The best graduation gift ideas

First published: 24-08-2017

The best graduation gift ideas for all budgets

Hugo Boss Men's Jet Chronograph Watch

Watches and jewellery are classic graduation gifts for good reason - both sentimental and practical, the chosen design can both reflect the graduate's personal style and be treasured for years.

We've broken down our favourite graduation gift ideas for different budgets, so you can show your loved one just how proud you are of their hard work and achievement.

Graduation gifts under £100

Having a low budget of £100 or less doesn't need to restrict your gift options. A plain and simple watch or piece of jewellery will be a timeless memento - and look much more expensive than it actually is!

Olivia Burton Big Dial Watch

Olivia Burton is the watch brand of the moment, and the stripped back designs create a vintage effect that's timeless in its elegance. The now iconic Big Dial watches for women are a steal at £82.00, and will delight any recipient who knows anything about cool watch design.

CLUSE La Boheme Mesh Watch

For graduates who have a more contemporary style, CLUSE watches are minimalist and modern, and the La Boheme mesh watch at £79.95 is a vision of black and silver that looks professional and fresh.

Stainless Steel Dog Tags Necklace

Calvin Klein is an iconic brand which is even bigger now thanks to the 90s resurgence. The stainless steel men's cufflinks (£55.00) are a clean design that will be great for your graduate's suit, and can play a part of the big day if you choose to give them to him early.

If casual fashion is more in line with your graduate's style, Calvin Klein also creates a beautiful range of laid back accessories. For £75.00, the stainless steel dog tags can be worn for any and all occasions, and are a great masculine accessory that will never go out of style.

Graduation gifts… under £200

A mid-range budget of £200 or less is a great amount to work with for a special graduation gift. The best men's watches typically start in this range, while women's jewellery takes on a special quality you just can't find on the high street.

Hugo Boss Cufflink Giftset

Make the best of both worlds with a watch and jewellery gift set. Hugo Boss has been creating handsome men's accessories for years, and the cufflink giftset (£150), featuring a watch and cufflinks, will look great for any formal setting.

Daniel Wellington St Mawes Men's Watch

For a watch that looks great in and out of the workplace, the Daniel Wellington St Mawes men's watch is a handsome, vintage-inspired timepiece that will suit men who love an old school look, for a respectable price of £159.00.

Sekonda Jewellery Set

Gift sets aren't limited to men, with women's watch and jewellery gift sets also being excellent value for money. The Sekonda jewellery set includes a necklace, bracelet, earrings, and watch, for a glamourous combination that will add sparkle to a special occasion… They'd never guess it only cost £159.99.

Ellington Watch by DKNY

For a watch that's as beautiful as any bracelet, the Ellington watch by DKNY makes for a modern accessory for daily wear. The soft, gold colouring adds a little extra glamour, and it's a fantastic high-fashion piece for only £145.00.

Graduation gifts… under £300

A budget of around £300 is ideal for a truly special graduation gift. Iconic watch and jewellery brands have options that are likely to be kept as family heirlooms in years to come.

Thomas Sabo Silver Love Bridge Bracelet

Made from sterling silver, this elegant bracelet by Thomas Sabo (£298) is a delicate accessory, designed to be given as a gift. The infinity design adds subtle depth to the plain bridge, and the gems give a formal outfit a finishing sparkle.

Swarovski Angelic Set

For a full set of sparkly gems, the Swarovski angelic set (£279) comes with a necklace, bracelet, and earrings that are all encrusted with Swarovski crystals. The design includes pink crystals, making it ideal for a particularly feminine graduate.

Rotary Vintage Mecanique Skeleton Automatic Watch

Swiss-made watches are the pinnacle of watch craftmanship, with Rotary watches being one of the most popular in the UK since 1940. This Vintage Mecanique Skeleton watch for men is a special timepiece that shows that expert craftmanship through the dial, available for £259.

Hugo Boss Men's Jet Chronograph Watch

At the other end of the spectrum, the Hugo Boss Jet watch for men (£299) is a handsome steel and rose gold timepiece with two subdials for multi-functionality - perfect for the modern man who values style and precision.

Graduation is a life-defining moment for many who have worked hard to achieve their dreams. Explore the full range of watches and jewellery to find the perfect gift for your special someone who is set to graduate.


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