Graduation Gift Ideas

A close friend of mine is graduating from IT college. But, he's been living on his own for several years so he doesn't need any household items. He is moving a month after his graduation, so I don't want to clutter him with more stuff to move! Any ideas on gifts I can give him that won't take up space in his moving van but will be useful or appreciated? Thanks!


By Lisa from Halifax, NS

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July 3, 20010 found this helpful

A good gift for graduating seniors is : Phone cards, cash, a list of all relative birthdays and phone numbers,etc. Another nice gift is gift certificates to fast food places near the college they're attending.

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May 7, 20090 found this helpful

How about gas station gift cards, or restaurant gift cards?

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May 7, 20090 found this helpful

Depending on what you can afford, maybe a nice briefcase, the large roomy kind so he can carry all his stuff for work or job hunting. I like the idea of gift cards like for gas and restaurant.


Throw in a few prestamped envelopes with your addie and some blank for family and other friends, or you can buy prestamped envelopes at the post office I know.

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May 7, 20090 found this helpful

How about a pre-paid credit card with a note congratulating him and saying that when he settles after he moves he may find something he'd like to buy that would remind him of you.

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May 7, 20090 found this helpful

Restaurant gift cards in the town he's moving to so he doesn't have to cook while he's unpacking.

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May 8, 20090 found this helpful

You could give a post card good for a batch of homemade goodies.

Get (or make your own) blank post card(s). On one side, you can draw a picture of cookies and include information that the post card is good for a batch of their favorite homemade cookies/brownies to be sent to him/her. Also include a line for the recipient to include his/hers favorite kind of homemade cookie. On the reverse side of the post card, in the "To" field, write your name and address, and place the correct amount of postage on it.


Then the recipient fills out the post card and puts it in the mailbox. The rest is up to you!

I use this gift often for those hard to buy for friends. I generally will give 3 post cards as the gift.
Be aware that postage rates go up next week.

Also, if you are sending baked goods in the mail, make sure to send them out asap after making them, and send them Priority Mail to get there fast to arrive fresh. Pack them with care, with adequate cushion and so they can't move around.

Everyone loves a batch of their favorite homemade cookies!

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June 19, 20090 found this helpful

Everybody has great ideas!

My recommendation as a recent college grad (at the age of 27), money is nice (no matter if it's $10 or more). Most likely the graduate has not had many vacations while in school, especially their last year.


I've put all my monetary gifts towards a long weekend vacation at a spa 3 hours from home. After starting a new job and finishing finals, I'm counting down the days until I can hop in my car and take off without worrying about assignments due, etc.

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June 8, 20120 found this helpful

Money is really the best. My sister and I have both graduated in the past 2 years and each were given about $1000 in cash and a couple hundred in gift cards. I will tell you, it helps a ton! Especially if he is going on to more schooling. And that much came from mostly people giving us $20, and a few up to $150, so no matter what you can do, it will help him immensely. And of course a thoughtful card/note is lovely.

I have not read most of the responses but I just want to throw out; graduation theme gifts are very nice at the time, but a few weeks after graduation, mine went into storage.


The graduation hype was over and I had no room. A few of the books are on my shelf still, but the frames, stuffed animals, knick-knacks are all tucked away in a box in my closet along with my gradation robes.

Hope this helps!

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