Graduation ceremonies might be a little different this year, but you can still honor the occasion by finding the perfect gift for that grad. We found a few gift ideas that any student would love.
Whether your student needs a reminder of home in their dorm room or something to spruce up the walls of their first apartment, you can’t go wrong with a framed photo. But professional framing can be expensive, and time consuming – which is why the rise of photo framing apps like Keepsake Frames and Framebridge are worth taking advantage of.
These apps allow for customization of every aspect – size, frame type, and more. If frames aren’t their style, canvas options are also available. If your grad would rather have some nice art pieces, they’ll be able to upload digital art prints and more to be framed. Framebridge even offers diploma framing options.
Each app allows you to load photos to be framed directly from your phone, and then will ship the finished product straight to your door. Plus, both Keepsake and Framebridge offer digital gift cards. See Keepsake’s options here, and Framebridge’s here.
For those students who are readers but aren’t looking forward to packing up and moving their book collection, e-readers are here to help. Both Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook offer sleek and multi-purpose solutions that will help them grow their personal library.
Each offers simple options designed for readers on the go, with e-ink screens designed to look like the pages of a physical book. Heftier readers that feature all the functionalities of a tablet are also available, and could prove extra useful if your graduate is facing potential online classes next semester.
If you want to help them get started on building their collection, look no further than Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited feature. Think of it as Netflix for books. The service offers unlimited access to over 1 million books, audio books, magazines, and more. You can get your grad a membership for only $9.99 per month, with a 30-day free trial.
Clothing Subscription Service
Keep them on trend and under budget by signing your student up for a clothing subscription service. Although they might be tempted to roll out of bed and head straight to class in their sweatpants, having a solid and timeless wardrobe is a priceless resource that will help them face all that adult life throws at them.
Try the ever-popular Stitch Fix, which pairs each member with their own personal stylist. They’ll take a style quiz, describe their likes and dislikes, and they’ll receive a box with 4-6 pieces that fit their style guidelines. Stitch Fix offers clothes for everybody – including men, women, petite, maternity, plus size, and more. Read more about how to give a gift card or gift subscription here.
Help them make a statement and keep memories close with personalized jewelry. Choose their first or last initial to grace this pendant necklace, a classic and professional piece suitable for all settings. Help them keep their hometown or college town close to their heart with a custom coordinates necklace. Write some words of inspiration or an inside joke down for this customized handwriting bracelet.
For the grad who prefers something with more practicality, a watch will help them stay on schedule and provide a finishing touch to all their outfits. Try Fossil for watches in a variety of designs for both men and women, with options for engravings, as well as hybrid and smart watch options.
Although traveling may seem unrealistic right now, it’s still a good idea to set them up for future home visits, work trips, and spring break travels with a durable carry-on suitcase. The Carry-On from Away Travel is guaranteed to last a lifetime, and with 360 degree spinner wheels and an ejectable battery this suitcase is perfect for travelers who always find themselves sprinting for the gate as well as those who arrive hours early. Plus, the suitcase is designed to fit in most airlines’ overhead luggage bins while still providing enough space for them to pack all of their essentials.
Meal Subscription Service
Help them get a jump start on home cooking with a meal subscription service. You can leave all the decision-making up to them – most services offer a wide variety of options based on dietary guidelines, preferred tastes, and how many recipes they’d like to make each week. Read more about meal subscription services and find which one is the best fit for your grad here.
Card & Board Games
Give them a way to break the ice with new friends or colleagues. A card or board game is a great way to socialize, and is well-suited for both the student lounge and their first-ever dinner party. You can’t go wrong with classic games like Clue, Monopoly, Scrabble, or even The Game of Life, but make sure to take a look at more recent games too.
Check out What Do You Meme?, a Cards Against Humanity style game for everyone who loves memes. For pun-lovers, try Pun Intended, or for something wackier, take a look at Exploding Kittens. If you want to give something that’s a little more strategy focused, try Codenames, Ticket to Ride, or Avalon.
Journal or Mindfulness Guide
Transitions are always stressful, and navigating one during a pandemic is even more so. Journaling can help them process stress, emotions, and more, while also serving as a time capsule where the years ahead can be preserved. Help them get the habit started with a classic journal from Moleskin, or select a beautifully designed one from Peter Pauper Press.
For those who might be daunted by the idea of starting and sticking with journaling, their are plenty of options that offer a little more structure. This Five Minute Journal asks them to only devote five minutes a day to writing, while this One Line A Day Journal will provide them with a snapshot of their daily life for five years. If lists are more their style, don’t miss The 52 Lists Project journal, and it’s companion journals 52 Lists for Happiness and 52 Lists for Calm.
Add a finishing touch to your gift by including a nice pen, which they’ll be able to use to journal, in the classroom, or to impress at their first meeting or interview. Get a traditional fountain pen like the Waterman Graduate Chrome Pen, or something more contemporary like the Scriveiner London Luxury Pen. For something more stylish, lean into the popularity of rose gold with this three-pack of Crystal Gel Pens.
Now more than ever, technology is an essential part of learning and our everyday lives. While you may not want to foot the bill for new tech, you can give them something to help enhance and protect what they already have.
Pick up a personalized airpods case, or one with a modern feel to it like this Native Union Curve case. Also check out Case Mate for more colorful, waterproof, and branded options. Help them make their laptop stand out in the crowd with a unique laptop skin, like the ones from the Wallooks Etsy shop or Society6. Give them the gift of easy charging with extra long phone charge cords or a wireless charging pad.
Even two-day-old leftovers taste better on a real plate. Grab them some basic dinnerware like this Avesta Stoneware Set to keep them from having to get creative with how to eat their meals. For something a little less breakable, go with some sleek plastic plates and bowls. Don’t forget to get them some silverware, too. To add a little flair, throw in a cute mug or two like this initial mug, or go for one that’s funny or inspiring.
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