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Apr 8, 2021
Graduation Gifts

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As the academic year draws to a close, graduation will be on our hands before you know it. Even though it’s only March, the next few months will fly by and commencement day will arrive in no time! 

Like any graduation, you’ll probably want to get your girlfriend a gift to commemorative her four years of hard work and a well earned degree. This will make her celebratory day even more special and she will appreciate the sentiment. 

However, getting your girlfriend a gift doesn’t mean you’re obligated to get something overly expensive that you aren’t able to afford. There are plenty of affordable gifts that are just as sentimental as expensive ones, and if you’re creative -- your gift will be more special than anything you could buy. 

At the end of the day, she’s going to appreciate any gift, especially because you put thought and effort into it! We’ve put together a list of gifts that are sentimental, commemorative, and also useful for young adults. 

The closing of the undergraduate chapter usually means opening a new one -- young adult life. This could mean renting her first apartment, starting a new job, continuing her education through another program. So, if this applies to your girlfriend, she might need functional gifts that will make adjusting to adult life a little easier. 

Here is our list: 

  • Necklace 
  • Planner 
  • Drinkware
  • Coffeemaker 
  • Meal Subscription Service 
  • New Sheets
  • New Clothing / Gift Card 
  • Cookbook
  • Advice Book for Young Adults 
  • Work Tote
  • Cookware 
  • Luxury Candles 


A commemorative necklace will help celebrate her accomplishment and serve as a permanent reminder of her college experience. 

This necklace is a great commemorative gift that will serve as a permanent memory of her college experience. She will be able to take it with her wherever she goes. 

If this isn’t her style, any necklace will be perfect or really any jewelry if she’s the type to wear it! You know her best, and she’ll love whatever you choose. 


As if staying organized in college was difficult, trying to manage a job, classes, and any other activities as an adult can become hectic. 

Keeping organized in college is something that can be done without a planner depending on the person. Some people are naturally able to keep all their classes, assignments, and extra activities straight without writing them down. However, we think as graduates enter the next chapter of their lives, a planner is a great organizational tool. 

Life can become hectic when you need to go to work, keep the refrigerator stocked at home, possibly attend night classes, fulfil an internship, the possibilities are endless. You’ll also want to maintain a social life and have time for fun activities. A planner is a great way to write out your schedule and see what it looks like, then make room for extra activities. 


A thermal container is one of the best work options, but you can also get a college logo tumbler, or logo glassware for drinking at home or entertaining. 

Drinkware is a catch all gift that can be both commemorative and functional. If they are going to work, on a trip, to the gym, basically anywhere -- they’ll need some container to hold liquids. A metal thermal container can keep coffee piping hot all morning and keep your afternoon water as cold as you like it. 

There are other options for metal tumbler that have school logos, or glass drinkware with school logos. These are great for entertaining at home or when you want to have a nice drink out of a sophisticated glass. 

Either way, a drinking container is a great gift, especially if you’re not exactly sure what to get!


Whether its a french press, actual coffee pot, or coffee pod dispenser -- any is a great option.

Everyone knows that college students eat, sleep, and breathe caffeine. They go to the barista for a latte on their way to class, stop back mid day for a refresher, and also sometimes at night if a late night study session is in order. 

This normal routine might not be as accessible once they enter adulthood. Visiting the local coffee shop costs money every time, and eventually this starts to add up. Brewing coffee at home is the perfect way to get that necessary caffeine fix while keeping costs down. 

We highly recommend any type of coffee maker -- a french press, regular coffee pot, Keurig, or even an espresso or latte maker. They will be grateful for it later!

Meal Subscription Service 

For a busy woman who’s constantly on the go -- having a meal already planned out that just needs to be put together can be a huge time saver. Image courtesy of Real Simple. 

A meal subscription service is great if your girlfriend is leading a busy life -- going to work, the gym, drinks after work, classes, etc. Sometimes, it’s just impossible to find the time to prepare a delicious meal. 

