June 27, 2022



10 Unique Graduation Gifts For 2022 Grads

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The class of 2022 has faced some exceptional obstacles, warranting unique graduation gifts to celebrate all they’ve accomplished! If you’re honoring a graduate this spring and want to present something a bit out of the ordinary, check out our curators’ collection of unique grad gifts for 2022.

Masterclass 1-year subscription

Masterclass 1-year subscription


Packages start at $180.

You may think more classes is the last thing on the mind of any graduate, but Masterclass is different; it is a hub of knowledge from experts and professionals in a variety of creative fields, from cooking to writing to singing. Learn photography from Annie Leibovits, creativity and leadership from Anna Wintour, acting from Natalie Portman, and music production from Timbaland! Masterclass is 150+ unique graduation gifts in one, offering the opportunity to learn from the best of the best in every field. 

2. Teeth whitening kit 

VieBeauti Teeth Whitening Kit

VieBeauti Teeth Whitening Kit



Smiles go a long way for making a good first impression! This teeth whitening kit makes for a unique high school graduation gift that will help students feel confident and ready to take on undergrad life. For those taking home a degree in 2022, this is also a unique college graduation gift to help young adults feel like their best selves on Zoom, in job interviews, and in the office.

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3. Cuisinart Electric Ice Cream Maker

Cuisinart Electric Ice Cream Maker

Cuisinart Electric Ice Cream Maker



I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! For a unique 2022 graduation gift that’s tons of fun, consider this electric ice cream maker. It’s perfect for those who like a food-based project, or need an alternative to stress-baking when the weather is warm! Plus, as a unique high school graduation gift, this is sure to help your grad make friends during their freshman year at college. 

4. A new beach cruiser 

A new beach cruiser

A new beach cruiser


Assorted styles & prices.

Depending on where they live, a beach cruiser might be one of the best, unique grad gifts your graduate receives! Help them get around campus, give them a reason to get outside to exercise; this gift could even become an earning opportunity if they opt to deliver for DoorDash or another delivery service. We think this is a really unique high school graduation gift they’ll truly love having. 

5. The Moral Compass: Stories for a Life’s Journey

The Moral Compass: Stories for a Life's Journey

The Moral Compass: Stories for a Life’s Journey



A collection of stories from author William J. Bennett, The Moral Compass contains heartwarming messages about how to navigate life. Adolescents and young adults might not outwardly ask for your advice, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t listening. This book is a unique graduation gift for 2022 that can answer questions they have, and ones they’re not sure how to ask.

6. Homesick Candles 

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Homesick Candles

Homesick Candles



New chapters are exciting, but that doesn’t mean we don’t miss the past! If your loved one is going to school out of state, this homesick candle is the unique high school graduation gift that will comfort them when they miss the feeling of being back at mom & dad’s. For those setting up their professional life far away, homesick candles also make lovely, unique college graduation gifts for warming up their living room with a touch of home. The leather and pine scent of this Texas candle will have grads feeling like they’ve transported home in the blink of an eye.

7. Wishing Ball 

Wishing Ball

Wishing Ball



An “A” on that midterm? A job offer from a top media company? Whatever your grad is wishing for, this Wishing Ball is one of the most unique grad gifts for 2022. Help them develop a sense of hope and faith in their day-to-day lives as they navigate the new waters of young adulthood. 

8. Puns of Anarchy 

Puns of Anarchy

Puns of Anarchy



Spark their creativity and sprinkle a little fun into the mix with Puns of Anarchy and other games from uncommongoods.com. Perfect for a casual night in with roommates and neighbors, these games are unique high school and graduation gifts they can enjoy with the company of others.

9. Portable bluetooth record player 

The Journey+ Bundle bluetooth record player

The Journey+ Bundle bluetooth record player



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Vinyl’s been making a comeback for years and young collectors are on the up-and-up. Surprise them with this unique 2022 college graduation gift that will fill their home with music and keep their records organized, or send high school grads off to college with a musical treat for them to share with their new roommates! With capabilities to stream records to external bluetooth speakers or stream through the built-in speakers from another bluetooth device, this unique grad gift comes with high functionality for a very reasonable price. 

10. Will It Waffle?

Will It Waffle? Cookbook - 53 Recipes to Make in a Waffle Iron

Will It Waffle? Cookbook – 53 Recipes to Make in a Waffle Iron



College is a time of experimentation, exploration, and many late night snacks. This “Will it Waffle?” cookbook comes with fifty-three recipes to be made in a waffle iron. For a truly unique high school graduation gift that we’re sure will get ample use, pair this cookbook with a waffle iron and let the culinary creativity commence! Don’t take our word for it; check out these undergrads who turned their love of foods-turned-waffle into a successful business, restaurant, and music venue!

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Pamela Mahler is an E-Commerce Writer for Local Commerce at Hearst Newspapers. Email her at [email protected]

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