While the graduation ceremony for the U.S. Air Force Academy proceeded a little differently this year due to COVID-19, everyone still holds the same pride for these hardworking graduates that people would feel any other year.
One of the ways you can show your pride and appreciation for your loved ones who have graduated from the AFA is through a special, personalized gift you have picked out yourself. Finding the perfect gift isn’t always easy, which is why we have assembled a guide to the best graduation gifts for your favorite AFA graduate. From customized AFA diploma frames to a set of US Air Force tumbler glasses, we have every gift you can think of on our list.
Criteria for Picking Out the Right Graduation Gift
Not All Graduates Have the Same Tastes and Interests — Here’s How You Can Find the Perfect Gift Just for Them
Many gifts such as custom pens, dinner sets, and even streaming service subscriptions are popular for most college graduates. Because these graduates are about to set off into the “real world,” and become full-fledged adults, they often need some new tools to help them out. Some of them continue their studies at graduate schools while others start a job in corporate America. Others start in the Air Force.
AFA graduates enter the U.S. Air Force to serve as a commissioned officer for at least 8 years. Five of these years are spent on active duty while the other three are on inactive reserve. This makes many people wonder whether there are any gifts that are particularly useful to AFA graduates. There certainly are! However, it is still important to remember your loved one’s unique tastes and interests as you look for a graduation gift they will cherish forever.
When searching for the perfect gift for your favorite graduate, keep these factors in mind such as their:
- Personal interests
- Taste in music
- Previously received gifts
If your graduate doesn’t enjoy going to the beach, it wouldn’t make sense to buy them a new beach towel. If they hate chocolate, you wouldn’t want to add a chocolate bar or candy to their care package.
Fun and Unique Graduation Gifts for AFA Grads
Check Out This Comprehensive List of Gift Ideas to Celebrate Your Loved One
Your search for the perfect graduation gift has finally come to an end! From custom watches to special U.S. Air Force gift sets, this list has everything your AFA graduate will love. Whether they are looking for something stylish to decorate their new homes with or an item to commemorate their time at school, they will cherish these gifts forever. Check out these popular gifts for AFA graduates now.
Set of AFA Graduation Frames
Graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy is an accomplishment that your loved one will reflect back on with pride for years to come. What better way to commemorate the importance of their graduation than with some AFA graduation frames?
The United States Air Force Academy Classic Diploma Frame by OCM, for instance, features a premium quality hardwood molding in a high-gloss mahogany stain with silver trim. Its fine finish makes the frame perfect for any office or home setting. To help protect your graduate’s diploma, the frame’s matboard and mountboard are acid and lignin-free. Both materials have a neutral pH, which also helps preserve the diploma. At the bottom of the matboard is the name of the U.S. AFA written in silver foil, which pops out against the primarily black matboard.
Diploma frames come in a variety of styles and sizes, making it easy to find one that matches your graduate’s unique tastes. Check out these other popular diploma frames now:
- Classic Diploma and Tassel Box Frame
- Executive Diploma Frame
- Class Campus Image and Diploma Frame
- Heritage Diploma Frame with Black and Gold Matting
- United States Air Force Academy Legacy Double Diploma Frame
Bedding and Bath Sets
Wherever your newly minted graduate goes, they are going to need a comfortable bed and bath set to take with them. Why not purchase them a stylish and cozy set as a practical graduation gift? Whether your graduate has a relaxed, bohemian style or a taste for classic black and white patterns, you are sure to find a set that matches their unique fashion interests.
Many of these sets offer a large number of items designed to ensure your loved one has plenty of restful nights. For instance, the Varsity Collection Twin XL Bedding and Bath Set includes:
- 2 extra-long flat sheets
- 2 extra-long fitted sheets
- 2 standard pillowcases
- 2 extra-fluffy pillow
- 1 extra-long reversible comforter
- 1 clip fan
- 2 all-cotton bath towel, hand towel, and washcloth set
Armored Storage Trunk
As your graduate begins to move out of the house and prepares to live on their own, they are going to need a sturdy, yet stylish, armored storage trunk to fit all of their items. The Armored Storage Trunk by OCM, will quickly serve as the Most Valuable Product (MVP) of their room. Not only does this oversized storage solution hold all of the items you want to be hidden away, but it also functions as a coffee table, end of bed accessory, ottoman, and even a stepstool. Made with a waterproof, scratch-proof exterior, this storage drunk offers all of the durability of a steel steamer trunk with around 20% less weight.
Don’t let your graduate live in a bland, boring room. Give them some new wall decorations to start off with, like a poster of the famous Eiffel Tower, or a Travel Wall art kit filled with exciting and breathtaking international landmarks. Want to help your graduate stay motivated? Purchase a wall quote they can hang behind their bed or beside their mirror so they can start each day off confidently. You can also never go wrong with a bohemian wall tapestry filled with rich pigments and a stunning medallion print.
Does your graduate need a little extra sprucing up in their room? No worries, OCM has plenty of stylish and trendy accent pillows that can light up any room in seconds. Whether you are looking for a Chatham Pillow that features a cream color on top of a unique texture or a funky Sadie Shibori Printed Pillow in purple you are sure to find everything you were looking for at OCM.
Pair of Aviation Sunglasses
Did you know that Ray-Ban Aviators were originally designed to protect the eyes of U.S. Air Force pilots? Since then, the sunglass brand has become the ultimate source of stylish eyewear for numerous celebrities and fashion icons around the world. Help your graduate step foot into the adult world in style with a pair of aviator-style sunglasses. Make sure you purchase a pair with 100% UV protection to ensure maximum comfort and safety.
Hint: You don’t need to shell out the big bucks in order to find sleek aviation sunglasses that will help your graduate feel like a whole new person. Many retail stores sell aviators for a fraction of the price that big-name stores offer while still providing the classic look the sunglass style is known for.
Subscription to Their Favorite Streaming Service
Who doesn’t love to binge-watch their favorite shows every now and then? However, many new graduates are still cautious when it comes to where they put their money until they get their first paycheck. As a result, some friends and family members like to help them out by paying for the first 1-3 months for a streaming service subscription as a graduation gift. With so many new streaming services out there, including Disney+ and HBO Max, you have plenty of options to choose from.
Set of AFA Tumbler Glasses
If you want to give your graduate a fun, but practical gift, consider purchasing them a set of AFA Tumbler Glasses. These popular glasses are officially licensed by the U.S. Air Force Academy and are even a U.S. Air Force Academy Graduation Gift featured selection. Each glass is engraved with the U.S. Air Force logo as well as the name of the graduate. Generously proportioned at 14 ounces and measuring 4 inches in height, these glasses are perfect for a dinner date in or for a night of catching up the next time you visit your graduate.
U.S. Air Force Academy Pen in Sterling Silver
A pen is a simple, but classic graduation present. The U.S. Air Force Academy Pen in Sterling Silver, in particular, is a popular option among friends and family members of graduate for its sleek look and special inscription of the academy’s name. Made of hallmarked sterling silver, the pen features a decorated nib and gold-plated fittings along with the inscription of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Included in the gift is a complimentary blue ink cartridge and polishing cloth. If your graduate prefers using a bottled fountain pen ink, they can use the converter that is also provided.
Graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy is one of the most prestigious accomplishments one can achieve. There are few better ways to express your pride for your graduate than a special, custom gift. What gifts do you plan to give your graduate? Tell us in the comments below!