10 EDC Graduation Gift Ideas for 2020

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10 EDC Graduation Gift Ideas for 2020

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These are historic times and few understand that more than the graduating class of 2020. They’re about to receive their hard-earned academic degrees and go out into the world, such as it is. But even in these times of uncertainty, graduation still represents a moment to celebrate achievements with friends and family both near and far. It’s also a great time for giving graduation gifts to show that you care. Whether your graduate is already into everyday carry or not, there’s plenty of gear options out there to add a thoughtful touch to their everyday ensemble. An EDC item as a graduation gift idea has the benefit of actually having lots of utility: the recipient will think of you and your gift each time they use it, and that’s thanks enough. So if you’re looking for some cool graduation gift ideas that will mark this most special of years for your graduate, we’ve put together some of our favorite options here in this guide for you to consider.


Bellroy Tech Folio

Bellroy Tech Folio

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Bellroy
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ETFA-CAR-101
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Chances are as your new grad enters the workforce they’ll need to carry plenty of tech with them. With the Bellroy Tech Folio, they can do it in style. It features a premium environmentally-certified leather construction that adds a touch of class to any office space. It’s available in two different color ways, a creamy caramel brown, and a lower-profile black leather design that matches devices with aluminum bodies. And speaking of devices, the Tech Folio has a dedicated slop for a 13“ laptop, and pockets for all the chargers, cables, and other small items as well as essential pens and stationery. A zippered closure makes sure everything stays inside until it’s needed, and Bellroy backs this product with a three-year warranty for peace of mind.
Nintendo Switch Lite

Nintendo Switch Lite

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Nintendo
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HDHSBAZAA
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All work and no play is a recipe for disaster for new grads entering the workforce for the first time, and the Nintendo Switch is the first and best option when it comes to having a mobile gaming console for EDC. The newer Lite version comes at a cheaper price when compared to the original, and it’s designed for handheld play. With that in mind, it’s 100 grams lighter than the original Switch hardware, but it ditches the detachable Joy-Con controllers and docking ability as a result. For a life on the go, this shouldn’t matter too much, and it’s easy to unwind with it in hand especially on long trips away from home.
Leatherman FREE P4

Leatherman FREE P4

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Leatherman
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1233443
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As your new grad moves out and lives on their own, having a multi-tool handy for fixes around the house is essential. The gift of a Leatherman tool is a gift for life, and the FREE P4 was designed from the ground up for a more modern feel that younger EDCers can appreciate. It features a plethora of essential EDC tools including screwdrivers, bottle and can openers, a file, a pry tool, and a combination 420HC stainless steel straight edge and serrated locking blade. All of the tools save for the pliers and wire cutters can be used without having to open the tool up, and the act of opening up the tool can be done with one hand thanks to its unique magnetic system that lets the user flick it into action at a moment’s notice. Any graduate gifted a Leatherman FREE P4 will find it extremely handy in the years to come, and with its 25-year warranty, they can count on it being there for that period of time too.
Santa Fe Stoneworks Ironwood + Turquoise Damascus Knife

Santa Fe Stoneworks Ironwood + Turquoise Damascus Knife

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Santa Fe Stoneworks
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Ironwood + Turquoise Damascus Knife
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If you’re looking to make a statement by giving the gift of a heirloom-quality pocketknife to your new grad, check out this beautiful offering from Santa Fe Stoneworks. Unlike cheaper knives that purport to be Damascus but just have etching on their base steel blades to gain attention, this gent’s folder features a 16 layer Japanese stainless steel blade with VG-10 at its core, making for a unique pocketable knife that’s one-of-a-kind. The handle features a smooth ironwood scale with turquoise inlays for a touch of class. But this knife isn’t just for show, a secure lockback mechanism holds the 3" drop-point blade in place during use.
Amazon Echo Buds

