From pampering presents to de-stressing treats, celebrate the graduate in your life with these top gift ideas
Whether they're a PhD, undergrad or just finishing high school, you’re undoubtedly proud of their momentous academic milestone. So if you want to help her celebrate or just help ease them into their new life stage, finding the perfect gift can be a great way to mark the occasion.
Stuck for graduation gift ideas? We’re here to help. From make-up and fragrance gifts for the beauty enthusiast, to de-stressing treats for the high-achiever who needs some self-care, or personalised gifts to show them that you know them better than they know their syllabus, we’ve done the research so that you don’t have to.
Whatever your budget, here are 10 of our favourite value-for-money gifts to make their special day extra special.
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10 of the best graduation gifts for her
Liz Earle Cleanse & Nourish Face & Body Collection
• 4-piece gift set
• Cruelty free
If she’s feeling burnt out after finally putting down the books, it’s time for some revitalising self-care. From the cult Hot Cloth Cleanser with two muslin cloths to the Instant Boost Skin Tonic and the Cleanse & Polish Body with an exfoliating mitt, this spa day in a gift box retails for less than half of its total product value.
Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful X Never Fully Dressed Collection
• 5-piece gift set
• Limited edition
• Donation made to Smart Works
What better way to celebrate a learned lady in your life than this limited edition gift set launched to celebrate International Women’s Day? With 100% of proceeds donated to UK women’s charity Smart Works, it includes a Mini Vitamin Enriched Face Base, Limited Edition Pretty Powerful Pot Rouge in Powder Pink, Smokey Eye Mascara, Mini Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Bronze and a Limited Edition Reversible Washbag – all for a fraction of the retail price.
Cewe Personalised Enamel Mug
• Personalised graduation gift idea
• Approximately 400ml capacity
For a truly unique graduation present, why not surprise them with a mug featuring their favourite photo memories from their time studying? With a sleek, contrast edge and weighty enamel feel, this is one gift your rising star will treasure forever.
Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Skin Saviour Bundle
• Includes the Beauty Base in Pearl, Hydrate & Hold Makeup Setting Spray & 3 Hydrating Sheet Masks
Now that the stress of exams and anxiety over results is over, it’s time for them to finally unclench that jaw… and maybe even let their hair down! No matter how they plan to celebrate - with a make-shift spa day at home or a night out with their friends - this Skin Saviour Bundle will help get them back into the party spirit.
Geometric Shape Slip-in Photo Album
• Holds up to 140 photos
• Takes 6x4in prints
If you’re looking to document their big day, what better way to lock in the memories than in a modern, fresh and stylish photo album. From putting on the gown to tossing their cap (not forgetting the all-important handshake), the PVC dust jacket will commemorate the occasion and protect those precious prints.
Ted Baker Bath and Body 7 - Piece Collection
• 7-piece gift set
• Includes body wash, hand cream, body spray, body soufflé, bubble bath & hand wash
After graduation celebrations end, sometimes a box set, food delivery and a cosy night in is all they need to refocus on what’s next. This gift contains all the me-time essentials, from a beautifully scented violet and bergamot bubble bath to an indulgent body soufflé and hand cream. It’s everything they need to help them relax and unwind!
Yankee Candle Filled Votive Candle Pink Sands*
• Size: 37g
• Fragrance family: floral
• Burns 7-10 hours
If the budget won’t extend to an exotic getaway, this island-escape scent will help transport your giftee to imagined sunnier climes. Its beautiful blend of bright citrus, melon and berries, sweet florals and a spicy, musky and woody vanilla base can evoke seven to ten hours of fond musings – like being in a dreamy oceanside cabana with an icy cocktail in hand. Bliss.
Fujifilm Instax SQ1 Instant Camera in Chalk White
• Selfie mode
• Automatic exposure
• Square format photos
• 3 colour options
Help them create and share even more memories with this compact and easy-to-use camera. Available in terracotta orange, chalk white and glacier blue, and equipped with a selfie mode and mirror, this is perfect for capturing those fly-on-the-wall graduation-day snaps.
Morphe Eye Got This 4-Piece Eye Brush Collection
• 4-brush set
• Natural and synthetic bristles
If you’re looking for a little something to say, ‘I see you!’, what better way than this eye make-up brush set? With an oval shadow brush, blending crease brush, mini tapered blender brush and angled liner brush – whatever look they’re going for, they’ll have it stylishly covered.
Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Iris Absolu Eau de Parfum
• Size: 50ml
• Fragrance family: floral
A scent to signify infinite happiness and togetherness, she’s bound to make this her new, signature scent. This re-interpretation of a classic perfume highlights the multi-faceted iris pallida. With green and juicy accents of fig accord and a blackcurrant blend, a heart of jasmine sambac, plus deep notes of patchouli, each spritz is bursting with old-school glamour.