Gifts for their dorm room
Are dorm room registries a thing? Because they totally should be. Incoming college freshmen need SO many things to complete their dorm rooms (and make little dorm rooms feel like home). An electric kettle, personal fan, cute laundry bag or new bedspread may not *sound* like fun graduation gifts, but they're the kind that keep on giving.
College survival kit
Let's face it, packing for college can be ridiculously stressful. No matter how many lists your grad makes, they're bound to forget a few things—which is why a "college survival kit" makes such an awesome gift. Fill a container with some of the essentials for freshman year: snacks (popcorn, candy, chips, Pop-Tarts, pasta, beef jerky, gum…), a coffee pot or instant coffee packs, plastic bags, a first-aid kit, scissors, a toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, tissues, lotion, hand sanitizer, super glue, sunscreen, cough drops, hair ties, ear plugs, a towel, lip balm, cotton swabs, pens, notebooks, a power strip, Command Hooks, cleaning supplies, and a letter reminding them how proud you are of this big step in their life.
Pack everything up in a carry-on suitcase or bathroom caddy, or opt for something a little cuter: a plastic paint can works for smaller kits, and pack larger kits in a decorative party tub or galvanized bucket featuring their new school mascot or favorite sports team.