Graduation is a momentous occasion that occurs throughout all different stages of adolescence and adulthood, making gift shopping for it a complex endeavor — one that's been made even more so this year by COVID-19. If figuring out what to send your 18-year-old sister, 22-year-old cousin, or 30-something partner in celebration of their now virtual convocations from afar has you stumped, we're here to help. The curated gift guide ahead is broken down by budgets and what type of graduate they're best suited for — from high school to college, MBA, med school, and PhDs. We hunted down unique ideas that not only feel fresh and fitting for whoever's commencement you may be shopping for (whether friend, family member, or SO), but also ones that will deliver directly to their doorsteps with virtual ease. Scroll on to get a dose of gifting inspiration that will bridge any social distance to honor the special occasion — from happiness planners to curated wine shipments, stylish tech accessories, plant subscriptions, beauty boxes, and more. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Moonpig Gossip Magazine Spoof Personalized Graduation Card Best For: High-School Grad Budget: Under $10
Moonpig has all your zany personalized congratulatory greetings on-tap — that can be customized for and sent to the honorary grad via regular old snail mail OR instantaneously via eCard (for only $1.49 a pop).
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moonpig More The Happy Planner 12-Month Color Me Happy Mini Vertical Planner Best For: The High-School Grad Budget: Under $25
Send them this 12-month dated and vertically lined planner as a mini but meaningful (not to mention vibrant) reminder for them to stay organized, productive, and smiling.
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Mini Vertical Happy Planner® - Color Me Happy - 12 Months, $, available at
The Happy Planner More Birchbox 3-Month Beauty Gift Subscription Best For: The High-School Grad Budget: Under $50
Help keep their beauty stock, well, stocked with a gift card for a three-month subscription to Birchbox's ever-popular curated beauty deliveries — your grad can select their preferred goods and also when they want to redeem them.
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3-Month Subscription Gift Card, $, available at
Birchbox More Milk Bar The Sampler Best For: The High-School Grad Budget: Under $100
Since you won't be able to bring their favorite dessert to an IRL graduation party, send them a special something sweet (and trendy) instead — this Milk Bar sampler box is filled with an assortment of the dessert shop's bestselling treats.
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Milk Bar More The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck Book Best For: The College Grad Budget: Under $20
Since their hands are free with some at-home reading time, put a book filled with some solid life advice in it. This #1
New York Times
bestseller has sold over six million copies and aims to teach readers how to find happiness through stopping forced positivity, accepting flawed reality, and practicing personal honesty.
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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, $, available at
Amazon More Story continues Google Nest Mini Best For: The College Grad Budget: Under $50
Commend your graduate with a little gift that will pack a powerful decor and tech punch inside their post-college living space. Google Nest's Mini is a subtly stylish home accent with multi smart-speaker capabilities that will help keep them connected and organized.
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Verishop More Brooklinen Super-Plush Robe Best For: The College Grad Budget: Under $100
Contrary to popular belief, college grads spend more time wrapped up in robes post-college than high-school grads do while in still in school — so, strategically bless your entering-the-real-world honoree up in the plushest of home-away-from-home hugs (they're going to need it).
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Brooklinen More MasterClass Annual Membership Best For: The College Grad Budget: Under $200
Gift a college graduate with unlimited yearly access to online courses that they may have never had the time to pursue before taught by the world's greatest in their fields — from acting class with Natalie Portman to cooking classes with Gordon Ramsay, comedy with Steve Martin, ball-handling with Steph Curry, and over 55 others.
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1-Year All-Access Pass, $, available at
MasterClass More Lo & Sons The Claremont Camera Crossbody Best For: The College Grad Budget: Under $300
This sophisticated crossbody bag is crafted from high-quality full-grain leather in a design that's built to safely and stylishly carry a DSLR camera (or any other handbag essentials). Gift it as a meaningful encouragement for grads (especially those into snapping pictures) to capture and savor the moments to come in this next big real-life chapter.
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Lo & Sons More Clare V. For Anthropologie Monogram Journal Best For: The Master's Grad Budget: Under $25
A chicly personalized journal to hold all of their masterful musings for the exciting year ahead.
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Anthropologie More The Bouqs Co. Exuberance Bouquet Best For: The Master's Grad Budget: Under $50
Surprise them with a bountiful bouquet of multicolored roses that is sure to brighten their unusual graduation day.
