Graduation Gift Ideas

Whether graduates are going to college, heading into the working world, volunteering or traveling, they most likely don’t own all the things they’ll need for this next step in their lives. That’s why graduation gifts can make a big difference to a young person.

But that doesn’t mean a graduation gift has to be practical. Some people splurge on technological gadgets while others prefer sentimental mementos to honor special school memories. Still others give acts of service, such as doing the graduate’s laundry for a semester.

Whether you give graduation jewelry, a toaster, or a plate of home baked cookies, the trick is to choose a graduation gift that’s within your price range and is something the graduate will love.

Popular graduation gifts include:


  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Popcorn Popper
  • Coffee Maker/Grinder
  • Toaster or Toaster Oven

College Logo Items

  • Sweatshirt/T-shirt
  • Sport Shorts
  • Key Ring
  • Mug

Computer Items

  • Computer/Printer
  • Scanner
  • CD/DVD Burner
  • Software/Games
  • Web cam
  • Internet Service
  • Flash Drives
  • Laptop Bag or Backpack


  • Bookcase/Shelves
  • Stackable crates
  • Chairs/Couches
  • Carpets/Rugs
  • Removable Adhesive Hooks
  • Posters/Frames/Mirror
  • Memo Board/Bulletin Board
  • Pictures/Frames
  • Jostens Photo Books
  • Lamps


  • Stationery/Stamps
  • Desk Supplies (pens, scissors, rubber bands, paper clips, etc.)
  • Highlighter Pens
  • Calculator
  • Address Book
  • Calendar/Daily Planner
  • Dictionary/Thesaurus
  • Wastebasket
  • Backpack/Book Bag

Gift Baskets

  • Linens (sheets, pillows, comforters, mattress pad, towels, washcloths, etc.)
  • Kitchen Items (cups, mugs, silverware, plates, bowls, can opener, etc.)
  • Utility Tools (basic tool kit, flashlight/batteries, extension cords, power strips, etc.)
  • Cleaning Items (supplies and rags, mini vacuum, etc.)
  • Shower Tote (soaps and shampoos, manicure set, hair dryer, styling tools, etc.)
  • Laundry Basket (detergent, fabric softener, rolls of quarters, hangers, iron, etc.)

Jewelry Items


  • Luggage Set
  • Pen/Pencil Set
  • Sleeping Bag (for guests)
  • Yoga Mat
  • Magazine Subscriptions
  • Vehicle Emergency Kit
  • First Aid Kit
  • Bike Repair Kit
  • Noise Canceling Headphones


  • Cash/Check
  • Gift Cards (to movie theaters, fast food chains, pizza places, grocery stores, hair salons, favorite clothing stores, electronic or music stores, gas stations, music downloads, etc.)


  • Board Games/Books
  • Frisbee/Balls
  • Camping Equipment
  • Sports Equipment
  • Bike
  • Skateboard


  • Smart phone/service
  • iPod or MP3 player
  • eReader
  • iTouch
  • Speakers
  • Mini-Stereo System
  • DVD Player
  • Movies/DVDs
  • Clock Radio/Alarm Clock
  • Television
  • Digital Camera
  • Digital Recorder