5 Graduation Gift Ideas

Someone you care about is graduating high school or college and you’re asking yourself--what do graduates really appreciate when it comes to gifts? No matter what your budget is, you can give a thoughtful gift that conveys meaning and value to someone you love. Here are five great gift ideas for the graduate in your life.

1. Memory Book

Take time to collect photos of the graduate--Facebook and Instagram are great resources for these. You can include photos of them alone, with their friends and family, and especially photos with YOU! Then, you can create a printed and bound memory book or you can buy a scrapbook and put the photos in yourself.

You can get photos printed out in 4x6 size for super cheap at your local Walmart or drugstore. Tack your pictures into the book, add special touches with some handwritten notes in the margin and decorate with fun details like bows, stickers, googly eyes, etc. Mix it up with colorful pens and markers! Your graduate will love these memories! They likely already have all of these photos saved on their phones, but won’t have the time to print them out and put them in a special place in an organized fashion. You’re not only giving them the gift of time, by doing this for them, you’re giving them the priceless memories in an easy spot that they can always return to.

2. Event / Experience

Think of a fun experience or event your senior would like to do--this might be something they’ve never done or something you know they enjoy. It could be something the two of you do together or it can be something you send them to do on their own or with their friends. The possibilities are endless here! A few experiences you could gift based on their likes are:

Movie Buff: Create a movie experience with a gift certificate for tickets (or a rental/download at home!), snacks and drinks, etc.
Animal Lover: Gift them them a trip to the zoo with a polaroid camera to snag instant memories.
Crafter: Take the graduate to a local art studio and paint a canvas or coffee mug together.
Loves the Outdoors: Pack a picnic and take them on a mountain hike. 

Think of a fun experience or event your senior would like to do--this might be something they’ve never done or something you know they enjoy. It could be something the two of you do together or it can be something you send them to do on their own or with their friends. The possibilities are endless here! A few experiences you could gift based on their likes are:

Movie Buff: Create a movie experience with a gift certificate for tickets (or a rental/download at home!), snacks and drinks, etc.
Animal Lover: Gift them them a trip to the zoo with a polaroid camera to snag instant memories.
Crafter: Take the graduate to a local art studio and paint a canvas or coffee mug together.
Loves the Outdoors: Pack a picnic and take them on a mountain hike. 

3. Custom Messenger or Tote Bag

Find a local or online vendor who creates custom leather or canvas messenger bags. Have it personalized with their initials for the personal touch! You can even consider putting the graduation year on it to commemorate their achievement.

Whether they’re graduating high school or college, a good messenger bag is always super handy for the next step in life. It has multiple pockets for laptops, notebooks, pens, water bottles and more and can accompany them to their college classes or first professional job. A messenger bag is something a lot of people want and can use, but wouldn’t buy for themselves.

4. Journal with a Handwritten Note

Take the time to write something thoughtful for your graduate. Either inscribe a note on the first page or include a separate sheet of paper tucked inside the journal. Include memories from the past and hopes you have for their future. Be sure to tell them why you’re proud of them and why you have faith in them. Now is the time to build their confidence up more than ever and show them you care and have got their back. 

You might even want to find a journal that’s broken up into months of the year and include a note for each new month! A journal is a great tool for them to document the upcoming transition in their life and they’ll appreciate the extra encouragement too.

5. Money or Gift Cards

This sounds like a no-brainer--of course graduates want money! It’s the number one most common gift given. But it doesn’t have to be thoughtless. Include a card with some ideas or wishes you might have for them to spend their money on--they’ll likely be getting enough to put towards something very meaningful that will last them many years to come. And if they don’t have a plan for it, they could run through it with nothing to show for it. They would probably really appreciate a little direction, especially at a time that potentially has a lot of unknowns.

If you’d rather do a gift card, consider including more than one different option, such as shopping and fast food--every recent graduate values these things! Other ideas are a gas card, restaurant or grocery card. Those categories, given together, can help ease the burden at a time they might need it most. Transitions are scary! And a lot of the time, financial fears are at the forefront of those scary times. Even if you can help make ONE day easier on them, it’s a priceless gift. Tell them to save it for a rainy day!

Always include some meaningful words of encouragement and praise for this huge accomplishment with whatever gift you choose. They did it! Celebrate with them!

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