It’s that time of the year again-- not quite the middle of the spring semester-- but when friends and family members of college students start to think about thoughtful college graduation gifts.
Because your student is busy getting through their classes, they are probably not even thinking about post-graduation life yet. No doubt they’re excited-- and probably a little nervous-- to be moving on, but they need to keep focused on finishing up their studies as best they can.
Good thing they have a loved one who is already thinking about a fantastic gift they can give them after they graduate! Graduation season arrives quickly, so if you’re not prepared, you might be at a loss at what to gift to your recent graduate. Good thing we put together this guide of some of the top gifts you can give your recent college grad that will help them remember the day, and embark on their new life with confidence.
Themed Tassel Tops
Because the fun starts at the graduation ceremony
Your soon-to-be college graduate has worked extremely hard to get to where they are-- participating in their graduation ceremony! Let them show off a little of their own personality with a customized tassel topper. These are the ultimate way to stand out from the class and show everyone that you have a sense of humor, or just appreciate the wisdom of a great quote. You can choose from a famous quote or song lyrics, or perhaps a couple of words that let everyone one know what it took for your college student to make it this far.
If you prefer, you could instead opt to have their college or university logo or mascot on their tassel topper instead. This is an amazing way to show a little school pride as they march into the graduation ceremony. One of the best features of a tassel topper is that they can be removed after the ceremony and will do no damage to the graduation cap. This makes a wonderful post-graduation keepsake that is perfect for framing or displaying in their new home.
Go ahead and show off all those years of hard work
It goes without saying that a diploma frame is a must-have gift for a recent college grad. After spending years working towards their degree, what student wouldn’t want to show it off in a beautifully framed way? Diplomas can come in all sizes, which is why it’s so convenient that diploma frames also come in a variety of styles, textures, and sizes.
You can choose to keep things simple and get an elegantly designed dark wood frame which will display that diploma in style. Or you can choose to add the name of the college or university to the frame, making an even bigger statement, as well as adding an extra dose of school spirit behind that diploma. There are all kinds of options and materials to choose from, so make sure you speak with your student first to get a feel for what kind of frame they would appreciate most.
Graduation Day Remembrances
Give them something special to remember their big day
Students are so excited on graduation day, they might not have time to slow down and savor all the fun and truly enjoy it. Give them a little something they can remember the day-- and their school by-- in the years to come. A thoughtful gift of an engraved picture frame, letter opener, pen set, paperweight, or cup with their name and school would very much appreciated. All of these items can be very useful as well! Depending on where your recent grad is headed too-- either a job or more schooling-- chances are they’d love to have something like this on their desk or in their next living space. You can choose to have their name and school engraved, or just the name of the school, it’s completely up to you.
If you’re looking for a surprise post-graduation gift, a picture frame with you and the student on their big day will be a special reminder for them and sure to inspire many happy memories in the years to come.
Tumbler or Thermos
Take their school pride on the go
Chances are your college student had an on the go coffee, tea, or water holder while they traversed through campus to class, meetings, and study sessions. Now that they’re a college graduate, why not gift them an upgraded version of their favorite tumbler, glass, or thermos? A fantastic way to do this is by giving them something that is useful for holding drinks, but also shows their school pride. You can decide whether they’d get the most use out of water glasses, wine glasses, beer steins, or a coffee mug.
If your student has a job lined up after graduation, consider getting them a better version of their current travel coffee/tea thermos. They’ll really appreciate this gift as they get used to getting up for work on time and commuting to their new job. Plus, since thermoses can keep drinks hot or cold, they won’t have to worry about having two travel cups and can use the same one no matter if they feel like a cafe mocha or an iced latte.
Something luxurious for their new space
In addition to an upgrade to their glassware and commute accessories, think about what your recent graduate will need to tackle their new job or new school if they’re continuing their education-- a good night’s sleep! Much like their collegiate days, they will need to make sure they’re getting good restful sleep so they can take on each day. Most recent grads don’t have the funds-- or are willing to shell out the money-- for an amazing set of bed linens. This is where a gift of exceptional quality will be much appreciated! Good quality bed linens can really make your college grad feel like the young professional that they are.
Since you might not know the exact layout or style of their bedroom, opt to give them a gift card instead. That way, they can choose the color and the size, and no one has to worry about returns!
Show off school pride in a sophisticated manner
If you’d really like to give your recent college grad a very special gift, commemorative of their time at their school, consider investing in jewelry or accessories that showcase their school. In addition to a class ring, having cufflinks, a blazer pin, necklace, bracelet, or even a keyring engraved with their school’s crest or name is a gift that will last them a lifetime. You can decide whether they would appreciate sterling silver or gold accessories or jewelry, as well as what type would best fit their personality.
These exceptional gifts are something that can be worn throughout their lives, whether they’re headed to a formal work function, a social gathering, or even a class reunion-- collegiate accessories are a step above and will mean a lot to your recent graduate.
There’s no more free campus gym, so do the next best thing
Chances are your recent grad took advantage of the campus gym while they were at school-- either to help reach their fitness goals, or as a stress relief during finals week! Staying active is key to leading a healthy lifestyle, so don’t let that take a back seat as your recent grad starts the next part of their life. Many gyms are nationwide, so no matter where their job may take them, chances are you can easily purchase a half year or a whole year gym membership. By doing so you’re giving them the opportunity to keep up with all the healthy habits they had while at college-- but might not be able to afford right now.
A membership to the local gym-- especially when it’s a gift-- is a great motivator for them to stay active and use that membership. Who knows, you might help them embark on a new path that includes a wide variety of ways to stay fit.
Easy your college grad into learning to cook for themselves
One of the best life skills you can teach someone is not only how to cook, but to want to cook. Since they have relied upon the cafeteria, take out, and delivery for the past couple of years, it might be time to learn to cook. There’s no easier way then by giving them an instant pot, which allows your recent grad the convenience of putting everything together in pot, and letting the machine do the rest. There are all kinds of healthy recipes to include into their diet as well, which along with staying active and getting good sleep, are key to a low stress, healthy lifestyle.
These appliances are also a good introduction into the world of cooking-- where the possibilities for experimenting are endless!
Graduating from college is a big deal, so show your grad that you’re extremely proud of their accomplishments. Whether you decide to get them something for their post-college apartment, or would rather give them something to remember their time at school, your grad is going to be very thankful for your thoughtful gift! What are you giving a graduate you know this year? Let us know in the comments!