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    22 Graduation Gifts To Cheer Up Anyone Who’ll Miss Their Ceremony This Year

    Let 'em know their moment still matters. 🎓💝

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    1. A personalized stethoscope necklace for the healthcare-worker-in-training who'll finally be stepping into the big leagues now that they're graduating.

    Etsy / Code Blue Jewelry

    Promising review: "I got this for a gift for my EMT sister who is also in paramedic school and she loves it!" —Melissa Schnaible

    Get it from Code Blue Jewelry on Etsy for $45.99+ (available in multiple lengths and metal finishes; guaranteed replacement if your order is received defective; free shipping).

    2. OR a stethoscope ID tag to give their most prized post-grad tool some extra swag — and to keep all the other doctors from accidentally nabbing what they worked so hard to wear around their neck with pride.

    Etsy / 3LittlePixiesShoppe

    Promising review: "I loved mine so much after ordering that I got my friend one soon after!" —Jazzlynn Cantrell

    Get it from 3LittlePixesShoppe on Etsy for $8.95+ (available in four different metal finishes and 13 font choices for the name engravement).

    3. A desk nameplate for when they snag their first gig in their field after graduation.

    Etsy / Garo Signs

    Promising review: "Simply perfect! Smooth process. I love that I was sent a proof so I could feel confident in my color and font choices. A+++" —Paige

    Get it from Garo Signs on Etsy for $23.99+ (available in multiple styles).

    4. An Oh The Places You'll Go notebook so they can jot down all their doodles, dreams, and post-graduate plans.

    Etsy / Storybook Journals

    The notebook features pages from the original Dr. Seuss picture book along with its blank pages for writing.

    Get it from Storybook Journals on Etsy for $35 (available with cardstock OR white paper).

    5. An "I'm So Proud Of You" skincare box to remind them just how highly you think of their accomplishments and encourage them to lean into self-care.

    Etsy / Gratia Box & Co

    The box includes handmade soaking salts made with mineral-rich Himalayan salts and lavender essential oil, an "All The Love" soy candle, a handmade calming loose leafed tea blend, a colorful greeting card personalized with your special message (just type it in the personalization box before you place your order) — all placed inside a simple yet beautiful gift box tied with a satin ribbon!

    Get it from Gratia Box & Co on Etsy for $37.

    6. A graduation mug with the SWEETEST, most uplifting message I've ever seen. Trust me, a graduate who's about to head out into the world and leave their student identity behind will so appreciate the positivity you spread their way and this is the note of encouragement they'll enjoy reading over and over again.

    Etsy / Whizk

    Another plus? This mug is dishwasher- AND microwave-safe.

    Get it from Whizk on Etsy for $14.92+ (available in two sizes; comes with a money-back guarantee for any defects).

    7. OR, a cheery mug to celebrate all the all-nighters, study groups, tutoring sessions and whatever else the graduate did to finish with flying colors.

    Etsy / SweetTeezLLC

    Get it from SweetTeezLLC on Etsy for $14.99+ (available in two sizes and three hair color options).

    8. A graduation money cake because if you can't be there to cheer 'em up about their ceremony, then you could still send Washington, Lincoln, or Franklin to do it for ya. Yes, with REAL money. Con-CASH-ulations to them 🤑🎂!

    Etsy / Not A Typical Party Cake

    You'll just pay for the graduation cake PLUS the amount of the total bills you want added to the cake.

    Promising review: "My experience with the Etsy seller Stephanie was so great! I had a question about shipping time and (as was stated), Stephanie got back to me quickly. Unique right? The cake was $50, cute, AND on time." —Madonna

    Get it from Not A Typical Party Cake on Etsy for $35+ (PLUS the amount of the dollar bills you want added to the cake; multiple cash amounts available).

    9. A pretty graduation bangle to celebrate their wonderful accomplishment via an accessory they can wear with anything.

    Luca + Danni

    The bracelet is handmade using brass and artisan metals.

    Get it from Luca + Danni for $34 (available in two sizes and two metal finishes).

    10. A graduation card covered in dogs because since you can't exactly give 'em smooches on their big day, you could still give 'em happy pooches to look at.


    Get it from Target for $6.95.

    11. A "Yasss, you graduated" soy candle to express just how excited you are for this milestone moment.

    Etsy / Lunar Landings

    You'll get your choice between nine scents, an option to just be surprised with a scent, OR the option to request a totally different scent than the ones already offered. Btw, the candle is eco-friendly, cruelty-free, and vegan!

    Promising review: "My candle smells amazing and it arrived quickly!" —Danielle Tasber

    Get it from Lunar Landings on Etsy for $12+ (available in three sizes, nine scents, and with personalization options).

    12. Custom shortbread cookies so you can send your congratulations in the ~sweetest~ way.

    Uncommon Goods

    BTW, these cookies are handmade in the US!

    Promising review: "I crafted a cute message and the cookies turned out perfectly. They are also individually wrapped, which means they stay fresh longer." —Maya

    Get them from Uncommon Goods for $36 (available in a 24-pack).

    13. A celebratory tee for the kindergarten graduate who's officially heading to the first grade soon. Psst... if you REALLY wanna make the kid light up, then order one for their best friend in their class so they can gift it to them and twin out the next time they're able to hang out.

    Etsy / Zoey' s Attic

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this shirt! It came out looking so cute and I can’t wait to give it to my son for his special day! It was shipped quickly as well! : )" —Shannon

    Get it from Zoey's Attic on Etsy for $20 (available in six sizes, five colors, and with a name and school personalization option.)

    14. A stylish instant camera to remind the person that they have sooo many memories to make and capture in the future in this next phase of their life.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "This camera is very simple to learn. The lens has a 'selfie mode' where you pull it out and can take photos about a foot away. It has an automatic contrast and brightness sensor so you just point the camera at what you want to photograph, push the power button, and then press the capture button. Easy and cute." —Ericka NJ

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $69.

    15. And! A mini photo album to beautifully compile all those beautiful memories into one place they can look through over and over again.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "This is exactly what I been looking for! This cute album is a perfect size. It's a little smaller than my hand but it's perfect. I would definitely be buying another color." —Amanda0116

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $14.

    16. A bedside caddy since they may be graduating but the real work is likely just beginning. This'll be especially clutch for a high school graduate who'll be living in a dorm room later this fall.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "I love this product. It's a great new bedside amenity. For me, it's very convenient for my appliances. Worth it!" —Melle261

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $20.

    17. A LED neon wall light that'll send all the "good vibes" their way as they celebrate their graduation and move on to better things.


    It operates on a USB plug that'll come with the package.

    Promising review: "This light was bright and just what I was expecting when I bought it online." —Ally

    Get it from Target for $24.99.

    18. A vibrant eyeshadow palette so they can add a little color and beauty to what would be their graduation ceremony day ~and~ to all the days going forward.


    Send this to your loved one along with a note about them still deserving to get glam on such a special day. The eyeshadow palette has 16 shades in a mix of shimmers, mattes, and metallics. Its formula is made with coconut oil to the condition skin for smooth, even application but also with kaolin to absorb any excess oil that would prevent the pigment from popping and lasting as long as it should. BTW, this palette is fragrance-, chlorine-, and cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "It's really pigmented, and it's perfect for me as I normally wear a lot of bright colors. You really can't beat 16 eyeshadow pans for $10!" —Alex J.

    Get it from Target for $9.99.

    19. A college student care package subscription box for the high school graduate who'll be off to higher learning in a bit. They'll be super stoked to learn that you'll be sending them monthly care packages when they're off to school and it'll help focus their attention on what's coming up for them as opposed to the graduation ceremony they missed.

    Cratejoy / College Club Delivery

    The box is actually curated by college students FOR college (or soon-to-be) students. Every month during the fall and spring semesters, the box will come with food, snacks, study supplies, laundry essentials, and personal care products, plus something just for fun. The shop ships between the 1st and the 5th of the month during the school year. For the fall semester, that's September, October, November, and December. For the spring semester, that's February, March, April, and May. This monthly subscription box will be a gift that keeps on giving to the grad you love!

    Get it from College Delivery Club on Cratejoy for $45 a month (

    20. A tin of popcorn that'll serve as a sweet and savory message to reassure them that they're doing amazing and you're proud of them.

    The Popcorn Factory

    Get it from The Popcorn Factory for $29.99 (available in two sizes).

    21. Graduation socks so they can let everyone know just how much they earned the right to kick their feet up and relax.

    Etsy / If The Sock Fitz

    Promising review: "These are super cute and super comfortable!" —Jaide Litzelman

    Get it from If The Sock Fitz on Etsy for $12.93 (originally $14.37+; available in four color options and multiple graduation-themed sayings).

    22. A Target "Congrats" gift card so you can toss them a few coins to help 'em buy something they really, really want.


    All you'll need to do is enter the amount you want to add to the gift card (starting at $5) and then enter whether or not you want to receive it via the mail, your cell phone, or via email.

    Get it from Target for $5+.

    The uplifting message you'll be sending with all these thoughtful gifts.

    E! / Giphy / Via

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