7 Original Gift Ideas for College Graduates


If your son, daughter, sibling or grandchild is graduating from college, you will probably want to give them a gift to celebrate the special occasion. Here’s some inspiration for original gift ideas that might be a great option for you.

Graduating from college is a momentous occasion, not only for the graduate, but for all their loved ones who supported them throughout. There’s nothing quite like the sense of achievement that comes with completing such an incredible chapter of an education journey.

If you have a loved one who is graduating, you’ll want to find something that is perfect for them to give as a gift. Here are some interesting and one-of-a-kind ideas you could consider.

1. Lei

Graduation leis are traditional in Hawaii, but their popularity is quickly spreading across the United States, and indeed the world. The lei symbolizes the special occasion, and helps to wish the graduate well for their onward journey. Giving a loved one a graduation lei is a little more original than a piece of jewelry, and it will live on as it will appear in the graduation photos you’ll keep in your home too.

2. Gift Experience

Instead of a material gift, think about giving the graduate an experience as a gift instead. There are so many inventive experiences out there these days, that you will surely find something that is perfect for your gift recipient. If you think they’ll need to blow off some steam after all the work they put into their final exams, look into a motor car racing experience, or a flying lesson. If they’re moving to a new city for a job, buy them theatre tickets or a gift card for a meal in a nice restaurant, to help them get to know their new home town.

3. Household Upgrades

Student life is often filled with less than premium household goods, whether it’s chipped plated and cups, or sofas that have probably been used for decades. A lovely way to mark a student becoming a graduate going out into the real world is to buy them some more luxurious items for around the home. A comfortable love seat, a designer crockery set, or a bean to cup coffee machine are all items that might make them feel proud and special for their achievements.

4. Wearable Tech

As a student, your loved one may not have been able to afford some of the technology they desired. And you might not have trusted them to have anything too expensive! Treating them to a piece of wearable technology is another way to show them how well they have done. An Apple Watch is a popular choice, as it will help new graduates read text messages, listen to music and podcasts, and keep track of workout routines. These are all things they may want to do if they’re starting a new job and daily commute.

5. Travel Bag

A high-end suitcase or travel bag is another nice way to mark a graduation, while signaling that the graduate has many new adventures yet to come. If they are going on a vacation after graduating, this is a particularly appropriate gift. Even if they’re not, they will probably go on at least a weekend break at some point once they start earning money from a job. And if you really want to splash out, you could gift them a travel bag with some surprise plane tickets inside!

6. Monthly Subscription

A gift that keeps on giving, there are a huge number of cool monthly subscription services out there that are perfect as a gift. Food delivery kits are very popular, and if you want to help the graduate eat better, learn some new recipes, and give them a helping hand with their grocery shopping, a regular meal kit could be a great option. There are also monthly subscription kits for craft making, coffee, wine, candles, art, books – and much more – so you’ll definitely be able to find something the graduate will love. Often, the items sent out by subscription services cannot be found in the shops, adding a unique element to this as a gift. Many monthly subscription services will offer a discounted price if you sign up for a year too.

7. Styling Service

When anyone graduates, they are likely to want a few new clothing items for the wardrobe. Not only will they start to leave the student style behind, they will probably be going into a workplace that requires a certain type of attire. A great gift is to book a graduate a personalized experience with a stylist – which could be an independent stylist or a personal shopper in a department store. There are also online services such as Stitch Fix for this. It’ll be exciting for them to get a little help to refresh their style. Make sure you give them a gift card to buy a few items they like too.

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