Graduating with a Ph.D. is a huge accomplishment that requires years of study, hard work, and dedication. Of course, graduates’ loved ones should want to reflect this herculean effort via thoughtful gifts.
There’s a variety of great gifts that showcase your pride in a loved one’s accomplishments. These gifts include apparel, office supplies, furniture, and more. Here are some of the best gifts for fresh Ph.D. graduates.
Many kinds of office supplies make great gifts for Ph.D. graduates to improve their professional lives.
Presentation clickers make an excellent gift for recent Ph.D. graduates. They often come with several features like powerful laser pointers, LCD timer displays, and ergonomic slide control buttons. This combination of features makes presentation clickers powerful tools for Ph.D. graduates to convey information and educate others. In addition, many clickers have ranged over 50 feet, so the graduate walks around their audience and fine-tunes their impact.
Custom Desk Name Plaques
Custom desk name plaques lend a sense of legitimacy to your Ph.D. graduate’s achievements. Most sellers include a title on these so that the grad can show off their new, legitimate “Dr.” identification. Usually, they come in various designs and even text fonts, so you customize them to fit an office aesthetic or the grad’s personal preferences. Your grad should appreciate this extra demonstration of their hard work.
LED Desk Lamps
LED desk lamps demonstrate a Ph.D. graduate’s achievements in the medical field. They usually come in several LED colors and can be personalized with a name and title. The acrylic material of the lamp fits into a sleek, modern wooden base. The parts combine to let your grad’s past accomplishments illuminate their future endeavors. This becomes especially useful during late nights working at the desk.
Multi-functional pens offer a convenient gift for your Ph.D. graduate. They’ll use it all the time over several functions requiring different ink colors. The best multi-functional pens also have some novelty. For example, the color it writes in can be dictated by how the pen is held. Any Ph.D. grad needs an abundance of writing utensils, so a nice one makes a great gift.
Desk risers or converters let your Ph.D. graduate convert their sitting desk into a standing desk. This has several health benefits, including muscle tension relief, stress reduction, and improved productivity. In addition, the best risers are efficiently spaced with synchronized monitor and keyboard surfaces, sturdy support strength, and the ability to switch between sitting and standing. This way, your grad can complete work at their desk with ease.
Wireless Charging Valet
A wireless charging valet lends a sleek, modern design to one of your Ph.D. graduate’s everyday chores: charging their mobile devices. Most Ph.D. holders use their phones constantly, so they’ll appreciate a more straightforward way to keep them charged. Once the valet is plugged into an outlet, they place their phone on the surface to charge it. This has the added benefit of keeping the phone accessible while charging.
A decision spinner provides some much-needed levity to any Ph.D. graduate’s decision-making, especially if they’re the indecisive type. Most sellers make these products out of high-quality materials such as metal, so they’ll look great sitting on the grad’s desk. In addition, the heavy metal design ensures a bold desk presence, and many spinners come with personalization options.
A desk organizer lets your Ph.D. graduate eliminate clutter in their workspaces. Fortunately, many of these organizers clamp under desk surfaces, adding more storage space. Using this space, the surface of your grad’s desk becomes more organized during their postdoctoral work. Of course, a more organized desk leads to a clearer, more organized mind, which your grad will need for their work as a doctor in any field of study.
There are also many personalizable gifts you can give to your Ph.D. graduate.
Personalized mugs provide a fun gift for your beloved Ph.D. graduate. Most sellers allow you to put whatever you like on these mugs, so the only limit on the impact of these gifts is your creativity! First, ensure your message reflects how proud you are of your graduate’s accomplishment. They’ll likely be drinking from it for years to come, and they’ll be reminded of your thoughtfulness each time.
Another fun gift for Ph.D. graduates is a Funny/Punny t-shirt. There are a ton of different kinds on the market, with jokes and puns for just about any Ph.D. imaginable. Your grad is sure to wear the shirt constantly while it serves as a reminder of their accomplishment. Of course, apparel like this also has the added benefit of broadcasting that accomplishment to others. Regardless of where it’s being worn, a funny t-shirt lets everyone know its wearer has a Ph.D.
Personalized Toiletry Bags
Personalized toiletry bags, especially in an excellent material like leather, also make a fantastic gift for Ph.D. graduates. Most sellers have many color and size options as well as name personalization options. Grab one for your grad; they’ll appreciate it when their duties require significant travel or long nights at the hospital. A personalized toiletry bag is sure to be used post-graduation.
Personalized stationery allows your Ph.D. graduate to display their accomplishments with pride. High-quality paper with the “Dr.” title in front of their name lends sophistication and legitimacy to your grad’s written correspondence with others. Most sellers have many vivid colors to choose from and do both envelopes and stationery. Using stationery like this adds a fun “branding” aspect to your grad’s career.
Personalized Tote Bags
Personalized tote bags showcase your Ph.D. graduate’s accomplishments in a way that’s both functional and stylish. Many have robust personalization options, and, depending on the grad’s career field as well as personal habits, they get used incredibly often. These bags carry pretty much everything, from books, office supplies, or even groceries! Your grad should appreciate the gift given how often they’ll use it.
