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Top 10 Graduation Gift Ideas from Small Businesses

Top 10 Graduation Gift Ideas from Small Businesses

Grad season is upon us! To congratulate your favorite 2022 grad, here are 10 gift ideas from small businesses they’re sure to love! 

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1. Travel Bag

Starting off with a gift your graduate can take on all of their summer adventures now that they’re free from homework and exams, is a travel bag! You can find personalized travel bags from Creations By Eliza D and AlfonsoDesigns LLC. If you something a little more universal for your grad, try an oil cloth bag from That’s Sew For Me which are waterproof and stain resistant! 

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2. Self Care Box

Every 2022 grad needs a self care box to rejuvenate themselves after a long 4 years. This box from Happy Store Designs includes a notebook, face mask, herbal tea, and so much more! Your grad will certainly feel pampered after digging into this box!

3. Keychain

A super cute and affordable gift idea for not only grads, but anyone really,  is a keychain! I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love to add a touch of personality to their keys, purse, or backpack! If your grad likes having things personalized, Naughty Pines Designs offers personalized wooden keychains, or try an acrylic keychain with a pop of color from Crafted Ever After. Looking for something more functional?   Artisan Comforts has you covered with their Lip Balm Cozy.

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4. Notepad

I know, I know, your grad JUST got done having things to do, but hear me out the grind doesn’t stop! As they’re headed into what is probably their first full time job, time management is going to be their best friend. This pink notepad from Kollorobos makes it easy to list out all of the “to-do’s” and organize them based on priority.

5. Tumbler

Ok, who doesn’t love a tumbler? Small business owners get really creative when it comes to making tumblers, so you won’t have a hard time finding one that speaks just to your grad! Simply Bri Creative offers a gorgeous rhinestone pencil tumbler for all of your new teachers. Would your grad like an inspiring message on their tumbler? This “You are Magic” tumbler from From Scratch Creations By Lydia would be perfect! 

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6. Mousepad

Every grad could use a new mousepad, whether they’re going to be a Graphic Designer or Accountant. This mousepad from KIttie_Treats_Shop is just adorable and would give any boring desk the pop of fun it needs!

7. T-Shirt

Celebrate your graduate with a fun t shirt that speaks to their personality! For our sunshine babies, Steele of a Deal offers this inspirational tie dye sunshine tee. Hustle and Heart NC has a special tee just for all the 2022 grads… isn’t it cute?! I also love this tee from Pistol Monkey for all the grads that just wanna keep it chill!

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8. Pens

Maybe to go with the notebook above, or just as a little gift on its own, a handmade pen would be a great gift for any 2022 grad! This beach pen from Happy Little Star is exactly what I would want to be stuck day dreaming with on a warm day at the office! The best part about it is that it’s refillable! Save the planet, ya know?


Jewelry is such a special and sentimental gift, and graduation is the perfect occasion for it! For the grads who would like to manifest abundance for their futures, this bracelet from Blue Sky1111 is perfect. I’m also obsessed with this Pink Opal Bracelet Love You to Beads Boutique. If your grad would be more likely to wear a ring, try this sterling silver spinner ring from Art and Athena.

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10. Custom T-Shirt Blanket

Finishing with what I think would be the absolute best and most special gift for a 2022 grad, is this Custom T-Shirt Blanket from Love Struck Creations. Can you imagine the surprise on your grads face when they open up this gift composed of t shirts from all their favorite events and clubs?

These are just 10 graduation gift ideas for 2022 grads. Didn’t see anything that sparked your interest? Check out  more products from small businesses that would make the perfect gift over on! We even have a special grad gift category to help make things easier!

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