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Graduation Gift Ideas: The Best Things To Buy A 2021 Graduate

What do you buy a new grad? Check out these 20 graduation gift ideas. From the funny to the more serious, all new grads will want these gifts!

Can you believe that in a few months you will be celebrating graduation! Whether it’s your child, sibling, or even cousin graduating, finding the perfect gift can be kind of hard. You want to choose something sentimental, that they don’t already have, and not just give them a card full of cash. While cash can be a great graduation present, it’s not the only option for graduations.

These gifts are sure to excite any graduate, and they range from larger to smaller items to help you find the perfect fit. Here are the best things you can buy for your 2020 graduate.

Graduates holding up their graduation caps into the sunlight and a group of grads holding up signs that say "we did it!"

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Graduation Gift Ideas

With everything that is going on at the end of the school year, it’s ok to admit that you are a bit overwhelmed. Trying to pick out the perfect graduation gift is a cinch with these ideas. Just browse this list and pick out your favorites! All of them are sure to be popular with your new graduate.

Amazon Gift Card

The best gift card for any graduate is going to be a gift card. Amazon gift cards are even better. Graduates can buy stuff they need for their dorm, school supplies, and even clothes. Shock your graduate by giving them a large sum on the card.

Amazon Gift Card

Graduation Money Cake

This is a creative way to give your graduation lots of cash! These look like cakes but they are rolls of dollar bills. This store offers money cakes in different amounts too, up to $200.

Graduation Money Cake

Compass Necklace

If someone you know loves jewelry, then this is perfect. The compass is symbolic of them following their heart. It’s delicate and beautiful.

Anchor Compass Necklace

Graduation Gift Box

This is perfect for all graduates with a sense of humor. Inside the gift box, you’ll find a mug, lip balm, sample size of coffee beans, and a “smells like success” candle. It’s already packed up and ready for you to give it away.

College Graduation Gift Box

Coffee Mug

This pink mug says the truth! It reads, “She believed she could so she studied her ass off and she did.” Hand off this inspirational message to a graduate that worked hard.

Pink Marble Ceramic Coffee Mug


Have you ever worn a wish bracelet? You make a wish, wear it, and when it finally breaks, you know your wish will soon come true. This is the graduate’s version of the wish bracelet.

Graduation Wish Bracelet


Louie the teddy bear is super adorable! He has glasses, a graduation cap, and a diploma. He will look cute and cozy on a bookshelf next to their hard-earned diploma.

Graduation Plush Bear

Graduation Journal

Journals are not only great for keeping track of random notes, but they are excellent self-care gifts too. This journal has a funny quote, “Straight Outta High School” written on it. Send them off with something they can use.

Straight Outta High School

Picture Frame

This picture frame gives the graduate the ability to store their tassel and a picture of the big day. These memories will last them their entire life.

Pearhead Tassel And Picture Graduation Frame


This is a really cute and funny shirt! It sums up how graduates are feeling right about now.

I’m Like 2020% Done T-Shirt


Keychains always make thoughtful and useful gifts. This one has a graduation cap charm on it along with a charm that inspires them to go after their dreams.

Keychain for Class 2020

Small Keychain

If you want something a bit small, this keychain has lots of little charms on it. They’ll need a keychain to be able to lock their dorm or apartment door. It makes a really thoughtful gift.

Small Graduation Keychain

Graduation Cap Mug

This stylish black coffee mug comes with a ceramic graduation cap that keeps beverages hot. It also looks super adorable when it is just sitting on the shelf.

Graduation Cap Mug

Wall Art

Memorialize what is hot in pop culture in the year 2020 with this creative wall art. It includes fun facts about kids that grew up after the start of the Millenium.

Class of 2020 Sign

Message In A Bottle

For something seriously unique, give your graduate this message in a bottle. It can fit inside any trinket box, so they can keep it forever. It’s dainty and charming.

Congrats Student Gift

More Graduation Resources

Graduations are so exciting! It’s fun to watch them achieve what they worked so hard at for so many years. Here are some more graduation resources you’ll appreciate.


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Hi, I’m Susan! Thanks for stopping by Oh My! Creative. I like to have fun, make fun things…you know, create stuff! I love DIY, decorating and design and like any girl…shopping and lunch!
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