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Friday Find: Best Gifts for Grads

Great Gifts for Young Graduates

I can’t believe that the end of the school year is rapidly approaching! My kids gleefully report in with the final school day count on a weekly basis. 24 days to go! Whether it’s a preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, college, grad school or colleague leaving for new job, there seems to be an endless occasions for graduation gifts. Here’s my list with different price points, with of course, always a picture book to celebrate the achievement!


Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Graduation Gift Set by Dr. Seuss

Celebrate your graduation with Dr. Seuss! Designed by Seussian experts, this collection of novelty items based on OH THE PLACES YOU WILL GO will have everyone looking forward to graduation day! Before your little graduate moves mountains, take a moment to celebrate their achievements with a graduate banner, an official Dr. Seuss diploma, magnets, a graduation photo frame, and more!

I really like this set for high school or college grads but it works equally well for much younger kids and even adults!

Graduation SetOh, The Places You’ll Go! picture book

Let’s Go Europe 2012

From Portugal to Hungary, from Great Britain down to Greece, Europe is a lot to take on. Luckily, the student adventurers behind Let’s Go Europe 2012 think you can handle it—with a little help. Whether you’re whipping through London, Barcelona, and Prague in five days or spending a leisurely year abroad, you’ll get all the info you need from us. Our wit and irreverence can brighten even the drabbest Renaissance museum—if you didn’t take our advice to skip it. From German beer halls to Roman ruins, Let’s Go Europe 2012 is your ticket to adventure.

Let’s Go publishes the world’s favorite student travel guides, written entirely by Harvard undergraduates. Armed with pens, notebooks, and a few changes of underwear stuffed in their backpacks, our student researchers go across continents, through time zones, and above expectations to seek out invaluable travel experiences for our readers. Let’s Go has been on the road for 50 years and counting: We’re on a mission to provide our readers with sharp, fresh coverage packed with socially responsible opportunities to go beyond tourism.

Freshman Survival Guide

A values-based guide to navigating that critical first year of college that speaks to college students in their own language and offers practical tools that readers need to keep from drinking, sleeping or skipping their way out of college. There are numerous guides for choosing a college, paying for college and getting good grades in college But THE FRESHMAN SURVIVAL GUIDE is the first to offer advice on academics, relationships and lifestyle and combine it with guidance on how to cope with the spiritual, emotional and ethical questions and issues that confront young adults. Divided into five sections (Relationships, Identity &Spirituality, Academics, Risk, Balance), the book tackles issues that include: Homesickness * Learning Who You Are * Real Stats on Mental Health * 10 Reasons to Show Up to Class * Are Your Earning Your BA or Your IM * Safety: Don’t Be Paranoid, Just be Smart * Doritos Is Not A Food Group * and 19 other equally pertinent areas that other college guides don’t address.This is one college guidebook that freshman won’t be ashamed to read and keep in their backpacks. 

High School 101: Freshman Survival Guide

Written by sophomores at McIntosh High School in Peachtree City, Georgia, this book is a MUST READ for kids leaving middle school, high-school freshmen, and parents of today’s high-schooler. Chock full of humorous tips, practical advice, and serious anecdotes about subjects as diverse as depression, dating, and study habits, this “view from the inside” can prepare the rising high school student for today’s challenges in a way no other book can. Perfect as a middle school graduation or back-to-school gift!

Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition

Pen Gift Sets

Cross Pen Set, $34

Parker Pen Set, $23

Cross Pen Set, $50

Gift Certificates

Gift Certificate to Ikea

Even if the graduate is going to a dorm rather than an apartment, an Ikea gift certificate will come in handy whether for bedding, comfortable furniture or a desk lamp.

Gift Certificate to Nordstroms

A new path will require a new wardrobe, especially if there is a new job or internship on the horizon.

Membership or Gift Certificate to Gym

Your high school or college grad no longer has free access to a well equipped gym.

Gift Certificate to Target

A great one stop shopping location to get everything a new grad would need from bedding, food to household kitchen items.

Gift Certificate to Resume Writing Service


Cannon Elph Digital Camera

Compact Refrigerator for Dorm

Culinair, $99



Samsonite 5 Piece Nested Luggage, $100

American Tourister 4 Piece Set, $70

High Sierra Rolling Duffel, $105


Kenneth Cole, $130

McKleinUSA Ladies’ Briefcase, $114

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Ann

    These are all such thoughtful gift ideas! I don’t have anyone graduating but still this post made me a little misty thinking nostalgically about these transitions in life and how before you know it it will be my kids.
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    • Hi Ann,
      I guess some people also give graduation gifts for milestones like graduating from preschool or elementary school too. Yes, it’s that graduation time of year again!

  2. Crystal

    Target stores are coping with the recession just like other retailers and consumers. So how can they afford to give away gift cards? Simple: Target and other retailers want to entice customers to come to the stores and shop.
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  3. Artchoo

    You are good. I love the luggage idea, gift cards of course are always welcome, and the fridge is a must-have for college.
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  4. Great ideas! We are giving my nephew a few gift cards (in a handmade card) and one of these books – Invest in Your-SELF: Six Secrets to a Rich Life http://amzn.to/KsRFct or I Will Teach You to be Rich http://amzn.to/KY7dd4.
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  5. Love to see these wonderful ideas about gifting specially a parker pen set in a good range. i would like to choose these paker pens in my friends wedding so thanks for giving such a great ideas!!!

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