So we’ll admit it: 2020’s been more than a bit of a bummer so far. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly all of us in different ways, but on an emotional level, it has stung this year’s graduating class pretty bad. High school and college seniors have missed out on celebrating milestones they’d been looking forward to for their entire lives, settling for virtual proms and graduation ceremonies that are a far cry from the in-person pomp and circumstance they envisioned.
If you have a friend or family member who’s feeling down in the dumps about how they have to celebrate this big occasion, shipping them a gift is a great way to show just much you care for them and are proud of them! From cool socks to scrapbooks, here are 10 graduation gift ideas you can send during quarantine.
1. Enjoy a sweet celebration with a collection of delicious treats.
Even if you can’t be there in person for a formal graduation party, why not send over some cupcakes or candy to let them know how proud you are of their *sweet* success. You can order online or even arrange for delivery from a local cake shop. A win-win!
2. Gift them a frame for their diploma so they can display the results of their hard work.
They worked so hard and maybe spent a pretty penny on that little piece of paper. Let them show it off right away with a fancy frame.
3. Help them show their pride with a gift that’s customized with their degree.
Personalized gifts are a very special way to show you’ve been paying attention all along. Customize anything from a picture frame, to a fancy pen, to a paperweight with details about what made their school experience special, like the names of the clubs they participated in or the degree.
4. Cool socks to help them put their best foot forward after graduation.
A pair of cool socks put the “fun” in a functional gift! Our “Smart Ass” socks are really popular during graduation season, for good reason. If you’re both sarcastic and sentimental, a punny pair of best friend socks will show them how much you treasure their friendship.Browse Our Collection of Funny Congratulations Cards
5. They’ll be ready for networking with a professional-looking business card holder.
Listen, new college grads are entering the workforce under really weird circumstances, but there’s going to come a time when we’re finally able to see and network with each other in person again. Help your favorite grad be ready for their first professional happy hour with a personalized business card holder.
6. Send them over a grad party in a box.
Just because you can’t go over to celebrate their graduation doesn’t mean you can’t send the grad party over to them! Some online party companies are still shipping, so why not ship over some balloons, streamers and photo props. You can Zoom or Facetime for a virtual party, and they’ll still be able to take great pics for the ‘gram!
7. Give them a head start in the business world with a subscription to LinkedIn Premium.
If your friend is going to be looking for corporate jobs after graduation, consider footing the bill for a subscription to LinkedIn Premium as a part of their gift so they can jump start their job search.
8. Create a custom scrapbook with memories you’ve made together.
A DIY gift from the heart is thoughtful, personal and super special. If you have them, compile different mementos that represent their school experience like concert tickets, athletic medals and achievements, inspirational quotes and pictures of you and your friend group together. They’ll treasure it forever!
9. Help them build their home with a gift card to a furniture store.
Whether the new grad in your life is headed off to live on their own at college or the “real world,” a gift card to a furniture store like IKEA can help them take some steps toward creating a place of their own with the comfort of home.
10. Send them a clever greeting card that makes them chuckle.
We’re all living with some serious stuff right now, but we’d argue there’s no better time to turn to the healing power of humor. A funny congratulations card will help your best friend smile, whether it’s sent on its own or contains a gift card or check inside.
Hats Off to the New Grad
While we’ve all had to deal with a really rough spring this year, 2020 grads have missed out on the major end-of-year experiences they were looking forward to celebrating IRL with their friends, families and schoolmates. Even if you can’t make the quarantine go away, these thoughtful gifts will let the new grad in your life know just how proud you are of their accomplishments!