Gifts

The 15 Best Graduation Gifts

First class graduation gift ideas.

Graduation
Updated 
Dec 20, 2021

Late-night study sessions, nightmare roommates and shoestring budgets… there's a lot we don't miss about student life. But graduation day is all about reflecting on the good stuff and celebrating achievements. Graduation gifts are a heartfelt way to show your pride and appreciation while setting them up for the next chapter in their lives. Cosier writer Elese has graduated 4 times (makeup school counts, right?), so here's her expert insight into graduation gifts for Aussie alumni.

Sweet as

Champagne and sugar are a surefire way to turn any gathering into a bonafide celebration. This Moët Sweet Celebrations Hamper is packed with Sydney-made treats from Morgans, including cashew toffee brittle and honey roasted peanuts, capped off with a bottle of Moët & Chandon.

Grown-up wallet

Send them off into the real world in style with a sophisticated genuine leather wallet, monogrammed with their initials to mark the occasion. These are ideal graduation gifts for him, especially if he's still carting round that old velcro number. We also rate this women's zip version.

Cheers to you

Made by Wattle Station in South Penrith, these personalised whiskey glasses are perfect for raising a toast to their achievements. We recommend pairing this keepsake with a bottle of whiskey to match their age.

Luxe leather

This iconic Saint Laurent Loulou quilted shoulder bag is the ultimate reward for all that hard work. These couture classics make wonderful graduation gifts for her, as a practical yet luxurious pressie that will take them through to retirement.

Keeping track

Prepare them for the next chapter with an Apple Watch. This clever little device helps them set their sights on their next goals, with a swim-proof design, fitness tracking, Apple Pay, and even sleep tracking to fix those dodgy all-nighter habits.

Worldly wisdom

When you can't find the words - find a book instead. This collection of speeches and advice for graduates is penned by Kurt Vonnegut, one of America's foremost contemporary writers. While he doesn't take himself too seriously, Vonnegut's extraordinary experiences means he knows a thing or two about giving life advice.

Dream bigger

Cosier editor Sarah's top graduation gift is a journal, 'for writing down their dreams!' Remind them how much they can achieve with the affirmation: 'this is the beginning of anything you want'. This beautiful softback notebook comes in a range of colours, and can be personalised with their name to make it extra-special.

Making memories

A camera like this Canon DSLR 1500D lets them snap memories to come in massive 24.1MP quality, with built-in Wi-Fi and beginner-friendly features for any budding photographer. I’ve (Cosier writer Elese) had my own Canon DSLR for years, and I reckon it's one of the best investments I’ve ever made.

Clever cat's cradle

One of the most important new skills they'll learn after joining the workforce is the art of rest. The famous Newton's Cradle cleverly shows energy and momentum conservation so they'll remember to pace themselves, even if physics isn't their strong point.

Doctor bones

We love these Anatomical Skeleton Models for a lighthearted gift that tickles the funny bone, whether they're graduating medicine, nursing, science, or even archaeology. This skeleton model comes complete with a stand so their new companion can hang out on their desk.

The ultimate to-do list

This 100 Things to Do Bucket List Scratch Poster helps keep them focussed on their #lifegoals while giving them new ideas for their next achievements.

Mark the occasion

My most cherished graduation gift is a ring my parents had engraved to commemorate the occasion. I wear it every day, and it reminds me how proud they are (aww). This Theodora 9ct Gold Ring is made by Aussie jewellers Koolaman, and comes in yellow, rose or white gold with up to 32 personalized characters around the outside.

Timeless classic

Cosier co-founder Daniel says 'There's something traditional about giving a simple timepiece.' His pick is the classic D-Series Watch by The Horse. It's simple enough to complement any outfit, with a scratch-resistant mineral lens and stainless steel casing to hold up to whatever life throws at them.

Bowie-loving babes

Imagine how much you'd get done every day if you woke up to Bowie cheering you on? Encourage them to make dreams a reality with this 'Babe with the power' mug for some early-morning inspo as they refuel with their morning cuppa.

Cool commuter

Move over briefcases - a quality leather laptop bag is essential for any commuter. These Tokyo satchels by Wollongong Etsy sellers Republic of Florence don't just look worldly - they're handmade in Italy, and fit 15" laptops.

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