University Graduation Gift Ideas 2021

May 12, 2021

Graduation ceremonies for the class of 2021 will either be held virtually or postponed to a later date due to COVID 19. Whilst the celebrations may be a little low key this year, you can still mark the occasion by sending a graduate in your life a special graduation gift.Β 

Whether you are looking for a graduation gift for your son, daughter, a family member, or friend, in this post we share university graduation gift ideas.

1: Home graduation in a box 

The first of our university graduation gift ideas has been handpicked for the class of 2021. Many graduation ceremonies have been cancelled this year due to the pandemic. Therefore many graduates will have a small celebration at home to observe social distancing guidelines.

Churchill Gowns have put together DIY Graduation boxes that contain everything you need to celebrate at home and capture those all-important photos.Β 

Each box contains:

  • Gown
  • Mortarboard cap πŸŽ“
  • Cream paper scroll with ribbon
  • Black and gold balloons 
  • Chocolates 
  • Graduation teddy bear 

2: Personalised champagne gift set

Nothing says celebration quite like champagne.  πŸΎ

Give the special graduate in your life a bottle of personalised champagne to celebrate the occasion. To make the gift extra special and memorable you could gift the champagne in a wooden engraved champagne box.

3: Graduation Jewellery 

Celebrate the bright future of the new graduate with a piece of jewellery that they can keep forever as a token of their honourable academic achievement.

For some graduation jewellery, check out Tiffany & Co’s Graduation jewellery gifts or Pandora’s graduation gifts.

4: The ‘Congrats Grad’ 3D Card Bouquet

Does the graduate you have in mind have a sweet tooth?

Celebrate gifts have created the Congrats Grad Bouquet filled with popular chocolates, a 3D card, artificial silk flowers and an acrylic vase.

Celebrate Gifts

5: A Graduation Cake

Following on from the sweet theme, you could gift your graduate a graduation-themed cake. 🧁

Several bakeries across the UK sell graduation cakes in various designs.

Graduation cake idea: get the cake personalised with a message, or get a cake that represents the subject that they studied at university.


6: Graduation Flowers

You could send your graduate a beautiful hand-crafted bouquet of flowers delivered to their door. πŸ’

7: The Graduate Book

Does the special graduate in your life have a great graduate job lined up? If so, why not gift them with a career-related book that will help them to hit the ground running in their new role.

The Graduate Book by Chris Davies explains everything graduates need to know to do really well at work.

If they haven’t secured a graduate job as yet, help them to get their dream job by getting them a copy of The Student book that includes everything they need to know to get the job they really want. πŸ“–

8: Personalised graduation card or message

You could send your graduate a personalised graduation card.

There are many card personalisation services online such as Moonpig and Funky Pigeon

Alternatively, you could get your graduate’s favourite celebrity to read out a personalised graduation speech on Cameo.

9: A celebration pen

Similar to jewellery, a celebration pen is a great keepsake graduation gift. You may consider geting an engraved pen as a personalised gift. πŸ–‹

10: A Graduation-themed Candle

A candle is another keepsake, perfect for gifting a graduate this year. πŸ•―

11: Artisan pasta

Is your graduate a pasta lover? 🍝

During their time at university, penne with pesto was proobably their go-to dinner many nights.

If you are not able to go for a celebratory meal with them this year, you could sendd them a delivery of artisan pasta.

Scarpetta offers a range of fresh pasta kits similarly, Pasta Evangelists can deliver artisan pasta through their letterbox.

12: A tailored suit

Many graduation ceremonies will be online this year due to the pandemic. However, if your graduate will be working in a corporate graduate job, a good quality suit could make a great gift. πŸ‘”

13: Amazon gift card

Not sure what to get for your graduate but want to send something to mark the occasion? Consider sending them a graduate cap-themed Amazon voucher. This will let them treat themselves.

14: A planner

The transition from uni to the world of work is not an easy one. Your graduate is likely to be going through a lot, whether it’s preparing to start their graduate job, moving house or searching for their first graduate job.

A planner is a good graduation gift for those who enjoy planning and productivity. πŸ“’

15: A graduation teddy

A teddy bear is a keepsake gift perfect for graduates who have or collect stuffed toys.

Build A Bear has a range of online exclusive graduation bears. 🧸

16: A luxury hot chocolate gift box

Here’s one for the hot chocolate lovers! One of Whittard’s best sellers is their luxury hot chocolate gift set that includes white hot chocolate, milk hot chocolate and mini marshmallows. β˜•οΈ

17: Graduation-themed Mug

Perhaps a graduation themed mug would go nicely with the hot chocolate above! You could go a step further and get the mug personalised.

18: Socks

Reward the smarty pants in your life with some fun, graduation-themed socks. 🧦

University graduation gift ideas 2021

We hope that this post has given you some ideas on what to get the special graduate in your life. The class of 2021 will have had to be adaptable and resilient to continue pursuing their studies during the global pandemic. If you know any graduates who need help finding a graduate job, get in touch with us. We can help them.

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