11 Best College Graduation Gifts for Him and Her

This event is definitely a cause for celebration as the time has finally come for your grad to walk across the stage to accept their diploma. For the college graduate, that usually entails starting a job and moving into their own place. Help them celebrate this next stage and set them up for success with gifts that are both fun and useful. 

Gift Certificate of a Specialty Store 

If you don’t know for sure which gift will be the best for a grad, then a gift certificate will come in handy. This may be a certificate of an e-store, book shop, health store or any other store which products that they might be interested in. 

Hands hold a gift in a red gift box with a black bow and paper with the words

Graduate’s Personalized Portrait

This would definitely be a great pick for a celebration of college graduation! Order a portrait where a gift recipient will be shown wearing an aristocratic outfit, a Renaissance ball gown or military uniform, or even a Superman costume. It doesn’t matter which template you choose; what matters is that it should suit the recipient’s tastes. Such a gift will be a great piece of home décor for many years reminding a person of their carefree days at college. 

Portrait of two women and a man dressed as aristocrats standing on the floor near the wallWoman in white clothes with a black suitcase crosses the road

Chic Suitcase

A stylish high-quality suitcase is good gift for a keen traveler. It’ll be useful for travelling inside the country and future getaways (which ... are going to happen again soon, right?). 

Woman in white clothes with a black suitcase crosses the road

Jiggy Puzzle

This is truly a perfect gift for a grad that loves logic puzzles. These puzzles are actually eye-catching works by emerging female artists. One artwork can be made of as many as 800 pieces. But if you’re looking for a simpler puzzle, then go for the one containing 200-300 pieces. You can set up a jigsaw puzzle party for your graduate and their friends and then frame the artwork they’ve made and put it on the wall. 

Puzzles are scattered on the brown floor

Home Tool Kit

Off comes the cap and gown and on comes the daunting task of being an adult. A home tool kit is a good present which won’t lead to your budget crunch and will definitely be used by the gift recipient. The kit is pretty easy-to-carry so it’ll be convenient when moving apartment. 

White and orange containers with fasteners


A delicate floral arrangement will surely do a world of good. It’ll be a great graduation gift for a romantic girl. Flowers have always been considered to be an all-purpose gift so you won’t worry that your gift choice was wrong. 

Hands hold a bouquet of flowers against the sky

Personalized Man Wallet

Send your grad off into the real world with a leather wallet that makes him look like, well, an adult. You can engrave the outside with his name or initials or even some symbolic picture, and then write something more personal inside. Such a gift will last long as small scuff marks will only add chic to the item. 

Male hands open a wallet with money

Bottle Opener

Best gift for your college buddy. Such openers can be decorated with a funny inscription or picture and this way become a funny accessory your graduation friend will cherish. So why don’t you go for it? 

Wooden bottle opener with black lettering and beer mug pattern

Reusable Notebook

If your graduate is a big fan of sustainability, then you can choose a reusable notebook as a nice and practical gift. It will enable them to write down all their inspiring ideas and wipe off the unwanted ones. The eco-friendly notebook features reusable paper with various templates. They will be able to use it to write a to-do list, schedules, and even the random ideas they would like to organize later. The notebook can be connected to the app and so their phones will be used to gather all their previous writings.

A hand with a gray rag wipes a sheet of notepad, a smartphone and an open book lie nearby

Mini Instant Camera

This is the very best graduation gift for a girl. It doesn’t matter whether parents or friends make it. What is important is that this camera is cute, compact and convenient. She’ll be able to take photos at home, at work or in the street. And these instant photos will be great for making a photo collage. 

The pink instant camera lies next to small pink flowers

Custom Passport Cover

A custom passport cover with the holder’s name, an interesting inscription or a picture is a nice gift idea. It will protect a passport from damage and your graduate will easily find their passport among the others. The choice of such covers is really wide so you can choose something they will definitely like. 

Passport covers in different colors

One might say that there’s no ideal instruction of how to choose the best graduation gift for a family member or friend. But there’s one piece of advice which works for 100%: choose a gift in accordance with your grad’s interests, hobbies and tastes. In this case a transition to an adult life will turn out to be a great memory for an ex-student.