39 Inspirational Graduation Gifts for Your 2024 Graduate (for Him & Her)

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Graduation 2024 is just around the corner.  Have you figured out what inspirational graduation gift you’ll give your 2024 graduate yet?

Graduation time is a highly emotional time for graduates and their loved ones. It’s a time of accomplishment. It’s a time to celebrate achievement after many years of struggle and hard work.  It’s also a significant life event where an average gift simply won’t do; you want to give your loved one an inspirational graduation gift they’ll treasure for years.

I love graduations; I always have. They’re full of inspiration and promise for the future. They are the beginning of new chapters where anything is possible. Graduates rarely understand the full implications of what’s ahead, but those of us who have been through this life transition understand just how precious our graduations really were.

Graduations are also the time to express how proud you are of your graduates … how much you love them … how much they mean to you.  Ordinary gifts just don’t cut it. So, we’ve gathered a collection of gift ideas (affiliate links to Amazon provided for your convenience) that will send the deep inspirational message that you want to send.  

By the way, if you want to check out some of the most inspiring commencement speeches of all time (you know, for inspiration for your graduate), check out these 15 best commencement speeches ever)

1  Seuss-isms! A Guide to Life for Those Just Starting Out…and Those Already on Their Way  

Yes, the same author who inspired graduates before they ever set foot into a classroom has some sage wisdom to share as they move into the next chapter of their lives. Dr. Seuss offers some of his most memorable quotes and wisdom in this humorous and inspiring book.  It’s a great gift for your graduate!
Seuss-isms - a great graduation gift that'll inspire your loved one

You Are Limitless Inspirational Triangle Necklace

One of the most important messages you can offer to a recent high school or college graduate (or even middle school graduate) is that their future is bright, and they are limitless.  This triangle necklace from Efytal reminds your graduate that she should believe in herself, because when she does, she’ll be unstoppable!
you are limitless necklace for high school or college graduation gifts

And So the Adventure Begins Stainless Steel Tumbler 

This tumbler is proof that you can inspire your graduate while giving him or her a practical present that they’ll use for years!   The message on the tumbler:   “…and so the adventure begins #YouGotThis” 
gift tumbler ... and so the adventure begins, you got this!

“Achieve Your Dreams” Engraved Pen Set

Nothing says happy graduation quite like a nice pen (because your graduate’s probably been using disposable pens for years!).  This pen offers an encouraging message for your graduate:  Achieve your dreams.  It’s a classic grad gift that your graduate will use for years.
achieve your dreams gift pen set

Inspirational Bracelet Wristbands (12-pack)

This set makes a great gift for one graduate or can be handed out individually to inspire everyone at the graduation party.  Inspirational sayings include “be yourself,” “change the world,” “the best way to predict the future is to create it” and more.
inspirational silicone braclet wristbands for graduates

6 Amazon Gift Card Just for Graduates

Sometimes the best inspirational gifts are the words you offer.  So write an inspiring message to your graduate, and then give them a gift card (in this free special gift box just for graduates).  You can even direct your graduate on how to spend the card in an inspirational way.

7  To My Son on His Graduation Day

This braided bracelet for your son represents how much you love him and how you’ll be forever linked together. It’s a perfect reminder of how he is supported now and forever.  It’s also a way to encourage him to pursue his dreams, believe in himself and enjoy his life.  

graduation gift for your son braided bracelet

Whatever You Are, Be a Good One: 100 Inspirational Quotations  

This thought-provoking collection of quotes beautifully illustrated by Lisa Congdon is sure to be a gift your graduate will treasure for years to come.
gift book for graduates - whatever you are, be a good one

Engraved Compass – Jeremiah 29 11 by Neovivid

I simply can’t think of a more fitting metaphor gift for a graduate than a working compass … a symbol to help them find their way.  This compass is engraved with Jeremiah 29 11, which makes it all the more fitting for the Christian graduate.  
compass gift engraved with Jeremiah 29 11

10  EFYTAL’s Sterling Silver Compass Necklace Reminds Your Graduate to “Enjoy the Journey”

This delicate necklace is a subtle reminder to your graduate to enjoy the journey. She’ll think of you every time she wears it.
enjoy the journey necklace

11  Leather Journal Gift Set Perfect for Male or Female Graduates

This gorgeous journal gift set comes with a 7 x 5 notebook, plus an antique-style pen and box.  Write a personal note to your graduates to encourage them to enjoy what’s next in their lives and to believe in themselves, just like you believe in them. Encourage your graduates to use this journal to keep a record of their many thoughts and experiences as they enter this new stage of their life.  
journal boxed gift set

12  “Congratulations Graduate” Musical Keepsake/Jewelry Box that Plays Pomp and Circumstance

This small keepsake/jewelry box that plays Pomp and Circumstance is sure to touch your graduate’s heart and remind her of her graduation day for years to come (and she’ll also remember that you were there for her and gave her this treasure box). 
musical graduation box with inspirational messages dream, live, create, discover

13 Love of Learning Willow Tree Figure

Remind your graduate that you’re proud of him or her for learning, and encourage them to keep learning their whole life long with this charming hand-painted sculpture  from Willow Tree.  It’s a gift that your graduate will treasure throughout their life. 

