Non-Cliché Graduation Gifts For The Future CEO

Non-Cliché Graduation Gifts

For The Future CEO

With graduation season upon us, there are a lot of ties and coffee mugs that will be given out – but if you want to give something meaningful and useful that’s not a total cliché, these gifts are a great place to start.

Boltzzz Necklaces

 The perfect gift for future CEOs because these were literally made to inspire, bring confidence,  and are a symbol of power and strength. Each lightning bolt is a different crystal and sparkle, making each necklace personal and one-of-a-kind. The perfect mix of style and individuality all in one necklace. Leia Beila is owned and operated solely by Aimee Oberstein. ($86)

Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100

One of the must-have qualities of a successful CEO? Being organized. This leaves more time to stay focused and build your empire.  ScanSnap iX100 is a sleek and easy-to-use portable scanner that connects wirelessly to your smartphone. With it, you can scan bills, business cards, mail, important documents you name it - to the cloud to become the most organized, focused CEO-ready version of yourself. ($229)

SwatchPop Gift Card

SwatchPop! is a female-run and owned site that revolutionizes the way you decorate and allows you to choose one problem area (or “pop”). It would be great to receive professional advice for dorm rooms / the future CEO’s desk space – whether it be artwork for blank walls or cute desk storage. After filling out an online questionnaire and choosing one “pop” from their ‘a la carte’ design menu, you will be matched with a designer. In 3-5 days, you will receive a visual image of the end result that includes clickable shopping links for recommended products handpicked for your style and budget. (1 Pop for $49.95, 2 Pops for $79.90, 3 Pops for $109.85)

Wren + Glory “Powerful” Denim Jacket

This 'POWER' Light Wash Denim jacket, hand painted with white, black and red. Comfortable, fitted, slightly cropped fit. Wren + Glory began when 2 sisters, Gloria & Renee realized they constantly have a hard time finding accessories to fit their unique styles. ($350)

Phoebe Jonas Droplet Ring

This droplet ring is a gorgeous, modern-day take on the class ring, a delicate yet forward piece that can be stacked or stand on its own, the droplet ring can be customized to subtly incorporate school colors in a subdued, beautiful and classic way.  Founded and self-funded by Phoebe Jonas, the brand was developed to offer simple, every day, made-to-order pieces with stunning individually cut stones that do justice to the wearer's inner and outer beauty. (starting at $475)

Lulu DK “DREAM” Pendant Necklace

The first step to achieving success is to dream big! This beautiful heirloom-inspired gold “Dream” necklace from Lulu DK will remind the graduate of that daily. Lulu DK is owned by NYC based designer, artist and mother to three, Lulu deKwiatkowski. ($74)

Hood Hat “Hidden Hills” Hat

Some of the most popular female CEO’s of this generation, The Kardashians, certainly realized they “made it” when they all splurged on gorgeous homes in Hidden Hills, CA. Give her the gift of Kardashian status with this Hidden Hills hat from Hood Hat to keep her inspired for greatness on a daily basis. ($65)

Tribe + Glory Cocktail Tumblers

Tribe + Glory empowers and activates female entrepreneurs to achieve self-sustainability through relationship, craftsmanship and entrepreneurship. T + G was created by two friends who met in Uganda committed to this mission. From cocktail tumblers to statement earrings, the collection is created by their growing group of empowered entrepreneurial female artisans in Uganda made from sustainable Ankole horn. ($80)

#CEO Hat

Nothing says future CEO better than this unique #CEO hat from Mother Trucker & Co.! Mother Trucker & Co. is a trucker hat company owned and founded by two, as they call themselves, “Boss Babe Mammas!” Inspired by girl power, this cool, confident and always fun lifestyle brand is taking over the world, one strong woman at a time! This stylish and fun hat is the perfect gift for celebrating the graduate in your life who is on the road to success! ($25)

Olive & Cocoa Hayden Leather Charging Bag

As stylish as it is smart, this bag features a cleverly hidden built in battery for keeping your device powered on the go. Slipped into its own interior zipper pocket, a battery with LED power level indicator powers up any smartphone, tablet or other USB or MicroUSB compatible device up to two full charges. Bag is made from beautiful genuine leather and is complete with a variety of charging cords and adapters to accommodate any device. Measuring approximately 10 ½" x 8" with an adjustable and removable crossbody strap offering up to 22" of drop, zip close bag features three interior card slots and zippered pocket. Arrives packaged in a hand crafted wood crate with ribbon. ($248)

