Unique Gift Ideas for Graduation With a Ph.D. Degree

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Unique Gift Ideas for Graduation With a Ph.D. Degree
Choose an appropriate graduation gift for someone with a doctorate degree. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

When someone in your life is finishing his doctoral degree, consider choosing a special gift to mark the occasion. Achieving a doctorate degree takes years and a lot of work. When you shop for a gift, choose something that has significance in his field or is personalised for him. There are lots of different gift items that are appropriate for someone who is receiving his doctorate.

Something From the Field

Consider choosing a gift that is specific to the field in which she has chosen to get a doctorate. For example, if she is finishing an English doctoral program, choose a first edition or an autographed copy of a book by her favourite author. When you are shopping for someone receiving a Ph.D. in history, consider going with a historical artefact from the era of history in which she is most interested.

Journal Subscription

Many people who receive doctorates go into academia and are expected to continue research and to publish articles in academic journals. Consider purchasing a subscription to an academic journal so that he can keep up with all of the research going on in his field. These subscriptions can be expensive, but they are very important for academics.


The recipient of a new doctoral degree will likely want to take a break from all of the stress and studying. But someone who has been in school for the past few years likely does not have enough money to go on a fun vacation. Consider paying for her to go on a relaxing vacation. For example, pay for a hotel room in a nearby city that she can go use with a friend or significant other. If you want to spend more money, send her and a friend on a weekend cruise.


Select a piece of jewellery for your friend or family member who is graduating from a Ph.D. program. For example, select a pair of earrings, a necklace or a bracelet with the school's logo or mascot engraved onto them. If you are shopping for a man, consider choosing a watch or a pair of cuff links that are inspired by an aspect of the university.

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