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Graduation Gift Guide: Celebrate the Grads

By Editorial Staff

Graduation is just around the corner and while the Class of 2021 is gearing up for their big walk across that stage, their loved ones are wondering just what to get them to congratulate them on their big accomplishment. Whether your favorite grad is graduating from high school or college, I’m sure you’re searching for the perfect graduation gift for them.  

Low Budget

1. Handmade gifts

Handmade gifts are a great way to show someone you care. This is a great idea whether the graduate is your best friend, your son or daughter, or your significant other. Here are some great DIY ideas from TikTok:

@may.moneyy

we r moving away for college :/ imma miss my bbs :(( 💛 #graduation #gradgift #gift #giftideas #TikTokArtists #diy #diyproject #diygift #friendship

♬ Tongue Tied – GROUPLOVE

2. Custom Food Arrangement

You could go the more practical way and order an Edible Arrangement, but if you want your graduation gift to be even more special, try hand-making a food arrangement! This TikTok shows you exactly how to make a fun strawberry arrangement for your grad.

@eventsbymaggiellc

Stawberry arrangement #gifts #getcrafty #stawberry #graduation #artsandcrafts #diyideas #diy #stayathome

♬ original sound – Margarita 🦋

3. Stationery

Stationery is a great graduation gift idea for anyone headed into the professional world. Anyone graduating is likely going to be sending lots of thank you notes for their gifts, and what better way to do it than with their own custom stationery! YouTuber Katherout suggests the site Minted.com for great custom stationery.

4. Gift Cards

Gift cards are a classic graduation gift for any budget, especially if your graduate is difficult to shop for. Just pick their favorite restaurant, clothing store, or service. If you want to make your gift a bit more special, try this wrapping technique. You could also consider making a gift basket with multiple gift cards and snacks like this person on TikTok!

@emerald_outlaw

Perfect gift idea for a new grad or hard to shop for person!💡#DIYprojects #uniquegiftideas #graduationgiftideas #handmadegifts #craftymom

♬ In Love With You – BLVKSHP

 Here are some great gift card ideas:

  •     Spotify/Apple Music
  •     Target
  •     Bed, Bath, and Beyond
  •     Hulu, Netflix, HBOMax, etc.
  •     Amazon
  •     Visa

5. Sunset Lamp

This sunset lamp went viral on TikTok and for good reason. This is a great gift for any college grad headed to a new apartment or high school grad headed to the dorms.

@7iepa

This just made my life (on amazon – sunset lamp)

♬ mystery of love –

6. First Aid Kit

Everyone needs a first aid kit. You can buy one pre-made or make it yourself. Fill it with a variety of sizes of bandages, ointment, ibuprofen, gauze and tape, rubber gloves, tweezers, medical scissors, etc.

7. Tile Mate

This is a great graduation gift for anyone who is always losing something. You can attach it to your phone, your keys, etc. and it connects to the app.

@happilyinspired

Never lose your shi* again! #amazonfinds #amazonmusthaves #amazonfavorites #amazonprime #musthaves #gifts #holidaygiftideas #fyp #foryoupage #amazon

♬ She Share Story (for Vlog) – 山口夕依

8. Reusable Food Storage

Whether you buy the name brand or the generic, everyone needs food storage for their leftovers. 

9. Film Roll Keychain

This keychain may look like a normal film roll, but it’s also the perfect way to commemorate your graduate’s favorite moments. You can customize the film with anywhere from 5 to 20 photos.

@jordouchebag

Need Christmas gift ideas? I got you ✨🎁 #fyp

♬ pov – Ariana Grande

 10. Mug Warmer

This mug warmer is a great Amazon find for your coffee and tea lovers. It will keep your drink warm up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. 

