12 Best Gifts for Ph.D. Graduates

After long hours of research and sleepless nights, they have earned one of the most prestigious academic awards in the world. You are excited for them and want to get something unique to celebrate their new achievement. You are wondering what to get but nothing special comes to mind. Well, we’ve got you covered. We have identified 12 gifts that are thoughtful, special and affordable.

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Chocolates are great gifts for many occasions but not every brand fits an occasion such as a Ph.D. graduation. This is why we recommend Bistro chocolate. We love this chocolate for its unique packaging, design and taste. You don’t need to do much to make this chocolate look presentable since the company pays enough attention to packaging. It is a brand that is dedicated to serving its customers with quality chocolates and this box contains 25 flavorful chocolates. We must add that there is nothing wrong with being ‘extra’ when it comes to gift-giving. Therefore, we think that it will be nice to include a beautiful card, bottle  of  wine and a stick of rose flower to the chocolate package. The combination is solid.


  • The chocolate comes in a variety of flavors
  • Tasty
  • Great packaging
  • Good product reviews


  • One thing about chocolate is that they ten to melt in hot weather. Thankfully, the company pays attention to this flaw and has ensured that the product is monitored during shipment which is a plus. Well, we can only hope that it doesn’t arrive melted.

Lovely box of chocolate, it has great reviews and it is highly recommended by customers.


A cute, soft, furry teddy bear just at this one will make a heartwarming gift for a lady friend. You may ask, why not a guy? Haha. If he loves plush toys, this is equally great for him. We love and recommend this bear for its unique look, smart design that is relevant to the occasion and quality material and stitches. This teddy will last a while and will make a good sentimental gift. We think that it would be nice if you added a box of cookies or even chocolate to this teddy bear package.


  • Soft
  • Fluffy and cuddly
  • Quality material and stitching
  • Unique teddy look and design
  • Value for money


  • Some people may prefer bigger teddy bears but we think this size is just fine.

Most customers were happy with their purchase


We choose this quill set because it is unique and classy. For someone that has spent a lot of months researching, contributing to their professional field and personal growth, we are not surprised if they have many more scholarly ideas to work on. With a unique quill set like this Glodeals antique ink pen, ink and journal, he has a reliable writing tool. The pen is made with alloy material and feather and the journal is made with high-quality PU leather. The compass design on the journal is beautiful. This is a simple but elegant gift.


  • It is beautiful
  • The journal is portable
  • The quill pen set is unique and effective
  • The packaging is ok


  • The pen is not convenient to be 
  • The journal papers are unruled, undated and have vintage sheets

We think this is a really nice gift that will suit their lifestyle.


Eagles convey strength, excellence, bravery, determination and principles. It reaches heights that other birds don’t, it faces storms that other birds run from and it is a fierce hunter. We recommend this eagle brooch because we believe that it takes determination, focus, bravery, resilience and principles to attain such educational award. This vintage bronze brooch conveys this message beautifully. If you decide to get this as a gift, it would be nice if a lovely note is attached to the gift.


  • Beautiful
  • Affordable
  • Perfect for many outfits


  • The weight and size of the brooch might be an issue for some customers.

This is an elegant accessory.


We think a game of chess is a good relaxation gift for an award well earned. This Husaria European wooden chess game set has been beautifully handcrafted and decorated through a traditional technique of burning patterns in wood. The beech and birch wood board has a felt-lined interior that protects and secures the chess pieces.


  • Great craftsmanship
  • Sturdy
  • Durable
  • Classy and quality item


  • Two customers had a few of their chess pieces missing and we think this might be a shipping problem.

Customers that bought this item consider it a value for money item.


It is pretty obvious that scholars juggle books and articles because they spend a whole lot of time reading and they pretty much like to carry what to read wherever they go most times. This is why we think this leather bag will make an amazing gift. With it, they are able to carry their gadgets and reading accessories to work, libraries, classes and meetings. The bag is classy, fashionable, can be used for various occasions, has enough compartments and is made with quality leather. This is an amazing gift.


  • High quality material
  • Great craftsmanship
  • Unisex 
  • Sturdy hand grip and strap
  • Good compartments
  • Durable
  • Classy and fashionable


  • A few customers do not like the leather smell that comes with this bag. However, with time, the odour should fade.

The quality of this bag is impressive.


If he or she does not already have this book, it will make a good gift. 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene is a practical lifestyle guide for people who love to empower themselves and also make sure that they are not pun in other peoples power games. Although this book is controversial since many people view some of the guide as manipulative, the recipient of this book will still find this book enlightening, empowering and worth having.


