Graduation gifts can be as simple as making your own! Why go spend gobs of money when you can get creative from home and make your own fun DIY graduation gifts?! Anything made from you is so much more meaningful and special than something you could purchase from a store, and most likely cheaper!
Whether it be a simple gift idea or something you want to get more creative with, there are endless ways of coming up with the best DIY graduation gift ideas for him/her. To keep it simple, some of the best gift ideas include candy, booze, and money! Go figure, right? It’s really that easy though and you can keep it affordable. Whether it’s for a friend or family member, anything from the gift of a card to a picture frame is exciting to receive!
DIY Graduation Gifts
What are some easy DIY graduation gifts you say? We have 30 of some of the coolest, clever and cute ideas that will have everyone impressed with your graduation gift! There’s a variety here of fun graduation gifts that are easy to create, and she/he will love!
This is a fun item to wear for graduation and receive as a gift. Easy to make, clever and a good way to gift money! Take a string of beads, fold dollar bills in a circle shape (or whatever shape you like) and attach and add some colorful ribbon! This is a great way to gift with school colors as well.
One of the coolest homemade graduation gift ideas! This is easy and a fun way to gift money and celebrate. It’s funny to have on display too, as long as no one steals money! Add in a homemade paper diploma just for kicks!
Money in a cup
This is fantastic for DIY graduation gift ideas! Take a simple cup/closed container, fill it with confetti, ribbon, or any kind of small decor and hide money in it! This is a fun surprise to open, they won’t even think there’s money in there. One of the easiest graduation homemade gifts!
This is such a cute idea! Have a bunch of coins laying around you don’t use? Take a penny or any kind of coin and attach it to a chain to gift as a necklace. Draw on a grad cap and personalize it so it says the graduate year. It’s simple and such a unique idea!
Candy Saying Gift
Candy saying gifts make for some of the best graduation homemade gifts. You can think of any funny candy puns or quotes that relate to the candy you’re gifting and write it on a note. Fill a water bottle with candy and attach the note! The most shopping you will do is picking out the candy.
Quote on a globe
If you know someone who is graduating and loves to travel or has a post grad trip planned, this is a fun DIY graduation gift idea! It can be any size globe and you write a funny, cool, or inspiring quote on it! Every time they look at this they will be motivated and wanting to travel and think of you.
If you want to get really crafty, making a t-shirt quilt is so cool! It’s not as hard as it may look, it just takes time sewing everything. For a more personal gift, this is great because you can take any shirts that mean something important, or fun t-shirts they would like and make a quit with them!
Money Emergency Frame
Here’s a great DIY graduation money gift idea. If you want to do something funny, this is the gift. All it takes is a frame and dollar bills! You can write on the frame or attach letters that say, ” In case of emergency break glass”. This is perfect for a grad money gift- the glass will be broken, or you can have this on display for laughs.
College Survival Kit
What’s more necessary than a college survival kit for graduation? This is one of the best DIY graduation gift ideas and is fun to put together. What are the necessities for a college student to get through college or post grad? If you want to gift a variety of smaller gifts, they will love this.
Graduation Gift Basket
Graduation gift baskets make for some of the easiest DIY graduation gift ideas. Similar to a college survival kit, you can throw together a bunch of items into a basket that you can think a friend or family member would enjoy. This is a good way to not spend a lot putting together a gift but still something they will absolutely love going through.
Hand Lettered Plaque
If you want to do something more personal this is a super cool DIY gift idea. Something they can always hold on to and hang up! Getting crafty with sayings make for some of the most meaningful gifts. Also, if you enjoy calligraphy this is the perfect opportunity to get creative!
Candy bar lei
Here’s a goofy but awesome graduation homemade gift idea. It’s seriously a simple as taking a ton of cand bars, wrapping them in plastic, twisted and tying ribbon between each bar, and going until you have a necklace! If you feel like it, you can add in money too. It’s easy as heck and a great way to gift and wear candy!
