6 Thoughtful Gifts for a Doctoral Graduate

6 Thoughtful Gifts Ideas for a Doctoral Graduate

Gift Ideas For Doctoral Graduate

Congrats to the new doctor on their significant accomplishment! Trust us, completing a Doctoral degree is no small feat. Graduating is hard work, and it’s not easy to know what to get that special someone. Luckily, we’ve curated a list of gifts that will be sure to make the graduate smile. From a coffee mug with an inspirational quote to personalised stationery, these thoughtful items are certain to show the graduate how much they mean to you and your family. 

Watch (or Smartwatch)

A smartwatch is a nice gift for a hardworking, long-time student. It’s useful for the graduate to be able to keep track of time and their schedule on the go.

Personalised Stationery

One of the most thoughtful gifts you can give to a graduate is personalised stationery. Giving them their pen, paper, and stapler will allow the newly minted doctor to start his or her new life with a little bit of personalised flair. You can also consider getting a notepad that has inspirational quotes about being a doctor on it as well as an inspirational coffee mug that shows off their accomplishment.

Coffee Mug

The life of a recent doctoral graduate would have involved a lot of coffee drinking. Buying them a coffee mug would likely be a great gift. This gift shows your appreciation for the hard work that went into earning the degree. Coffee mugs with personalised messages such as – The lastest Dr in town, Officially now Doctor <name>, insert their name would be good. Inspirational quotes such as *”Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for today.” or 

*”You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” could be nice.



Cufflinks are a great gift because they make dressing up for the office that much easier. Men and women use this with corporate clothing. They will be displayed in their home and remembered every time they wear them to work.


Phones or Phone Case

Depending on your budget, getting a new doctoral graduate a phone or a phone case is good. Starting the next phase of their career with a new phone means better organising.

A phone case is also a thoughtful gift for a graduate as it protects their new phone from scratches, dents, and other potential damages. If you’re shopping for someone who has a fancy and expensive phone, this is an even better choice. You could also consider personalised phone cases.


Personalised backpack or laptop bag

(a.k.a. school bag)

A personalised backpack is a perfect gift for a doctoral graduate. The recent graduate would either be continuing work in academia, starting in the industry or taking a break; whatever the case, they would need a laptop and providing them with a bag to carry it would come in handy.

It’ll also remind them of you every time they pack their books and head to class. You can Customise it with their name and graduation date so that every time they open it, and all the memories will come flooding back to them!


Gift Cards

Finally, you can never go wrong with gift cards. It’s even better if you know what store the graduate would prefer that way, they can make their own decisions about using it! For example, if they love coffee shops, consider giving them a gift card for Starbucks! If they love music, consider Spotify gift cards. A general Amazon gift card would provide them access to a wide variety of items to buy.


Now that you’ve seen some of our favourite gift ideas for doctoral graduate, it’s your turn to show the graduate in your life how much you care. Choose one or more of these thoughtful and affordable gifts to show that you’re excited for them and proud of their accomplishments.


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