Find the perfect present to celebrate the graduates in your life
If there’s a recent graduate in your life, you’re likely looking for a thoughtful gift to congratulate them on their achievement. If that’s the case, step right this way.
Our comprehensive graduation gift guide contains the perfect present for every type of graduate. Whether they’re leaving the nest, travelling abroad or venturing into the world of work, we’ve assembled a selection of gifts to help commemorate this momentous stepping stone.
Oh, and if you’re after something extra special, scroll down for our top personalised present picks that will be truly treasured for years to come.
Graduation gifts for her
From a new sophisticated scent to a make-up must-have, find the best graduation gifts for her from our carefully curated edit. Be it a daughter, sister or best friend, there’s something to suit every graduate and every budget.
MAC Matte Lipstick (£17.50)
• Matte finish
• 10-hour wear
• 30+ shades
Always the partygoer? Treat them to this long-wearing matte lipstick that will take them from desk to dancefloor in seconds. Velvet Teddy (a warm neutral) is an everyday essential, while Tropic Tonic (a cheerful coral) packs a punch.
Benefit Roller Lash – Super-Curling Black Mascara (£24.50)
• Satin finish
Upgrade their beauty bag with this award-winning mascara that lifts, curls and separates lashes for a fuller-looking flutter. It’s also loaded with lash-loving ingredients, such as provitamin B5 and serin, to help condition and nourish.
Panasonic Nanoe EH-NA65 Hair Dryer (£109.99)
• Three speed modes
• Three temperature modes
• Three attachments: set nozzle, quick-dry nozzle, diffuser
• 2.7m cord
• Cold shot to set your style
A high-tech hair dryer is a welcome present for any graduate – and one that’s likely to be out of their price range. Worth the splurge, this hot tool from Panasonic boasts ‘Nanoe’ technology to help smooth strands and bolster shine, while drying hair in record time.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Camera (£69.99)
• Built-in selfie lens and selfie mirror
• Built-in automatic exposure
• Two customisable shutter buttons
• Credit card-sized prints for sharing
This portable instant camera is a great present for the graduate going travelling. Not only will it inspire them to capture their adventures, but it travels light, takes up minimal suitcase space and boasts a built-in selfie lens.
No7 Silver Illuminated Makeup Mirror (£49.99)
• 360° lighting around the mirror
• Dimmer switch
A great graduation gift for the make-up obsessed, this No7 mirror features a normal mirror on one side and a 5x magnification mirror on the other. It’s also surrounded by lighting for seamless make-up application, every time. They’ll thank you later.
Diesel Only The Brave Tattoo Mens Eau de Toilette (£72.50)
• Size: 125ml
• Fragrance family: spicy woody
Stepping away from university life and into the ‘real’ world can be daunting. Boost their confidence with a new standout scent such as this one from Diesel. Laced with crisp apple, spicy bourbon pepper and warm amber wood, it’s sure to make a lasting impression.
Clinique For Men Moisturizing Lotion (£27)
• Size: 100ml
Nothing says ‘adulting’ like a skincare staple (or two). Kickstart their skincare regime with this lightweight, oil-free moisturiser that hydrates like a hero, soothes shaving irritation and cools razor burn with cucumber extract and hyaluronic acid for long-lasting comfort.
King C. Gillette Cordless Beard Trimmer Hair Clipper Kit with 3 Interchangeable Combs (£30)
• Three comb attachments
• Long-lasting sharp blades
• Rechargeable battery with 50 minutes trimming time
• Includes washable head and combs
A cordless beard trimmer is a practical graduation gift that will not go unused. This one from Gillette is a cut above the rest with its long-lasting sharp blades and three interchangeable attachments to cover all beard styles from stubble (1mm) to long (13-21mm).
YSL Y Mens Eau de Parfum (£66)
• Size: 60ml
• Fragrance family: spicy aromatic
They say: a fragrance that captures the essence of the modern man. We say: a fresh, citrus and spicy number that has signature scent written all over it. A definite crowd-pleaser, this eau de parfum is a top graduation gift for him.
No7 Men’s Skincare Bundle (£50)
• Includes six No7 products
Whether they’re serious about skincare or new to the stuff, kit them out with this impressive No7 bundle (worth £108.70). It has everything they could possibly need for smooth skin, including face wash, face scrub, serum, eye cream and moisturiser.
Philips OneBlade Gift Set for Face Trimming, Edging & Shaving QP2520/65, (56.99)
• Three included stubble combs
• Includes travel case
• Can be used wet or dry
Looking for a practical graduation gift for him? Turn your attention to this Philips gadget that can trim, shave and touch-up edges with its three stubble combs (1mm, 3mm and 5mm). Complete with a travel case, it’s ideal for the graduate who’s planning a big trip.
Personalised graduation gifts
After a thoughtful gift that will be treasured forever? Why not go down the personalised present path. If they’re moving away from home, light up their new space with a personalised candle. Or, for something that will last, spoil them with a bespoke piece of jewellery to commemorate their graduation.
Treat Republic Personalised Watch & Cufflinks Box (£39.99)
• Personalise with up to 20 characters
• Made from mock croc black PU leather
• Silver clasp
• Dimensions: 20x30x8cm
For the one whose work attire is going to be seriously smart. This luxury box can house up to six watches and 12 pairs of cufflinks in a neatly organised display. For an extra special touch, add a short message, name or monogram on the silver plaque on top.
Treat Republic Personalised Brass Travellers Compass With Wooden Box (£37)
• Working compass
• Initials on box: 4 characters max. Message on compass: 60 characters max
• Dimensions: 7x7x3cm
The perfect pick for the graduate who’s consumed by wanderlust, this working compass can accompany them on their travels – be it hiking, camping or somewhere further afield. You can also add a thoughtful message on the case and the compass itself.
Treat Republic Personalised Round Jewellery Case Coral (£29)
• Personalise with a name up to 12 characters long
• Dimensions: 11.3x5.5cm
This chic coral jewellery case makes for a beautiful graduation gift that will make their day even more special. On the outside, it can be personalised with their name. And on the inside, it can be filled with rings, necklaces, bracelets and more.
Treat Republic Personalised Scented Candle Relaxation (£30)
• Made from soy wax and blended with essential oils
• No paraffin or animal-derived ingredients
• Burn time: up to 45 hours
• Message: up to 60 characters
• Dimensions: 10x8.4x8.4cm
If the graduate in your life is moving away from home, scent their new space with this candle that combines comforting woods with fresh fruits and soft florals. A lovely gift, it can also be personalised with a message engraved on the metal lid.
Treat Republic Personalised Mini Ring Necklace (£23)
• Available in 18ct gold plating, sterling silver plating and 18ct rose gold plating on brass
• 5-character limit for the name or message
A simple piece of jewellery that’s destined to be worn every day, this necklace features a little disc pendant that can be personalised with the recipient’s name or initials. It’ll be a keepsake to see them through the years.