30 Graduation Gifts That Creatively Say ‘Congratulations’

Gifts for Grads

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It's almost summer, which means that graduation season is officially upon us. If you're looking for an above-average way to congratulate that special graduate in your life, these creative gifts are sure to get you on the honor roll!

From a piñata that celebrates their unicorn-level uniqueness to quirky home decor, many of these graduation gifts offer an imaginative way to celebrate the big day. Others—including a handy tool and a how-to book about “adulting”—prepare them for life on their own. And, of course, many inspire them to spread their wings and explore, like the wise owl scarf and an Earth puzzle.

No matter what you're looking for, this list makes coming up with creative graduation gift ideas as easy as a, b, c.

Some offer a creative way to celebrate the big day.


“Koalafied” Coffee Cup

Graduation Mug

mhuglife | $13.99+


Wise Owl Graduation Card


Unicorn Piñata

Unicorn Pinata

APINATA4ULLC | $24.99+


Hooray Fringe Banner

Hooray Banner

Fun Cult | $32


Bernie Sanders Mittens Graduation Card


Aurora Borealis Ring


Others help prepare the graduate for adulthood.


Chef's Portable Multi-Tool


AeroPress Coffee & Espresso Maker

Aeropress Coffee

AeroPress | $29.99


Monstera Deliciosa in Planter

Monstera in Planter

The Sill | $67


“Adulting” Book


“Smells Like Home” Candles


Contemporary Work and Laptop Bag

Women's Contemporary Shoulder and Work Bag

Unalala | $119


Falling Booked


Erasable Note Wedge


Weekly Planner Pad


Still, many simply inspire them…


The World is Yours Banner


For Love, My Modern Met's First Book


Inspirational Tattoos

Creative Graduation Gifts Graduation Presents Graduation Present Ideas

Tattly | $15


Inspirational Wall Art

Inspirational Wall Art

apricot+birch | $17.24+


…And remind them to spread their wings and explore.


Owl Scarf

Creative Graduation Gifts Graduation Presents Graduation Present Ideas

Shovava | $56


Dandelion Ring


Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera

Instax Camera

Fujifilm | $68.29


City Map Necklaces


Floral Print


Earth Puzzle


Personalized Wood Cut City Map


Compass Bracelet

Creative Graduation Gifts Graduation Presents Graduation Present Ideas

SNDJ | $11.25+


Color Map Mugs


Inspiring Print

Creative Graduation Gifts Graduation Presents Graduation Present Ideas

TypoArtStore | $6.29


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This article has been edited and updated.

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Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.
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