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Now that spring is (finally) upon us, we all have a special graduate to celebrate this season! Honoring someone’s achievements is always a fun thing, but meaningful graduation gift ideas are sometimes hard to come by. Here are my suggestions, and congratulations to anyone in a cap and gown this year!

Books to inspire the next phase

As your beloved graduate finishes one chapter (pun very intended), inspire her next life phase with relevant, helpful books. A trio of books from within one category makes for a wonderfully meaningful graduation gift idea. Some favorites linked below!


For the food lover:


For the aspiring entrepreneur:


For the literature lover, ready for her next big thing:


For the unabashed nerd:


Venue Illustration from a special place on campus

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On every college campus, there’s a “signature” place, which will always remind a student of a fond memory. Sometimes, there’s lore associated with it, which adds to the meaning. For me and many other Michigan State University alumni, the Beaumont Tower is a perfect example: this iconic structure is reminiscent of all things MSU – and legend has it that you’ll marry your sweetheart if you kiss beneath the bell tower at midnight.

I’d be honored to help illustrate a special place for your loved one, as a meaningful graduation gift. Secure your place on my production calendar ASAP – spots are limited.

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A Fancy Pen and Portfolio Combo

As your graduate heads into the job market, interviews – and then the daily grind at the office – will be on the horizon. Help her make a great first impression and put her best foot forward during those interviews. A custom, wooden pen is luxurious and shows she means business. Order one from The Sachs Woodworking Company, and pair it with a leather portfolio – one of my favorites linked below. Such a perfect pairing for those freshly-printed resumes!

wooden fountain pen

Custom Drinkware

Whether you have a coffee lover or a beer snob donning a cap and gown this year, a custom etched cup will commemorate their milestone. This meaningful graduation gift idea is the perfect thing to help remind them of this achievement, every time they grab their item out of the cupboard. Mixing Spirits is another local small business and they have beautiful options. Design something custom with their team to help celebrate your graduate! Pair this special item with a gift card to a favorite coffeehouse or pub, and you’ll have a happy and grateful recipient, guaranteed.

For the coffee lover:

custom coffee cup

For the beer snob:

pint glass

Fight Song Lyrics

For the sports fan, his school’s fight song is an emblematic, important symbol of his school experience. College football Saturdays are sacred for lots of people – so why not capture the beloved tailgate and stadium experience as an artistic keepsake?! 

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Calligraphy is the perfect way to commemorate such an important set of lyrics. Reach out today and I can help with this meaningful graduation gift for the sports lover in your life. Custom artwork spots are limited!

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Bonus! Gift wrap for the win!

Anyone who knows me knows I’m obsessed with wrapping gifts. I think a truly meaningful gift is finished off with the perfect presentation. Here are some gorgeous ideas for that “cherry on top”! For a graduate, I like bright, cheerful colors, metallics, or patterns. If you can, find something in school colors for added brownie points.

Wrapping paper


Gift bags


And there you have it – a roundup of some of my favorite ways to spoil someone to celebrate achievements. A meaningful graduation gift idea doesn’t have to be complicated, just from the heart. Tell me! What’s your favorite way to honor a graduate in your life?

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