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Custom Graduation Gifts & Ideas for Celebrating
the Class of 2022

published: April 9, 2021 |  updated: March 224, 2022
collage of graduation scenes and logos

Graduation Day is a celebration of hard work, a farewell to fellow classmates and a toast to the road ahead. It’s important to celebrate this milestone by giving the graduates something to remember their alma mater by on the next step of their journey.

In fact, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations, grads who have "school spirit" perform better academically, are more engaged socially, and are happier in general than their less-spirited peers. That's right, giving departing seniors a school logo imprinted gift to feel connected to their alma mater can actually help them succeed in life.

For remote students, we have solutions that make it simple to get gifts delivered right to your graduates’ doorsteps. Our drop shipping services give you the flexibility to ship to the individual addresses of each of your students. We also offer in-house kitting that allows you to create customized gift sets including items of your choice, packed together in a cohesive way to create a truly memorable experience for the grads.

From preschool to college, graduates of all ages deserve recognition for their hard work and dedication. Here are the top graduation gifts ideas for the entire class:

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The Best Gifts for Graduates

Apparel

You can never go wrong with branded apparel such as t-shirts or sweatshirts when looking for custom graduation gifts. Class of 2022 shirts are highly popular and are sure to get lots of wear over the years. Another favorite among students is the Gildan® Heavy Blend™ Hoodie that’s offered in a wide variety of colors options to compliment your school colors and logo.

Drinkware

The grads may be done with school, but they're not done with coffee or staying hydrated; that makes custom tumblers and water bottles ideal graduation gifts for the whole class. The 20 oz Yukon Nova Tumbler is double-wall and vacuum insulated to keep their beverages hot or cold throughout long days at the office or all-night cram sessions in the library. Or, add your schools logo to a trusted brand name water bottle like the 25 oz Columbia® Tritan Bottle.

Yard signs

Custom yard signs have been a huge hit in honoring students and their hard work and allows them to proudly display their achievement to the community. Personalized graduation signs like the 16” x 26” Double-Sided Yard Sign feature double-sided printing in full color so the sign can easily be seen from both directions. Or, opt for a one color design on the 14 ½” x 23” Double Sided Yard Sign.

Picture frames

After it's all over, grads will reflect on their school years fondly. They'll miss their friends and remember the pep rallies, football games and dances. Picture frames are a gift that lets them look back on the good old days. The Glimpse Photo Frame with Wireless Charging Pad holds a photo of their favorite memory, so they can smile and remember the good times. It'll also charge their phone wirelessly. Another great option that’s offered in a variety of colors to match your schools’ colors is the Vibrance Frame.

Blankets

The Collegiate Sweatshirt Blanket is very popular in the education industry and makes for one of the best graduation gifts that offers a large imprint area to showcase your school logo or mascot. To make it an even more memorable gift, the signature printing option allows up to 600 students' autographs to be reproduced on the blanket. Graduates would also love the Cozy Essentials Gift Set that bundles the perfect pairing of a fleece blanket and best-selling Basecamp® Tundra Water Bottle.

Padfolios

Whether they're heading to college, grad school or the workforce, everyone could use a padfolio. The 5,000 mAh Fremont Powerbank Portfolio will help them stay organized and wirelessly charge their phone. A gift like this is going to get a lot of use, and your school logo is going to get lots of visibility over the years. Also among top gifts for college grads, the Durahyde Exec Brief-Padfolio has a professional look with plenty of storage for a tablet, business cards and more.

Tech accessories

When looking for bulk graduation gifts, tech accessories are sure to be a hit. Show the graduates how bright their future is with graduation favors like the Illuminating TWS Earbuds or the Illuminated Logo Bluetooth® Speaker.

Graduation gift kits

Kits and bundles make it easy for your school to reward and recognize graduates, while fostering a continued connection to the school, long after commencement. The Fabrizio Travel Backpack Set will send the class of 2022 off with the tools they’ll need to get started in the professional world. Or, check out other gift sets like the Basecamp® Metropolis Gift Set that includes a custom t-shirt, cooler and water bottle.

Certificate holders

A personalized certificate holder like the Cowhide Certificate Holder ensures that your students hard work is protected and properly showcased. The Tabletop Certificate Holder makes it easy for the grads to show off their accomplishment and proudly display their alma mater. Available in a variety of materials, price points and colors, we have a custom diploma holder that’s right for you.

Awards

Custom awards like personalized graduation plaques and academic medals are a must-have at graduation ceremonies for honoring students’ academic achievements, distinctions, and honor societies. The Bronzed Cherry Plaque provides an elegant look with its cherry finish material and satin gold plates. Crystal or glass awards like the Cosmic Burst Crystal Award are also very popular with an eye-catching and modern design.

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Get Creative with Personalization

For highly personalized graduation gifts, some items can even be customized with individuals’ names on them. There’s an added level of excitement when receiving a gift with your name on it. Or, in addition to adding your school’s logo or mascot to any of the gifts, you may choose to incorporate a fun graduation quote or saying such as “the tassel was worth the hassle”, “the sky is the limit” or “congrats grads!”

Easy to Mail Gifts for Graduation

Whether you have remote students or are hosting a virtual graduation, it’s still just as important to send students graduation swag bags and goodies. Below are some unique graduation gifts for the class that are flat and lightweight, making them easy to mail.

Celebrate with These Graduation Ceremony Essentials

Graduations are meant for celebrating, so make sure you decorate the facility accordingly with graduation banners and signs. Consider handing out graduation gift bags or drawstring bags filled with customized swag like the Cruise Retro Sunglasses and Full Color KOOZIE ® Can Kooler. You may want to set up an event tent with a table to display the graduation swag and have 1 oz Gel Sanitizer bottles available for families and guests.

Graduation Party Supplies and Favors

If you're hosting a graduation party, invest in personalized graduation decorations and giveaways like custom cups and hand fans that both the graduate and guests will treasure for years to come.

Don’t Forget About the Teachers

Graduation wouldn’t be possible without the commitment and dedication of the teachers and staff, so be sure to show your appreciation for them as well with custom teacher gifts. In fact, Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated May 2-6, 2022, right around same the time of many graduations. From tote bags to food gifts, check out our Awesome Gift Ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week that includes input from teachers themselves.