16 uncommon graduation gifts they'll love
These graduation gifts are as unique as they are
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What do you give the grad who has it all, or who is uncertain of their future? Graduation is a big deal. Whether it’s from high school or college, graduation is a huge milestone that deserves a stellar gift. If you’re stumped on what to give your grad, or just want to find something a little bit different, we’ve searched far and wide for unique graduation gifts that will make them feel extra special.
1. A new twist on a photo gift
This customizable real viewer is a fun new twist on a photo gift. Whether you’re a friend who shared the glory days with them, or a parent who is looking back with pride, take them on a walk down memory lane with this retro slide viewer. This set comes with a reel viewer toy as well as a personalized reel that you can create yourself with photos highlighting every milestone—big and small.
2. A gift to tell them they’ve “got this”
Sometimes they just need a reminder that it’s time to slay. This handmade catch-all is more than an unassuming place to put their keys, earrings, or cufflinks; it's a motivational mantra reminding them to take the world by storm. Whenever they need to be reminded to slay, this is the little nudge they need to tackle the day head on.
3. A customizable map to track their travels
If you have a recent grad with an acute case of wanderlust, this world map serves as a piece of ever-evolving art, and a constant reminder of the vast world they still need to explore. This map comes in five sizes and can be customized with the name of the recipient for a fully unique gift.
4. A grooming set that says they've arrived
Your new grad is ready to arrive. It’s time to upgrade their grooming routine. Give them a little something that makes them feel like they have an edge on the day. This set of refreshing self-care staples from the cruelty-free skincare brand Aesop smells terrific, gets great reviews, and will set them up for success.
- Get the Aesop Arrival grooming set at Nordstrom for $35
- Get the Aesop Departures skincare set at Nordstrom for $53
5. A silly set of TP socks
Want a gift that will make them laugh? This set of humorous socks celebrates their accomplishments and takes note of some pretty iconic imagery from this wacky senior year. Who would have thought a face mask, toilet paper, and hand sanitizer would be the most memorable images from senior year? These socks aren't just a lighthearted look for a crazy year, they are moisture wicking with a touch of compression, making them super cozy too.
6. A box of roses that will last a year
Flowers are a go-to celebratory gift, but they rarely last more than a week before they are just a memory. A milestone gift should be one that lasts. Rose Box is a company that sends “eternal” or “infinity roses,” which have been specially treated to last, with minimal care, for at least one year and sometimes up to three. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving.
7. A sweet treat to celebrate with
Give them the sweetest gift—a box filled with delicious desserts. Milkbar gets lots of love over here at Reviewed, but their cake truffles, well, take the cake. These bite-sized treats have been described with swooning accolades by our editors as “delicately soft, teeming with flavor, and deliciously filling” and the seasonal strawberry shortcake flavor was so beloved that our reviewers barely finished the box before they jumped online to order more.
8. A way for them to upgrade their music consumption
If they’ve spent the past four years listening to their favorite music on their laptop, it’s time to ditch the earbuds and computer speakers for a highly-rated turntable that will help turn them on to a new hobby: vinyl collecting. This one by Wockoder is touted by reviewers for excellent sound quality, its Bluetooth capabilities, and it’s a lightweight portability.
9. A compass necklace to help them find their way
If your grad is still in search of some direction in life, this compass necklace will help navigate them. This gorgeous, 18-karat, gold-plated necklace with a Swarovski crystal inset is a stunning talisman of luck to take on their life journey. If your grad’s plans take them far from home, you can get a personalized engraving of latitude and longitude coordinates of a special spot, as a reminder of where they came from.
10. A personalized bookmark to mark each of life’s chapters
As they close one of life’s chapters and embark on the next, this hand stamped bookmark—that you can personalize in any way, including with inspirational quotes—will encourage them to lean into their story as it unfolds.
11. A candle that stands in for a bottle of bubbly
Champagne and celebrations go hand in hand. If you can’t pop a cork to celebrate your loved one, this candle can be a long-lasting toast that says “cheers” to their success. With top notes of mandarin and grapefruit and base notes of champagne grapes, this candle is the perfect scent for any celebration.
12. A gift box to inspire a bloom
If your grad feels a little bit nervous about the future, this box is everything they need to lean into letting themselves bloom. A bottle of bubbly, a sage smudge to clear the air, a candle with an inspiring quote to nudge them forward, a roller of fragrant oil, and a hardy succulent to keep them company—this gift set has everything they need to center themselves and inspire them to grow into their dreams.
13. A hardy plant that symbolizes prosperity
A symbol of luck and an invitation of good fortune, Feng shui practitioners often use money trees as a means of creating positive energy in living spaces. This plant is easy to care for and is a vote of confidence for a prosperous future.
14. A time capsule of self-reflection
An inspiring letter-writing set that they can write now, read later, and treasure forever, this gift will keep on giving—even decades later. Let your grad capture moments in time by penning letters to their future self with this correspondence-inspired time capsule of letters. This set comes with 12 thoughtful prompts to encourage self-reflection that they can send to themselves to be read years later.
15. A succulent gift box to celebrate their "succ-ess"
A piña colada bath bomb. An anti-stress body balm. Some “zen” soap. And a “succ-ess” succulent. This is the ultimate, “you’ve worked hard and now it’s time to relax” gift set. Once they’ve used up all of the relaxing treats included in the box, they’ll have a hard-to-kill succulent as an evergreen reminder of their achievement.
16. A bag as versatile as their future life prospects
Whether they are off to graduate school or they’re commuting to an office, a functional backpack is always a useful gift. This 3-in-1 leather bag transforms effortlessly from a backpack to a tote to a shoulder bag, making it a perfectly adaptable bag for anyone who wants to look polished while still keeping their options open.
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