We were not shocked to learn that female students were more likely to select medical-related subjects, while male students favoured business degrees, according to data from Hesa. And it was no surprise that the top paid grads came from subjects related to Business, Law, Economics, Architecture and Medicine like dentistry and veterinary according to The Telegraph.
So, what makes a good graduation gift?
Recent university graduates are heading into a new chapter of life — as well as one that comes with more responsibilities and needs than they may have the budget for.
We think the more thoughtful, fun or practical the gift the better. The gifts that make a tangible difference in their post-grad life. So, we have selected the grad gifts that range from a thoughtful commemoration of their hard work to practical luxuries they can’t quite yet afford – and to make them more useful for you, they are all under £50 – Yay!
Send them into the big wide world with a plan(ner).
Graduating is a lot of fun, filled with celebration and excitement and so it should be, but as they enter into a new world, many graduates will find that they miss the clear goals, guidance and direction given in their 15 or so years of schooling.
The HELLO TIME Planner helps individuals map out their goals, plan out their schedule, jot down their tasks, notes and ideas in a tangible, easy to use and manageable way. It’s a smart and low-pressure way to provide growth and direction after graduation.
Uni life is busy, and it doesn’t stop after graduation if anything it gets more complex and shit gets real. Having a professional-looking, organised way to start their year like an undated planner is a thoughtful and useful gift. It’s certainly better than writing things down on the back of their hand, scraps of paper or post-it notes!
HELLO TIME PLANNER By Hello Time £34.95 (FREE Book Plate Personalisation)
It’s time for their cocktail o’clock.
Cocktails a luxury, too expensive on a student’s budget so now they are on their way to earning a small fortune they can celebrate in style with a cocktail or two! The Periodic Table of Cocktails contains 106 classic cocktails arranged following the logical ordering of The Periodic Table of Elements. A great way to discover their favourite cocktails and how to make them.
The Periodic Table Of Cocktails By Emma Stokes £9.99
ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY
Technology by the metre.
This gift is precisely perfect in every way. We spotted this Technology by the Metre traditional folding wooden ruler which is printed on both sides with 200 years of human technological achievement. On one side there is an accurate mm and cm scale along with a timeline of events – at a centimetre per year! The other side has a matching timeline of concepts and periods, labelled in colour, so you can flip the ruler to see different information. Super cool and super useful.
Technology by the Metre Folding Ruler From Present Indicative £15.95
Trust me, I’m a doctor!
A huge responsibility with lots of pressure but your medical student can wear this unisex T-Shirt with pride. Eco-friendly ink and 100% cotton. These are shipped from the states to be sure to allow seven days for your order to arrive.
I’m a Doctor T-Shirt By Stark Ambition £16.00
Are they now a legal eagle?
For the just graduated, sharp looking litigator, solicitor or lawyer in your life these pencils are the perfect gift for preparing for their first case.
Matt black pencils are hand-foiled in the UK, each with a different lawyer pun. The five pencils in this set are Legal eagle, Don’t judge me, Never lose appeal, Justice Junkie and Above the Law. They come in a clear plastic pencil pouch to keep your pencils altogether.
Layer Pencil Set By Bettie Confetti £6.95
Keep talking I am diagnosing you.
Time for them to practice what they preach with this ceramic mug made to order in London.
Keep Talking I am Diagnosing You Mug By Cases Mug Store £8.50
Gifts for the graduate gym bunny
Now they can head to the gym with a personalised vintage style gym bag. Perfect fit for that sporty graduate. The generous size of 47 x 30 x 23 cm with internal valuables pocket and metal fittings. With its 26-litre capacity, this bag can fit all their gear in it – including larger items like your trainers and towel. They are personalised with embroidered initials. The straps are adjustable meaning you can switch it at any moment from a handheld to a shoulder carried bag.
Personalised Gym Holdall By Duncan Stewart £29.95 & £39.95
MEDIA & COMMUNICATION
The world’s gone mad for gin.
We found this gorgeous luxurious crystal cut Gin glass in the super popular Copa de Balon shape! This type of stemmed gin glass originates from the Basque region of Spain and is known as a Copa de Balon glass. The deep, rounded shape is said to trap the aromas of the gin, thereby enhancing the flavour. We think this is the perfect large glass for your graduate G&T lover.
They are personalised up to 20 characters. Why not add an accompanying book? Choose from ‘101 Gins to Try Before You Die Book’? This book from a best-selling drinks writer is the authoritative guide to the world of gin and a celebration of the hippest drink on the international bar scene. With serious gin bars stocking well over 300 brands and adding still more, this book will help you choose!
Crystal Cut Personalised Gin Glass By Oh So Cherished £32.00
Inspired by you.
In the real world, they’ll need copious amounts of coffee and tea to fit in with office culture so this handy ceramic mug will remind them just how proud you are of them and their achievements so far. Original designs by Nicola Rowlands and designed in the UK.
You’re an Inspiration & Smart-Ass Mug By Nicola Rowlands £18.00
HOSPITALITY & TOURISM
A sweet treat for the frekin genius in your life!
Who doesn’t love chocolate, right? The perfect and inexpensive graduation gift that gets your message across loud and clear. Create your delicious box of chocolates with a YOU ARE A GENIUS or CLEVER CLOGS message in solid blocks of delicious Belgium or dark chocolate. They arefully packaged in a smart white box with a chocolate brown sleeve which will slide to reveal your message.
Chocolate Genius Box By Cocoapod £10.95