36 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! Whether you're shopping for a high school graduate who is becoming a young adult or a college grad stepping off campus and into the real world, there are plenty of options to choose from.

From personalized photo art to quirky home decor, many of these great 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, whether they're moving into a dorm room or their very first apartment. 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 a unique graduation gift as easy as a, b, c.

Here are 36 unique gifts to celebrate your favorite graduate on their special day.

“Koalafied” Coffee Cup

Graduation Mug

mhuglife | $14.51+


Convertible Laptop Backpack

Laptop Backpack

CYUREAY | $29.99


Personalized Graduation Blanket


Custom Graduation Photo Art with Frame

Framed Graduation Photo Art

Minted | $25+


Wise Owl Graduation Card


“Adulting” Coffee Mug


Artistic Weekender Bag

'The Great Wave' Recycled Weekender Bag

LOQI | $44.95


Aurora Borealis Pendant

Northern Lights Resin Pendant

Wood All Good | $87.92+


Past Present Future Bracelet


Chef's Portable Multi-Tool


AeroPress Coffee & Espresso Maker

Aeropress Coffee

AeroPress | $39.99


Keepsake Library


Inspirational Paperweight


Monstera Deliciosa in Planter

Potted Monstera Plant by The Sill

The Sill | $78


“Adulting” Book


“Things They Don't Teach You In School” Game


“Smells Like Home” Candles


Home Office Lap Desk

Home Office Lap Desk

LapGear | $36.70


World Traveler Cork Globe


Falling Bookend

Falling Bookend by Artori Design

Artori Design | $29.95


Table Top Dry Erase Pad


Weekly Planner Pad


The World is Yours Banner


Pocket Maya Angelou Wisdom

Inspiration from Maya Angelou

Hardie Grant | $9.99


Inspirational Wall Art


Owl Scarf

Owl Scarf

Shovava | $62+


Dandelion Ring


Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera

Instax Camera

Fujifilm | $67


Hourglass Necklace with Meteorite Dust


Earth Puzzle


College Cityscape Wine Glasses


Personalized Wood Cut City Map


Compass Bracelet

Creative Graduation Gifts Graduation Presents Graduation Present Ideas

SNDJ | $13.72+


Color Map Mugs


Inspiring Print


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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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