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13 smart and sensible graduation gifts

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The graduate in your life survived high school. Yeah!!

It’s time to reward him or her with more than a high five. Need ideas?

I gathered a few gift ideas from parents, former college students and educators. Their suggestions included things like travel bags, laundry detergent and favorite recipes. A really popular ideas was gift cards. Food items, in general, were mentioned often!

Take a moment to look over this list before shopping for the graduate in your life.

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  1. Portable battery charger or power bank. Smartphones, tablets and other devices will need plenty of juice on the run.
  2. Mattress topper. If you’ve ever slept a night in a dorm room bed — No. Explanation. Needed.Graduation Gifts Gift Card Bouquet
  3. Gift cards. Choose coffee shops, grocery stores and pizza places. If transportation is an issue, grab a gift card for gas or the local campus shuttle service.
  4. Keurig Single Serve Coffee Makers. Late-night cramming and early morning classes require loads of caffeine. Heavy java drinkers may appreciate a more economical coffee maker.
  5. “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” The Dr. Seuss book by Random House is a traditional must-read for every graduate. It’s also the last book Seuss ever wrote. Are those tears?
  6. Netflix account. “All work and no play … ,” as they say. Your grad will enjoy a night off to catch a good movie anywhere on any device.
  7. Earbuds and headphones. Help him/her block out the annoying trombone player down the hall or the party animals upstairs.
  8. Car jump starter kit. A dead battery. It can happen. Be the hero and get your grad prepared.
  9. School apparel. T-shirts and sweatshirts with logos and mascots might boost school spirit or at least provide more clothes when laundry day gets skipped.
  10. AAA membership. A personal AAA membership could prevent a dangerous scenario with a disabled vehicle along the highway. Graduation Gift - Emergency Kit
  11. First-aid kit. Go store-bought or a unique, personally organized kit. Hopefully, only a Band-Aid will be used.
  12. Digital news subscription. Choose one that suits your grad. Ex., business major: Wall Street Journal. A subscription to a hometown paper is another option.
  13. Money. I saved this one for last because it is the most common choice of gifters. Cold, hard cash is always welcome, but it isn’t a unique present. You can do better.

Graduation party inspiration

For creative graduation gifts, party ideas and inspiration, visit our Graduation Pinterest board.

Graduation Gift Koozies

If you’re the graduation party planner, check out our customized can coolers. We’ve got tons of designs to choose from or we can help you create your own! We also can personalize your drinkware, napkins and other graduation party supplies!

One final thought …

Tell your graduate how proud you are, inspire them with confidence and continue to support them on their journey.

— Shelley Grieshop

This blog was updated Jan. 10, 2023.

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