With another academic year over and graduation season upon us, orders for grad-related goodies have started to roll in, and we’ve been thinking about the best end-of-uni gifts in our range. Georgia, our Creative Assistant, is the most recent graduate of the Create Gift Love team and has put together her top picks for graduation gifting.
Bournemouth University Graduation - 8th November 2016
Before joining Create Gift Love in February 2017, I spent three long years studying for a BA English degree. Although it was a lot of hard work and was very stressful on occasions, I had such a great time at university and I’ve got so many happy memories to look back on.
My graduation day for one is something I’ll always remember. It was our last hurrah, signalling the very end of my time as a student and an attempt to take the grand leap into “real” adulthood. Scary.
I remember sitting in the huge hall, surrounded by hundreds of other students dressed in slightly silly (but very fancy) gowns and caps, with one thing running through my mind: do not trip on the stage. Luckily, I didn’t make a fool of myself on that particular occasion.
But, as nerve wracking and poignant as it may be, graduation day is a celebration above all – for the guests as much as the graduates. If you’re attending a graduation this year or you’re looking for gifts for the newly qualified student in your life, I’ve picked out a few Create Gift Love products which I think will make really sentimental graduation tokens – something for your loved ones to treasure and something to always remind them of their achievement (other than their degree papers and hideous student debt!)
Our range of beautiful personalised necklaces are perfect to mark a special occasion such as a graduation, and make a gorgeous gift for a style conscious student. Having the details of their degree and the date of grad day engraved on the gold-plated beads makes both a lovely keepsake and something they can wear underneath their robes at the ceremony.
We have three necklace options available, the subtle barrel style being my particular favourite. Each necklace is beautifully presented in a personalised cranberry leather pouch for safe storage, and is packaged in a stunning floral gift box, complete with rose scented potpourri. Altogether, it makes a truly special, memorable gift.
For the boys, our Personalised Wooden Cufflinks double up as a great gift and graduation accessory. Like the jewellery, you can engrave each cufflink with details of their degree achievement, as well as personalising the inside of the box with a message of pride or words or encouragement. Our cufflinks are available in maple or walnut wood and come in square or round.
If you’re after a fun alternative to a simple “congrats” card, our Wooden Telegrams are very fitting for such a momentous occasion. They’re a twist on tradition and are especially good if you can’t make it to the graduation ceremony but want your graduate to know you’re thinking of them. I’m a sucker for sentimentality and a great hoarder of greetings cards anyway, but I think our telegrams really stand out as something quite unique.
Personalise it with your location and theirs, as well as your own message, of course. Our telegrams come in at £12.
If your graduation day is anything like mine was, there will be photos-galore and your cheeks will hurt from smiling by the end! For a fun gift a little while after the graduation day, we have a wide range of photo products on offer, from keyrings to frames to blocks. Be it a formal scroll portrait, a family group picture or that all important cap throwing shot, you’re sure to find a unique display solution.
And finally…our ‘Never Forget’ keyrings are a firm CGL favourite and are a perfect keepsake for nearly every occasion. Each keyring is engraved with a calendar template and a little message of your choice about the day in question – a pocket-sized reminder of all the recipient has achieved!