Coffee Gift Ideas for the Graduate

Graduation – whether it’s from high school or college – represents a major landmark event in anyone’s life. Why not celebrate your graduate by helping him graduate from coffee-shop coffee (or mom’s kitchen coffee maker) to coffee made at home with the finest coffee gadgets available?

Coffee gifts are extremely practical for graduates, since a lot of grads will be moving out on their own or heading for a dorm room in the fall. Not sure what to get your favorite grad to mark his transition to adulthood?

Here’s a handful of coffee gift ideas to help you out, in a range of prices to suit any budget and an array of coffee expertise to suit any coffee lover.

For Those Late Night College Cram Sessions

Quality coffee is a must when you’re pulling an all-nighter, but who wants to drink nasty brew that’s been sitting on the warmer for hours? A single cup coffee brewer is the ideal gift for the college-bound high senior who loves coffee. You’ve got a whole range of choices here, from the Black & Decker DCM18S Brew ‘n Go Personal Coffee Maker with Travel Mug at less than $20 to the high-end Keurig V500 Vue Brewer — and those are just a couple of the dozens of available choices. Check out a full selection of our picks for best single serve coffee makers for even more.

For Coffee Gourmets

Got a grad who loves trying different types of coffee? Introduce them to a world tour of coffee from one of the many fine roasters who do business online. We’re especially fond of Thrive Farmers Coffee, an organization that lets coffee farmers place their coffee orders on commission direct to consumers. It’s a whole new model of coffee distribution – direct from farmer to consumer. It’s the perfect coffee gift choice for the socially conscious high school or college grad.


Give a Year of Coffee

If your grad already has a Keurig Single Cup brewing system, you’re absolutely golden when it comes to a coffee gift. Hit up the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters website and check out their Café Express Coffee Club. Pick out the coffee or coffees they love, and set up a subscription to deliver their favorite K-cups direct to their door at the frequency you choose. They don’t have a Keurig? No problem. You can buy most Green Mountain Coffee in whole beans or bags of ground coffee.

Give Coffee Specialty Accessories

Save your grad the trips to – and expense of – the local coffee shop or café by giving them the gadgets they need to prepare their favorite coffee and espresso treats at home. Wrap up a box, bar or tin of gourmet chocolate with an Aerolatte milk frother and a coffee mug, along with the printed instructions on how to make a mochaccino, for example. You can also put together a gift basket with an assortment of Torani syrups, the brand used by many cafés to make flavored coffees and milk shakes, a pound or two of coffee and a coffee mug.

The Basics

The Hamilton Beach Brew Station 6-Cup Coffeemaker, Black is the ideal coffee maker for the single person. It makes enough coffee to fill a big mug twice, and keeps it warm without burning it for up to 4 hours. There’s no carafe to break – just push your cup against the bar to dispense coffee. Add a package of coffee filters or two, and they’ll have everything they need to get their caffeine fix except the coffee.

For all the grads who have spent long hours at the coffee shop, these coffee gifts for graduates are a great way to help celebrate their accomplishment and help them prepare for the next step of their lives.