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Celebrate loved one’s achievements with the best gifts

Annabella Mireles
Candles, jewelry, instax cameras, UTEP apparel and office supplies are all great gifts to give to students walking the stage this spring.

Graduation is around the corner, and families are ready to commemorate their graduates’ efforts and achievements. Gifting is a non-verbal expression used to celebrate a loved one’s accomplishments, and graduation is no exception. A celebration full of joy and anxiousness as graduates close a chapter of their lives and prepare to start a new one, whether it is by moving across the country, starting a new job or entering graduate school. Finding the best graduation gifts to celebrate this significant milestone can be tricky. That is why we have created a top five graduation gift list.


Moving out of their hometown and leaving friends and family members behind is difficult. Candles are a good gift for graduates to remind them of the scent back at home and bring them closer to their loved ones.

The Lovesick Candle can help their homes smell like home. They combine specific scents to capture the ethos of states, cities and memories. This small meaningful gesture can bring them closer to home.

Candles cost $34 and can be purchased at


Whether you gift them a graduation ring or any other jewelry piece, it is something graduates will cherish forever.

Gold, silver and rose gold jewelry are perfect for any occasion and match any outfit. Graduates can wear their jewelry anytime and always carry a piece of their loved ones close to their hearts.

Depending on the brand and item, prices can range for rings, bracelets, watches and necklaces. You could gift them a personalized jewelry piece with their favorite gem, their graduation date engraved or their initials.

For more information or to schedule a virtual appointment on graduation rings visit To place an order call 505-264-8995 or email [email protected]

Portable printers/Instax camera

Graduation is a big milestone, and there is nothing better than being able to capture the moment forever. An Instax camera is perfect for graduates to capture their future endeavors after graduation.

If they are moving out of town, the Instax camera will help them record all the new places they will visit or the new friendships they will form along the way.

A portable printer is also an excellent gift for graduates because they can print any picture as a Polaroid and as many copies as they want from their phone. Physical copies of pictures will allow graduates to cherish their memories forever.

Some portable printer options include the HP Sprocket 2×3 Instant Photo Printer for $79.99, the Canon – IVY Mini Photo Printer for $99.99, or the Polaroid Hi-Print Printer for $115. 28 which are available in multiple colors and can be purchased at

UTEP Apparel

Nothing is better than being able to show Miner pride with UTEP apparel. Graduates can buy mugs that say “UTEP Alumni” with lots of different designs during graduation season.

The UTEP bookstore also sells T-shirts for alumni, and also offer other shirts that represent each college within UTEP.

During the commencement ceremony, UTEP sells T-shirts that say UTEP on the front, and on the back, it has all the names of the graduates.

To find all the different T-shirt designs for alumni visit UTEP’s Bookstore website at

Office Supplies

As graduates start their new jobs after graduation, office supplies are a great way to help them transition into a new chapter. P

aper clips, pens, journals, planners, and file organizers are a great way to prepare graduates to take on any task or job and help them stay organized.

All the gifts listed above are a great way to commemorate graduates’ accomplishments and celebrate their future endeavors. Whether it is a personalized gift or not, graduates will surely love the gesture.

Victoria Rivas is the arts and culture editor and may be reached at [email protected]; @VicRivas_18 on Twitter.

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Victoria Rivas
Victoria Rivas is a bilingual student majoring in Multimedia Journalism with a minor in Spanish at the University of Texas at El Paso. She writes stories about the borderland for Borderzine and The Prospector. She plans on joining the journalism field and is interested in covering news, investigative journalism, public affairs, and entertainment.
Annabella Mireles
Annabella Mireles, Photo Editor
Annabella Mireles is a junior at the University of Texas at El Paso majoring in digital media production and minoring in film. She is the photo editor at the Prospector newspaper and Minero magazine as well as owning her own photography business. She plans on pursuing photography full time.
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