What are appropriate graduate school graduation gift ideas?
Nice business card holders, engraved pen set, tie related to the subject area (like this one for math: http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/math-formulas-tie), jewelry or cufflinks. Anything practical and sophisticated.
As with any event, you can never go wrong with straight cash money or a gift certificate.
If you wanted to add pizazz to this idea, you could always give a themed gift card basket or collection. For example, if you know they are going to continue furthering their education, you could put in a gift card for Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. (for books), iTunes (for entertainment), a card for a chain restaurant (for food), one for a chain movie theater (for a night out/entertainment), Staples (for supplies), and so an so forth.
To be completely frank, the person just having graduated is probably just trying to make it on their own and start their career. The best thing to help them out is money. I know that there's little thought that goes into it but the person graduating can decide how they wish to spend themselves (bills, rent, clothes for interviews, etc).
Hopefully these grad students have secured a position for their new career and while their finances might still be tight for awhile, they do need to impress on their new jobs. So a great gift would be to give them cash with a plan on how to spend to maximize their dollars like this ebook: 25 Ways to Polish Up Your Professional Image -- With Little to No Money http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C1Z0P9I/ref … interview/
-Like most people here said, money is always a good option especially for people who probably have a lot of loans at this point (if we're talking grad school).
-If you're looking to spend more money, you can gift them with a getaway package- a small weekend trip to celebrate (with you or with someone else)
could be fun (a big stuffed tooth for a new dentist or something like that!)
-Along the cute stuffed animal route, you could get a custom stuffed animal at www.budsies.com. They do stuffed toys based on artwork or photos (so it could even be a stuffed animal of the actual person dressed in the appropriate clothing for their new career!)
-Something engraved/personalized: jewelry, a watch, or a leather-bound set of journals (something academic/professional feeling)
-Depending on the chosen career, something related to that
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