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DIY Graduation Gifts for The Student in Your Life

Now that summer is here, graduations and convocations are taking place for students all over the country. High school, college, and university students alike are ready to take some time off or work their way through the summer before they tackle the next phase of their education and professional lives. No matter which level the student in your life has reached, and no matter their age, we’d be willing to bed that a simple graduation gift will make them feel fantastic. In our experience, graduation gifts are one of those things that goes particularly appreciated when the person you’re giving the gift to can tell that you made it yourself! There’s just something so caring about getting a DIY gift and it really warms the heart. Just because you’re making a gift, however, doesn’t mean that it necessarily has to be something very complicated or time consuming to create!

Check out these 15 awesomely simple (and often money based because, let’s be real, students can always use a bit of extra cash) DIY graduation presents that will make the students in your life feel appreciated, uplifted, and maybe even make them laugh.

1. Freshman year survival kit gift

Freshman year survival kit gift

Is the student in your life going off to their freshman year of college or university and it’s making you think of all the things that you could have used during your first year living in residence but that you just didn’t know well enough to take with you at the time? Then perhaps you can help them out by making them a freshman year survival kit! We love the way Alex Fahey filled a tub with all kinds of life hacks, useful things, and goodies but also made their student a crimped garland where some of the paper rosettes were actually folded bills.

2. “In an emergency” money grad gift

In an emergency money grad gift

Are you already set on giving a student you know just a little bit of cash for their graduation to help them celebrate the big day but you’re worried that simply just handing them money in a card isn’t quite enough crafty presentation for you? We can totally understand the desire to make it at last a little bit special or funny, even if it’s just a $20 bill. That’s why we thought that this “emergency money” idea from Sendomatic was such a neat concept. Frame the bill like a photo but mount it on a background that says “In an emergency, break the glass” just like a fire alarm might say. They’ll get to choose what the emergency money goes towards!

3. Cash wrapped candy bar gift

Cash wrapped candy bar gift

Money is technically paper, which is why we thought it was such a cute idea to fold your gifted bills into paper rosettes in the idea we showed you above, but that’s not the only way you can present your student with a few extra bills! Simply J Studio using your paper money as wrapping paper, fastening it around another gift. We love the idea of giving your student something small and simple, like a handful of their favourite candies or chocolate bars, to go along with the money, just to make things a little more personal. After all, anyone who’s just survived the stresses of graduation season can always use a chocolate pick-me-up!

4. DIY campus and team t-shirt quilt

Diy campus and team t shirt quilt

Perhaps the student you’re looking to make a gift for is actually someone very close to you and who you love very much, like a sibling or a child, so you’re hoping to make them something a little more hands on and practical, perhaps with an element of memory involved? In that case, perhaps you’d prefer to make something a little more meaningful, like this t-shirt quilt outlined on Little Blip! They show you how to patch together a blanket made from t-shirts featuring team names, fraternity or sorority letters, and event dates. Your student might not wear the shirts anymore, but this is a much more creative way to hang onto them than just sticking them in boxes or drawers where they won’t even be seen.