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30 Registry Ideas Perfect for a College Grad

Check out these 30 registry ideas to make sure that your college grad has everything that they need to set themselves up for success after college!

By Hannah Purvis

If you’re preparing to celebrate an upcoming college graduate, setting up an online registry for them can be the perfect place to start! By creating a custom list of things that they’ll likely need as they take this next step in life, you’ll play a crucial part in setting them up for success. Once the registry is set up, you can share it with friends, family, and other loved ones who can work together to get them started on the right foot.

We’ve created a list of the perfect college graduation registry ideas –from stainless steel mixing bowls to fresh new bedding, so that nothing important falls through the cracks. Read on for inspiration!

Congrats Grad!

1. New Bedding

Sometimes students have a twin bed and are in need of an upgrade after college, especially if they lived in dorms. Regardless, having a fresh set of quality sheets is a good way to start their journey into adulthood.

bed with decorative pillows
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2. Towels

Same as sheets, despite already having towels from college, starting with a fresh new set can make your grad feel like they are stepping into a new chapter. Get a matching set of hand towels, wash clothes and shower towels all in their favorite color.

a stack of folded towels
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3. Grocery Gift Cards

You can’t go wrong with a gift card for graduation. Getting the graduate a grocery gift card to their nearest supermarket is a gift that will go to immediate use!

fresh groceries in a supermarket
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4. Dishes & Silverware

As many college students live with roommates, often-times they share dishes and silverware. Making sure they have a set of their own to start out with is important, as it’s something they’ll use every single day!

shelves full of dishes
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5. Pots & Pans

Encourage your grad to save money and stop ordering takeout, by supplying them with a set of non-stick pots and pans. Send them a few easy recipes to whip up, so they can learn to cook the basics!

pots and pans
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6. Crock Pot & Rice Cooker

A Crockpot and rice cooker make great gifts because they can help save time and effort when cooking! If they start dinner in the crockpot first thing in the morning, they’ll have a warm meal waiting for them when they get back from work. Additionally, a rice cooker is a staple for easy-to-make homemade dinners!

bowl of white rice
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7. A Mattress

This more expensive item on our list is an important staple that can make or break a good night’s sleep in a new apartment. Check out Siena and Nectar mattresses, both affordable memory foam brands that will deliver mattresses right to your door!

mattress with no sheets
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8. A Laundry Hamper & Detergent

Get a nice laundry hamper that is easy to carry to the laundry room. If your new grad is living somewhere with a communal laundry space, consider getting them a portable basket or a hamper on wheels for ease. Additional laundry items to start them out with are detergent, stain remover, dryer sheets, and bleach.

woman folding clothes
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9. Coffee Pot or Keurig

If your grad can’t function without coffee, consider gifting them a coffee pot, keurig, or other functional brew tool like a french press! This will be a vital gift for starting the morning in a positive way.

person pouring a cup of coffee
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10. A Paper Planner

While some people prefer to use a digital calendar, a paper planner can end up being an incredibly helpful tool to stay organized and keep track of plans, grocery lists and more!

person writing in their planner
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11. Wine Glasses & Bottle Opener

Nothing says ‘new home’ like a gift of wine glasses and a bottle opener. Pair this with the new graduate’s favorite wine and it will be the perfect way to toast to a new chapter.

people cheersing with wine
Photo by Matthieu Joannon on Unsplash

12. Vacuum or Broom

This item is commonly forgotten but can make a big difference in the cleanliness of the home. Depending on if the floor is mainly wood, tile or carpet, gift a vacuum, broom, swiffer wet-jet or even a roomba to clean when they aren’t around.

Roomba vacuuming the floor
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13. Tool Kit

Everyone needs a basic tool kit whether they’re taking on a building project or just want to hang some art on the wall. At the least, make sure the kit has a hammer, nails, a screwdriver, measuring tape, and a level.

variety of tools on a table
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14. Clothing Gift Card (For Work Clothes)

If the new graduate already has a job lined up, a gift card to shop for new work clothes can be incredibly helpful. For those moving into an office job or a first time role, they may not have the correct wardrobe quite yet. This will set them up for a successful first day.

wardrobe of dress shirts hanging
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15. Luggage Set

This gift is especially valuable if the new grad is planning on moving cities for a job opportunity. Giving them a quality luggage set will allow them to visit home comfortably and with style!

rosegold luggage set
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16. Good Quality Water Bottle & Coffee Thermos

No more frequenting the vending machine now that college is over. Set them up with a quality reusable water bottle and stainless steel coffee thermos to take to and from work. This, paired with a coffee maker will also encourage them to make coffee at home, instead of overspending on daily trips to the coffee shop!

black Hydro Flash on a desk
Photo by Matt Hoffman on Unsplash

17. Amazon Alexa

These home companions can give you all the insight you need when moving to a new area. From daily weather and traffic updates, to playing your favorite comfort song on request, this gift will make your loved one feel a little less alone in a new environment.

