It’s that time of year when we are beginning to celebrate graduations! Whether graduating from Kindergarten or eighth grade, high school or college, these milestones are worth celebrating. There are countless recommendations for unique graduation gifts but would do you give the Christian graduate that is unique and faith-based? I like unique Christian graduation gifts that will celebrate the graduate and encourage them in their faith. That is what I want in a graduation gift.
What are good graduation gifts?
Isn’t that the question so many of us ask? We want to give unique and thoughtful graduation gifts – both for high school graduation and college graduation.
Gift cards and cash are always appreciated but sometimes you want to do more. So, I went on a search. I wanted to find creative and unique gifts that any Christian graduate would love. Below, you’ll find some ideas that, I believe, are truly unique Christian graduation gifts.
This post contains affiliate links. You can read more in my disclosure policy. I would still recommend all these unique graduation gift items, whether I was an affiliate or not!
Graduation Gift for Him
I like encouraging graduates with meaningful Scripture. One of my favorite Bible verses is Jeremiah 29:11 and it is especially meaningful for graduates. There are so many wall hangings and pictures available with Scripture. I like the classic look of this Jeremiah 29:11 desk plaque. I think this is a great graduation gift for guys.
Graduation Gift for a Group
Joshua 1:9 is another one of my favorite Bible verses for Christian graduates. For that reason, I really liked this Be Strong mini plaque from Dayspring. It is simple but a bit rustic looking. The other nice thing is that all these mini plaques are only $8 so it is a reasonably priced gift for any budget. If you have a lot of graduate parties to attend, consider purchasing multiples to finish your shopping at once!
Graduation Gift for College
Proverbs 3:5-6 is another great Bible verse for Christian graduates. You can share both verses with these beautiful Scripture bookends. It’s a unique gift – plus, they look beautiful sitting there even without books! This would be a good gift for a new college graduate who is furnishing their apartment – or an office!
Graduation Gifts for Guys or Girls
If you’re looking for a different type of wall hanging, consider this I am the Son / Daughter of the King handpainted sign from the Bewilderberries Etsy shop. This is a bold declaration of faith and hand painted when you order it. There are also many other great signs available in this Etsy shop (created and run by a Lutheran Pastor’s wife!).
I think a journal is a great graduation gift for guys or girls. Whether it’s used as a prayer journal or a daily journal of all the moments and memories of college (or life after college), this is a simple but priceless gift. A quick search on Amazon reveals hundreds of choices for journals but this journal with Jeremiah 29:11 on the cover is a particularly nice one for a graduation gift for guy.
Dayspring also has some beautiful journals. This “Go Into the World” Christian journal is another great journal choice. I like this journal as a graduation gift for a girl. As a journaller myself, the lay flat binding is a really nice touch. Plus, I absolutely love how it has Scripture verses and inspirational quotes woven throughout the journal.
Graduation Gifts for High School
I love books. I also love to give them as gifts! One of my favorite graduation books is “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss. While it’s a good book for graduates by itself, I took it one step further and added Bible verses to each page that coincide with the story. The Bible verses added makes a classic book so much more meaningful. I have a free download of the verses I use available, or you can order a customized book for your graduate here.
Graduation Gifts for Her
If you have a girl graduate, consider giving her the gift of beautiful and inspirational jewelry. Lisa Leonard creates beautiful jewelry! I like her “I Can Do All Things” necklace for Christian graduates. There is also a Jeremiah 29:11 gold necklace which is simple and beautiful. Both are available from Dayspring.
Crosses are regularly given to Christian graduates and they are a meaningful gift. If you want to give a cross, look for a unique one for your graduate. Once again, Dayspring has some beautifully unique crosses – of all sizes!
DIY Unique Graduation Gift Ideas
Another unique graduation gift idea is to create a college basket. It’s simple but always appreciated! First and most important, find a cute but practical bin (like this one) that the graduate can use in his / her dorm room. Once you have a bin, fill it with fun and practical gifts. Include a box of popcorn, towels, a gift card for Walmart, or anything else that a college student would need. This is a completely customizable gift that will work for any graduate.
The final idea is a bit of a DIY graduation gift. I call it “The Card of the Month” gift. The premise is simple. Without telling your graduation, commit to sending them a card every month of their college year. In this day and age of emails and text messages, a surprise letter in the mailbox is always nice – especially to a college student who may be far away from family! If you’re giving a gift of cash or a gift card at graduation, you can easily add this gift on.
To make it work, I’d recommend buying a box of Encouragement or Thinking of You cards right away. Buy a box of 12 so you are set for the year. Dayspring (again) has a nice assortment of cards. I like these Really Woolly cards but there are so many to choose from! Since Dayspring is offering free shipping now, it makes their reasonable card prices even more a bargain because you can buy your cards from the comfort of your home!
Once you have the cards, put them in a place where you will remember. Then, add a note on your calendar for all the months you want to send a card. This will help you to remember your intentions. Then, simply write your cards as the months pass by! The cards don’t have to be long but please, do add more than just signing your name! Tell them what’s going on at your house and ask what’s happening in their life. Remind them that you are including them in your prayers, too. This gift idea can work with any of the above gifts, as well.
Those are some of my creative and unique graduation gift ideas for the Christian graduate in your life. What would you add to this list? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments for others to use as well!