10 Graduation Gift Ideas for Him 2019

10 Graduation Gift Ideas for Him 2019

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While many members in our community are professionals looking for the right tools for the job, a good portion of EDCers are students. With graduation season upon us, it's a time of both endings and new beginnings. With diploma in hand, the new grad in your life is (hopefully) finally done with school and (also hopefully) ready to take on the world. But that transition from school to the next chapter in their life isn't always easy. We know how a well-curated everyday carry can make our daily lives a little bit easier, so giving the gift of EDC is a great way to prepare a new grad for what's to come. Whether you're graduating yourself and could use some new gear for the workplace or you're after a thoughtful, practical gift this graduation season, we've got you covered with this gift guide.

Topo Designs Commuter Briefcase

As your new grad moves from the school life to the work commute, they'll need a bag that'll keep up with them while looking snazzy too. The Commuter bag by Topo Designs mixes both old and new, pairing classic Horween leather with seriously durable 1000D Cordura nylon fabric. There's enough space in the bag to fit up to a 15” laptop and everyday essentials without being too cumbersome for the commute. And while it can be carried in the traditional way, hidden straps in the rear also allow for conversion to a backpack form for long-term comfort.

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Inventery Bolt Action Pen

This bolt-action pen makes for a great gift, especially if your new grad is a first-time EDCer. It has the looks that'll match any smart office, and its ability to take a wide range of refills can help ensure it'll write better than any disposable pen they might have used in the past. Plus, the novel bolt-action operation of the pen makes for a fun and satisfying experience. They'll enjoy reaching for it on a daily basis, and they'll remember who gave it to them in the first place.


Orient Bamboo Small Seconds Automatic

The Orient Bamboo 'small seconds' automatic watch is a smart-looking timepiece for your smart graduate. Its classic cream face and leather strap make it dressy enough for the office, but it can also be paired with a NATO strap for more casual wear as well. It features Arabic numerals at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock positions, making for easy, yet uncluttered time-telling. The small seconds dial also helps with legibility as well.

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Bellroy Work Folio A5

The A5 work folio is the perfect organizer for the new graduate looking to get a head start at work. There's enough space in the folio for paperwork and stationery, and the zippered construction lets them fit it into their bag without everything falling out when jostled. It's also available in three different premium environmentally-certified leather colorways that'll look great even as the years pass.

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Leatherman FREE P2

The gift of a Leatherman multi-tool is a gift for life; they're made to last and they're immensely versatile with the problems you can tackle with ease with one in hand. And with the new FREE series, Leatherman has truly outdone themselves, integrating modern magnetic technology into a design that needs only a single hand to access every single one of its functions. It's better than your grandfather's Leatherman; it's likely better than your Leatherman, even. Pick one up for your new grad and perhaps yourself too.

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KeySmart Pro

As much as we try to stay organized, keys are still too easy to lose. And the last thing you new grad needs is to not be able to find their keys when they're already running late. The KeySmart Pro integrates a USB-rechargeable Tile locator into its design, letting you ping it from your devices. Plus it'll help organize a busy keychain and eliminate the noise a loose pair of keys makes in the pocket.

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Buck Folding Hunter Slim Pro

If they've ever asked to borrow your own Buck knife over the years, graduation is the time to give them one of their own. And with the new Folding Hunter Slim Pro, they'll have a slight upgrade to what was available in the past. While it retains the same classic lockback styling that made it famous, this new version of the 110 knife ups the ante with premium S30V stainless steel in the blade and durable micarta handles that'll stand up to the elements better than wood.

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Snow Peak Kanpai 500ML

Having a good double-wall insulated bottle that can keep your hot liquids hot and cold liquids cold can really help with the grind at work, especially if the break room situation leaves a lot to be desired. The wide mouth of the Kanpai also lets it work for soups as well, making it more versatile than most. It's also one of the more aesthetic double-walled bottles you can pick up, with a no-frills minimalist design that has no rough edges and which fits well in a bag when you're on the go.

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Just because they're finished with school doesn't have to mean they're done learning. Adding the new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite to their EDC is one of the best ways to get a book (or dozens) in hand without all the heft. The new design of the Paperwhite improves the book-like appearance of the e-ink display, and it looks better in the dark as well. And with its water resistance, your new grad can take it pretty much anywhere, from a poolside vacation to a rainy commute without worry.

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Microsoft Surface Go

The Surface Go is a tablet that can do so much more; with a real Windows operating system and a thoughtful design that makes it a joy to use. Unlike other tablet-style devices with a keyboard type cover, the one that's compatible with the Surface Go actually gives enough feedback when typing that makes extended sessions far more comfortable than with competing devices. And the ability to use a pen to take quick notes or sign documents is a lifesaver in the business world.

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