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Graduation Gifts for PhD Students

If you know someone graduating with their Ph.D. this year, then be sure to celebrate them with a gift they’ll love! Whether they’ll be embarking on a career in academia or heading into industry, we have gifts that the new Dr. will appreciate. These graduation gifts for Ph.D. students can help inspire you to find the perfect present!

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Personalized Pen

No matter their plans after graduation, any doctorate receipent can use a good pen!

This personalized pen is engraved with their name and can include “Ph.D” after their name, as well. It comes in a nice box and can include gift wrapping, as well.

This is a meaningful gift that they’ll love!

Not that Kind of Doctor Shirt

Funny PhD T-shirt - "...not that kind of doctor"

Searching for a funny and affordable gift? What about this funny shirt?

This comfortable t-shirt reads “Not that kind of Doctor” and is available in a variety of sizes and colors.

This is the perfect gag gift for a Ph.D. Grad with a good sense of humor!

Gift Basket

A PhD graduation is a major accomplishment, so consider sending the graduate a gift basket as a way to celebrate.

This Gift Tower includes popcorn, truffles, nuts and famous Harry and David’s pears. It comes with a “congrats!” tag and is a delicious way to celebrate.

If you can’t attend the celebration in person, then this gift tower can be a great gift to send to the graduate!


Personalized PhD Graduation Mug - Meaningful Graduation gift for Doctorate

The graduate probably needed a lot of caffeine to make it to graduation, so give them a coffee mug to commemorate their accomplishment!

This mug is personalized with their name, the date of their graduation and their field of study. You can pick between several different sizes and styles, so you can find a mug they’ll love.

This is a thoughtful gift that they’ll actually be able to use!

Personalized Name Plate

A personalized name plate featuring their new title is a great way to celebrate this milestone!

With a variety of flower patterns to pick from, this crystal personalized name plate will look great on their desk.

This gift will help set them up for success in their new role!

College Town Map Glassware

College Town Glassware - Perfect gift for PhD Graduate

If the graduate is moving away from a town they spent years in, then this gift will fittingly commemorate their time there.

A map of their college town is printed on various glassware. You can pick from a wine glass, beer glass or a whiskey glass.

To step up this thoughtful gift, consider including some of their beverage of choice!

Book Nook Valet Station

BALGELI Small Bookshelf, Triangle Book Holder, Wood Short Mini Book Rest, Simple Bookcase for Bedroom Nightstand Office Desk Library or Table Centerpiece Decor for Coffee and Book Lover

If the graduate loves to read, then this unique gift will help them relax!

The book nook valet station includes a place for them to rest their book while keeping their place, as well as a drink holder. There’s also room for glasses, a bookmark or other small items.

This is a a great gift for any bookworm in your life!

Personalized Portfolio

Personalized Padfolio - Graduation Gift Ideas for PhD Graduates

Any PhD graduate will appreciate a personalized portfolio!

Available in three different colors and two different sizes, the padfolio can be personalized with their name and a title or line of text.

It’s perfect for those going into academia or industry!

Diploma Frame

Americanflat 11x14 Diploma Frame in Black - Set of 2 - Displays 8.5x11 Diplomas with Mat or 11x14 Without Mat - Shatter-Resistant Glass and Hanging Hardware Included

They’ve worked hard to earn each and every diploma, so celebrate their accomplishment by gifting them a diploma frame!

With two diploma frames in this set, these shatterproof resistant frames are a great way to show off both their undergraduate degree and their doctorate.

Portable Monitor

ForHelp 15.6inch Portable Monitor,1080P USB-C HDMI Second External Monitor for Laptop,PC,Mac Phone,PS,Xbox,Swich,IPS Ultra-Thin Zero Frame Gaming Monitor/Premium Smart Cover

If they’ll be working remotely or on the go, a portable monitor can be a great practical gift!

The portable monitor allows them to work on the go with all the benefits of a second monitor that are normally found while working from a desk. It features a 15.6 inch screen and is lightweight and slim, so it’s easy to take on the go.

This is a thoughtful gift that they’ll definitely appreciate!

Miss Ms Mrs Doctor Tote Bag

Celebrate their incredible accomplishment with a thoughtful tote bag!

This tote has the words “Miss Ms. Mrs.” crossed off and reads “It’s Dr. Actually” on one side and their name and graduation date on the other.

This personalized gift is a wonderful way to remind her of all she’s done!

Leather Journal

Personalized Leather Journal - Graduation Gifts for PhDs

Just because they’re done with school doesn’t mean they won’t need to take notes anymore!

Available in three different sizes, this personalized leather journal includes high quality paper. You have the option to personalize it with their name and initial, as well.

A leather journal is a thoughtful gift that anyone would love!


The Calming Scent of a Finished PH.D - Gift Ideas for PHD Graduation

Searching for an affordable and classic gift? Why not a candle?

This candle reads “The Calming Scent of a Finished Ph.D. Congratulations on your graduation!” You can pick from five different scents.

With a burn time of 50-60 hours, this is a gift they’ll love!

F in Exams Book

F in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers

If the graduate has spent the last few years as a teaching assistant, then they’ll love this funny book!

F in Exams contains 250 hilarious answers that are just plain wrong.

This is an affordable gift that will have the graduate rolling on the floor!

Cuff Links

Chemical formula cufflinks - Grad Gifts for Ph.D.

If the graduate received his Ph.D. in a scientific field, chemical formula cuff links can be a fun gift!

These handmade cufflinks are available with chemical formulas, physics equations and more.

They’re perfect if he ever needs to get dressed up and provide a playful hint at his education!

Other Graduation Gifts for Ph.D. Students

Gift Cards

Everyone can use a gift card! If you know their favorite cafe or restaurant, that’s a perfect way to celebrate their PhD graduation. Otherwise, a gift card to a service like UberEats or DoorDash is always useful and appreciated.

Baked Goods

If you like to bake or have a favorite recipe, a baked good can be an affordable but sweet gift! Everyone loves a yummy treat. Include a nice card for a complete gift that they’ll find delicious!


If you know that the graduate has a green thumb, a plant can be a great gift! Consider something small for them to put in their office or a unique plant that they don’t already have. You may want to think about the amount of water and sunlight a plant needs before gifting it.


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