A DIY College Survival Kit is an awesome gift for graduates leaving the nest and heading to the dorms in the Fall. We’ve compiled a list of essential items to make their lives easier.

Quarters for Laundry in DIY Grad Gift Box

Grads moving into a dorm or their own apartment will appreciate a box full of quarters for laundry.  This DIY box designed by Crafts Unleashed can be customized to match the graduate’s school colors and even add a personal message to the outside.

Zap Ramen in 3 Minutes

The perfect time saving tool for college students, cooks ramen in 3 minutes and is a dorm room essential.   Be sure to pair with packs of ramen!

For Getting Their Sh*t Together

We love the simplicity of Knock Knock purpose-driven weekly planner that helps them organize daily affairs and monitor the big picture at the same time.  Their pre-filled grocery list, packing list and decision making pads have also come in handy.

Funny Laundry bag

Nesting Projects has a great selection of handmade, cotton laundry bags with funny sayings or they can be personalized. “Great gift for college bound kids! Love the funny sayings!” – Etsy reviewer.

Gift Cards for Local Restaurants, Stores and Campus Bookstore

Best gift cards for grads include:  Bed, Bath and Beyond, Target, Restaurant Gift Card Near Campus, Campus Bookstore gift card and you can’t go wrong with an Amazon gift card.

An Essential Cookbook

No matter if you’ve got a microwave and an electric kettle or a full-sized kitchen, this book will have you well-fed and back to studying (or video games) in no time.

Their Favorite Snacks

Add their favorite snacks, power bars for brain food, healthy nuts and dried fruit, chips, candy or have snacks sent to them monthly with snack subscription membership, we’re big fans of Naturebox, $20/month.

Cheap Entertainment

This mega-popular, vulgar party card game is one of the most requested gifts by millennials.  As recommended by Buzzfeed:  “You’re going to be meeting a lot of new people after college, and a hilarious game never hurt in making new friends.”

Breakfast Made Easy

I’m obsessed with my egg microwave cooker, this Amazon review is spot on: “This has to be one of the best inventions known to man. I use it at work and love it. Super easy, super fast.”

Classic Party Accessory

The famous red party cup – associated throughout the world with good times! These two ounce versions are an immediate hit at any party or dorm room gathering!

Graduation Gift Guide 2017

See more of our favorite graduation gifts – including handpicked personalized gifts and modern keepsakes they’ll love.

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