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Ultimate Guide To Buying Flowers & Gifts For Graduation In Singapore (2019)

 
 
 

It is fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. 

bill gates quote
 
bill gates quote

After today, a graduate’s “life” begins. As they embark on this new phase of life, many obstacles and challenges await them. Persevering through failure and difficulties cultivates greater determination and resolve, leaving them better equip to succeed next time. Getting an educational certificate may be the first step, but this is a coming-of-age moment worth celebrating. And that gives it all the more reason to choose special graduation gifts just for this significant milestone. 


As a friend or family member of someone who is graduating, you are probably feeling proud of your loved one’s achievements, and excited at what the future holds for them. Now that he/she is getting closer to making their dreams into reality, this gives you a chance to celebrate this momentous occasion with them, to show them your love and support. 


Let us share with you some awesome ideas and tips on what to get for your loved ones’ graduation!

~Bill Gates

 
 

2019 Polytechnic And University Graduation Ceremony Dates

We’ve compiled the graduation ceremony dates of the various polytechnics and universities across Singapore in a handy table for your reference. 

2019 Polytechnic Graduation Dates:

  • Temasek Polytechnic
  • Temasek Polytechnic

    3 May to 10 May

  • Republic Polytechnic
  • Republic Polytechnic

    2 May to 9 May

  • Singapore Polytechnic
  • Singapore Polytechnic

    2 May to 3 May, 6 May to 9 May

  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic

    3 May to 9 May

  • Nanyang Polytechnic
  • Nanyang Polytechnic

    2 May to 9 May

2019 University Graduation Dates:

  • NUS
  • NUS

    11 July to 18 July

  • SIM
  • SIM

    20 August to 23 August

  • NTU
  • NTU

    23 July to 31 July

  • SMU

    30 July to 2 August

  • SUTD

    14 September

  • Sunflower
  • Sunflower

    Why we recommend these flowers for graduation

    Sunflowers are the state flower of Kansas city in America, and they’re also known to be the “standard” flower that’s given and received by couples during their third wedding anniversary.

    Because sunflowers turn to follow the sun, they signify warmth, joy and happiness. This makes them an excellent choice for a happy occasion such as a graduation.

    Suitable for?

    #Him

    #Her

    #Outgoing personality

    #Cheerful personality

  • Gerbera
  • Gerbera

    Why we recommend these flowers for graduation

    Gerberas are also a good option for graduation flowers.

    These flowers are native to South Africa, and they’re available in several colours, including striking reds and oranges, and warm yellow and peach shades. In the Victorian era, gerberas were a symbol of happiness, and the Celts also believed that these flowers lessened the sorrows and stresses of everyday life.

    Suitable for?

    #Him

    #Her

    #Cheerful personality

  • Yellow Roses
  • Yellow Roses

    Why we recommend these flowers for graduation

    Roses are commonly associated with love or romance, but if you’re getting a friend a bouquet for roses for their graduation, you might opt for yellow roses instead.

    This sunshine colour evokes feelings of happiness and optimism. Friends love to gift each other with this flower to signal their support and solidarity. This beauty symbolises friendship and joy, which makes it one of the most perfect flower to support your friend’s graduation!

    Suitable for?

    #Her

    #Girl-next-door personality

  • Rainbow Roses
  • Rainbow Roses

    Why we recommend these flowers for graduation

    Yellow roses aside, you may also gift your friend with rainbow roses.

    This modern invention is also known as the happy rose. No surprises here as the colour of the rainbow often brings out feelings of wonder and happiness. This is a very trendy and happy flower, which makes it perfect for a young graduand.

    Suitable for?

    #Her

    #Outspoken personality

  • Baby’s Breath
  • Baby’s Breath

    Why we recommend these flowers for graduation

    If you’ve never heard of Million Star before, this Baby’s Breath symbolises pureness and freedom from corruption, which makes it a perfect for graduation as a coming-of-age occasion.

    The multi-coloured million star also brings out feeling of optimism and happiness. It is very trendy today and gender neutral which makes it a perfect gift this graduation

    Suitable for?

    #Him

    #Her

    #Free-spirited personality

  • Hydrangea
  • Hydrangea

    Why we recommend these flowers for graduation

    Hydrangeas symbolise grace, beauty and prosperity.

    Giving hydrangeas during graduation is a new trend that one should definitely check out. It gives your classic bouquets a modern artisanal twist! Plus, the blue ones are perfect for your bros.

    Suitable for?

    #Him

    #Her

    #Creative personality

Different Types of Graduation Gift Ideas

Apart from flowers, you can find other types of gift. We’ve compiled a list of gifts and flowers you can buy for your loved one who is graduating 

Limited Edition Disney Gifts

Who doesn't love Disney? Share the magic of love and friendship with our adorable Disney themed items! They may be grown-up and ready to begin their next phase of life - adulthood, but their inner child within will be excited, reminiscing their childhood and the lessons learnt from each fairytale. Perhaps your friendship is sweet like Pooh and Piglet's, or dynamic like Lilo and Stitch. With Disney, there will always be something special for everyone!

Gifts < $50

Gifts Between $51-$100

Gifts Between $101-$150

Gifts Over $150

Classic Graduation Gifts

Unique Graduation Gifts

For Her

For Him

Limited Edition Disney gifts

Who doesn't love Disney? Share the magic of love and friendship with our adorable Disney themed items! They may be grown-up and ready to begin their next phase of life - adulthood, but their inner child within will be excited, reminiscing their childhood and the lessons learnt from each fairytale. Perhaps your friendship is sweet like Pooh and Piglet's, or dynamic like Lilo and Stitch. With Disney, there will always be something special for everyone!

Graduation Flowers - Mermaid's Lullaby

Mermaid's Lullaby

Embracing the thought of how these real flowers will continue to look beautiful, this long-lasting gift will certainly let someone feel eternally loved, especially with a picture of you guys together in the frame to capture beautiful memories.

Graduation Flowers - Story of Us

Story of Us

Go for the dreamy fairytale vibes with this box of Beauty & the Beast themed roses which makes the perfect graduation gift! Not only is Belle known as the bookworm of all the Disney princesses, yellow roses also symbolize support and friendship!

Graduation Flowers - Forever in Your Heart

Forever in Your Heart

Opt for these cheerful, sunshine-coloured flowers that will never fail to bring a smile to anyone’s face.

Graduation Flowers - Sweet Charmer

Sweet Charmer

If your loved one is not one with the flowers, the bouquet can be made of other special elements as well, such as this charming pooh bouquet. Simply adorable!

Graduation Flowers - Warm Hugs

Warm Hugs

"We'll be friends forever, won't we, Pooh" asked Piglet. "Even longer" Pooh answered. This adorable arrangement represents the everlasting friendship between friends, a lovely gift for your best friend.

Gifts < $50

Graduation Gifts - Journal, Notebook

Journal, Notebook

Get your loved one a journal or notebook so that they can jot down their thoughts and reflections as they move on to their next phase of life.

Personalized mug or water bottle

Gift your loved one with a personalized mug that they can use in the office.

Graduation Gifts - Macbook case

Macbook case

With a stylish new Macbook case (or other laptop case), your loved one will definitely impress at work.

Graduation Gifts - Calendar, planner

Calendar, planner

A calendar can help your friend map out their schedule, get used to a new routine.

Graduation Gifts - iPhone case

iPhone case

A slim and sleek shockproof phone case would be useful to protect their phones against drops and knocks.

Gifts Between $51-$100

Graduation Gifts - Photo frame

Photo frame

Photo frames are always useful; your loved one can use these to display graduation photos and other precious memories.

Graduation Gifts - Anti-fatigue standing mat

Anti-fatigue standing mat

If your loved one is into standing desks, they’ll love this standing mat.

Graduation Gifts - Himalayan salt lamp

Himalayan salt lamp

Is your loved one still burned out and tired from mugging for the exams? With this lamp, they’ll fall asleep in record time, and wake up feeling refreshed.

Graduation Gifts - Power bank

Power bank

In this day and age, who doesn’t need a power bank? This gift is perfect for busy students whose devices are constantly running out of juice.

Graduation Gifts - Fujifilm Instax camera

Fujifilm Instax camera

An instant polaroid camera is the perfect gift to capture more milestones and memories together with friends and family!

Gifts Between $101-$150

Graduation Gifts - Chocolate

Chocolate

Regular chocolates are always much appreciated, but atas chocolates from Godiva? You can bet your friend will love those!

Graduation Gifts - Portable bluetooth speaker

Portable bluetooth speaker

The bluetooth waterproof speaker can be used anywhere, including in the shower, by the pool, and at the beach. It's perfect for folks who love indulging in some shower karaoke.

Graduation Gifts - Hair curler/ straightener

Hair curler/ straightener

For girls who want to make a good first impression at work. With this hair curler and straightener, everyday can be a good hair day!

Graduation Gifts - Netflix subscription

Netflix subscription

Is your friend stressed out and in need of some R&R? Buy them a year-long Netflix subscription so they can binge-watch their favourite TV shows and dramas.

Graduation Gifts - Fitness watch

Fitness watch

Want to encourage your friend to keep fit amongst a hectic new schedule? Gift them this fitness watch that they can use to keep track of their activity level.

Gifts Over $150

Graduation Gifts - Watches

Watches

Donning a stylish watch completes a classy and sophisticated look. Get your friend this Daniel Wellington watch, which is perfect to go with office wear.

Graduation Gifts - Macbook air

Macbook air

A lightweight and sleek laptop (that's an upgrade from the one your friend used in school) is an essential for work life.

Graduation Gifts - Travelling backpack

Travelling backpack

If your friend loves to travel, then this is the perfect gift for them. This travel bag has all the compartments and accessories to keep your things safe and compact!

Graduation Gifts - Work out package (yoga)

Work out package (yoga)

Encourage your friends to work out, and to always remember to maintain a good work and health balance!

Graduation Gifts - Noise cancelling headphones

Noise cancelling headphones

Help your loved one focus better at work, with noise cancelling headphones to cut out all the distractions in the office!

Classic Graduation Gifts

Graduation Gifts - Pen engraved with name

Pen engraved with name

A pen is a classic present for graduation, and engraving it makes it much more personalised and special.

Graduation Gifts - Bear with graduation cap

Bear with graduation cap

A cute keepsake to represent a significant milestone achieved.

Graduation Gifts - Wine

Wine

A bottle of wine and champagne is perfect to celebrate your friend taking their next step into the working world.

Graduation Gifts - Balloons

Balloons

What better way to announce this grand day than on a balloon? It will give you all the more reason to take more photos for the gram.

Graduation Gifts - Trophy

Trophy

Might look quite tacky but displaying it makes a good reminder of this special event in their life.

Unique Graduation Gifts

Graduation Gifts - Caricature

Caricature

A personalised caricature drawing of your friend (maybe with yourself) is a great way to commemorate their graduation event.

Graduation Gifts - Aromatherapy diffuser

Aromatherapy diffuser

Aromatherapy helps to promote general health and well-being. Fill your friends’ homes with the scent of essential oils and help them live more comfortably.

Graduation Gifts - Candle

Candle

This candle will freshen up your friend’s room with the sweetest smelling fragrance.

Graduation Gifts - Coffee maker

Coffee maker

The perfect gift for a coffee lover. Your friend can now brew authentic, cafe-standard cups of coffee at home.

Graduation Gifts - Pillow massager

Pillow massager

A pillow massager is a great device that can help your friend relax after a long day at work.

For Her

Graduation Gifts For Her - Lipstick

Lipstick

Just like a girl can never have too many pairs of shoes, they can never have too many tubes of lipstick, either.

Graduation Gifts For Her - Herschel backpack

Herschel backpack

Get her an aesthetic but functional bag to carry around when going out or to work!

Graduation Gifts For Her - Work appropriate accessories

Work appropriate accessories

Get your girlfriend plain and minimalist accessories to help her impress at work.

Spa, facial, massage

By gifting your friend a spa, facial or massage gift voucher, you’re allowing them to take time off and practice self care.

Face roller

Face rollers are used to roll away tension, and they also aid in circulation. This gift will help your friend maintain her skin condition and relieve stress!

For Him

Graduation Gifts For Him - Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch

It's important for all couples to spend quality time together. This Nintendo Switch will help you do just that.

Graduation Gifts For Him - Mini aquarium

Mini aquarium

This mini aquarium is easy to maintain and doesn't occupy a lot of space. Score! It's a great gift that your friend can display on their study table.

Graduation Gifts For Him - Bookends

Bookends

Is your friend intending to pursue a career in academia? An aesthetic bookend can add some flair to their bookshelves.

Graduation Gifts For Him - Business card holder

Business card holder

If your friend intends to get into sales, they'll be handing out their name cards all day long. A business card holder is an absolute must.

Graduation Gifts For Him - Money clip

Money clip

This money clip is classy and aesthetic; it's also highly functional and helps your friend to keep their money secure and neat.

Personalizing Your Bouquet/Gift With A Meaningful Message

Showing up to your loved one’s graduation ceremony with a bouquet and gift is great, but they’ll be even more touched if you personalize your bouquet with a message.

  • Meaningful messages for friends

    • Reminisce about how you first met and how the both of you have grown since then
    • Talk about your hopes and dreams for the future
    • Affirm them of their strengths, and encourage them to pursue their dreams
  • Meaningful messages for family

    • Reminisce about how you’ve watched your loved one grow over the years (for parents), or how you’ve grown together with your loved one (for cousins, brothers, sisters)
    • Share your favourite memory involving your loved one
    • Express your unconditional support for your loved one, regardless of what path they take in the future

This is an excellent opportunity to show your loved one how much they mean to you, and thank them for everything they’ve done for you over the years. So don’t be afraid to dig deep, and get sentimental!

If you’d like, you may also end your message using a quote that’s relevant to your loved one.

Here Are A Few Famous Quotes To Help You End Your Message With A Bang!

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  • “Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world right in the eye.”

    – Helen Keller

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  • “Instruction ends in the schoolroom, but education ends only with life.”

    - C.S. Lewis

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  • “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all -- in which case, you fail by default.”

    – J.K. Rowling

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  • “Sometimes you find out what you are supposed to be doing by doing the things you are not supposed to do.”

    – Oprah

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  • “Instruction ends in the schoolroom, but education ends only with life.”

    – Frederick W. Robertson

 
 

Here Are A Few Famous Quotes To Help You End Your Message With A Bang!

“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world right in the eye.” – Helen Keller

“Sometimes you find out what you are supposed to be doing by doing the things you are not supposed to do.” 

– Oprah

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all -- in which case, you fail by default.”

– J.K. Rowling

“Instruction ends in the schoolroom, but education ends only with life.” 

– Frederick W. Robertson

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” 

– C.S. Lewis

 
 
 
 
 

Things To Take Note Of When Attending A Graduation

A graduation is a once-in-a-lifetime event, so make sure you’re well-prepared with these following tips.

  • Plan in advance.
  • Plan in advance. At least a week before the graduation, check out the location and decide if you’ll be getting there via public transport, taxi, or your own car. If you’re driving, look up parking spaces so you’ll know exactly where to head to on the day itself.

  • Show up early.
  • Show up early. Buffer 30 to 45 minutes extra to get to the ceremony -- you might be held up by traffic, or get lost in a sprawling campus. Note that most universities will close their doors 15 minutes or so before the ceremony starts, and latecomers will not be admitted.

  • Bring your admission card or invite.
  • Bring your admission card or invite. You’ll typically have to present your admission card or invite in order to get access to the location in which the graduation ceremony is held.

  • Dress well.
  • Dress well. For women, opt for dresses or dress pants with close-toed shoes, for men, go for a shirt and tie. Dressing well is a sign of respect for all the graduates receiving their certifications; you’ll also want to make sure that you’re nicely attired, so that you can look good in the pictures that you’ll be taking with your loved one.

  • Children are generally not allowed.
  • Children are generally not allowed. If you’d like to bring a younger sibling to your loved one’s graduation, they might have to wait outside while the ceremony takes place. For instance, NTU does not admit children below 6 years of age into the theatre where Convocation is held, and NUS says that children below the age of 10 will not be admitted into the Hall, even if they have an admission card.

 
 

If you would like to purchase flowers and gifts for your loved one, check out Xpressflower’s graduation bouquets and gifts. We offer 24 hour flower delivery. For those who prefer self-collection, we have 18 easily accessible outlets across Singapore, including one at NUH (for NUS graduation). We also have booths set up at SP and NTU's convocation.