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If you are stumbling upon this post, it probably means that you are looking for some gift ideas for your graduate. Gradation is an exciting time and a bit stressful because you want to get them a thoughtful gift, but that might be a bit hard to do. Today I want to give you some ideas for gifts for graduates. These gifts are great for undergrad graduates as well as those graduating from grad school. If you want more ideas for grad student, check out my blog about gifts specifically for them. (link here)
I usually focus my attention on grad students and their needs but graduation gifts can include undergrads as well. The best gifts are usually heart-felt and useful. Though, a gift card can be just as good lol. You are not here to just find a gift card for your graduate. No, you are here to find ideas on what to get them. You have come to the right place.
Gift ideas for your graduates
The useful Gift For Graduates Idea
Graduation is a special time for an individual. It is also a very scary one. Just being there to show support as they leave the safety of academia and traverse into the working and adult world is huge. This section if for the “useful” gifts. These are things that they will probably use in their job or next journey to help them achieve their goals. These are items that might be less fun and more work related, unfortunately. They’ll still appreciate them, though.
1) An Engraved Pen
This is a gift that really stands out to me. Getting a really good pen is always a treat, but getting one that someone can’t steal because it has your name on it, is way better lol. I haven’t personally received one of these gifts but I have given them to graduates. They still use them to this day. It might not be the most fun, but they will appreciate the pen every day that they use it.
2) Single Serve Coffee Maker
I have an addiction and so does your graduate. We all love coffee. According to a published article by the National Library of Medicine, 92% of college students drink coffee!!!! WOW. This means that your lovely graduate probably drinks a ton of coffee. They will probably continue this habit even into the next phase of their life. Why not help them out and get them a coffee make . I think the gift of coffee is an amazing one and much appreciated. If you want to know more about coffee and my favorite coffee brands, check out this blog (link here).
3) A Cast Iron Pan
This might be the most useful gift you can give them. I received a cast iron pan for my birthday and OMG it is the best gift that I think I have ever received. Make sure to get the Lodge seasoned skillet. Also, give some instructions on how to keep it seasons. Here is a link to seasoning instructions for your convenience. Something about cast iron just makes your food taste so good and they are so easy to clean up. This is something I use every single day, and your graduate will definitely use it just as much.
The WOW Gifts for Graduates
The gifts that I am going to post in this section are usually the more expensive ones. These gifts are fun, expensive, and will leave your graduate saying WOW. I like these gifts because they are a combination of fun and useful.
1) A new Laptop
Your graduate has probably been using their computer for the past 4 to 5 years and it might be time to upgrade. Laptops are getting cheaper, though some tend to get more expensive, and they are almost necessary in this technological age. Getting them a new laptop will leave them saying WOW as well as going a bit crazy. It’s not everyday that you receive a gift as great as this. Here are a few to look at from Amazon. I would recommend going to a nearby computer store and asking them what computer is best. They will ask a ton of questions and give you an honest answer.
2) Apple Watch
I won’t lie to you, I did get this as a graduation gift for my girlfriend, when she graduated form law school. She wears it everyday and it is one of the most useful items she has. Yes, it was a bit expensive, so that’s why it is in the WOW category. If your graduate doesn’t have one, and they have an iPhone, then an Apple Watch is a must. It will help them in their career, in their next chapter, in their life. I don’t have an iPhone so I recieved a Galaxy Watch. Both of these watches are amazing and almost necessary.
3) Help with Student Loans
If you are able to, donate some money to them and help them out with student loans. On average, students owe $36,510. That’s like a $300 a month payment for 10 years! Paying for even one of the payments is a great gift and highly appreciated. I had many people send me money to help pay off my loans. Luckily, they are deferred for now as I am in grad school, but I was able to pay off a good chunk. This is such a great idea and one that any graduate would love.
The Fun Gifts For Graduates
So, lastly, I want to share a few fun gifts for graduates. These gifts may not be too useful for everyday life, but they are fun. I love recieving these because it gives me something to do that doesn’t relate to any of my work or stressors. These gifts are meant to be mindless and just plain fun. I hope you find these gifts for graduates ideal.
This is by far one of the coolest gifts for graduates that you could ever get. It doesn’t require them to have a green thumb either. AeroGardens are awesome and extremely fun to have. My family had one and grew basil, cilantro, rosemary, and thyme. It is extremely easy to set up and maintain and a wonderful addition to any kitchen.
2) A6 Razor Scooter
Gas prices are through the roof and probably won’t be coming down any time soon. Instead of a bike, why not get you graduate a scooter. They are light weight, inexpensive, and just plain fun. I have one and have written about it extensively (link here). This is a great gift especially for someone who lives close to work. They can ride it to the office and home without really getting sweaty. It is great exercise as well.
3) Astronaut Light Projector
This is a silly gift but man is it cool. The astronaut light projector is by far one of the coolest things that I have bought. Yes, I bought one and currently have it in my room. I can honestly say that it makes night time so much more relaxing and fun. Take a look at the pictures in the reviews and you can see what rooms actually look like with the lights. They are fairly cheap to buy as well and I guarantee that everyone will love them, no matter who you buy it for. This is a gift that I wish I received at graduation lol.
Here is a pretty decent list of 9 gifts for graduates that I think will steal the show. For my graduation., whenever that may be, I hope someone get’s me one of the gifts on here. Honestly, if someone helps with students loans, that would be amazing lol.
What types of gifts have you given graduates? I know gift cards are always popular but is there a gift that you gave that was different than what I posted here. If so, put it in the comments. I hope you all have an awesome day and say congrats to your graduates for me!