Know someone about to enter their Grad Era? Show them you care with a graduation gift!
Graduating university is a major milestone in a student’s life. We’ve all been there before — hitting deadlines two hours before hand-in, wondering if we’re going to scrape by and join the gang at the graduation ceremony. If that’s you or someone in your life, then congrats! You can breathe now…
An accomplishment that big should definitely not go unnoticed. And what better way to say ‘well done, you survived’ than by buying a graduation gift for them to help forget the student debt they’ve racked up.
Buying someone a gift is not always an easy task. Luckily for you, we’ve got the best graduation gifts and present ideas for anyone in your life graduating in 2023. You’re welcome.
- Best graduation gifts and present ideas in 2023
- Graduation gifts for him
- Graduation gifts for her
- Graduation flowers
- Gifting money for a grad gift
- What to bring to a graduation party?
Best graduation gifts and present ideas in 2023
If you want to show someone that you’re proud of them, we’ve got a whole range of gifts and present ideas that will earn you some extra brownie points.
Graduation gifts for him
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 — £279.95
These Bose headphones make the ideal graduation gift. If the newbie graduate is ready to enter the employed afterlife, noise cancelling headphones will be their new best friend for office environments. Noisy printers, chatty colleagues and constant keyboard clicking? Block it all out with these. Plus, they’re wireless so coffee breaks away from the screen are still achievable.
Gifting a day out doing something fun is probably very needed after finishing university. A chance to blow off some steam or to celebrate together, a virgin experience day is a thoughtful way to treat your graduate friend. From adrenaline-packed days to short getaways, there’s a lot to choose from and something to suit everyone.
Fragrances are always a great gift idea. Buy them their favourite scent, but if you’re not sure what they like, Jean Paul Gaultier is a good option. With hints of cardamom and vanilla, and trailing woody notes, it’s the perfect blend of masculine energy and charisma.
Graduation gifts for her
Treat your bestie with a trip to the theatre to see their favourite show. Choose from classics like The Lion King or Grease the Musical, or modern takes like Heathers or The Play That Goes Wrong. Sit back, relax; they’ll enjoy not worrying about deadlines anymore.
Let them know that they’re a star with this gorgeously dainty silver star pendant necklace from Astrid & Miyu. Sentimental gifts don’t have to break the bank, and they deserve something special. Not a fan of silver? There’s gold and rose gold, too. They could even wear the necklace at graduation and carry a piece of you with them. Aw, how sweet.
Finishing a degree is no mean feat, and it’s possible your friend is looking tired and a little rundown (not even caffeine can help now). Gifting them a Charlotte Tilbury skincare kit shows that you care and they’re definitely deserving of a pamper after all their hard work.
Flowers, for a graduation? Groundbreaking. But who could refuse a bouquet of bright, blooming flowers?
Flowers are especially handy if you’re unable to gift in person. Just order online from any of these sites and send straight to their door! Same-day delivery options are available for some, if you’re bad at planning ahead.
Flowers aren’t their thing? Gift a houseplant instead — not all of them are hard to look after!
Gifting money for a graduation gift
Of course, when in doubt, you can gift the lucky graduate some money for their graduation gift. There’s few things better than opening up an envelope to find out there’s cash in there, especially as post-student life can be costly.
How much money to give for a college graduation gift
Money talk can be a bit awkward, but there’s no right or wrong answer for the amount of money you should give someone for a graduation gift. Remember, every little helps so they’ll appreciate the kind gesture regardless.
Consider your relationship with the graduate. If you’re a younger sibling, they won’t be expecting you to hand over your entire life savings. Besties could also get away with gifting a little less, especially if you’re also a student (we know how tight it can be).
What to bring for a graduation party?
Most importantly, bring yourself. Guests are the true staple of any good party. However, a graduation party is obviously a major celebration and etiquette implies you should try and bring something for the host.
Depending on the scale of the event and how formal it is, a bottle of alcohol (or non alcoholic alternatives) and some food could be enough. But always make sure to bring good vibes.
Do you bring gifts to a graduation party?
It’s not a necessity to bring gifts to a graduation party; we’re sure you won’t be denied entry at the door (don’t hold us to that though!). It’s always nice though to bring something to say thanks for the invite or to congratulate them on their graduation. This could be as simple as a card, some chocolate or food/drink if it’s not a catered occasion.
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