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.
Four of my cousins graduated from my alma mater, Concordia University Seward, this weekend. I am so proud of them, even as I remember that it’s already been a number of years since I graduated! Ahem. It also made me start thinking about graduation gifts. 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.
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I like encouraging graduates with meaningful Scripture. One of my favorite Bible verses is Jeremiah 29:11 and it is especially meaningful for graduates. I found this simple and classic framed picture of Jeremiah 29:11 at Wayfair. This would be a great gift for high school and college graduates.
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. I think this is a great graduation gift for guys. It is simple but a bit rustic looking.
Dayspring (one of my favorite Christian stores) has a new line of mini plaques this year that I adore. My favorite one for graduates is this colorful Jeremiah 29:11 mini plaque. The other nice thing is that all these mini plaques are only $6 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! They have several different mini plaque verse and designs available and even sell them as gift sets with matching mugs.
Another one of my favorite Bible verses is Psalm 46:10. I found this beautiful “Be Still and Know that I am God” art print at Minted. You can buy this print in a wide variety of sizes, as well as framed or unframed. We have a couple 8×10 prints from Minted in our sons room and they are beautiful!
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 Pastor’s wife!).
If you have some time and access to pictures, consider creating a custom photo collage for your graduate. This is a very unique gift idea that can capture moments and memories in a beautiful way. Once again, Minted makes this process easy with a variety of photo layouts for you to use. You simply have to upload the pictures, and choose a size for the print. Check out this heart collage and all the photo options available here.
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. It 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.
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 or the equally beautiful “Only By the Grace of God” necklace for Christian graduates. Both are available from Dayspring.
I think a journal is a great gift for a high school graduate. Whether it’s used as a prayer journal or a daily journal of all the moments and memories of 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.
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!
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. You will be amazed at the selection of bins available at Wayfair and for quite reasonable prices, too. 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!