DIY Graduation Gift Ideas

You’ll love these DIY graduation gift ideas. Find the perfect graduation gift for that special graduate in your life and give a memorable, handmade gift to celebrate a milestone!

graduation gift ideas

It’s graduation season. Have your local schools held graduation yet? Ours will very soon, so I thought I’d put together a list of DIY graduation ideas to get your gift-giving juices flowing. Celebrate the graduate with a thoughtful and fun handmade gift.

Give your graduate a candy bar lei to wear during the graduation ceremony. There’s also instructions on how to add money to the candy bar lei.

1. Candy Bar Lei

graduation lei

Every grad appreciates a gift card. Give it in style with this printable taco gift card holder. Hilarious!

2. Taco Gift Card Holder

printable gift card holder

Graduation is a time to look to the future. Remind your grad of all the good things to come with this cute personalized mug.

3. Adventure Awaits Mug

graduation mug

Cash is the best gift, but no need to give it in a boring way. I love this clever light bulb gift!

4. Light Bulb Cash Holder

light bulb cash graduation gift

Or give your graduate a variety of candy and maybe a little cash too in this cute bottle gift.

5. Gift Bottle Set 

high school graduation gift ideas

A journal is such a great gift for graduation. Talk about a time in life you’ll always want to remember!

6. Journal 

high school graduation gifts

Graduates these days have a million photos on social media. Why not grab some of their favorite pics from their profile and cover a notebook with them?

7. Social Media Photo Notebook:

photo gift ideas

This change jar is perfect for graduates heading to college. Those quarters will come in handy at the laundromat.

8. Hard Work Change Jar 

DIY graduation gift ideas

Is your graduate leaving the state? This gift would remind them of home.

9. Framed State 

state art gift idea

The umbrella is handy and the cash is much appreciated.

10. Rainy Day Cash

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Your graduate probably has a bunch of shirts from high school, especially if they were involved in extracurricular activities. Turn them into a quilt full of memories!

11. T-Shirt Quilt 

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Can you really ever have too many cute ideas for giving cash? I love this pizza box idea!

12. Pizza Dough 

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Whether they use it in college classes or just write down grocery lists, every grad can use a cute notebook.

13. Graduation Notebook 

easy graduation gifts

Emergency money… they’re probably going to need it!

14. Emergency Money 

funny graduation gifts

Love this graduation jar and the saying that goes with it.

15. Graduation Jar 

cute graduation gifts

Make a money lei they can wear during the graduation ceremony!

16. Money Lei 

money graduation gift idea

I love a good pun and this one would be a perfect gift if you have a big group of grads to find gifts for.

17. AW-some Rootbeer

punny graduation gift

Wrap up a giant candy bar and bam… cute graduation gift idea!

18. Giant Candy Bar Wrapper

printable graduation gifts

This quote from Dr. Seuss is a classic for a graduation gift.

19. Oh The Places You’ll Go Frame 

crafty graduation gifts

Gather favorite photos and send them off with your graduate so they’ll think of home often.

20. Mini Photo Album

photo gift idea for graduation

Who wouldn’t want this candy topiary?! I would have been the most popular girl in the dorms if I had shown up with a candy tree!

21. Candy Topiary

candy topiary graduation gift

Another great and classic gift for any occasion is a candy bouquet. I love how they used a mug as the base for this one.

22. Candy Bouquet

candy bouquet graduation gift

Give the graduate custom luggage tags… and slip them a gift card or cash too.

23. Travel ID Cash

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This is such a clever gift. Fill each pocked of a hanging organizer with college essentials like laundry quarters, gift cards, pens, Tide pens, and whatever else a college kid might need.

24. College Survival Kit

high school graduation gift idea

Or fill a water bottle with quarters. Both are super useful when you’re living in the dorms!

25. Water Bottle Full Of Quarters

water bottle graduation gift idea

Another good punny gift is this laundry gift idea.

26. Laundry Gift

laundry graduation gift idea

Make a wreath out of gift cards, encouraging notes and cold, hard cash.

27. Graduation Wreath

graduation wreath gift idea

Save that tassel and display it next to a photo from graduation day. This would also make a great graduation party decoration.

28. Tassel Frame

graduation tassel photo frame

Who wouldn’t want a party-in-a-box? Such a fun gift idea!

29. Party In a Box

party in a box gift idea

You can never have too many tumblers in my opinion and their so fun to give as gifts. Fill them with a few treats, a pack of gum, a gift card, or whatever, and you have a perfect gift for any occasion!

30. Tumblers

easy graduation gift


I hope this fun list has helped you come up with a creative graduation gift idea. Happy crafting!



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