Virtual Ways to Celebrate a Graduation + Fun Gift Ideas

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It certainly hasn’t been a typical year for 2020 graduates. The final semester for a student before graduation should be filled with parties, friends, and celebrating {oh, and studying}, but instead students are at home doing Zoom get-togethers to fill the party void. There are still ways, despite being on lockdown, to celebrate the grad in your life. The Hoboken Girl team has compiled a list of virtual and at-home ways to celebrate graduation, as well as graduation gift ideas. Here’s your list:

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Virtual Celebrations

Just because we’re #socialdistancing, doesn’t mean we can celebrate {cap and gowns included} — here are a few fun ideas.

Host An At-Home Ceremony

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If you don’t already have a cap and gown, they can be bought fairly cheap on Amazon. Decorate the house, make a speech, and throw your caps up in the backyard or living room. Students can deem themselves valedictorian in the comfort of their own home, regardless of GPA. 

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Zoom Celebration + Games

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After the at-home ceremony, celebrate with friends on Zoom or FaceTime, dress up in a cap and gown, and play a grad-themed game. Go around the Zoom call and vote on “most likely to…” or talk about your peaks and pits of high school or college {not including the pandemic}. 

Collect Words of Wisdom

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Gather inspiring quotes and words of wisdom from family, friends, neighbors, classmates, teachers, and more, and then compile them in a cute way in a card, or framed in a picture. Local bakeries such as Baking Mama, Baking Things Happen, or For Cup Sakes can also write these words of wisdom on a couple of dozen cookies for a motivating, mouth-watering treat

DIY Graduation Photoshoot

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There is no need for a professional photo shoot when you have an iPhone and portrait mode. Have the graduate get dressed up in their cap and gown and create a DIY backdrop with a bedsheet. 

Gift Ideas

A major milestone like a graduation should be coupled with something special — a gift. Check out these unique gift ideas to give to your graduate this year.

Compile A Commemorative Video

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Have family and friends send videos of themselves congratulating the graduate, or providing words of wisdom. Watching it will feel like everyone is in the room together.

Grad Gifts From Washington General Store

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The Washington General Store has so many amazing gifts that are perfect for recent grads such as self-care kits and curated gift boxes filled with goodies. DM or text the store to order. Shipping or pickup options are available. Follow the store’s  Instagram for more information and to check out their new arrivals. 

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Inspiring Book from Little City Books

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Books make great gifts for graduates and quarantine is the perfect time for some motivational reads. Some of the best books for grads include Dr. Seuss’ Oh The Place You’ll Go or The ABCs of Adulthood: An Alphabet of Life Lessons. Little City Books in Hoboken is offering curbside pickup every Wednesday and Saturday morning. 

Home Decor from Luna Rosa Home

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Many recent grads may be getting ready to move into their first real apartment or home and will be in need of some help decorating. Household items and home goods make great gifts for new grads, and boutiques such as Luna Rosa Home in Hoboken are stocked with beautiful pieces such as decadent throw pillows, candles, coasters, glassware, and more. 

Recipe Tin from Kanibal + Co.

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Out of all the things to worry about among recent grads {rent, bills, finding a job}, cooking shouldn’t be one of them. Fill a few cards full of family favorite recipes, and leave a few blank to be discovered. Kanibal + Co has the cutest recipe tins filled with 24 blank recipe cards for $34.

How will you be celebrating with your graduate this year? Let us know in the comments!

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Alexis moved to Hoboken after she graduated college in 2015 and fell in love with the area right away. She currently lives in Jersey City with her boyfriend, Ewan, and works in New York City as a fashion buyer by day and an aspiring entrepreneur by night. In her spare time, when she is not exploring the new, trendy spots around town, you will find her working out at one of her favorite local classes, singing along to the soundtrack of Wicked, or creating macrame wall art and home decor that she sells on Etsy.


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