@ourfavoritefinds

LINK IN BIO & COMMENTS!!#amazonmusthaves #bestofamazon #amazonproduct #ad #founditonamazon #goodproduct #mugwarmer #hotdrink #coffeeaddict #tealover

♬ Say So (Instrumental Version) [Originally Performed by Doja Cat] – Elliot Van Coup

 11. Prism Bed Glasses

These glasses are perfect for people who like to lay down and watch TV or use their laptop. 

https://www.tiktok.com/@amazon.musthaves8/video/6951394906862619910?_d=secCgYIASAHKAESMgow8UPSP6igEEyaJ6BXXlLKnNd6J%2Fytz9NvP82jVzg5RazhwIcwe8m%2BFBjYG7ZtgUafGgA%3D&enable_clips=1&language=en&preview_pb=0&sec_user_id=MS4wLjABAAAAg0hX-BTIIRgLo01m0XzdQbHcyne2kRe2R3Vulon4WSQ0QMlEzYHNPAk4jd5Pu5AO&share_app_id=1233&share_item_id=6951394906862619910&share_link_id=8FF8545C-86FF-4575-920A-43DC113560A7&source=h5_m&timestamp=1618703415&tt_from=sms&u_code=d7ekekje4ik75g&user_id=6720069792185467909&utm_campaign=client_share&utm_medium=ios&utm_source=sms&_r=1

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Medium Budget

1. Keepsake box

Want to give a more sentimental graduation gift, but keep things organized at the same time? Try a keepsake box from Savor! They have special graduation boxes with places for your tassel, special documents, class ring, and more. 

@savor.it.all

Gift idea for a graduate 👨🏽‍🎓 #graduation #gifttok #giftidea #gradgift

♬ Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms

2. Custom Art

Customized art is a great gift for anyone moving into a new dorm room or apartment. If you’re an artist yourself, any grad would love a custom piece from you. But if art isn’t your forte, TikTok is full of artists offering all kinds of services if you’re looking for great small businesses to buy from. 

@thelazycreative

Cutesies ✨✨✨✨ #smallbusiness #fyp #islamicart #graduation #giftideas #glassart #commissionart #gradgift

♬ 皇家萌卫 – GTech

3. Influencer Gifts

Does your graduate have a favorite influencer? Try a graduation gift from one of their favs. Influencers like Scotty Sire, David Dobrik, and Kim Kardashian have launched their own brands and have lots of great gifts for your graduate.

Looking for more influencer gifts for your grad’s favorite influencers? Check out our full influencer merch gift guide here.

4. Housewarming Gifts

Housewarming gifts, like home décor, dishes, or appliances are a great graduation gift idea for recent college grads moving into their first apartment or high school grads headed to the dorms. Try gifts like:

  •     Espresso Machine/Keurig
  •     Dish/silverware sets
  •     Brita
  •     Blender
  •     Instant Pot/Crockpot
  •     Blender

5. Water Pillow

This pillow is half water, half memory foam and more easily forms to your head than any regular pillow. It comes with a funnel and yo9u just fill it up yourself.

@hello_happy_mom

EP. 126 Amazon Favorites (link in bio) it’s the BEST #fyp #waterpillow #momsoftiktok #musthave #amazonfinds #amazonhome #AMAZON #FindYourCore

♬ original sound – hello_happy_mom

6. Glass Prints

This is a great way to commemorate your favorite moment with your favorite graduate. Glass prints are a classy way to add a personal touch to any dorm or apartment.

High Budget

1. Bicycle

A new bike is a great gift for anyone headed off to college! Whether they have a car or not, this graduation gift is the perfect way for students to get around campus. Biking is a great way to get in some exercise for a busy college student, not to mention a more eco-friendly way of traveling across campus.

2. Utility or Rent payments

Offering to pay someone’s utility bill or rent for any amount of time is a great gift for anyone in an apartment or house, especially recent college grads struggling financially. This TikTok user’s dad even built her a house as a graduation gift. Obviously, that is a huge financial commitment, but if you have the means to help your grad out with their housing situation, I’m sure they will be super grateful.

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3. AAA Membership

This is a great gift for anyone with a car. AAA offers roadside assistance like fuel delivery, towing, a flat tire change, etc. 

4. Meal Kit Delivery Subscription

A subscription to a meal kit service is a great option for any high school grads heading off to college or any college grads heading to their first big kid apartment. HelloFresh is quick and easy, which is great for people on busy schedules, especially those who love food but don’t really love to cook. Here are some great meal kit services to consider:

Whether your graduate is leaving high school or college, there’s a perfect gift for everyone. Congratulations to the class of 2021!

This article was written by Brittany Files

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