Onward and Upward

Going somewhere? Send your favorite jet-setter on her way with an exquisite suede leather tasseled passport clutch in deep navy, two journals for recording her adventures, a bkr water bottle and Herbivore Botanicals' coconut water facial mist to stay hydrated along the way, and a couple of delicious espresso chocolate bars to nibble on in flight. Whether she's traveling a few hours away or across the globe, this is the perfect sendoff gift. ($124)


For those with a passion for travel, this gift set easily takes her from sightseeing to shopping to an evening strolling a favorite avenue after dinner. The airy Rita Cotton Scarf in shades of blue and gray paired with the PVC Crossbody Bag creates a beautiful fashion statement. We've also included a couple of pamper items - Bohéme Amber, Vanilla and Musk Hand Cream and Herbivore Lip Conditioner. Send her off in style.  ($183)

Pinkly Perfect's Madison Bracelet

Embrace your inner #GirlBoss with Pinkly Perfect's Madison Bracelet that proudly proclaims BOSS.  The textured metallic gold leather with black backing makes this Madison Bracelet perfect for future CEOs to sport on their wrist as they show the world who's boss! Pinkly Perfect was founded by Maddy Sasso, a former fashion designer, to give ladies of all ages clothing and accessory options that capture the magic of summer vacation all year long. ($24)

Michele Connected Hybrid Navy Dial White Smartwatch

Future CEOs will love this watch because it offers the functionalities of a typical smartwatch but is sleek and elegant enough to wear to an important meeting. Use it to keep track of your fitness and manage your music or take a photo with a customizable function button. Features include notifications and vibration for alerts. The easy-to-read navy sunray dial has luminous hands and markers, and the white alligator strap is backed with soft silicone for your comfort. A coin cell battery powers and connects to your mobile phone with a Michele app. Ladies on-the-go can make every moment count with this Michele Connected smartwatch. Anne Marie Dunn, President and CEO of J.R. Dunn Jewelers, co-founded the company in 1969 with her husband, Jim. Anne Marie was always driven by an entrepreneurial spirit. She was 10 years old when her family immigrated to this country from Italy. It didn’t take long for Ann Marie to master the English language and become the interpreter for her father’s cabinet-making business. She went to work every day after school with her father from age 11 until she graduated high school. She got a job at IBM and took what she learned about customer service and business ethics to apply it to her own company, J.R. Dunn.  ($495)

C By GE Sol

C by GE Sol is the very first lighting product integrated with Amazon Alexa that serves as a stylish addition to a home office or a nightstand. Not only does it provide great (and adjustable) lighting for a productive work day, but the future CEOs out there can use C by GE Sol to listen to the latest headlines, play music or respond to a host of other Alexa voice commands — a fitting gift for the multitasker who needs to be connected. ($150)

Care2Rock Music Lessons

A great creative gift for graduates - live, online guitar lessons with teachers that give back. sells live, online, music lessons with the best teachers in the world. They are a woman founded social enterprise company, and lessons start at the touch of a button - you can learn from anywhere with Wi-Fi and a laptop.  Their teachers have written Grammy nominated songs with Beyoncé, and toured with Kiss! Best of all, they also volunteer for youth in foster care and hospitals, so while you learn guitar (or another instrument), you are helping a child in need get free music lessons. ($32)

Himalayan Salt Lamp and Aromatherapy Diffuser

Salt therapy is a popular therapeutic practice that simulates natural salt cave climates, to treat respiratory and skin conditions.  Many salt therapy spas are popping up around the country (over 300 and counting), and now with this Salt Lamp and Diffuser it allows a consumer to replicate that environment in the comforts of home.  Not only are the powerful effects of salt therapy being diffused, but it is also combined with aromatherapy essential oils, for the ultimate in respiratory system treatment (and relaxation!).  Plus, it’s sleek look is very eye-catching – a unique, must-have gift for the power woman’s office.  It promotes a healthy, peaceful environment while working hard. ($90)

Aly Walansky

Aly Walansky is a freelance lifestyles writer based in New York City, who contributes regularly to iVillage,, xoJane, Huffington Post, and The Fashion Spot as well as many other print and web outlets.

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  1. So important to promote a passion for leadership at a young age and a meaningful graduation gift is the perfect place to start. Love this article!

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