Bookish Gifts for Graduates

Graduation is an exciting time regardless of the student’s age. Perhaps she is completing kindergarten, ready to officially become a “big kid.” Maybe he is preparing to attend college in the fall, or venture out into the real world. All of these transitions are equal parts joy, excitement, and terror, not only for the graduates but also their loved ones.

So it makes sense we want to honor our graduates with gifts.

Inspirational books are popular choices for a graduation gift. Chances are the graduate in your life is going to receive a couple of those, so if you’re looking for unique idea that are as useful as they are cute, I’ve got your covered!

*Note, while I do receive compensation from the Amazon Associates program, none of the other links here today are ads, they’re just products I like.

A tote bag from Litographs

Photo by Ramona Mead

Actually, anything from Litographs makes an awesome gift for a book lover! These stunning designs are created using the words from a book. It’s a unique, practical way to honor your favorite books.  I have a couple items I received as gifts and they are fun to use, of great quality, and receive lots of compliments.

Photo by Ramona Mead

A Passion Planner

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Available in undated versions, as well as dated academic and traditional calendar years, these planners are a life saver. One of the only planners that gives space for work or school AND personal stuff. There’s lots of space for creativity as well as structured organization.

Engraved pencils

Whether you want to deliver positive messages, or a bit of snark (or both) these pencils are a fun, practical way to do it. I have a set my husband gave me that say “Zero Fuckss Given” which I LOVE because they remind me to prioritize my energy! There are options to customize as well — a thoughtful way to deliver your good wishes and advice!

A literary mug

Here’s another functional way to display a book title without using shelf space. It’s not only useful, it’s also a thoughtful way to show your recipient you know what he/she is into, and honors their personality. Plus who doesn’t love a fun new mug?

Blank notebooks

Graduates have a lot on their minds and so much to keep track of. A cute notebook (or three) provides a little inspiration and a place to do the work!

A subscription box.

There are bookish boxes out there, I like Book of the Month or Coffee and a Classic, and there are plenty of others that may suit your grad better. Here’s a list of subscription boxes particularly ideal for high school grads and here’s another for younger kids. I love subscription boxes because it’s a gift that continues to give after the event and it often allows the recipient to personalize their items.

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