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Gifts for College Graduation

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Gifts for College Graduation

Last week we covered off a few gifts for college graduation and this week there are more to add!  Some of these can really get pricey, but others offer a lot of flexibility.  If you have more to add, let me know in the comments!

Moving Costs

Heading out into the big ol’ world requires a few bucks!  New graduates are looking at rent deposits on their next place, or will be once they can move out of the basement again, so offering to pay for the deposit would make a fantastic gift!  To head out to a new job might require airplane tickets, which is also pricey.  Even if the move in pretty short, there’s cardboard box buying to do (so they don’t have to live in one!).  Believe it or not, coming into a sufficient number of moving boxes at the end of the school year in a college town is pretty darn difficult.  Plus, tape costs a few bucks.


My company issues laptop backpacks, and students tend to have them during school, but those are likely the only times it’s appropriate to use a backpack for business meetings.  For all of the other times, a good, professional bag is necessary, especially for attending meetings.  My spouse has a gorgeous one from Renaissance Art, and there are tonnes of choices out there.


Like we mentioned about the need for a new wardrobe, a classy watch makes for a smart professional look.  There’s also the option to engrave them!  Best of all, they come in a wide variety of prices and are for sale all over the place, including a huge selection on Amazon. My parents gave me an engraved watch for my master’s degree graduation gift.

Framed Artwork

This is a bit of an odd choice, but a lot of people will be moving out of their student digs and decide that awesome posters aren’t the look they would like to go for as young professionals.  My spouse received an original oil painting from a local artist for a grad school graduation present.  It’s hanging in our dining room now!

What did I miss? What did you and your friends receive as gifts for college graduation?

Check out Part I: College Graduation Gifts, too!

College Graduation Gift Ideas

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6 thoughts on “Gifts for College Graduation”

    1. Anne - Unique Gifter

      That's great – gifts don't have to be expensive to be appreciated and liked!

  1. When I completed my BSc my parents gave me artwork (similar to your spouse). They're big on giving something that is real, and that isn't going to be consumed. They want it to last for many years. My parents did let me choose the painting because it's fairly abstract and soooo not their style of art. But it is mine. So we had an outing or two to a few galleries and it was nice to hang out with them as well.

    I had to get proof of it for an insurance rider, and in the 5 years (then) since my graduation it had already gone up in value by 50%… the artist had hit a spot where everyone was loving his work, and so now his pieces are going for much more.

    It is hanging over the bed. If you hadn't said your spouse's was hanging over the dining table, I would have thought you were talking about me somehow.
    My recent post Sometimes You Get What You Ask For.

    1. Anne - Unique Gifter

      Yours has gone up in value? That's so cool! The artist who did ours died, but I don't think the value of the painting has changed much. It's great, because the painting represents so many things to my spouse and will last for a very, very long time.
      Didn't you know we were secretly married? #creepy

    1. Anne - Unique Gifter

      Same here! It was the only thing we really had for several years, other than the stock art that came with our condo, most of which we hated!

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