24 Personalized Graduation Gifts Every Grad Will Appreciate
There’s really nothing better than a gift personalized with someone’s name or initials to make them feel extra special. In fact, a monogram on something like a business card holder, handbag, or shaving kit, might make them feel even more grown-up. The graduate is onto an exciting new adventure—so why not send them off with a gift that was customized just for them? For the high school grad who’s heading off to college, gift them with personalized towels or throw blankets, so they’ll never get them mixed up in the laundry room. Or, since it’s likely the first time they’ll be away from home, a hand-drawn family portrait or drawing of their childhood house will help stave off the homesickness every time they look at it. For the college grad, they’re ready to face the “real world” and are getting their first jobs. Help them put their best foot forward when they head to a job interview or the first day at the office with sophisticated finds like a monogrammed business card holder, or a personalized briefcase or handbag. And chances are the college grad is moving into their first real apartment, so help them get their nesting started with some housewarming gifts, like a beautiful trays, wine glasses, or an eye-catching throw pillow with their initials. It might make the transition from dorm life go a little bit smoother. Now, you can personalize just about anything, so there are plenty of gifting opportunities no matter their interests, hobbies, or needs.
Monogrammed White Wine Glasses
No more plastic cups for the graduate as she moves from the dorm room to the real world. You can’t go wrong with these wine glasses, which will come in handy when she hosts her first dinner party. The set of four can be monogrammed with single or triple initials.
To buy: $60, williams-sonoma.com.
Cuyana Classic Overnight Bag
If the graduate’s brand new job involves plenty of work trips, she’ll need to travel in style. This durable canvas and leather weekender bag is roomy enough for all the essentials. It has both leather handles and a shoulder strap so it’s easy to tote around. Choose from navy, black, or soft grey.
To buy: $165; cuyana.com.
Turkish Hydro Cotton Bathrobe
What’s more “grown-up” than a comfy bathrobe with his monogram on it? He might consider it an impractical gift, but he’ll thank you later after a long day at the office. This Turkish terry bathrobe is made from Aegean cotton and is both super plush and absorbent. Choose the monogram format (one initial, two, or three) and the embroidery color.
To buy: $99; markandgraham.com.
Etched Mercury Glass Filled Candle With Cloche
When it’s time to unwind after a long day filled with meetings and tight deadlines, the warm glow of a candle will set the mood when she’s ready to veg out on the couch with a glass of wine. Use the mercury glass to hold pens, pencils, or other trinkets when the candle burns down.
To buy: $10; worldmarket.com.
Mini Zip Around Wallet
Small, yet sleek in design, this everyday wallet is a staple accessory that'll get better with wear. Store your coins and cards in each monogrammed wallet, which is available in black, blush, or mango.
To buy: $110; cuyana.com.
It’s all about a high-low balance when it comes to decorating a first apartment. Use this striped tray to upgrade a hand-me-down or IKEA table, or to corral glasses, stirrers, and a cocktail shaker on her first grown-up bar cart. Choose from a blue or red design—it comes with a vinyl decal monogram.
To buy: $99; markandgraham.com.
My Family Cookbook
She can only have pizza or Chinese food so many times before it’s a home-cooked meal that she’s really craving. This completely customizable recipe book—complete with blank pages for conversion tables, photos, and notes—will help her recreate Dad’s special dish—even when he’s at home on the other coast.
To buy: $30, uncommongoods.com.
Tiled Monogram Mug
This gilded design will be the flashiest office mug in her department—or the communal kitchen on her dorm floor. Package the stylish stoneware mug with some coffee beans or tea bags and she’s all set. Just be sure to tell her it’s hand-wash only and not microwave safe.
To buy: $10; anthropologie.com.
Leather Foldover Business Card Holder
You know what they say about networking: it’s the best way to get a job. This pretty and colorful leather case is foil debossed with her initial, and tucks right into her purse, so she can collect contacts whether on an interview or serendipitously sitting next to the right person on the train.
To buy: $59; markandgraham.com.
