Graduation, whether it’s from kindergarten, high school, college, medical or law school, is a significant and memorable accomplishment and one that should receive special recognition.

The challenge for friends and family members of the “honoree” is finding a graduation gift idea that is unique, creative and personalized for the graduate. With the wide variety of graduation gift ideas out there, finding a really special graduation gift can be a daunting task.

The following 4 "outside the cap and gown" graduation gift ideas will not only be memorable for the graduate, but are also unique, creative and even personalized!

Creative Graduation Gift Idea: Scrapbook Keepsake

Sure, you can take the easy route and buy a watch, jewelry, photo frame, etc. OR you can get really creative with your graduation gift and make it specific to your special graduate. A scrapbook that has pictures from the highlights of the graduate’s years in school, his/her friends and all the fun events - collected in a scrapbook in chronological order – will be like a trip down memory lane and become a graduation keepsake of memories to enjoy for year to come!

Homemade Graduation Gift Idea: Homemade Gift Basket

Homemade doesn’t have to mean cheap or tacky! It can mean unique, practical, thoughtful and personalized. A great homemade graduation gift idea is a homemade gift basket filled with a variety of goodies specific and unique to your graduate. Homemade gift baskets are great because they can have a theme, be unique and you can mix and match the goodies. For example, for the high school graduate on his or her way to college, your homemade gift basket could have a “study night” theme and contain the graduate’s favorite snacks, energy bars, eye drops, coffee, tea or other favorite beverages. Whatever you decide for a homemade gift idea, it will be unique, memorable and personalized because it came from YOU!

Personalized Graduation Gift Idea: Photo Guest Book

The beauty of personalizing a graduation gift is that it will be a one-of-a-kind gift created especially for the graduate. With the Adesso Album Photo Guest Book, the graduation party is captured for your graduate in pictures and handwritten sentiments from family and friends in a great album that he can look at for years to come! These personalized keepsake albums are all the rage because they use “retro” Polaroid instant photos and truly become the life of any party as the photos are snapped and the Adesso Album Instant Photo Guest Book is being passed around!

Unique Graduation Gift Idea: Put Your Graduate on a Magazine Cover

For a truly fun and unique gift idea, put the graduate’s photo on a magazine cover and “publicly” acknowledge him or her for their accomplishment and achievement. It's a unique way to add completely personalized information to a gift that will set it apart from everything else. There are website services out there that will actually create a professionally printed, full-color, personalized magazine cover for you. A magazine cover of the honored graduate can be used as a unique graduation gift idea or as a graduation party favor!

Author's Bio: 

Lesley Mattos, Founder of Adesso Albums helps people all over the world capture the Now in life’s most important moments. Her Adesso Instant Photo Guest Book is an ideal graduation gift idea and the only guest book alternative that provides an instant memory of any graduation event in both pictures and words To start capturing your graduation memories now go to