For most graduates, graduation is a wonderful time of year; it marks the beginning of a new, exciting journey. Chances are, you know someone who is graduating either high school or college, and you might just want to give your person a little something special. Whether it be a family member, best friend, or family-friend, finding the perfect graduation gift can be a daunting task. Here are 20 practical– and sometimes hilarious–unique graduation gift ideas for some inspiration.
1. A Cute Wristlet
3. The SteamFast Iron
I received 2 of the softest blankets ever for graduation. You could even monogram it to step it up. These are perfect for dorm/apartment living!
6. Day Designer
7. Microwave Popcorn Popper
A great gift for someone living off of microwaveable foods (i.e. a college student.) It is a super cute gift, and makes eating popcorn all the more fun. Bonus: this specific popcorn popper allows you to add butter or oil easily, but doesn’t require any oil to pop.
8. A Subscription Service
From books, to makeup, to clothes, to music, there is literally a subscription for everything! This would make a great gift, especially if you gift a subscription service that the graduate is passionate about.
- Spotify: Music
- Stitch-Fix: Clothes
- Fabfitfun: Lifestyle
- Faith Box: Christian
- Audible: Audio Books
- Wear Me Pro: Sunglasses
- Birch Box: Beauty
9. The Book: College Hacks by Keith Bradford
10. Portable Record Player
11. Nixplay Picture Frame
12. My Bucket List Journal
This gift is perfect for graduation because it inspires the graduate to explore, dream, and do. Many graduates will leave their ceremonies feeling inspired, and this will be the perfect place for them to begin dreaming up their new adventures.
Another practical, awesome gift for college students that only requires 3 things; water, ramen and a microwave.
14. Embroidered College Pillows
These are cute, fun, and whimsical. An all around great gift, and something the graduate will likely cherish forever!
15. Money Lei
16. Pamper Yourself Basket
18. Eye Mask Napping Pillow
This has to be one of the funniest things I have ever seen. It would be perfect for a college student; college students love naps! This would also be perfect for an aspiring surgeon– because we all know that just about the only sleep surgeons get is in the hospital, in between surgeries.
19. Starbucks Gift Card
20. Wall Art
Contributing to your loved ones’ dorm or apartment with cute, fun, and/or inspirational wall art is a great way to help them decorate their new living spaces! However, you want the wall art to have neutral colors, and you want to keep it fairly simple. That way, they can use the decorations for whatever style they choose; you want the decor to go with anything and everything. I absolutely love this inspirational sign because it is so aesthetically pleasing and neutral.
This gift would be perfect for your best friend/sister/child– both sentimental and thoughtful. If you haven’t seen these yet, “open when” letters are basically a collection of letters you write to a loved one, with specific instructions as to when to open those letters–such as when you are sad, when you need a laugh, when you need to know how much I love you, etc. While this is a gift that definitely takes time to create, I think it would be perfect for graduation, especially if the graduate is moving far from home!
So there you have it! While most of these gifts are pretty unique, some of them are classic and timeless. I think the most important thing about giving graduates a gift is giving them something that they will remember you by. When they take that sip of coffee from that mug, or when they spend that money you gave them, or when they look at that wall art you gave them, or even when they cook those noodles or popcorn, they will think of you and be grateful that you are in their life. Your graduate will be SO thankful, no matter what you give them (hopefully!) So, be creative if you want! Be sentimental if you want! And don’t overthink it.