Graduation season is officially here, and if you have someone in your life who’s about to walk across the stage in a cap and gown and into a new chapter of their life, then we have the essential guide to buying gifts for you.
Gifts for your brother who’s taking a gap year
For the grad in your life who is following their dreams after college and needs something to pack their socks in, a sturdy duffle or a nice luggage set will get them across the world on their new adventures. We also love travel pouches that let you organize your toiletries, make up or other essentials when you’re on a trip.
Gifts for your feminist studies sister
When its looking to be a long summer of job hunting for the grad in your life who’s about to get her major in women’s studies and minor in political science, give her the gift of distraction. Opt for a book like I Might Regret This by Abbi Jacobson. She also might love a classic red lipstick like Stila in Beso—the preferred color of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Your intramural champ cousin
Without the student recreation center in their life anymore, gifting a six-month gym membership would be appreciated in this case. They also might love gifts such as: a set of high-tech, moisture-wicking socks or a proper yoga mat.
Your bff who was with you for every all-nighter
To say thanks for four years of snack support during every all-nighter you pulled together, consider a chic laptop sleeve. If you and your BFF loved to spend time together on the campus trails, opt for a donation in their name to the National Park Foundation. And if neither of those seem like your BFF, pick out a cool graphic calendar and circle your first post-college reunion in red.
The impossible to shop for crowd
For those hard-to-buy-for family members and friends, you can never go wrong with gifts like an artsy mug and a nice box of tea or coffee. If they’re moving into a new place, add a chic set of coasters with your gift. If you’re really scratching your head for what to get—well, we’d never say no to a Target gift card.
Gifts on a budget
Are you a student, looking to buy a fellow graduate a gift, but also looking ahead at looming student loans? Try these budget-friendly tricks:
- Shop second-hand
- Gift card to a place you both loved in your college town
- Something small, but memorable
- A framed photo of your college days
We hope our graduation guide to buying gifts for your brother, sister, cousin or friend will help you find the perfect gift and we wish a massive congratulations to whoever day it is for!
See also: Sustainable Gems For Graduation Day