It’s that time of year when your mailbox is flooded with graduation announcements. Whether your friends, family, and loved ones are graduating high school, college, or a post-graduate degree, it can be tricky to find just the right gift. Check out this graduation gift shopping guide for some unique ideas. Some of them are useful and practical, while others are more suited for the sentimental types in your life.

Classic Gifts

Diploma Frame

They worked hard to earn a degree, so why not give them a way to showcase it in their apartment, home or new office? This document frame is the perfect way for them to proudly display their diploma. With UV-blocking glass and anti-aging lining, this frame will preserve their achievement as well.

A Token of Remembrance

A watch makes an excellent graduation gift because is serves as a constant reminder of hard work and success. It’s the perfect gift for someone who loves practical items but also appreciates a touch of thoughtfulness and sentimentality. Check out these classic Fossil watches for men or women.

The sleek Jaqueline Watch for women comes in six different colors and features a minimalist design with a leather band and large face. The men’s Minimalist Slim Watch comes in three colors and is suitable for casual wear or for dressing up. Both watches are also engravable for you to add your own custom message to the wearer.


If your grad is headed off to continue the next phase of their education, they’ll need an academic planner to help stay organized. Give the graduation gift that will help them succeed. Check out these two great options.

The whimsical, colorful Day Planner has weekly and monthly spreads provide ample room to plan, as well as places for notes and thoughts. Coated tabs and twin-wire binding allow easy page flipping, while the handy cover pocket provides space to store notes, receipts and other small items.

For the professional, consider this attractive Faux Leather planner comes in multiple colors a zipper closure. With tabbed weekly and monthly spreads and pockets within, this all-in-one planner will be one your student carries with them everywhere.


For the free spirit or the grad with plans to travel for work or pleasure, quality luggage is a must. My all-time favorite bags, from my backpack to my duffel bag, are from Tumi.

The Voyageur Backpack has been my go-to travel bag on dozens of trips. It’s durable, comfortable, has loads of well-thought-out pockets and compartments to keep me organized, and it comes in four great colors. I seriously cannot recommend this backpack enough. Your grad will thank you again and again for this investment.

The Continental Carry On bag is as functional as it is innovative and attractive. And like the other pieces, the Tumi Dorsten Duffel bag offers lots of space with ideal spaces for storing necessities in an organized way. And yet, it is still compact and lightweight enough for a weekend trip.


Sony Camera

Every person needs a good camera. Give the ultimate graduation gift of an excellent camera that she’ll use for years and years. My top pick is the Sony Alpha a6500. This camera is easy enough for a beginner to use and produces quality videos and photos that even a professional will appreciate. It’s easy to focus with image stabilization, slo-mo, quick-mo, a timer, built in WiFi, and more. This camera really has it all.

MacBook Pro

Another great gift for the graduate who is heading off to college is a Mac. Every college student needs a reliable, portable laptop to make college life so much easier. This lightweight 16″ MacBook Pro fits right into a backpack to take to classes for easy note taking and homework. With plenty of storage and speed to keep up, plus a long battery life for when your student is on the go, this is the perfect choice for anyone continuing his or her education.


Your graduate will love a pair of Apple AirPods Pro. With simple, instant connection to iPhone, MacBook, and iPad, AirPods are the best wireless headphones around. They can listen and talk for hours with the long battery life and recharge in the handy charging case. The noise canceling feature blocks out unwanted background noise for more efficient studying, while the adaptive EQ automatically tunes music to the shape of the wearer’s ear. The compact design fits right into a pocket or backpack.

Thoughtful and Fun Gifts

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

This Dr. Seuss classic book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is a go-to graduation gift for many grads. You can even purchase it ahead of time and have friends, family, and teachers write special notes to the graduate within the pages. The simple, timeless message in this book is a great encouragement to find the success that lies within themselves as they embark on new journeys.

Personalized Penny Necklace

Commemorate the year of graduation with a Personalized Penny Necklace. You choose the year of the penny and select a gold plated or sterling silver chain to create a one-of-a-kind gift she will cherish as a memento of her accomplishment.

Bucket List Scratch Off Poster

A new beginning is the perfect time to plan future endeavors, and this Bucket List Scratch Off Poster supplies plenty of inspiration! From date ideas to memorable trips, each square reveals colorful artwork, creating a cool poster to remember the good times. With 100 different unique and fun ideas, your grad will enjoy the activities for months to come.

The Universe Has Your Back Card Deck

52 inspiring messages on The Universe Has Your Back Cards will inspire the graduate and open up to the power of the Universe. These cards offer spiritual guidance to help provide strength when you are down, support when you are lost, safety in the face of uncertainty, and joy in all circumstances. Beautiful artwork and inspiring messages bring encouragement to a graduate leaving his or her comfort zone.

Essential Oils

Bluetooth Essential Oil Diffuser

Don’t send your college-bound grad off to a dorm room without a set of essential oils and a diffuser. Not only will they appreciate the freshening aroma, the power of essential oils will support their wellness and mental health throughout college. Pair your essential oils with this Zenergy Aroma Bluetooth Therapy Speaker. It creates a calming atmosphere for sleeping with relaxing sound modes, color light therapy, and a sleep timer. Since it doubles as a bluetooth speaker, it helps cut down on the “stuff” to cram into a small dorm room.

Essential Oil Carrying Case

Be sure to give your grad a handy case to keep her essential oils organized. She’ll love these cute, colorful Essential Oil Carrying Cases perfect for storing and transporting her most essential EOs for regular use.

Want to create some thoughtful essential oil roll-ons for your graduate to take with them? Look here for some inspiration.