  • Insightful
  • Well written
  • Worth having


  • It have controversial guides but it is still a great read

This book has good reviews, it is one of Robert Greene’s best selling books. In case the person you want to get the book for already has it, you can get other Robert Greens books such as The 33 Strategies of war, The Laws of Human Nature and Art of Seduction.


You might be wondering if it is ok to get this wall art. The answer is yes. Apart from this wall art map being a good decor, it also appreciates the diversity of culture around the world and the information they offered that enabled him scale through his thesis or research to be awarded a Ph.D. Researchers share information with each other and its interesting how seamless technology has made the whole process. With this well detailed map, they can appreciate where the information they used came from and maybe plan trips to see other parts of the world.


  • Good quality
  • Well detailed map (in English)
  • Great decor
  • Informational
  • Sturdy


  • It is a bulky gift

Well  love by customers,  have great reviews and it is a value for money items


Relaxation products are good gifts to get and we recommend this luxurious spa gift basket. After the whole stress of earning a Ph.D. they deserve to spoil themselves with these lovely range of products. The gift basket includes a range of well scented moisturizing products such as body lotions, body spray, bath and body gel, body scrub, and body butter. It also contains 3 aromatherapy pillar candles, a potpourri and double chocolate truffles. This is a full package and we love it.


  • Well scented
  • Good range of products
  • Well packaged
  • Fast delivery


  • Products are subject to preference. It is possible that the person you get this basket for will love some products more than others. However, we think they will really love this gift basket.

This will make an amazing gift


Wristwatches are an important piece of accessory a good number of us love to incorporate in their daily outfit and they almost always make a great gift. There are lots of amazing watches that we would love to suggest at once if possible but we chose Maui Kool Steel and Wood wrist watch because we love its unique design and will love to have this variety of watch in their collection. This handcrafted watch is made with high quality wood and stainless steel, it has a 39millimeter face, perfect for lovers of big face watch and it is paired with a high quality Miyota OT45 Citizen Japanese Quartz movement. Maui Kool watches come in a stunning bamboo box too.


  • Effective time reader
  • Good craftsmanship
  • Easily adjustable
  • Unique
  • Value for money


  • It might not be seen as an everyday kind of watch, we don’t think it is either.

Although the watch has not been bought by a lot of customers, those that bought it rated it high.


Apart from a good laptop, one of the best reading gadgets for researchers is a tablet. It is convenient and can be carried anywhere for easy access to books, articles and as well work with it. This is a good gift for Ph.D. students, graduates, workers and anyone involved in research. We recommend that you get this Huawei Mediapad M5 Lite 10.1 inches. Some of the most loved features about this tablet are, 1080 screen display, stable wiFi connectivity, 3G Ram, it accommodates SD card with large storage capacity, charges fast and has long battery life.


  • Good picture quality
  • Sensitive touch screen
  • Good sound quality
  • Lightweight
  • Good battery life


  • While the external storage compatibility is great, customers do not like the fact that you can not store an app on the SD card from the Pad.  While this can be really annoying depending on what a person needs the pad for, it should not bother a person who uses it for light activity such as researching, reading, etc.

Highly recommended.


You can add this noise-cancelling headphones to the relaxation gift you wish to get him or her. This headphone is loved for its sound quality, battery life and easy connectivity or pairing.


  • Effective with noise-cancellation
  • Made with quality material
  • Has great sound quality
  • Good battery life
  • lightweight


  • A few customers are not impressed with the headphone updates.

Bose noise-cancelling headphone has a high customer rating and some amazing reviews  from customers using it. We think you should give it a try.

Apart from these 12 gifts items we have mentioned, you can find more amazing gifts for him or her in our article Cool gifts for grad students. If s/he is an Engineer student or graduate, there are more cool gifts you can get for an electrical engineer.


1. What can I get for someone who just got their Ph.D.?

Every item on our list will make a good gift. We recommend that you get them the Map wall art, Maui Kool unisex wristwatch, Cluci leather bag and Hauwei Mediapad.

2. What personalized Ph.D. graduation gifts can I get?

Bistro chocolate with wine and a card, a teddy bear coupled with a box of cookies, Eagle brooch pin, spa gifts and many more. 


Earning a Ph.D. is a huge achievement worth celebrating and deciding to get a gift for them is great. We understand that you may be looking for something unique other than conventional mugs and keychains. That is why we have carefully selected these items to help you pick out that special, unique gift for your friend or family. We hope that you find our gift list interesting and unique. We also hope that it has been helpful to you.







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