With a meal subscription service, she will get everything she needs already portioned out. All she will have to do is simply cook the meal and do any prep work required to cook. It will also get her familiar with the kitchen if she's not the type to cook for herself, and being able to cook is a great skill if ever she needs to save money or can’t go out to dinner. 

New Sheets

Banish the Twin XL sheets and grab her a new set of adult sheets for her new bed!

The end of her college career, or really anyone’s college career calls for getting rid of those old twin XL sheets. It’s time to upgrade to a new adult mattress and buy sheets to match. 

We’re assuming she won’t want to buy a twin mattress for herself in her new apartment, so whichever type of mattress she ends up getting -- help her out by purchasing a new set of high quality sheets. 

New Clothing / Gift Card 

As a working woman, she will need a new professional wardrobe to fit her new position.

If she’s secured a new job or internship, she’ll surely need to look the part. Yes, everyone has a set of go-to business casual clothes for major college events like award ceremonies, honor functions, or anytime they might need to dress up. But these clothes are old and should be put to rest. 

Securing a new job or internship calls for a wardrobe upgrade! You can purchase an outfit or get her a giftcard to a professional store so she can add some new outfits to her closet. She will be thankful to have this, because clothes can get expensive and fast.


Everyone has to start somewhere -- if she isn’t experienced in the kitchen, a cookbook will help her prepare meals in her new apartment. 

If she’s the type of girl who would rather do it herself, but doesn’t know where to start -- then a cookbook is a perfect gift. Maybe she wouldn’t be the type to benefit from a meal subscription service, so a cookbook will help her prepare meals the way she wants. 

We know most college students have a meal plan, so learning to cook is not something everyone gets to do. This will help her out and she’ll be able to cook whatever she wants when she wants it!

Advice Book for Young Adults 

Advice and self help books for women can be best applied during these formative years. Image courtesy of Marie Clare. 

Once graduation passes and it sets in that they won’t be returning to college next year, it’s normal to feel confused and anxious about the future. Sure, some students leave college with a job already lined up or accepted into a master’s program, but this isn’t the case for everyone. 

Some graduates don’t have a plan, and feeling lost or unsure of where to start is a normal feeling. Sometimes the best way to decide where to go is through reading about someone else’s experience. Everyone wants to hear a story that they can relate to and if this sounds like your girlfriend, then you might want to consider getting her a book as a graduation gift. 

This could be a memoir, book of advice, or a self help book that can help alter her perspective or make her feel more at ease with her situation. 

Work Tote

A professional tote bag she can carry to the office or wherever her new job may be is a great and functional gift. 

If she’s landed a new job or internship, she’ll probably need to carry some things to work like a lunch, laptop, car keys, wallet, etc. If she’s the kind of girl to carry a bag, then a work tote is a great idea for a gift. 

Alternatively, if she’s not the bag type, there are a number of professional looking backpacks that make great transportation units. No matter her style, there is an option available -- your job is to find the perfect one!


The first step to being able to prepare meals on your own is having the equipment to do it!

Back to our discussion of cooking -- in a new apartment, this becomes necessary. Takeout is expensive and adds up quickly, so at some point she’ll need to turn to her own kitchen. 

If you’ve already gotten her a cookbook -- she’ll need the proper equipment to make the meals happen. Start with a few pots and pans, utensils, and then think about major appliances like an Instantpot, air fryer, crockpot, or anything you think she might find useful. No, you don’t have to get her all of these things, but any little bit helps!

Luxury Candles 

Everyone enjoys a great smelling room -- you really can’t go wrong with a candle as a gift!

Candles are the final gift on our list because they are another catch all deal. Candles make everything smell great, and who doesn’t want a great smelling room. You really can’t go wrong here. Just pick a few of her favorite scents and she will be thrilled!

These gifts are all great options for your girlfriend’s graduation day. No matter what you choose, she will love it because it came from you!

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