Amazon Echo Buds

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Amazon
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Echo Buds
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Good truly-wireless Bluetooth earbuds have become a lifesaver in today’s teleworking economy, and giving a pair to your new grad will allow them to walk away from a work video call to get important stuff done while still hearing what everyone has to say. And because these Amazon Echo Buds feature Alexa integration, the recipient can use it to control their phone and other internet connected devices. Obviously, the microphone will also come in handy when they have to speak to someone on the other end of a phone line, and its wide compatibility with both Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows allows for serious versatility no matter what device your new grad decides to use it with.
Apple iPad Pro (12.9

Apple iPad Pro (12.9", 4th Gen 2020)

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Apple
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MXAT2LL/A
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Speaking of devices, the new iPad Pro line pretty much takes the place of a traditional laptop computer for most computing applications these days. And whether they’re using it for getting things done quickly on the go or they’re using it to relax with streaming or media after a long shift, the iPad Pro delivers on performance without the bulk. This iPad Pro features a 12.9" screen and wifi support, with 256 gigabytes of storage for all of the recipient’s files.
Citizen AW1490-50A Eco-Drive Watch

Citizen AW1490-50A Eco-Drive Watch

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Citizen
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AW1490-50A
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First impressions are key when it comes to success in important meetings and interviews to come, and being on time can make or break your new grad’s chances. If they don’t yet have a watch, consider gifting them this classy Citizen Eco-Drive watch. It has an attractive titanium case and watch band that allows for both dressy and casual wear. And because it’s made out of titanium, it’s both lightweight and less likely to cause skin to react negatively during extended wear, especially when things get hot. The Eco-Drive technology allows the watch to keep on ticking via solar power, and the legible date function helps the wearer keep track of where they are in the month even when the days seem to blur together.
Aer Travel Pack 2

Aer Travel Pack 2

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Aer
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Travel Pack 2
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Aer’s line of travel bags is renowned in the community for being some of the best bags in the category, especially when one-bag travel is important. In its new edition, it picks up a strong 1680D Cordura nylon exterior, helping it stand up to life’s bumps and scrapes whether they happen during a rigorous work commute or in places unknown far from home. The dedicated laptop pocket fits up to a 15.6" laptop, making it good if the recipient wants to use it as a regular everyday carry bag, but its generous space and versatile organization options make for an efficient travel bag when the time comes.
Kaweco AL Sport Gold Limited Edition

Kaweco AL Sport Gold Limited Edition

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Kaweco
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4712839720672
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If your new grad has only used gel and ballpoint pens up to this point, they are in for a treat. Kaweco’s line of fountain pens are some of the most prized in the community for their fine writing action and beautiful construction. This limited edition AL Sport in particular features gold-colored aluminum, and its based on an original 1935 octagonal design. That design choice makes for a comfortable feel in hand despite extended use. And because it’s a fountain pen, it’s definitely a different writing experience than most people are used to today, but once mastered it’s a versatile writing implement that happens to also set the user apart.
MiiR Insulated Growler

MiiR Insulated Growler

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MiiR
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402220
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Whether the goal is to stay hydrated for an extended period of time with cool water, or your new grad is into craft beer, giving them a MiiR Insulated Growler is a good choice. It features a Thermo 3D double wall vacuum insulation that keeps cold beverages cold and hot beverages hot for longer than a regular water bottle. The interior is all made of 18/8 medical grade stainless steel that’s BPA-free and entirely food safe. The pressure locking clasp helps avoid spills when carbonated beverages (like beer) is filled inside, and the 64oz capacity is a standard growler pour at most breweries for to-go orders.

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Some great choices. I actually just finished my BA in History at 40 years old (better late than never) and I would enjoy pretty much anything on this list...also, side note for anyone looking for Bluetooth earbuds, the Anker Soundcore Liberty Neos are excellent and are only $33 on Amazon right now. I’ve been using them for months and I love them. One time at the gym (before quarantine) I accidentally left my phone on a stationary bike and went across the gym and did some core exercises for like 10 minutes and the earbuds didn’t skip a beat...I was at least 60 feet away in a gym full of other people using Bluetooth and WiFi...no interruptions and the sound is great! I paid $40, thinking about snagging a pair for my wife at the current price!