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While graduation ceremonies have been suspended, cancelled, or moved online for millions of students this year, you’ll still want to mark the special occasion. These gifts for grads come in a range of prices and appeal to a variety of personalities, so you’re sure to find the perfect thing to show them how proud you are—and perhaps take some of the sting out of so many plans getting upended in this strange time.

Essential College Dorm Cooking Appliances

If you have a recent grad who will soon be heading off to their first dorm, these appliances will help them eat well all semester.

11 Unique Food & Drink Gadgets to Upgrade Any Dorm

When the basics are already covered, these are extra in the very best way.

The Best Snack Boxes & Subscriptions

You can’t study without snacks—and there’s a subscription option for every taste. These will be a life saver when they finally head off to college, but honestly, they’ll be much appreciated during quarantine too.

The Best Cookbooks for Beginners

All new cooks have to start somewhere—these books are perfect for beginners but will remain go-to resources for a long time to come.

The Best Meal Kits for Every Personality

College students and recent grads (or anyone else) with a demanding job are always pressed for time, but meal kits can help streamline dinners. And for those with weaker cooking skills (or no oven access), check out The Best Prepared Meal Delivery Services too.

Basic Kitchen Tools Every New Cook Needs

Know someone with a brand new kitchen? These are the tools they’ll need to get cooking. (See Essential Kitchen Gadgets for the Minimalist Kitchen for more personal recommendations from someone whose business is paring things down to the basics.)

Eco-Friendly Paper Towel Alternatives

There’s a lot of overlap between students and environmentally conscious consumers, so consider stocking them up with these earth-friendly alternatives to paper products that are commonly overused in the kitchen.

The Best Plastic-Free Food Storage Containers

In a similar vein, these eco-friendly food storage options are sure to be appreciated by any green-leaning person heading off to a dorm (or a new apartment). Don’t forget reusable straws for all their iced lattes and bubble tea.

Meal Prep Containers That Will Make Them Excited to Pack a Lunch

Making lunches saves money and is often healthier, not to mention easier than finding time to go grab a bite between cramming for tests and outlining papers. These stylish and practical containers will make the packing part easier, at least.

The Best Cheap Coffee Makers to Keep ‘Em Caffeinated

What is college without coffee? (What is life without coffee?) These basic coffee makers do just what they’re designed to with minimal fuss.

The Best Coffee Subscriptions for 2020

Since the machines above are so wallet-friendly, why not shell out for the beans as well? These coffee subscriptions will ensure they never run out of study juice.

The Best Chocolate Subscriptions to Give as Gifts

A little something sweet can mean a lot, and a chocolate subscription is a kind gesture if you can swing it.

CNET’s Best Tech Gifts for 2020

Going beyond the kitchen, check out great tech gifts for grads on our sister site—with plenty of affordable options.

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