Diploma frame products make great gifts for Ph.D. graduates for a simple reason: they showcase the significant accomplishment of completing a Ph.D. Typically hung in personal offices, an excellent diploma frame serves as a reminder of the achievement and showcases that achievement to any colleagues or clients present. Many sellers also allow personalization of the frame itself.
Health and Wellness Gifts
Health and wellness are some of the greatest gifts you can give, and your Ph.D. graduate is sure to appreciate the following:
Tibetan Singing Bowls
Tibetan singing bowls offer mindfulness and wellness aspects to your Ph.D. graduate. Getting a Ph.D. is quite stressful, and so are the jobs that come with the title. A Tibetan singing bowl helps relieve that stress through sound resonance. This resonance helps with meditation, creative thinking, and intuition. With less stress, your grad tackles their post-grad career with a clear, sharp mind. Many singing bowls are pretty small, so your graduate can travel with the bowl easily.
Fruit baskets are a gift-giving classic, and any Ph.D. graduate would appreciate one. As the name suggests, they’re full of delicious, healthy fruits for the graduate to enjoy. Sometimes they also come with things like nuts and cheeses. The foods included in these are typically very high-quality, making them great celebration treats. Your grad will appreciate the thoughtfulness behind this healthy, fulfilling gift, mainly when it saves them time on meals.
Wellness subscriptions go a long way to relieving the stress of completing Ph.D. graduate courses. There are many wellness-based subscriptions on the market that help your grad relax, decompress, and stop intrusive thoughts. Usually, they do this via guided meditations, breathing exercises, and relaxing audio. Use your knowledge of the grad’s personal preferences to find the right kind of wellness subscription for them
Massage guns relieve the stress and tension your Ph.D. graduate accumulated during their time as a grad student, making them great graduation gifts. There’s a wide variety of them on the market, so you can find one that fits your budget. Most of them come with several tips and tools to be used on different muscles or parts of the body. The best massage guns also have customizable speeds, so grads of any sensitivity level tolerate them.
Home and Living Space Gifts
Any Ph.D. graduate is sure to love these gifts for their home, office, or other living space.
Ph.D. cufflinks serve as an excellent fit for the well-dressed Ph.D. graduate. These cufflinks are made of high-quality materials that display your grad’s achievements but in a subtle manner. They’re also an excellent accessory for many occasions, such as weddings, business meetings, or any event requiring a cuffed shirt. With these, your grad flaunts their accomplishments at such events.
Tablets make incredible Ph.D. graduate gifts due to their sheer versatility. Most tablets can be used for work purposes via apps like Zoom, email clients, and office suite programs. This means Ph.D. graduates of any discipline have a use case of some kind for these tablets. Alternatively, tablets can be used for leisure with apps from streaming services or social media. Either way, your grad should appreciate the money you’ve spent on their new gadget.
Watches also make a fabulous gift for Ph.D. graduates. Obtaining a Ph.D. acts as a demonstration of dedication, sophistication, and maturity. A nice, high-quality watch also symbolizes this sophistication and maturity. Its intended function, keeping track of time, is also an essential skill used by Ph.D. holders. Your grad will thank you for gifting them an easier way of doing so.
Coffee makers offer another excellent gift for Ph.D. graduates since the hard work required to get the Ph.D. was likely fueled by copious amounts of coffee. Your Ph.D. graduate’s post-doctorate work is likely also to be fueled by copious amounts of coffee. A high-quality coffee maker with a variety of functions will undoubtedly see significant use by your grad and their friends or colleagues.
Weighted blankets are an excellent gift for Ph.D. graduates that improve the quality of their sleep. Ph.D. graduation celebrations are particularly significant occasions for this gift. Your grad has likely sacrificed a lot of sleep working towards their degree, and now that they have it, they want to catch up on all that sleep. A weighted blanket will surely help with that. Improved sleep clears your grad’s mind and increases their focus on a post-grad career.
Air fryers add significant time savings and convenience to your Ph.D. graduate’s life in the kitchen. This makes a fabulous gift since the degree may not leave them with time to spare to make home-cooked meals. The best air fryers have large cooking surfaces and many functions. However, the most fundamental process is the most important: they act like an oven with drastically less preheating time.
Your Ph.D. graduate likely wants a stiff drink when they’re done, so whiskey stones also make a great gift. These stones go in the freezer, and when it’s time to sip some whiskey, they act like ice cubes without watering down the drink. In addition, they’re reusable, so your grad continues to drink with them for years to come. Whiskey stones also add some novelty and elevate these drinks above run-of-the-mill cocktails and spirits.
Finding a gift for the Ph.D. graduates in your life is overwhelming. There’s just so much variety in products and their usefulness on the market these days. Fortunately, you can use this list of 25 Ph.D. graduate gifts to narrow down your search. Each offering on the list is sure to delight your graduating loved one and be useful in their personal or professional life.
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