Away The Carry-On
Designed for a grad on the go, this carry-on is the talk of travelers everywhere for a good reason. Each Away carry-on suitcase is equipped with an ejectable, TSA-approved battery, and the luggage is available in 10 sleek colors.
To buy: $225; awaytravel.com.
College Town Map
Personalized doesn’t have to mean her name is scrawled on the item. Instead, this mod frame is customized with the place that stole a little piece of her heart—the town in which she went to college. Choose a custom frame, and then select a colored screen print (her school color would be a good choice) to pinpoint the location of her alma mater.
To buy: from $22; schoolstreetposters.com.
Monogram Wreath Stationery
There's something special about personalized paper, and this custom stationery is just what she needs to say "thank you" in style. Printed on superfine white card stock, each set of cards is available in incremental sets of 10.
To buy: $36 for 20; papersource.com.
Monogram Dopp Travel Kit
Gather toiletries in one place with this customizable dopp kit that's ideal for travelers. The roomy kit is designed with enough space for your most trusted grooming tools, while the tweed and leather exterior ensures it'll last.
To buy: $45; nordstrom.com.
That brand new (and expensive) coffee table or dining table that she bought for her new apartment needs to be protected from water rings. These elegant slate coasters will make sure it stays in pristine condition. Gift the set of four with some chalk—she can write on them, too.
To buy: $15 for 4; westelm.com.
Grand Embroidered 700-Gram Weight Bath Towels
Looking for a quick way to make a tired, white-walled apartment feel a little more like home? These plush bath towels will provide a little taste of luxury at the beginning or the end of a long day at work. Choose from eight different colors and add a monogram (for an extra $9) to personalize it.
To buy: From $18.50, potterybarn.com.
Home State Glasses
Toast to his or her home state with etched glassware that'll instantly elevate any grad's bar cart. Available as a set of four.
To buy: $44 for 4; nordstrom.com.
Leather Travel Accessories
Get organized on the fly with travel essentials that'll come in handy wherever you go. Safely store your belongings in either the keychain wallet or passport case, and further customize the accessories with a monogram or name.
To buy: from $30; potterybarn.com.
Personalized Tie Clip
He probably already has a suit for special occasions, so gift him something that will add a finishing touch. For his next big interview or first day at work, this stainless steel tie bar will ensure that he makes a good impression. It’s a basic accessory that he’ll keep forever.
To buy: $89; neimanmarcus.com.
Marble + Brass Monogram Coasters
Keep her brand new furniture in pristine condition with these sleek yet practical coasters. Made from marble and brass, and etched with a custom monogram, each heavyweight coaster will instantly elevate her coffee table.
To buy: $49 for 4; westelm.com.
Soft Touch Throw
If graduation is taking her far from home, gift something cozy she can wrap around her shoulders when a twinge of homesickness settles in. When it’s not acting as a comfort blanket, the ultra-soft accessory looks great draped over a couch, ottoman, or the foot of her bed.
To buy: $60; westelm.com.
Gift this sleek matte black growler to the craft beer enthusiast for his or her new apartment. It can hold up to 64 ounces of their favorite brew, plus the stainless steel design and swing top lid ensures that drinks stay fresh and cold.
To buy: $45; shutterfly.com.
Monogram Cuff Links
A polished set of of cuff links are a must-have accessory, especially for the grad who wants to look impeccable at all times. Available in gold plate for letters a through z.
To buy: $37; nordstrom.com.
Custom House Painting
The homesickness can hit hard during freshman year. Gift the college student this elegant reminder of home—it beats any cheesy dorm poster. Send an image of the student’s childhood home to the Etsy artist and it will be turned into a beautiful watercolor painting. This is the gift that will last—from dorm room to first apartment.
To buy: $98; pinkleavesarts.etsy.com.
Milestone Timeline Photo Art
Keep track of the grad's life story with this customizable frame set. Choose three to eight dates, then fill the frame with sentimental photos that mark his or her journey.
To buy: from $100; uncommongoods.com.