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Exuberance Colorful Rose Mix Bouquet, $, available at
The Bouqs Co More Usual Wines Brut 6-Pack Best For: The Master's Grad Budget: Under $50
Toast them from afar with a unique shipment of six individual-serving sized glass votives filled to the brim with crisp bubbly.
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Brut, Box Of 6 Glasses, $, available at
Usual Wines More Madewell The Zip-Top Transport Carryall Best For: The Master's Grad Budget: Under $150
Help them move from classroom to office with a work bag that's equal parts stylish, professional, and commuter-friendly — this medium-sized tote is crafted from semi vegetable-tanned leather with a softly worn finish, secure zipper closure, adjustable crossbody strap, and can be personalized with a gold-lettered monogram.
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Madewell More Our Place Dinner For 4 Set Best For: The Master's Grad Budget: Under $300
Ease the transition back from ordering takeout while studying to freed-up time spent cooking in their own kitchen with this beautiful dining-essentials bundle from
sustainable and charitable cookware brand
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Our Place More Mer Sea & Co. Coconut Sugar Spa Set Best For: The PhD Grad Budget: Under $30
Since you can't treat them to an in-spa experience, gift them a little something that will help recreate that relaxation at home — aka this set filled with coconut-sugar infused bath salts, shea butter soap, and nourishing hand cream — they've earned it.
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Mer-Sea & Co. More Tea Drops Wellness Tea Kit Best For: The PhD Grad Budget: Under $50
Have them feeling replenished (and thought of) with a gift bundle of specialty wellness tea drops, from peppermint to turmeric and citrus ginger, that are rich in nourishing antioxidants and big on refreshing flavor.
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Wellness Tea Kit Deluxe, $, available at
Tea Drops More Mouth Sunshine In My Pocket Gift Box Best For: The Med-School Grad Budget: Under $100
Keep the doc's snack stash locked and loaded so they never run out of fuel (or smiles) with a curated assortment of sunshine-inspired gourmet snacks — from sun-popped popcorn to Meyer lemon fruit chews, lemon-zest almonds, blondies, and more.
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Sunshine In My Pocket, $, available at
Mouth More Allbirds Tree Dashers Sneaker Best For: The Med-School Grad Budget: Under $150
Get them suited up with a pair of sneaks that won't just comfortably cushion their tired feet, but will also help them seamlessly transition from standing all day to running out for a quick post-work jog. Allbird's newest running shoe is sustainably made from durable, breathable, and renewable tree material with a supportive dual-density sugarcane midsole that designed for maximum movement.
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Women's Tree Dashers in Thunder, $, available at
Allbirds More Apple Watch Series 3 Best For: The Med-School Grad Budget: Under $200
Turn the classic graduation-watch custom on its head with a tech-savvy stunner that will keep your doctor-to-be always tapped-in and on-schedule.
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Watch Series 3 GPS 38mm Sport Band, Aluminum Case, $, available at
Walmart More The Lulu Bird Floating Clouds Ceramic Mug Best For: The PhD Grad Budget: Under $50
Let this handmade ceramic cloud mug serve as a dreamy congratulatory addition to your grad's cerebral coffee-vessel collection.
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Etsy More The Sill Monthly Plant Subscription Best For: The PhD Grad Budget: Under $50
Gift them something to care for over the next few months that will return the TLC with a little atmosphere refreshment and lively green cheer. The Sill's monthly plant subscription is an R29-reader favorite that delivers one beginner-level plant to your giftee's doorstep at the beginning of every month.
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Plants for Beginners, Monthly Subscription, $, available at
The Sill More Otherland Candle Gift Set Best For: The PhD Grad Budget: Under $100
Help them unwind with this trio of Otherland's signature candles that will make one elevated decor addition to their professional workspace.
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Otherland More The Curated Wine Subscription Best For: The PhD Grad Budget: Under $150
Give them a gift they can pair with their newfound degree's level of sophistication — aka a three-month subscription to Winc's specially curated and personalized bottles of wine delivered directly to their doorstep. (And be sure to snag it before their
special Mother's Day promotion
ends on May 16.)
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3-Month Gift Subscription, $, available at
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