Our Home Decor Gift Guide for College Grads

Help the college grad in your life furnish their new place in style.

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With college graduation season upon us, finding the perfect gift for the college grads in your life can seem like an overwhelming task. But don't fret — we’ve come up with a list of the best home decor gifts they'll love.

1: Midcentury Dowel Mirror

Photo by: West Elm

West Elm

Not only is this mirror beautiful, it also doubles as the perfect place to hang magazines, shirts or towels. It’s the perfect gift for the grad who's constantly on the go. This mirror can be functionally placed by the front door for a quick glance on the way out. 

$299.99; westelm.com

2: Ceramic Fern Plates

Photo by: The Jungalow

The Jungalow

After four years of eating off Styrofoam plates, gift your grad these beautiful ceramic dishes from the Jungalow Shop. This set of six dishes is perfect for their first dinner party, and the prints on the plates are incredibly fun and playful. They’re also dishwasher- and microwave-safe, making them durable and usable for any meal.

3: Kate Moss Wall Art

Photo by: Laurie Duncan Art

Laurie Duncan Art

Show your college grad that art can be cool without being pretentious by purchasing them a piece of wall art. This Kate Moss print by Laurie Duncan was inspired by the iconic photo shoot captured by renowned American photographer Terry Richardson for the trendy brand SUPREME. Wall art will take any new grad’s apartment and add a ton of personality.

4: Shark Rocket Complete Vacuum

Photo by: Shark®


Keep your grad from having to live in an apartment full of crumbs and lint with this lightweight but powerful vacuum. Not only does it clean carpets, it can also clean hardwood floors, ceiling fans, upholstery and vents. This vacuum will make cleaning their apartment easier than ever. The Shark Rocket Duo Clean also includes a wall mount in the box, which allows the vacuum to be stored easily in a closet without taking up too much space.

5: Hesby Moroccan Pouf

Photo by: Hesby


This handmade, leather pouf can be used as seating around a coffee table or as an ottoman. Made in Morocco, this gift will add a touch of culture to any graduate’s new place. Since the pouf is handmade, each one is different and stylishly unique.

$250; shophesby.com

6: Beolit 15 Speaker

Photo by: Beoplay


In a day and age where more and more people are opting to use their laptops and desktops to watch their favorite shows and movies, give your grad the gift of high-quality sound no matter how they choose to stream their shows. The Beolit 15 Bluetooth speaker is the perfect blend of incredible functionality with stunning design. The speaker can last for up to 24 hours of battery life, and the leather strap makes it easy to take anywhere. It comes in an array of colors, and with 240 watts of power, the sound fills even the largest of rooms.

$299; beoplay.com

7: Wall-Mounted Bike Rack

Photo by: Quartertwenty


A grad’s first apartment can often be on the small side. Help them save room by gifting a wall-mounted bike rack that also features a shelf. Designed by Quartertwenty, this rack saves on space and looks good, too.

$120+; qtr20.com

8: VINEBOX Subscription



Photo by: Eugene Borodin, VINEBOX

Eugene Borodin, VINEBOX

Introduce your college grad to the finer things in life, which in this case is wine. VINEBOX prides itself on only introducing you to wines that are not mass-produced. They believe in sharing the stories behind the wineries and the towns in which they're located. Each month your grad will receive three glasses of wine (they come in hand-drawn glass vials), with information about each winery, recipes and pairing suggestions.

$81 (3 months); vinebox.com

9: Mod Metal Planters

Photo by: Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

Add a pop of gold and greenery to your grad’s apartment with one these mod metal planters from Urban Outfitters. Since the planter is only six inches, it’s perfect for a kitchen counter or side table.

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Smash a Bottle for Cash

Celebrate one of life’s greatest achievements with a smash! Clean out a clear wine bottle, remove the label, and fill the bottle with rolled up bills. Super glue the cork to the top and print out a new label to adhere to the bottle. Allow the grad to have some fun and smash the bottle safely to obtain their gift.

Make Simple, Elegant Wall Decor

Learn how to make this minimalist wall hanging for the stylish grad to display in their new dorm or apartment. Select photos of their closest friends, family and/or favorite pet for a personalized touch they will cherish forever.

Customize a Coffee Mug

Use a hand-lettered cut file to create an inspirational coffee mug for the adventurous grad. The options are endless. Vinyl works great on tote bags, too.