Gift bottle set
Want to make your own pack of drinks filled with candy and money with a side of free pintables? A super easy and clever gift idea the graduate will love. This is a fun way to fill reusable bottles, gift money and celebrate! What’s not to love?
Graduation shadow box
This is a fabulous way to keep all your mems from graduation day altogether and on display! Some people keep their grad accessories in a box and never look at it again, and some want to remember the day forever. Now you can by the gift of a shadow box! This is great for a last-minute gift idea or if you want to give an extra gift.
Taco gift card holder
This might be the most convenient and cutest grad gift ever. If you know a taco lover or just want a funny way of giving someone a gift card, this is the best idea. In the most inexpensive way, let someone know how awesome they are! You can make this with card stock and print out or write out the saying.
Quarantine grad card
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Does it get any cuter than a masked graduation card?? Didn’t think so. This is a great idea if you want to keep your DIY graduation gift simple by making a card and inserting a check or gift card, but still do something super cute. Sometimes a good card is all ya need!
Journal grad gift
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A journal is a great graduation gift idea, you can already be journaling about where you want to go post-graduation!! Not only is this a useful grad gift, but it will also inspire you to travel and have other things to look forward to come graduation time!
Graduation picture frame
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This is a perfect portrait opportunity if you want to do something with photos! It’s a simple look for a DIY graduation gift but something fun to create.
Open when letters
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This is a perfect graduation gift that someone can enjoy now and “open” whenever they wish to! It’s almost like a game. This is a fun project to get creative with and not too time-consuming!
Candy gift basket
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Want to do something humorous, sweet, and easy?? A candy gift basket is just that. You can add a clever saying to each piece of candy for a fun story. This is a cool way to enjoy the candy, along with some notes!
Personalized graduation gift
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Just about some of the best graduation gifts are personalized and done by YOU! It’s so special to receive a gift that has your name on it and can be framed. This is something to always keep for good mems!
Doctor bottle cover
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The absolute CUTEST DIY graduation gift for any future doctor or nurse! Get a bottle of wine or champagne and dress it in an adorable white coat that you can easily make (or buy)! A fun gift that someone won’t expect but will love!!
Graduation gift bottle set
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This is one of my favorite DIY graduation gift ideas I’ve seen yet! What a cool way to fill bottles with stuff anyone would love. Wrap some funny sayings around each bottle that go with the candy inside.
Grad coin box gift
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A clever easy idea for gifting money that can also be a box for keepsakes! This is so simple and you could find the supplies at a craft store to put this together! Good money gifts matter.
Gift card holder
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As we know gift cards are of the best grad gift ideas and gifts in general that you can give, but how about making a cute little cardholder for the gift card?? With a little cap cut out too! Such an easy and cute DIY graduation gift idea!
Decorated beer gift
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How about a grad gift for those beer drinkers? Something easy and does the job! Cute little grad caps to top the bottles and a fun sign is just the touch. A great DIY graduation gift idea for something last minute as well (you can substitute beer for wine or cider, etc too)!
One smart cookie gift
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This is so cute! We love a cute cookie idea when it comes to an easy DIY graduation gift. This is a fun chance to bake if you love cookies and create a little box for it. Something for her or him, that’s a yummy gift to receive!
Money gift card wreath
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This is such a cool idea for combining cash and gift cards but making a project out of it. Heck, I want a money wreath! Alternate cash and gift cards and pin them around in the shape of a wreath- easiest DIY grad gift idea I think?
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Imagine waking up to a stairway of photos of all of you? This is such a cute idea! String ribbon down the stairs or any wall and attach your favorite photos. What a great way to look at all the good mems in a decorative way. You could seriously leave these up for a while lol.
Graduation cash gift
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The DIY graduation gift ANY grad would love! That invigorating moment of breaking glass for money? Heck yes. Creative and easy, this is the perfect graduation gift!
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