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Graduation Gifts for Him and Her

Thoughtful Graduation Gift Ideas for Him and Her

Finding the right graduation gifts for him or her starts by fully appreciating the significance of the day. Choose something meaningful and still give them the freedom to pick out something they want with an American Express® Gift Card.

Celebrate Their Day: Graduation Gifts for Guys and Girls

Graduation marks the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new one. It’s a time for graduates to think about what they’ve accomplished and appreciate the story they’ve written so far. It’s also a time for them to stare down the future and decide how the rest of their tale will ultimately be told.

On graduation day, we recognize both aspects of the milestone, the achievement of what’s been and the anticipation of what will be. Whether you’re celebrating with a friend or a family member, we can help you find the right graduation gifts for him or her. And any of our ideas can be enhanced with an American Express® Gift Card. Gift Cards give graduates the freedom to pick out what they want from virtually anywhere American Express Cards are accepted.

American Express Gift Cards: The Gifts that Stand Out
  • Can be used virtually anywhere in the U.S. where American Express Cards are accepted
  • Safer than cash because the funds can be replaced if lost or stolen*
  • Choose from a variety of designs appropriate for celebrating a graduation

Pen to Paper

If graduation is about writing the next chapter, an engraved pen and a leather bound journal seem like very appropriate graduation gifts for him or her. People may not use pens much anymore. And most thoughts these days are expressed with clicks on a keypad. But sometimes it still feels good to hold an actual writing instrument and jot down fresh ideas on blank sheets of paper. Looking for a new variation on this classic gift? Slip an American Express Gift Card in the pocket of the journal and handwrite a note on the inside cover.

Easy Read

Students typically don’t have a lot of time for recreational reading, which is why books make nice graduation gifts for guys and girls. Now that school’s over, remind your graduate that reading can actually be fun. Pick up the latest from their favorite author, grab some lighter fare for the beach or introduce them to a new series you think they’ll enjoy. You can also include an American Express Gift Card and encourage them to choose any other tomes still lingering on their to-read list.

Frame of Mind

Don’t let their diploma sit in an envelope for months. Offer to have it professionally framed as soon as it arrives. Let them pick the material and matte that suits their taste, then take care of everything else from there. Similar graduation gift ideas for him and her might include framing a favorite picture from school or creating a keepsake box filled with mementos from high school or college.

What’s the Time?

Looking for another timeless option? Watches and clocks are classic graduation gift ideas for him and her. Anyone can swipe their smartphone to see the time, but there’s something nice about strapping on a handsome timepiece for that interview, business meeting or special occasion. An attractive wall or desk clock will also look great in any office.

Extra Baggage

Wherever the journey takes them next, make sure they can pack to get there. New luggage, personalized luggage tags and travel wallets all make fitting graduation gifts for him and her. An American Express Gift Card will look great in the wallet, and the card can be used for clothes, travel guides and anything else they might need along the way.

American Express Gift Cards are available in various designs appropriate for graduation. Or you can give an American Express® Personalized Gift Card and have your graduate’s name embossed on the card in gold letters. Select a gift for them and let them use their Gift Card to pick out something for themselves.

Gift Cards for Graduation

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