Great graduation gift ideas
It's that time of year to recognize and reward a student's hard work and achievement.
The arrival of high school or college graduation announcements always raises the question of "What to buy?"
There are many options for graduation gifts, but so much depends on how well you know the student (or how well you know the parents) and, of course, how much you want to spend.
Included here are suggestions that cover a wide range of prices, so you can choose the gift that's most appropriate for this great occasion. Consider shopping online where there are many e-merchants offering a wide assortment of graduation gifts, from electronics to sports gear. Remember to keep your graduate's future plans in mind before trying to choose the perfect gift.
High School Graduation Gift Ideas
- Stereo– A good bookshelf stereo can offer the new grad great sound in a small space
- iPod – Starting at around $99, an iPod is a great choice for any graduate. If they already have an iPod, consider a docking station with speakers so they can share their music at parties or in a dorm room. Add a download gift card so they can add new tunes right away.
- Small stock account – The beginnings of an investment account can start a new grad on a prosperous future. Consider including a consultation with a trusted financial advisor so they learn how to manage their investments and other finances
- Give a graduation party - If you know the grad and a number of their friends or family members, consider hosting a party in their honor. A beach or lakeside party is a great casual choice, or choose a hotel or restaurant for a more formal gathering
- Work of art related to their interests - A photo or print of Paris for the future French major, a sports-themed sculpture for the athletically inclined graduate, or a whimsical wire figure of a mythological beast for someone who loves fantasy literature – you can match the theme to the grad's interests, future career or planned college major.
Especially for the College bound
If the graduate is off to college, here are few other graduation gift ideas –
- Basket of shower gear - Many college students who live in a dorm have to share a bathroom with at least a few people. To make those trips back and forth to the shower easier, give the grad a plastic bin or basket with a handle for carting around shampoo, soap, and other essentials. In fact, there are baskets that are made solely for this purpose. You can even have them personalized! Fill it with bath items such as washcloths, shower sponges, and good-smelling soaps and shampoos.
Or consider dorm or college oriented gift like an:
- Answering machine
- Small refrigerator
- Alarm clock
- Contemporary reading light
- Small TV
- Contemporary desk supplies
- Internet account
- Zip drive and disks
- Recording device for lectures
- Electronic note takers
- Tool box with basic household or auto care tools
- Phone card
- Gift certificate to music store
- Rare or limited edition book related to their interests.
College Graduation Ideas
While all of the high school graduation gift ideas will work for a college grad, here are some things that mi