24 Best Graduation Gift Ideas


Graduation congratulations can be as simple as thoughtful traditions that create long lasting  memories for graduates.  Whether you celebrate graduation with a party or just a card these ideas let the graduate know you are thinking of them.  These homemade graduation gift ideas include laptop sleeves, id wallet, travel organizer, monogrammed tote, sewing kit, homemade cards and printable quotes.  And, if your graduate loves money, these creative money gifting ideas will really spark your interest!

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Best Graduation Gift Ideas

Money Gift

1.  Money Balloons ~ What a fun and unique way to gift money!  Have your local party store inflate balloons with money and confetti.  Imagine how much fun the graduate will have popping the balloons to figure out how much money is inside.

Graduation Money Gift

2.  Gift Card Candy Lei {how-to} ~ Instead of a bouquet of flowers consider giving a gift card candy lei! They’re fun for birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, teacher appreciation day or even after dance/music recitals.

3.  Congratulations Gift Box ~ Here is another clever way to give money!  Simply cover a jewelry box with card stock.  You could also put a small gift in the box instead of money.

4.  Graduation Money Gift ~ Show the brilliant graduate that their hard work has paid off with this bucket of money!  No pun intended.  I love how the money is rolled up and tied to resemble diplomas.  You can download the tag for free and adhere it to a container of your choice.

5.  Easy Money Soap Tutorial ~ This is a fun and creative way to give someone money as a gift.  And the best part?  You don’t have to make the soap.  The tutorial shows you how to drill a space into a store-bought bar and fill it back in.

Money Gift

6.  Candy & Cash Gift ~  A perfect gift for the graduate!  Purchase their favorite candy bars and wrap the money around the candy and attach a cute ribbon.

7.  Money Lei ~ Give a gift that any graduate would love, a lei made from money.  With some ribbon and a stack of dollar bills you can create a fun graduation gift that is sure to be a hit with any graduate.

8.  Box of Chocolates Money Gift ~ Money is the gift everyone loves, but sometimes it feel like it’s not very thoughtful when you hand over a twenty in a card, right?  So for the graduate, transform some cold hard cash into this lovely box of “chocolates”.

Homemade Gifts For Graduation

9.  Graduation Hat Toppers ~ These soda graduation hat toppers are too cute!  A perfect last minute gift that you can easily make.  All you need is a square piece of black paper and some yellow thread.  Glue them on the top of the bottles and you have adorable graduation cap soda bottles.

DIY Laptop Bag

10.  Padded Laptop Tote ~ For the student in your life, a fun padded laptop tote is the perfect way to say “I’m paying your tuition, now get to work!”

Laptop Sleeve Tutorial

11.  Geometric Laptop Sleeve Tutorial ~ Make a fun laptop sleeve using basic quilt-piecing skills.  The geometric pattern is perfect for the manly man.

12.  Travel Organizer Tutorial ~ Before you send your graduates out to travel the world, give them this travel organizer as a gift.  It will help them keep their documents organized and easy to find.   The people behind them in the security line will appreciate it. {wink}

Photo ID Wallet

13.  DIY ID Wallet ~ The Sandi ID Wallet is a snap pouch with a clear pocket on the back for work ID, transport passes and student cards. With a lobster hook on one end they can be attached to lanyards, badge reels and belt loops.

Homemade Graduation Gift Ideas

14.  Mason Jar Sewing Kit ~ Turn basic sewing supplies and a mason jar into a sewing kit that is perfect for that new graduate that is about to venture off on their own.

Homemade Graduation Gift Ideas

15.  Monogrammed Tote Bag {graduation gift} ~ A quick and easy gift to send the graduate off to college.  Use freezer paper to stencil their initial on the bag and fill with some fun things like Burt’s Bee’s lip balm, Uniball pens, transparent flag post-its for marking text books, thank you cards, metal binder clips, and some swedish fish for late night study sessions.

16.  Laundry 101 Gift Basket ~ This laundry gift basket is perfect for grads going off to college for the first time.  They probably don’t have a stockpile of laundry items to take with them and they certainly will need it!

Homemade Gift Ideas

17.  The Places You’ll GO {free printables} ~ The more that you read…the more places you’ll GO ~ Dr. Seuss!  Print and frame these chalkboard prints to make a fantastic gift to give the graduate.  It’s a perfect reminder for all the things they will experience in life.  They’ve only just begun!

Homemade Graduate Gift Ideas

18.  Your Future is Bright {free printable} ~ “Your future is as bright as your faith!” What a beautiful inspiring quote for the graduate.  Print this free 8×10 print and frame it for a quick and easy gift.

Homemade Graduation Cards

Homemade Graduation Card

19.  Printable Graduation Cards & Quotes ~ Four adorable printable graduation cards that you can customize and print.

20.  Letterpress Congrats Card ~ Beautiful yet simple graduation card.  Using a letterpress, roll paint onto the printing plate and then roll it through the press.  Slits were cut to add the money and some simple twine ‘tied’ the whole card together.

21.  Paper Airplane Graduation Card {with printable} ~ The sky’s the limit with this fun airplane card!  It’s a unique way to include a check in a card.  Download the free pdf file and print the paper airplane.

Graduation Card

22.  Printable Graduation Cards ~ Not only is this adorable wise owl card available you can also find scrapbook paper and embellishments to download and print.

23.  Graduation Cap Money Holder ~ How to make a quick and easy money holder for a fun way to give cash.

Homemade Graduation Card

24.  Graduation Hat, Diploma & Tassel {free printable} ~ This adorable graduation card printable includes the hat, tassel and diploma. Fill the hat with money and the diploma scroll as your greeting.

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