DIY graduation gifts are a great idea because they are so personal! Get 25+ unique ideas, including options for friends/best friends. I guarantee they’ll love these picks!
I didn’t go to my undergrad graduation from the University of Washington. I actually went camping in Yellowstone – I have a forestry degree, so that makes it kind of funny. Instead of wearing a cap and gown, I was camping in bear poop!
Or something like that. For my master’s degree, I did go to my ceremony, and I’m glad I did. The ceremony makes it feel final, and you get to celebrate with your friends and family.
And what goes along with graduation? Well, typically you get graduation gifts for that special person who has just accomplished something big.
I think coming up with graduation gift ideas is potentially difficult, so I’m thinking handmade is the way to go. Then you can personalize the presents just for your grad!
Here are are 25+ DIY grad gift ideas to make – everything from money to dorm room decor. I’ve broken them up into three sections: unique graduation gifts, graduation gifts for friends, and best friend graduation gifts.
If you’re looking for graduation gifts for her or graduation gifts for him, I would say you’ve got a lot of options here as well.
DIY Graduation Gifts
Learn how to make over 25 homemade graduation gift ideas using the tutorials below.
Unique Graduation Gifts
Let’s start with the really unique handmade graduation presents. These unique graduation gifts are for the person who doesn’t like standard issue!
Maybe you choose to present money in a unique way – or go the sentimental route. I love these ideas since they are unexpected.
f you're looking for a graduation gift idea that will really impact the recipient, this promise jar or inspiration jar idea is just that! You can use Bible verses, motivational quotes, or anything else you want to write on the craft sticks.
If your grad is going to college, create these unique pegboard letters for a cute way to organize dorm desk supplies!
Graduation Gifts for Friends
Maybe you’re in high school or college and looking for graduation gifts for friends – well, that’s our next category! These are fun ideas that work for a dorm room, or just a little something to say “remember me.”
Let’s face it – a lot of our friends need/want money or gift cards for gifts, especially when graduating. If you’re going to give a gift card, may I suggest this fine container to deliver it in? This takes a seemingly impersonal graduation gift and adds that personal touch.
This is the perfect graduation gift for an athlete or avid concert goer – a quilt made from t-shirts. If you have any sewing skills whatsoever, your bestie is going to love this! If a quilt seems like too much to tackle, try something smaller like a pillowcase or wall hanging.
Every inch of space in a dorm room is precious. This photo lamp is a great way to combine two things the graduate will want in their room.
These presents will thrill your grad – and you’ll have fun during the process! If you choose to make one of these projects, let me know in the comments. I’d also love for you to check out these other posts: