Graduation ceremonies, celebrating the years of hard work of students at The University of Auckland, are taking place in early June 2021. When it comes to looking for something celebratory or sentimental to gift a loved one to mark the occasion, knowing what to get can be hard. Thankfully the city centre is full of great stores to make shopping all that easier. 

Creative and Brave

Lotus Pearl Earrings | $149.50 | Creative & Brave, Commercial Bay, 7/21 Queen St

The Lotus Pearl Earrings from Creative and Brave are a beautiful and thoughtful gift idea to congratulate someone special on their graduation day. The stunning earrings are sterling silver and have a classy chandelier-style which will give any outfit an extra pop. To top it off, they are also decorated with a fresh-water pearl in the centre. The lotus is a symbol of many things, including regeneration and rebirth, rising above despite challenges and growth and wisdom, making it a beautiful and meaningful gift for someone graduating.

Smith and Caugheys

DC Fountain pen | $152 | Smith and Caughey's, 253-261 Queen St

This regal DC Fountain pen is made in Germany, originating in the 1930’s from workshop CAMPO MARZIO, and now known as an international brand which infused fashion into writing products. This gift is ideal for any academic in your life who will no doubt benefit from such a stylish and sleek instrument they can take through their professional career.


Personalised gift basket | Prices vary | Scarecrow, 33 Victoria St E 

A gift basket is a thoughtful idea and Scarecrow have a variety of treats and a carefully curated selection to choose from. Fill the basket with a beautiful floral arrangement put together by the florists at Scarecrow, along with pistachio and lemon Amaretti, artisan chocolates, locally-made candles and more. Your loved one will feel absolutely spoiled. 

Sample - Unity books

Becoming by Michelle Obama | $55 | Unity Books, 19 High Street

Unity Books, current holders of the Best International Bookstore of The Year award, is a great place to head to when looking for a gift for any occasion. When it comes to a graduation present, the store is full of inspiring, motivational and thought-provoking reads like Michelle Obama's Becoming, exploring the former First Lady's roots and how she found her voice as well as her time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother. Just ask the knowledgeable staff next time you're in store and they'll help you find the perfect read. 

Smith & Caughey's

Moet and Chandon gold bottle 1500ml | $219.90 | Smith and Caughey's, 253-261 Queen St

Nothing quite says celebration like a large bottle of bubbly goodness! This striking bottle of champagne can take pride of place on the drinks trolly or in the office long after it's been popped and enjoyed. 

Cahns Wine and Spirits

Imagination Gin | $88 | Cahn’s Wine and Spirits, 10 O’Connell St

The team at Cahn’s know their spirits, so head on over and take a look for yourself. For a playful liquid gift, we’ve chosen the Imagination Gin, triple-distilled at the site of the original Tuatara Brewery on the Kapiti coast, where founders Chris and Simon spent 2 years refining their craft. It's a symbol of good things taking time and tastes delicious! 


Mother of Pearl cufflinks | $59 |  Rembrandt, 41 Shortland St 

Cufflinks make a great graduation gift, and these mother of pearl cufflinks from Rembrandt are simple yet strong, complimenting any suit while being sure to make a statement. A gift that keeps on giving, the receiver will remember their graduation day every time they wear them, be it on a special occasion, to work in the office or even to a future job interview! 

Get your picture taken


On June 1st and 2nd, head to Britomart to get a picture of your special day for free. There will be two photo booths where you can have your graduation picture done. Digital copies will be available on the day and free for everyone.

Celebrate with a post ceremony meal

Florists for on the day

Extra shopping inspiration

Last updated: 25 May 2021