7 Smart MBA Graduation Gift Ideas (+What to Avoid)

Looking for the perfect gift idea for your newly minted MBA grad? We’ve researched over 300 ideas and identified 6 we feel stand above the rest.

Roller Luggage Bag

Whether traveling to interviews or starting a consulting gig, your MBA grad will likely be logging a lot of airline miles. Help him or her hit the ground running with a spiffy roller bag. We recommend this Samsonite Omni for its hardside protection and inclusion of a TSA lock for extra security.

List Price: $79.99 USD
Sale Price: $79.00 USD

Founders at Work

A great read for an MBA grad fresh out of school, this classic collection of tech startup founder interviews is eye opening. From TripAdvisor to TiVo, get a candid, inside look at what it takes to launch a successful digital business – and learn some hard won lessons so you don’t have to repeat them. Even if you’re not going the startup route, the advice contained herein is applicable to anyone seeking productivity and value creation strategies for a company.

List Price: $17.99 USD
Sale Price: $9.95 USD

Apple Watch

Gone are the days when a $5,000 Rolex is required gear for a serious business person. An Apple watch will not only distinguish your grad as tech-savvy, but will be a valued productivity tool — all at a much more reasonable price point. Built to last with an aluminum chassis, you’ll be ready to take on the world with this marvel of modern technology. Depending on the person, you might also┬áconsider a fitness tracker.

List Price: $328.99 USD
Sale Price: $299.98 USD

Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips

Get your new high flying life started with this great book of vacation ideas. Daydream about the lifestyle of a top executive – or start planning for that early retirement. Or maybe your grad wants to take a trip now while he or she still has a life! This book not only offers the inspiration, but tangible ideas to make the dream a reality.

List Price: $40.00 USD
Sale Price: $19.99 USD

Wine Glass + Cheese Knife Gift Set

Now that your grad is out of school, it’s time to class things up. Consider this gift set of wine classes and cheese knives. Made from premium thin crystal, each glass in blown by hand without any seams. The glasses and knives, backed by a lifetime guarantee, come in a nice gift box.

List Price: $59.97 USD
Sale Price: $23.97 USD

Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader

Becoming Steve Jobs explains, rather than describes, his behavior in combining his passion and management styles to create one of the most recognizable and successful companies in the world. Anyone in management can learn from the story of the man who changed our world.

List Price: $18.00 USD
Sale Price: $8.00 USD

Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Headphones
Noise cancelling headphones are a must have for frequent flyers and train riders. There’s nothing worse than distracting noise when you’re trying to concentrate on an important business plan – or just get some R&R. Bose headphones are on the pricier end, but we recommend them over others due to the superior sound cancelling technology and happy customers.

What should you avoid giving an MBA graduate? We recommend steering clear of sentimental statements, poetry and other graduation gifts that appeal more to undergrads.

You might also be interested in our gift ideas for law school or medical school graduates.