Finding the perfect gift that tells your grad, “I’m so proud of you,” can be difficult. You want the gift to be a reminder of what they’ve accomplished and how proud you are, but you also want a practical, personable item that they’ll see and use regularly.

Read on to get some ideas on how to turn ordinary graduation gifts into memorable keepsakes your grad cherishes and uses for years to come.

The Importance of Personalized Graduation Gift

Graduating from college or a university is one of the most memorable milestones in our personal and professional lives. Commemorating one of life’s biggest moments with an ordinary coffee mug or pen doesn’t quite match the hard work, perseverance, and determination that it takes to walk across the graduation stage. When it comes time to choose a commencement gift for your loved one, choose a personalized graduation gift that’s unique to their journey from grad to alumni. 

Personalized Graduation Gifts for Him

An Engraved Pocket Knife

A pocket knife is a perfect practical gift, but you can turn this handy tool into a unique grad gift for him with custom engraving on the blade and handle. A custom pocket knife with his name and class year gives your grad a useful gift that reminds him of his college years and accomplishments. 

A Custom Shave Kit 

First comes graduation—next, comes entering the workforce. You can help him look his best on the job hunt to land his dream job with a shave kit. Many sellers offer customization options, such as name and graduation year, on woodwork or leather. You can even find retro shave kits complete with straight razors, scissors, a sharpening stone, and comb. 

Personalized Leather Padfolio 

Help him celebrate finding his first job with a personalized leather padfolio. You can find padfolios available in a wide variety of colors and personalization options for the front cover. Inside, many padfolios include pockets for business cards, a pen and a pad of legal paper—everything he needs for his first day on the job.

Personalized Graduation Gift Ideas for Her

Personalized or Engraved Jewelry 

A personalized or engraved bracelet or necklace is a great way to keep a piece of home with her as she enters the next stage of her life. Whether your niece, daughter, sister, or friend is graduating, make one of life’s biggest moments even more special for her with customized jewelry complete with her name, initials, or a special memory from the past four years.

Keepsake Box

Keepsake boxes make great personalized graduation gifts for storing jewelry, odds and ends, and mementos from graduation, like graduation tassels or varsity pins. Add photos, her graduation year, or alma mater name to give her keepsake box personalized flair.

Graduation Makeup Bag

If she loves makeup and traveling, a custom makeup bag is a great graduation gift. They’re typically made with durable cotton canvas, and you can include her name and graduation year. 

Personalized Graduation Gifts for Any Grad

A Commemorative Map of Their College Town

Commemorate the town where your grad spent some of their best years with a commemorative map they can take with them on the next stage of their life. Many sellers allow you to personalize maps with your grads’ name, class year, school mascot, and colors. 

A Long-Term Planner 

Help your loved one create a plan for the next five or 10 years with a long-term planner. Long-term planners are complete with pages to document yearly goals, as well as activities to accomplish them. help your grad stay focused and keep their eye on the prize. 

Personalized Blanket

Keep your grad cozy while remembering some of the best years of their life with a personalized blanket. Many sellers can customize blankets made from a wide variety of materials with your grads’ name, graduation year, encouraging words, and memories that will remind them of how far they’ve come. 

High School Graduation Gift Ideas

Tools for Adulting 

Adulting isn’t easy, but you can make ordinary day-to-day challenges a bit more fun with a personalized tool kit. Tools kits for grads who’ve never lived away from home make great practical gifts to help ease the transition. Pick up a tool kit with everything they need to get settled into the next stage of life in their new home, from screwdrivers and hammers to wrenches and nails for hanging pictures. 

Alumni Swag 

Make sure your high school grad never forgets some of the best years of their life with alumni swag. You can turn ordinary swag like sweatshirts, cups, pens, and backpacks into personalized memorabilia with their school’s mascot, colors, and class year. 

Monogrammed Laundry Bag 

Prepare your grad for college life with a personalized laundry bag monogrammed with their initials or class year. Many sellers offer drawstring bags that are machine washable and easy to carry. 

Grads can do a lot to celebrate graduation on social media.

Personalized Graduation Gifts They’ll Never Forget 

As a commencement partner, StageClip helps grads share one of life’s biggest moments with personalized graduation clips. By turning two-hour ceremony footage into custom video clips for college, university, and P-12 graduates, we give grads a personalized graduation gift they’ll never forget. StageClip also offers a graduate-uploaded content feature that allows grads to make their experience even more personal with their own photos, videos, and messages. 

With our personalized graduation clips, you and your grad get a keepsake of their walk across the stage. Our clips are personalized with their name, degree, uploaded content, school colors, and logo. We also make sure your graduates’ name isn’t mispronounced as they walk across the stage with our free name pronunciation tool. Reach out to us today to learn more about how your loved ones’ college or university can offer our personalized clips to you and your grad.