Amazon Alexa on a nightstand
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18. Laptop Bag for Work

Getting a work computer for a new job can be a very exciting milestone. You’re out in the world and finally feel like a real adult, taking on a new job in a new office! Laptop bags/cases make a great gift because it will provide reassurement that their new equipment is well taken care of.

woman putting her laptop in her backpack
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19. An Electric Toothbrush

It is scientifically proven that electric toothbrushes provide better care for your teeth than any standard manual toothbrush. Consider this gift an investment into their health and wellness routine that will pay dividends when it comes time to visit the dentist!

black electric toothbrush and charging stand
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20. Hello Fresh or Meal Kit Subscription

For those who may not know their way around the kitchen, a meal kit subscription such as HelloFresh can be a less intimidating way to dive into cooking. Sign them up for a few months to start and let them find their footing with easy-to-follow recipe cards and every ingredient delivered straight to their door.

fresh vegetables and ingredients ready for cooking
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21. Toaster Oven

For a home with a smaller amount of counter space opt for a toaster to get them started. If they have the room, gifting a toaster oven can be handy for toast, bagels and even small meals for ones that don’t quite need the oven!

a row of toasters on a shelf
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22. Mixing Bowls

You don’t realize the importance of mixing bowl sets until you need them. If you’ve ever had a late night cookie craving, you’ll know that having mixing bowls is a must! Get a set with a few different sizes so they have options.

set of 4 mixing bowls
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23. Fire TV Stick

Amazon Fire TV Sticks will convert any TV to a smart TV, allowing you to download apps and stream your favorite shows. Allowing your new grad access to their favorite comfort shows is an absolutely priceless gift in the digital age.

smart tv on a tv stand
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24. Headphones

Shop between over-the-ear headphones or AirPods and give your grad the gift of peace and quiet. Headphones can be helpful while working, working out, commuting, and even cleaning!

headphones and a plant on the counter
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25. Clothing Steamer

While ironing can sometimes feel like a chore, steaming your clothes is easy and quick! Even the inexpensive steamers seem to get the job done and are conveniently portable for travel. Gifting a steamer will help make sure they show up to their new job wrinkle-free!

Photo by Cristofer Maximilian on Unsplash

26. Fan

Some people need a fan to sleep or could really use the extra air-flow, depending on the area they’re living in and whether or not their apartment has air conditioning. For an amazing fan brand, check out Vornado — it doesn’t get much better than these.

large circle fan
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27. Duffel Bag & Toiletry Kit

Some travel essentials that are good to have on hand are a sturdy duffel bag and a toiletry kit. These items will make weekend excursions and quick visits home a breeze!

brown duffel bag on the floor
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28. Kindle

If your new grad enjoys reading, a Kindle can make for a great gift! It’s easy to take on the go and allows for hundreds of books to be available at the tips of their fingers.

kindle and reading glasses
Photo by Shayna Douglas on Unsplash

29. Comforting Candles or Plug-Ins

Which candles you gift will depend on their smell preference and their housing allowances. Some apartment communities don’t allow candles. In this case, consider gifting a wall plug-in or a Scentsy to make the space feel homey!

assortment of candles on stones
Photo by Luma Candles on Unsplash

30. Visa Gift Card

Lastly, add a generic Visa gift card to the registry so the new graduate can get anything extra particular on their wishlist!

gift wrapped in pink with a gold bow
Photo by Ekaterina Shevchenko on Unsplash

Create Your Registry Today

Now that you’ve gotten some ideas for what to add to your graduation registry, let’s get you set up today! Visit our homepage to start customizing your own. Oh, and give a big ‘congrats’ to your grad from the team here at Celebration Wishes!

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