What is an appropriate gift for a PhD graduate?

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What is an appropriate gift for a PhD graduate?
Finding the right gift for a PhD grad can be a challenge. (Barry Austin Photography/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

It takes a lot of years and a lot of studying to earn a doctorate. Choose wisely when looking for the right gift for someone completing this major milestone in his life. The gift should honour the significance of your loved one's outstanding academic achievement.

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Diploma Frame

Have the diploma professionally framed; your graduate will appreciate this gift for years to come. Custom framing and matting charges can be expensive, and framing the diploma may not be high on a cash-strapped graduate's list of priorities. The graduate can display the diploma in his office or workplace, providing a constant reminder of both his achievement and your thoughtfulness.

Alumni Gifts

Many PhD graduates take pride in the college where they earned their degrees. Most colleges and universities offer an array of items emblazoned with the school's crest or logo, therefore you can gift ideas, ranging from clothing to blankets to jewellery. For both male and female graduates, a school ring, engraved with the graduation date, will remind them of their alma mater.

New Wardrobe

If the graduate will be looking for a job, new clothing can help make the right impression during job interviews. For the male graduate, you can offer to purchase a suit or have one tailor-made. For the female graduate or if your budget is lower, provide a gift card to a favourite clothing store.

The Gift of Cash

The cost of the typical doctoral program has increased over the past few years, swelling to more than £13,000, according to the Inside Higher Ed. As a result, many graduates with a PhD enter the work force possessing more knowledge than money. You may not think a cash gift if thoughtful, but it is practical, especially if the graduate needs to pay student loans, credit card debt and other bills accumulated during college.

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