Graduation gifts are a great opportunity to provide many different messages to the graduate: hope for the future, the celebration of a job well done, excitement at the multitude of opportunities that lie ahead, and so much more! The completion of an academic degree is an enormous accomplishment and one that should be celebrated. This guide is meant to offer creative ideas on meaningful and fun gifts that are sure to leave the graduate pleased.
If the graduate is going off to college, this will be a time of increased responsibility, such as doing laundry. Purchasing a laundry tote, perhaps one that doubles as a laundry hamper and small container for detergent can be a practical gift. This gift can be made more fun by pairing with the book, Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone: Advice Your Mom Would Give if She Thought You Were Listening. This little gem is full of practical tips, offered in a humorous way, for a graduate launching into adult life. A zip ID case with a keychain is a great gift, and options are widely available; either with the college logo on it or from a designer such as Vera Bradley.
A few other gifts to enhance dorm life are flip-flops, slippers, or socks to wear around the dorm. Additionally, a bottle or two of hand sanitizer would not be a bad idea! A thoughtful and fun book to add to a gift like this would be Goodnight Dorm Room: All the Advice I Wish I Got Before Going to College.
Today’s youth are notorious for loving technology. So, they are likely to appreciate tech gifts. A new phone or laptop is always a great choice. A lightweight charger to accompany this would allow for portability. Another tech idea is a Polaroid camera, like the Fujifilm INSTAX® camera to capture all of those fun college memories. Do not forget to add in a package or two of extra film.
Also, keep stress-relief in mind. Give an essential oil diffuser with a set of stress-relieving oils such as lavender, bergamot, or lemongrass. Uncommon Goods offers Homesick candles. They are already labeled with different state names–perfect for the graduate moving out of state. This concept, though, can be used with any candle. Simply offer the gift with the encouragement for them to light it when they miss family and friends. Sleep can be difficult to come by when stress levels are high as well, so a weighted blanket and an eye mask can be helpful in this area.
As college and early adulthood are not always times of great cash flow, offering gift cards to local eateries or coffee shops can be fitting. If there are highly specific, independent restaurants that do not offer gift cards, provide a promise of a forthcoming shared meal at that restaurant. A unique addition to those gift cards could be a hammock for relaxing after their delicious and free meal.
College-bound graduates are likely to appreciate almost any merchandise involving their new college logo. Clothing such as T-shirts, sweatshirts, and lounge pants are typical favorites, as well as accessories such as stickers, notebooks, and hats.
Journals and Stationery
The season following high school graduation can be a time for great self-reflection as well as social and emotional growth, as one navigates potentially new and different relationships. A leather-bound journal is a nice gift if the graduate enjoys writing. A daily gratitude journal might help in the difficult times that can come with lessons learned during those post-graduation days.
Letters to My Future Self is another perfect gift for the reflective graduate. It is a paper time-capsule found on Amazon.com. The kit includes prompts for letters, writing space, a place to write the origination date, as well as a future opening date. An additional idea is to give a college-bound graduate a book of stamps, along with a package of blank cards or stationery. This will give them a thoughtful way to stay in touch with friends and family.
Most graduates will appreciate a personalized gift, like a leather bag or jewelry. A leather tote bag monogrammed with the graduate’s initials would be a great option for toting around necessities across campus. To account for size, do not forget to consider whether the student will be hauling a laptop or tablet. Personalized jewelry with a person’s birthstone, what they are studying in school, graduation year, a compass, or arrow.
Personalized gifts are always a great choice for milestone times such as graduation. An item like an insulated tumbler would likely be useful for them on a daily basis. Consider adding the graduate’s name, initials, or college logo. Etsy, Shutterfly, and Zazzle have unending options of items to personalize. Here is a curated collection of applicable graduation quotes:
“She believed she could, so she did.” – R. S. Grey
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe
“Your imagination is your preview to life’s coming attractions.” – Albert Einstein
“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” -Thomas Jefferson
“The road to success is always under construction.” – Lily Tomlin
“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.” – William Arthur Ward