Bake Homemade Cookies

Does your grad have a major sweet tooth? Satisfy that craving by baking their favorite cookies. If you lack the baker’s touch, opt for prepackaged cookies and an adorable themed label for whichever option you choose.

Photo By: Caramel Potatoes

Assemble a Candy Bouquet

If you're looking for another way to please the sugar lovers, this candy arrangement is a great gift that can be easily customized with the grad’s favorite candy. Choose embellishments that match their school colors and personality.

Photo By: Crafts 'n Coffee

Create World Map Magnets

Use old, unused maps to make these cute and easy map magnets for the grad who longs to travel the world. Let them remember where they came from by including a magnet with their hometown or state.

Photo By: The Happy Housie

Make a Homemade Spa Kit

Finals are stressful. Treat the grad to a spa day with a homemade spa kit, which includes a peppermint scrub, peppermint whipped body butter and a peppermint foot soak. Try substituting lavender or another essential oil scent that helps soothe and relax the weary soul.

Photo By: PopSugar

Represent Their School Colors With a Mason Jar

Turn a plain Mason jar into a drinkable glass to sip on sweet tea or another preferred beverage. Add a monogram and include the grad’s school colors for the straw and lid. Wrap the jar in school colors with tissue paper and ribbon for an additional festive touch.

Personalize Soda Bottles

Remove soda bottle labels and replace them with personalized labels to congratulate the grad. Choose their favorite soda or sparkling juice and decorate a bottle carrier to match the color theme. Top the bottles with a mini graduation cap and tassel as a finishing detail.

Put Together a Gift Basket

Make a gift basket the grad will actually use. Grab a colander and fill with kitchen basics such as pasta, a cutting board, a coffee mug, measuring spoons and dish towels. Include stationary or a notebook to jot down recipes.

Photo By: Beba Photography; Tiny Prints Blog; Design and Styling By: Tana Nelson

Decorate a Wooden Craft Box

Paint a wooden craft box and attach a tassel to the lid using a tie tack post and cotton embroidery floss to resemble a graduation cap. The box can be filled with money, a gift card or another gift of your choosing. 

Fill a Mason Jar With Dollar Diplomas

Looking for a gift that’s easy and cost efficient? We’ve got you covered. Take a plain Mason jar, roll up dollar bills, tie with ribbon to resemble diplomas, put inside the jar, and adorn with a paper graduation cap. Chances are, you have these basic craft materials on hand already.

Photo By: Hip2Save

Get Crafty With a Handmade Card

A cute and clever way to celebrate the graduate, this punny card is a great idea for the last minute gift givers. Attach a gift card or money to the back and seal inside an envelope.

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Photo By: Landeelu

Use a Light Bulb to Hold Cash

Impress everyone with a creative, more unique way to give the gift of money. Add crinkle paper shred in a color of your choice and roll up cash to fit inside an empty, crafting light bulb. Complete the craft with a gift tag with a fun message to the graduate.

Fill a Box With Memories

Is your best friend graduating? Consider painting a wooden box and filling it with a few of your favorite shared mementos. It’s easy to forget those little moments, but a collection of photos, ticket stubs and other memorabilia will help them remember the fun times for years to come.

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Photo By: Wellnesting

Paint Wooden Blocks to Form Message

Everyone loves a good puzzle. Buy small wooden blocks, paint each side a different color and write your custom, congratulatory message in permanent marker. Place the blocks in a decorated glass jar and let the grad decode the message.

Photo By: Club Chica Circle

Design an Owl Mason Jar

Just like your grad, owls have a reputation for being wise. Honor the grad with this witty owl Mason jar made out of a basic materials: paper, string, paint, bottle caps, felt and googly eyes. Fill the jar with cash, a gift card or another thoughtful gift.

Repurpose a Pineapple Can

Find a fruit can with a pop top lid for this fun, surprise-in-a-can gift. After thoroughly washing the can, adhere the printable label. Fill with paper shreds and your chosen gift and seal it tight with super glue. Don’t forget to add a note of congratulations.

Create a Layered Tassel Necklace and Cuff

Put your jewelry making skills to use with this matching tassel necklace and cuff. The subtle nod to the big day will translate perfectly for everyday wear!

Photo By: Brit + Co

Turn a Wood Slice Into Artwork

For anyone with an artistic flair, this cute and inspirational display would be the perfect accessory for the grad’s new dorm or apartment.

Photo By: Walnut Hollow

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