14  Pocket Compass – So Your Graduate Can Always Find  Way Back Home

Graduations are a time when we send our children out into the world; they’re now grown up, but to us they’ll always be our little ones and we’ll always want them to remember they still have a home with us.  This compass will help you remind your graduate that while you want them to go out and enjoy their life, you’ll always welcome them home again, too.  
compass so you can find way back home

15  My Wish For You Decorative Jewel Lid Musical Jewelry Box

The box reads:  My wish for you is that you embrace life’s possibilities … and that love and kindness fill your heart.  Imagine this box on your daughter’s dresser for decades to come, because she’s sure to cherish this deeply inspiring graduation gift.
my wish for you music box gift

16  Go In the Direction of Your Dreams Compass Necklace

This beautiful gold-toned necklace will be a permanent reminder for the young graduate in your life that they should always follow their dreams. She’s sure to love this and think of you whenever she wears it. 

17  Custom Engraved Wooden Watch for Your Graduating Son   

Watches have been given for graduation gifts since graduations first existed. Unfortunately, most watches are too pricey for the gift buyer who needs to stick to a strict budget.  Not this watch!  It’s only $32.90 on Amazon right now.
custom engraved watches for men

18  From the Tassel to the Castle Inspirational Tumbler

They may be a full-fledged graduate now, but that doesn’t mean they won’t appreciate a playful, fun gift. This adorable and practical tumbler offers essential life advice to graduates, including  “Just keep swimming!” and more. 

19 Inspirational Wallet Card for Your Son

You feel so much love for your son and you want to offer him words of wisdom that he can carry with him for the rest of his life.  That’s not easy to do.  That’s why I love this wallet card gift; it’s a letter of encouragement and love to your son that he can keep in his wallet at all times.  It tells your son you’re proud of him and that you love him and that you wish him joy along his life journey.  Every time he touches it he’ll feel his mother’s love.
heavy duty wallet card for son from mom

20  Lotus Necklace with Inspirational Message

This affordable lotus with Om symbol necklace offers an inspirational message to your graduate:  Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.  Reminding your graduate to make each day of her life count is one of the most profound messages you can give to her on her graduation day.  (Plus, this necklace is adorable and she’ll love it!)
lotus necklace make each day count

21 Class of 2024 Ornament 

Their graduation date is worth remembering, which is why this ornament is such a great gift.  They can display it year-round or bring it out for Christmas to remember their graduation to remind them of how far they’ve come each year.  This is a treasure that will be treasured for a long time. 

22  Lean In for Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg’s groundbreaking book advised women to “lean in” and grab the life they’re meant to live.  Now, Sheryl has introduced a book especially for graduates that offers exceptional wisdom for how to go after and get the life they’re dreaming about.  It’s the perfect blend of wisdom and inspiration, which is why this book is a great gift for graduates.
lean in for graduates by sheryl sandberg - book

23  “For I Know the Plans I Have For You” Christian Gift Box for Graduates

This music box for Graduates offers an inspirational Christian message offering hope and assurance that God is watching over them and has great plans for their future.
graduate keepsake box - Christian theme

24  Life Is Good:  The Book

You’ve seen the t-shirts, now it’s time to read the book. This light-hearted book tugs at the heart strings while demonstrating why life is truly good.  It’s humorous and delightful messages offer wonderful advice for graduates and reminds them that life is good, they just have to look to find the good around them everywhere!
life is good the book by bert and john jacobs

25  Believe In Yourself (Be You) Sweatshirt

Our website, Believe and Create, stands for “Believe in yourself, believe in your dreams, and create a life you absolutely love.” So it’s no surprise that we think encouraging graduates to believe in themselves is very, very, very important.   
We also think that it’s important that graduates live authentically, so the “Be You” message within this shirt serves as a second inspirational message that is ideal for the graduate in your life. 

