7 Gift Ideas For Your College Graduate

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After working hard, it’s time for your son or daughter to graduate college. Whether they have a job lined up or are still deciding what they want to do, it’s time to recognize their achievements with a college graduation gift. 

One of the gifts outlined below could be the perfect gift for your college graduate. 

College Diploma Frame

This is a traditional graduation gift idea but one that is both timeless and popular. Whether your college graduate will run their own business or have a cubicle somewhere in an office, they may want to display their college diploma. 

Many bookstores on college campuses have diploma frames with the university logo to give the frame a bit of personalization. 

Framing their diploma in a beautiful frame is a gift that will last for years. 

On a related note, consider also giving them a personalized graduation gift plaque to commemorate their achievement. There’s nothing like getting a special gift plaque from your parents on the day of your college graduation. 


A briefcase is a popular gift idea for someone who graduates from law school, but it can be perfect for any kind of college graduate. And it doesn’t have to be an expensive leather briefcase or bag, either. 

Many young people prefer messenger bags and similar items, depending on the person’s career field and where they live. 

Graduation Photo Collage

A photo collage of great friends and memories from college is a unique graduation gift that your son or daughter will treasure. Most graduates appreciate that you took the time to create a unique photo collage of the last four years. 

This gift is also one of the most affordable on this list, and one your graduate will remember forever. 

College Gear

You may think that most college graduates would already have school gear from their time on campus. But between not enough time, tight finances, and always running around, buying school gear may have never gotten done. 

This is why many people think college school gear is an ideal graduation present, especially for young men. Sweatshirts, hoodies, sweatpants, and t-shirts are perfect for most guys. And having their school logo on them is a big plus! 

Business Card Holder

Whether the college grad will work for a corporation or nonprofit, they will probably need to give out business cards at meetings and conferences. Think about buying a business card holder that can be personalized. 

This is a small, inexpensive gift but one that many graduates find helpful. 


Now for one of the most practical items on our college graduation gift list. If your student is moving out on their own, they may need a full supply of kitchen supplies and cookware. 

Buying plates, bowls, silverware, and pots and pans can get complex and expensive. But, that’s why many people like to buy these items for them for graduation. 

Also, consider buying inexpensive kitchen appliances that graduates will often use, such as a toaster oven, instant pot, or crockpot. 

Family Heirloom

Graduating from college is a big deal for the graduate and the rest of the family. So think about giving your graduate an item that has been passed down through the generations, such as a diamond ring, diary, or photo album. 

When you give the graduate a piece of family history, it’s a sign that they are transitioning from a student to an adult. 

Your student will only graduate from college once (or twice if graduate school is on the agenda). So, make the most of their unique time and get them one or more of the memorable gifts on this list. 

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