When a loved one is graduating it can be difficult to think of what to buy them as a show of appreciation, respect and pride for the hard work they’ve shown in their studies. While everyone’s taste in gifts is different, here is a list of some of ten great graduation gifts that aren’t cash:
10 best graduation gifts
- Teddy bear
- Fountain Pen
- Leather satchel
- University hoodie
- New technology
- Photo frame
1. Teddy Bear
This gift tends to suit women over men and can be an adorable way to commemorate a person’s time at university! Most universities sell their own graduation teddy bears fit with a cap and diploma but if your loved one is graduating high school gifting them with a plain bear their friends can sign on their last day makes for a special gift.
2. Engraved Watch
Even in the days of smartphones everyone can use a good watch. If you are able to give your loved one with this classic gift it is something they can take with them to university or the workforce and can last years. Bonus points if you engrave a heartfelt message on the back!
If watches aren’t something that interest your graduate then an elegant pair of earrings, necklace, or bracelet is something they’ll treasure forever.
4. Fountain Pen
This old school gift will last far longer than your average ballpoint pen and is a great gift for graduates looking to get into business, accounting, teaching or writing. The better the quality of the pen, the longer it will last. Some even say that they help improve a person’s handwriting! You can also get these engraved with the recipient’s initials.
A fancy bottle of wine or champagne makes for a fun celebratory gift! If the graduate isn’t of legal drinking age, you can gift them an expensive bottle of alcohol to let age until they finish their post-graduate degree!
6. Leather satchel
A leather satchel or backpack is a practical gift someone can take with them to college or to work. It is something they can use to carry their books in a stylish way that will remind them of you.
7. University hoodie
Memorabilia makes for a graduation gift that will always remind a person of the fun times they spent at university, such as university hoodie, t-shirt or bomber jacket.
Some universities even have cufflinks featuring their logo that the recipient can wear to university related events, and a nice pair of quality, non-university cufflinks would make for a timeless gift bound to come in handy throughout the person’s life.
9. New technology
Depending on your price range, new technology such as a mobile phone or laptop would be an amazing graduation gift that someone can use in their future studies. A tablet would come in handy to take notes with during a lecture, or a new phone can help a person keep in touch with their family if they need to move away.
10. Photo frame
Few young people think to purchase photo frames for themselves so a classy photo frame to hang their graduation certificate in is a way to ensure their certificate won’t be ruined, and demonstrate your pride in their achievements. If the graduate is moving away, a photo frame containing a picture of the two of you makes for a sentimental and personalised gift.
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