One of the biggest milestones in life is completing education.  It certainly makes sense that a graduation ceremony is called a commencement.

The word commence means “to begin”.  Graduating from high school, college or university studies marks the beginning of an exciting new stage of life and a wealth of new opportunities.

Graduation season is a thrilling time and everyone who supports a graduate wants to let them know how proud they are. It’s truly a milestone that deserves recognition and celebration.

If you’re shopping for a gift for an upcoming graduation, check out our graduation gift etiquette guide to help you properly honour the graduate in your life.

What is the etiquette for giving a graduation gift?

Receiving a graduation announcement doesn’t necessarily mean you need to give a gift. Many families send out an announcement to share the happy news with friends and family without an expectation of anything in return. Sending a card or a personal message is often enough to commemorate the occasion, although you can always include a gift if you wish.

If you receive an invite to a graduation party and do plan to attend, etiquette does call for you to bring a gift along with a card.

How much you should spend on a graduation gift?

As with gift-giving for other special occasions, you should consider your relationship with the graduate and your own personal finances to determine an appropriate amount to spend.

Unlike weddings, there are no real rules regarding how much you should spend on a graduation gift. While your relationship with the graduate has some impact, at the end of a day, you should never feel pressured to buy a gift that’s more than you can afford.

Graduation Gift Ideas

When considering what gift to buy for a graduate, think about what their needs will be in this new chapter of their life. A high school graduate heading off to college is in a different position than a college graduate starting out in the workplace or travelling to another country.

Thinking about how your gift can help them on their next adventure is a good place to start. You’d be surprised at how thrilled a young college graduate can be about getting something as simple as a gift card for groceries! 

If you’re looking for a bit more of a luxurious gift than a practical one, here are some graduation gift ideas that you can find right here at J.H. Young:

For Him

Personalized Gift: Engraved watches are a perfect gift to make sure your graduate is never late and has something to remember you by. At J.H. Young we’ve got a wide selection of watches for him. An engraved saying on the back will make it that much more special.

For Her

Photo Album or Picture Frame: She’s going to be making countless memories on her new adventures—help her keep track of them with a photo album. Or if you want to personalize it, find a picture you love and have it framed!

Pandora Charm: Pandora jewellery is the perfect gift to mark any special occasion in life, including graduations. J.H. Young carries over 600 charms in our showroom, so we’re sure to have the right one.

If you’re not sure if the person you’re gifting has a Pandora bracelet already, you can always buy one to go with the charm to be on the safe side. Worst case scenario, they now have a new one to add to their collection!

Still not sure what to get your graduate? If you’re looking for a special gift, we’ve got some ideas up our sleeves. Visit our store in Brantford and speak to one of our professionals!