuts. This is a romantic gift that you can share with each other. How about going on a romantic post-graduation picnic and enjoying this basket together? Check it out!

Make him a Graduation Lei

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Handmade gifts are the best because they show how much you care.  Graduation leis are gorgeous and can be fun to make. Pick flowers that match your man’s school colors or make him a money lei. Here’s how to make a money lei:

-2 spools of 12 foot black ribbon

-Black paper

-100 one dollar bills

-Needle and thread or sewing machine

Here are the steps to making your man’s money lei:

-Each dollar bill should be folded into a mini fan (sort of a like an accordion)

- Cut the black paper the same size as a dollar bill (I suggest using a dollar bill as an outline and using that outline to cut the paper). Cut 100 pieces of paper.

Note: Two fans (dollar or ribbon) make a circle

- Unravel both spools of ribbon; take the ends of each ribbon to create a loop. Sew the loop into place. You should have a loop with 2 strands of ribbon flowing down the side. Eventually you will have 1 ribbon strand because you will be using them to tie.

-Switch between tying the paper and money with the ribbon to create the lei. Simply create a knot around your two pieces of paper or money to fasten them together. Once you’ve completed all of your mini fans you’re all done! Check out a step by step instruction guide here.

Toshiba Portégé Laptop Computer Amazon

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Consider a lightweight laptop computer with a long battery life such as the Toshiba Portégé Laptop Computer. Laptops make great graduation gifts for a boyfriend who is continuing his education or working in and industry that will require him to have a computer such as law or accounting. Check it out!

Career Guides “Now What? The Young Person’s Guide to Choosing the Perfect Career”

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Any career advice you can give your man will help him when he graduates. “Now What?” includes advice on designing a career that fits you, problem solving, and accomplishing your goals. This is information your boyfriend will need to make the best career planning decisions after graduation. Check it out!

Prepaid Credit Card

Green Dot Reloadable Prepaid Cards

Walgreens offers prepaid credit cards that can be personalized with your man’s name on them and do not require a credit check. A prepaid credit card combined with Dave Ramsey’s the total Money makeover is the perfect financial gift for any new graduate. Check it out!

A Suit by Kenneth Cole

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Kenneth Cole makes very fashionable suits that are also high quality. A suit something your man might not have in his closet if he has been a student for a while. Now it’s time for him to look professional and act professional. Check it out!


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The Amazon Kindle is a hot gift that’s on everyone’s list. If you’re going to get your man an e-reader you might as well get him the best. The great thing about the original Amazon Kindle is that it is very affordable. Check it out!

Portable Charger for Laptop and Cell Phone by IOGEAR

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A portable charger for a laptop or cell phone by IOGEAR is the perfect graduation gift for a man on the go. If your man is in business or is going to be in the sales industry he will probably need some type of charger for his mobile devices. Check it out!

High School Graduation Survival Kit

High school graduates also need a graduation survival kit. Many of the gifts I listed above are perfect for high school graduates but I wanted to suggest a few more graduation gifts for boyfriend who is a high school graduate as well:

Real World 101: A Survival Guide to Life After High School

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It is essential that every adult knows how to deposit a check, clean the house, do the laundry without shrinking his favorite t-shirt and socializing at work, “Real World 101” covers all that and more. Check it out!

Gift Cards to His Favorite Restaurant

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Did you know that offers a lot of gift cards for some of the most popular eateries and restaurants? Pick your man’s favorite card for an easy answer to your graduation gift questions. Check it out!

The Knowledge T-Shirt from Busted Tees

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Funny t-shirts that are related to knowledge and graduation also make great graduation gifts for men. Busted Tees specializes in making shirts with graphics and lettering that would make most people do a double take. Check out the Knowledge T-Shirt to see what I mean. Check it out!

There are enough graduation gifts for boyfriend here for you to consider. Think about your man’s next step and find gifts that will help make that transition easier. Happy graduation gift hunting!

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