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Feb 22, 2021
Graduation Gifts

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It’s that time of year again and before you know it, another graduation season will be upon us! We will celebrate the class of 2021 in whatever way the pandemic allows, whether that be through a traditional ceremony or a virtual one. No matter the outcome, this graduating class deserves as much celebration and recognition as the previous graduating classes. 

This year, you and your best friend may be graduating together or your best friend is graduating and you want to cheer them on in the biggest way possible! While it is family members and older friend’s responsibilities to purchase big ticket graduation gifts, you can focus on the smaller and more personalized options.  

Since you are friends, they wouldn’t expect you to dish out a hundred dollars on an expensive gift, unless you want to of course! They will be looking for sentimental items that help them reflect on their college experience or personal gifts that remind them of memories you have together! 

We have put together a list of personalized gifts that are affordable and perfect for your best friend. These gifts are both reflective of graduation and your friendship -- because after all since you are best friends, you should know a lot about what they like and dislike. 

Here is our list: 

  • Grad Kit 
  • Tassel and Photo Frame 
  • School Gear 
  • Favorites Basket 
  • Necklace
  • Cookies


Grad Kit 

All the graduation necessities in one place.

This grad kit is perfect if you want your gift to focus on their huge accomplishment. Going to college is difficult, but arriving at graduation day is a reflection of all of the hard work, studying, exams, papers, presentations, and major capstone presentations that made achieving their degree possible! 

The grad kit comes complete with a then and now picture frame, graduate mug, 5x7 paper photo frame, and the most adorable graduation bear we have ever seen! This is the perfect gift to show your support and appreciation for your friend. 

You could take it a step further by filling in the pictures for them! With help from their parents, you can find a funny or cute baby picture to fill in the “then” side, then take a picture of them on their graduation day for the “now” side. Use the 5x7 paper frame to add your favorite picture of the two of you! They will love the instant flashback of memories brought on by the picture. 

When they’re at their new job or continuing their education -- they can use their grad mug to drink coffee from each morning. The grad bear, of course, will have a place on their desk or shelf so it can bring a smile to their face each time they see it!


Tassel and Photo Frame
The perfect piece for preserving their graduation tassel with a spot for their favorite grad photo -- or a photo of the two of you on graduation day!

This Brushed Aluminum Tassel and Photo frame is perfect for two reasons. The first is because it can be difficult finding a use for their graduation tassel -- they are small and easily lost. Some students choose to put them in a shadow box with the rest of their graduation memorabilia like cords and stoles. Others buy a diploma frame with a section specifically dedicated for showcasing their tassel. However, this frame offers a more modest approach if they want to show off their tassel in a small and commemorative way. 

The second reason we love this frame is because it’s a perfect gift for best friends. You can take a picture of the two of you on their graduation day and use that photo to fill up the picture frame section! They will love looking back and remembering you on their special day. 


School Gear 

You can never go wrong with school gear -- because everyone will continue to represent their school even after graduation. Image courtesy of Pittwire. 

School gear is always a great gift option because we’re sure there’s always been at least one piece they have wanted from the bookstore but never bought for themselves. Now is your chance to get a last minute item for them -- consider an alumni sweatshirt, t-shirt, or sweat pants because everyone loves to be comfy. 

They will enjoy the alumni aspect of the clothing because they are now crossing over into the college’s alumni family, and this is a big deal! They will also enjoy taking photos wearing their new alumni gear. 

You also have a second option for school gear -- if you don’t want to go the alumni route, consider moving forward with them. If they have committed to furthering their education through a master’s or doctorate program -- get them so gear to represent their newest endeavor. 

With all of the chaos leading up to graduation -- finishing their final classes, preparing to move, and maybe even looking for job prospects, if they are continuing their education, we can imagine they haven’t had time to shop for new gear. 

So, they will be thrilled to receive new clothing that represents their new school, and they may even want to take grad photos wearing the clothes to show their transition to a new life path. 

No matter which option you choose, depending on their future plans, they will love school gear of any kind -- whether it reflects their alma mater or their new university. 


Favorites Basket 

We love this graduation gift because it is extremely personalized and includes all of their favorite things. I mean, who wouldn’t love receiving a basket filled with the things you love most. After all, the end of their senior year is a draining time -- trying to make it through their last finals season, attempting to make adult changes and life decisions, and also a bit of fear over the uncertainty of the future. We think a favorites basket is just the pick me up they need! 

No matter what you put in their grad basket, they will enjoy the personalized aspects and how much thought you put into making their day special -- you really can’t go wrong!



This Pearls of Success Necklace will make them feel accomplished and help them move forward into the next chapter with continued motivation. 

We think this Pearls of Success Necklace makes a beautiful gift because of what it represents! Pearls are born over time and with help from mother nature, they symbolize the best in a person and the beauty that lies within. This is the perfect message to give your best friend on their graduation day. 

The single pearl on a silver chain is best given to someone who needs a little extra encouragement, love, and support. After a grueling finals season, and the last semester of their senior year -- this could be exactly what they need. It will make them feel accomplished and also give them the push they need to carry that motivation into the next chapter of their lives. 

If this isn’t the perfect necklace -- consider the Good Luck necklace, or Accomplish Magnificent Things necklace. Both have beautiful meanings and symbolize positivity for the future, which is exactly what they need as they take the next step into adulthood.  



The gift of gourmet cookies is one that won’t let you down. 

When all else fails -- you really can’t go wrong with the gift of sweets. This gift contains one dozen assorted gourmet cookies and who wouldn’t want that? We know how college students feel about food -- they seize every opportunity to eat off campus specifically to avoid another trip to the dining hall. 

So, you can look at this cookie tray like avoiding the dining hall. Sure, most colleges provide some type of refreshment during graduation (even for virtual ceremonies) but nothing will beat the happiness they feel from opening up a giant box of delicious cookies. 

The gift of food is one that will never disappoint, and as their best friend -- no one would know this better than you! If you know cookies aren’t their favorite, don’t fret because you can also purchase a brownie tin, and even a cookie cake! You really can’t beat that. 

Picking out a graduation gift for your best friend can be a difficult task. Not because you are unsure of what to get them, rather because you are striving for perfection, and want to get them the best gift possible with sentimental value and personalization. Any of the gifts on this list will accomplish those goals and make them feel great about their wonderful achievement and their friendship with you!

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