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When it comes to selecting gifts for graduates, it’s thoughtful to consider items that are both practical and meaningful. Here are some ideas for great gifts to give to graduates:

  1. Personalized items: Personalized jewelry, engraved pens, or monogrammed accessories like wallets or phone cases are all thoughtful options.
  2. Gift cards: Giving a gift card allows the graduate to choose something they genuinely need or want.
  3. Electronics or gadgets: Consider items like laptops, tablets, noise-canceling headphones, or smartwatches that can enhance their productivity and connectivity.
  4. Professional items: Help the graduate start their professional journey on the right foot by gifting them something useful for their career. This can include a quality briefcase, a professional portfolio, a stylish watch, or a professional attire gift card.
  5. Experiences: Treat the graduate to a memorable experience as they embark on a new chapter in their life. Consider gifting them concert tickets, a weekend getaway, a spa day, or an adventure activity like skydiving or a hot air balloon ride.
  6. Books: Inspire and motivate the graduate with a meaningful book that aligns with their interests or goals.
  7. Subscription services: Consider gifting a subscription to a service that aligns with the graduate’s interests or hobbies. It could be a streaming platform, a magazine subscription, a fitness class membership, or a meal kit delivery service.
  8. Financial support: Graduating often comes with financial responsibilities, so monetary gifts can be highly appreciated.
  9. Practical items for their new stage of life: This can include kitchen appliances, home decor, small appliances, or items for their first apartment.