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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.