8 Affordable and Customizable Etsy Gifts That Are (Almost) as Special as Your Graduate

published May 18, 2021
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Summer is nearly here, and with it comes one of the biggest milestones in a person’s life: graduation! You want to celebrate this important occasion in the most memorable way possible, but finding a gift that’s special enough for the graduate in your life can be a challenge. Whether they’re off to college, entering the workforce, or simply proud of their diploma, a personalized gift is an amazing way to commemorate their accomplishments. Etsy has your back, with lots of customizable items for any and every grad. Scroll through our top picks below for some inspiration, and let the Pomp and Circumstance begin!

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Your grad has big plans for the future, so help keep them organized and focused with a bound leather folio. It has room for a legal pad and several slots for paperwork, pens, and any other accessories they might need. Don’t forget to add custom engraving with their name, a monogram, or an encouraging message.

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Pop a bottle and toast to the graduate! Perfect for a 21+ grad, these custom labels come in four sizes to accommodate different types of bottles. With customizable messaging and a fast turnaround, all that’s left to do is pick up their favorite wine, peel, and stick. And check out that super-low price tag!

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A customized candle is a thoughtful and personal gift for any recent graduate, though I especially love it for one who is moving to a new city or decorating a new home. This one comes in three sizes with your choice of four scents, and it can provide up to 100 hours of ambiance. Even after the candle burns away, they can admire your personalized message forever.

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Sometimes the best gift is one they’ll use every day. This engraved wood keychain will remind them of their accomplishments often and make their keys impossible to miss. Personalize it with four choices of wood stain and the giftee's name in one of 10 fonts.

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Graduates from the classes of 2020 and 2021 may not have gotten the ceremony they deserve, but you can still make it special for them with a personalized diploma holder. One reviewer wrote: “My daughter loves it. After not being able to have a graduation, having to pick up her diploma at her school via drive thru, to having the school lose their diploma covers, I think having a custom one made for her was priceless.” Choose from four faux leather colors, and contact the seller directly for added touches like their school logo.

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Honor your soon-to-be healthcare professional with an engraved name tag for their stethoscope. It comes in three colors (gold, silver, and bronze) and easily clips on. And along with customizing the piece with their name, you can choose from a range of medical-themed imagery. I’m definitely keeping this gift in mind for my friends who’ll be graduating from medical school soon.

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When I graduated college and prepared to enter the workforce, I quickly realized that my college-appropriate wardrobe wouldn’t cut it in an office setting. A classic, monogrammed leather purse will help anyone stand out, from their first interview to their first day on the job. This one's available in four colors.

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Coffee probably got her through school, so what better way to celebrate the accomplished woman in your life than with a personalized mug? Customize it from top to bottom with an image of a graduate in her likeness, and add her name and a message that will make her smile every time she refills her cup. (There's a version for the guys, too.)