5 Gift Ideas for Your Soon-to-be Graduate


Another graduation season is underway for high school, trade school, undergraduate, and graduate students — and family members and friends are no doubt thinking about the best gift ideas. 

Of course, it’s been an especially long, unusual, and stressful past year for seniors and post-graduates who are trying to complete their studies and adjust to ongoing coronavirus concerns, while also working hard to finish up strong. 

If a student in your life is preparing for spring graduation, you might find yourself scratching your head, wondering how best to celebrate and congratulate them with a heartfelt gift. Fortunately, there are plenty of gifts out there that will show your loved one how proud and how happy you are for them. 

Here are five gift ideas for your triumphant graduate. 

1. Sleep Gear, Bedding, and Weighted Blankets

Between completing homework, studying for finals, balancing a job, and more, soon-to-be graduates have a lot on their plate and may be exhausted at the thought of balancing all these responsibilities. In fact, students spend so much time studying, often in late-night or all-night sessions, that they might spend the first few months after finishing school catching up on some much-needed rest.

In that vein, buying your graduate the Gravity Blanket, which many owners claim is like “wearing a hug,” would be a thoughtful and useful gift. Plus, any weighted blanket or other sleep accessories will help add a sense of cozy comfort for the sleepy graduate in your life. 

2. Kitchen Appliances 

Students often don’t have time to cook and instead eat quick and cheap classics like microwave noodle cups and haphazardly made deli sandwiches. If the graduate in your life is ready to spend more time cooking healthy meals, encourage them to do it with kitchen appliances like an Instapot. Even if they’re still busy, appliances like these or a slow cooker will allow them to create healthy meals while launching a job search and more.

3. Professional Backpacks

For some graduates, the convenience and comfort of a backpack is forever, even when entering the corporate world after graduation. However, their backpack is likely well-worn and more school-friendly than professional, so find a backpack more appropriate for the young, on-the-go professional, like a sleek BOPAI business backpack or a vintage Modoker style.

4. Personalized Items 

One heartfelt and meaningful idea you might consider is buying customized gifts for your special graduate that spark fond memories of their years in school and loving times spent with family and friends.

Explore gift ideas like:

  • Designing monogrammed tote bags
  • Using special photos to create a custom gift, like a framed photo collage showcasing special events and benchmarks
  • Creating a calendar commemorating the coming year’s goals and dreams
  • Ordering personalized stationery for them to send “thank you notes” after job interviews

Your graduate will love having any of these handy, personal gifts that are as meaningful as they are useful. 

5.  Camera 

Whether your graduate plans to jet off for some post-academic travel or they want to start a new, relaxing hobby near home, a new camera, which is not their smartphone, is a perfect choice. You might explore the point-and-shoot market, starting with top sellers like the Canon PowerShot or Nikon CoolPix.

Show That You Care with a Thoughtful Gift 

After receiving their diploma, most graduates are grateful to have some time to relax and finally enjoy life. More than that, your thoughtful gift will serve as a reminder that you and others care about and want to celebrate them. Indeed, a camera, sleep gear, professional backpack, and a useful kitchen appliance are all great gifts to help welcome them into post-academic life before they rev up for the professional world.



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