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After years of studying and hard work, your MBA graduate student deserves an amazing gift (and party). This can be a more business-focused present like a tech item or even an inspirational book. Or try something practical like a robe or even a meal delivery service to help them unwind after a hard day.
Here are the best gifts for MBA graduates.
Amazon Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
If a business school student wants to hear firsthand how to grow a company from $50 to $30 million, then this is the manual. This memoir, written by Phil Knight, the founder and CEO of Nike, details how he turned the idea of importing high-quality, low-cost athletic shoes from Japan into one of the world’s most iconic companies. Of course, as with any business, there are hiccups along the way — and the book doesn’t shy away from them. It teaches the reader lessons about how to deal with cash-poor periods, put people in the right jobs, and have fun while growing a business.
Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular)
The Apple Watch Series 3 boasts some amazing features. It’s faster than previous generations — by about 70% — which means that apps launch quickly and the graphics are smoother. Students can use apps like the heart rate monitor and custom high-intensity interval training to stay up to date on their wellness goals. And it's easy to take calls or respond to messages while on the go.
Parachute Classic Bathrobe
Pretty much every hard-working adult can appreciate something cozy to slip into after a long day. Parachute bathrobes are known for their spa-like feel thanks to the 100 percent Turkish cotton. The deep pockets, high shawl collar, and long design are great for a chilly night or a lazy weekend when they want to lounge around the house.
Artifact Uprising Hardcover Photo Book
Of course, we're in a digital world and most of us snap photos on our phones and never actually print them out. But Artifact Uprising's book is the perfect way to combine the joy of technology with the classic photo album feel. Simply upload your favorite images (up to 350 pics!) and choose the book size, partial or full jacket, and fabric cover. This personalized gift is sure to make anyone smile and bring back fond memories.
Harlem Candle Company Vintage Night Club Map Candle
Hardcore music, history, or candle lovers will absolutely adore this candle that pays homage to the Harlem Renaissance. The map design on the exterior highlights the musicians and speakeasies that the era was famous for. Besides being beautifully designed, the candle, which burns for up to 80 hours, has notes of bergamot, cinnamon, patchouli, and amber.
Chic Geeks Python MacBook Case
Laptops are pretty expensive and most likely a gadget your grad uses every single day. Help them protect their gear and keep the laptop clean with a Chic Geeks case. The python print cover, which is vegan-friendly, is fashionable and functional. It snaps on easily, protecting the exterior, and provides access to all ports.
Maptote Grocery Tote
A tote bag might seem like a pretty simple gift, which it is, but it's also highly functional and a great, reusable grocery bag compared to using tons of plastic bags. Maptote's design features maps of different major cities and countries, so this is really perfect for anyone who needs a piece of home or a reminder of their favorite city. The bag is 100 percent cotton and has a 21-inch handle for comfortable carrying.
Blue Apron Subscription Box
Ordering takeout is pretty convenient, but for the person who still wants a home-cooked meal with ease, a Blue Apron subscription can do the trick. The recipient can select a menu based on their dietary needs and the ingredients are perfectly portioned, separated, and shipped to their door. For those low on time, they'll really appreciate the easy one-pan dinners.
Clever Fox Planner
Some people still love jotting things down, whether that's a to-do list or professional goals. The Clever Fox personal planner comes in a range of colors (black, lavender, sky blue, and more) and the undated pages mean it can be started any time of the year. The weekly pages include space to map out goals, priorities, and there's even a habit tracker. There are also sections to break down larger, yearly goals and even draw a vision board.
Mark & Graham Nomad Rugged Case for Airpods
Mark & Graham has some of the best monogrammed leather products and their AirPod case is no different. Personalize this gift by selecting from six different fonts to have the recipient's initials laser engraved on the case that fits AirPods or AirPods Pro. Also, the case is designed so it's easy to see the LED-charging light.
Uncommon Goods Wishing Ball
This hand-blown glass is a sweet reminder to remain grateful. The ball is small, just less than four inches in diameter, but it can hold 52 folded pieces of paper which are included in the set. The intention is to write down what you're grateful for each week. This can be a nice, yet easy activity for a busy person to take a pause and truly reflect.
Paksh Novelty 7-Piece Italian Crafted Glass Decanter & Whisky Glasses Set
Give your grad's next office or home bar some vintage vibes with this beautiful Italian barware set. It includes an elegant decanter and six sparkling whiskey glasses. All the pieces are distinctive with diamond detailing and starburst cuts throughout the glass. The decanter holds 33.75 ounces of liquor and comes with an ornate stopper. For added convenience, the set is dishwasher-safe.
Iconic Passion Masters Degree Mug
This "Trust Me, I Have a Master's Degree" mug is a fun way for any proud graduate to highlight their achievement. It can be placed on a desk as a pencil holder or used in a functional way to sip daily coffee or tea. The ceramic mug comes in 11 or 15 ounces and is dishwasher and microwave safe.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This roundup was written by Patrice J. Williams. She has contributed gift guides to The Spruce since 2020. For this guide, she researched gifts that range in price but are top-rated and from well-respected brands, including a few of her favorites like Chic Geeks and Clever Fox. In addition to her work for The Spruce, she writes commerce articles, including product suggestions and reviews, for other outlets as well as appearing on air for The Today Show, WEtv, and she was the Savvy Shopper reporter for WPIX in New York City.