26 Graduation Photo Shadow Box Frame with Tassel Holder 

Give your graduate this gorgeous keepsake shadowbox frame. Customize it yourself with photos and memorabilia that your graduate will cherish. This is a beautiful way to keep the memory of this special day preserved for years to come.

27  Heart Pocket Hug Token & Gift Card

Your graduate may be moving on to a new chapter of their lives where you won’t see them as often as you’d like.  Yet, you want them to know that you’re with them and love them, even when you can’t be with them.  That’s why this heart pocket hug token makes such a lovely gift.  It reminds your graduate that they can always get a hug from you no matter where they are.

28  Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff

Richard Carlson’s classic book reminds graduates that life may present obstacles and challenges, but it’s really up to them to decide whether they’ll spend their lives all stressed out or live in peace and joy.  After all, in the end, most of the things that threaten to rob us of joy and peace are actually quite small and they’re simply not worth getting all worked up about.  It’s an important message for all graduates as they enter the next phase of their lives.
don't sweat the small stuff and it's all small stuff by richard carlson

29  Lifeforce Glass Destiny Stones Featuring Encouraging and Motivational Messages

Not all graduates are mature enough yet to understand the importance of maintaining a positive mindset, which is why they need gentle reminders. This set of glass stones offers the motivational messages that, when taken to heart, lead to a pretty great life.  That’s why this stone set makes our list for great inspirational gifts for graduates.
lifeforce glass destiny stones with motivational messages

30 Irish Claddagh Necklace with Connemara Marble Inlay

The Claddagh heart is a traditional Irish symbol representing love, friendship and loyalty. The heart stands for love, the crown denotes loyalty, and the hands represent friendship. Graduation is a time when you may want to express all three sentiments.   Authentic Irish artisans make this Claddagh necklace.   

31   Mahatma Gandhi Inspirational Quote Pen – Be the Change that You Wish to See in the World

A nice pen is a classic graduation gift.  This pen, inscribed with Gandhi’s famous quote, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” is an ideal graduation gift.  Your graduate is entering a whole new life in a whole new world.  Remind them they have the chance … no … the responsibility to be the change they wish to see in the world.    

32 Going Places Necklace

These sweet compass necklace lets you show your graduate that you know they’re going places, and offers your wishes for love and joy along the journey. 
going places necklace

33  Men’s Graduation Novelty Socks

Now these are just flat-out fun for the male graduate in your life.  Buy them now and he’ll wear them proudly!
men's graduation socks

34  To My Daughter Leather Journal from Mom -I Am so Proud of You Vegan Leather Journal

This high-quality artificial leather journal will send the message you want to send to your daughter on her graduation day, “I’m proud of you.”  She’ll love it! 

35 Keepsake Paperweight that Reminders Your Graduate They’re Strong, Brave & Loved

This keepsake paperweight from Kate Posh reminders your graduate — Always remember you are stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know.  (A quote from Christopher Robin to Pooh — which means if your graduate loved Winnie the Pooh growing up, this is the PERFECT graduation present!) 
stronger braver loved paperweight

36 You Are My Sunshine Vintage Wooden Music Box

This lovely music box will be a keepsake for years to come. 

37 Graduation Gift for Him or Her – Black  Photo Frame and Tassel Holder

This 5×7 picture frame and tassel holder comes in a shadowbox easel and glass  It’s ideal for both tabletop and wall display. (also available in 11 x 8.5″)

38 Give Your Graduate Extra Motivation with this 3-Pen Set 

This trio pen set offers inspiring messages that will remind your graduate to be courageous, relentless, and unstoppable in pursuit of their dreams.  Simple, yet motivational, this pen set is the perfect gift for a graduate who has big dreams for their future.  

39 The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Last but certainly not least on my list of inspirational graduation gifts for the grads in your life is Randy Pausch’s, The Last Lecture.
I personally have been giving this book to the graduates in my life for years. Randy, who is literally giving the last lecture of his life (as he’s been diagnosed with a terminal disease), gives one of the most profound speeches on the meaning of life that I’ve ever witnessed. This book is the follow-up to his famous lecture.
Now, you maybe thinking that a “lecture” coming from a dying man might be a little too dark for a graduation gift.  Nothing could be farther from the truth. 
From moment one, Randy declares he will keep the focus of the lecture on positive messages that have elevated his life.
The graduates in your life may not have any more formal lectures in front of them, but they need to read this super-short book that offers one more lecture, namely, the lessons that none of their teachers ever delivered in school.  
This is the most inspirational gift I’ve found to give graduates in my life, so I highly recommend it as one of the best, most motivational, most inspirational graduation gifts of all time.
the last lecture by randy pausch -- inspirational book for graduates

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