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The best gifts for business school graduates this year

May 15, 2021, 4:00 PM UTC

Graduating with an MBA is an achievement worth celebrating, not to mention the fact that so many of this year’s graduates had to do it while juggling full-time jobs and remote learning.

An MBA often comes with a big promotion or a brand-new job. As business schools around the United States get ready to toast their new MBA graduates, those with the advanced degree will likely be looking at what’s next. 

These gifts are a mix of practical and unique items that will help the new graduate in your life not only celebrate and de-stress but also decorate that new corner office they hope to get.

The Stress Buster desktop punching bag.
Courtesy of Tech Tools

Tech Tools: Everyone knows the corporate world can be stressful. This desktop punching bag is ready anytime the graduate needs a moment to blow off some steam at their desk or wants to take a break and throw a few playful jabs. The durable spring inside the bag keeps it coming back every time, ensuring their new office doesn’t turn into a disaster zone. SRP:  $19

A 10.1-inch LCD digital photo frame.
Courtesy of Aluratek

Aluratek: This LCD photo frame is for tech-savvy graduates or minimalists who don’t want a dozen picture frames cluttering their desk. The 10.1-inch screen shows high-resolution photos that can be loaded onto the frame via a USB drive or memory cards. Instead of featuring just one photo, the frame can rotate through the graduate’s favorite memories with friends and family. SRP: $70

Inscriptagraphs: Give the graduate a gift that will be a conversation piece in their office for the entirety of their career. Inscriptagraphs sells unique, framed celebrity and sports memorabilia. Highlights include a framed page of a Star Wars script that was owned by Carrie Fisher and a Kobe Bryant tribute frame, which holds photography from his last Los Angeles Lakers game and some of the real purple and gold confetti that was dropped onto the court as he celebrated his retirement. Think how impressive that would look next to the new diploma! SRP: $399 for the Kobe Bryant frame; $999 for the Star Wars script.

The Youzey cell phone sterilizer and wireless charger.
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Youzey: This handy case serves so many important purposes. Graduates can put their phone, keys, mask, or any other items inside the sleek-looking box. UV light will reach those hard-to-get-to places on personal items and kill 99% of the germs in just a few minutes, according to the company. In addition to fighting germs, the box also doubles as a wireless charger for smartphones and wireless headphones. Now that’s what we call multitasking! SRP: $49

The Dakota neoprene backpack from Dagne Dover.
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Dagne Dover:  This Dagne Dover backpack is the perfect carryall for MBA graduates who love bouncing between work and the gym. The laptop sleeve fits most 13-inch computers and still has enough room for important papers and a change of clothes. The neoprene fabric is waterproof and washable, which will ensure this is one gift that will look as good as new for years to come. Choose from six “core colors,” including onyx, heather gray, and dark moss, or six fun seasonal looks to add a pop of color. SRP: $175

The Machined plate, made from solid brushed-brass metal, comes with two hand-blown crystal whiskey glasses.
Courtesy of Buster + Punch

Buster + Punch: The MBA graduate who appreciates a good tipple or classy drinkware will love these hand-blown whiskey glasses from Buster + Punch and an accompanying brass plate holder. The three items are packaged in a luxe gift box, but if you’re feeling even more generous, why not throw in a bottle of whiskey to help get the celebration started? SRP: $161

Sugarwish offers customizable gift boxes of sweet and savory treats.
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Sugarwish: There’s usually at least one item in premade gift baskets that the recipient doesn’t love. Sugarwish allows recipients to build the gift box of their dreams from a wide selection of candy, cookies, chocolates, and popcorn flavors. Best of all, Sugarwish gifts can be sent over email or text, making them the perfect gift for last-minute graduation parties or for sending a token of congratulations from afar. All the gift giver has to do is decide how many items should go in the box. SRP: Boxes start at $20 for two items.

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