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Graduation Gift Ideas

School's out for the summer and for the lucky ones, forever. Graduation is approaching and it's the perfect time to show your family and friends how proud you are of them. What better way to say congratulations than through a gift?! Although everyone loves getting cash, it's always nice to see how thoughtful and creative people can be. From middle to graduate school, here are some cool graduation gift ideas.

Picture pillow

This is a great way to display memories throughout the years and something your graduate will definitely get good use out of. Pick out your favorite pictures and make a pillow picture collage. It sounds complicated, but you don't have to do it yourself. Check out CafePress' which allows you to customize it! Here's another site that helps you personalize gifts like picture frames or coffee mugs with a name or saying. Personalized gifts are always special.

College gear

Think of what a high school grad will need in college; they're moving out so they'll need more basic things than you think! For example, a friend of mine bought me a shower caddy and filled it with lotion and body wash. With that, she added towels and a bathrobe with my initials on them. When I moved into my dorm, all this came in handy, for sure! Other college ideas could include dry erase boards, a wallet for their student ID swipe card, or a sweatshirt with their college name on it.

Real world survival kit for college grads

When I graduated college, my mom bought me a suit, and though I actually hated it, I did get a lot of use out of it. Instead, create a "real world survival kit" and fill it with useful, but fun items. Think about what to fill it with! What do working people need? Perhaps you could add a laptop case, coffee maker, travel coffee mug, Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts gift card, printer, brief case/portfolio case, a gym membership, ora wifi hot spot.

High school help

For the teens graduating 8th grade and moving on to high school, if they don't already have one, get them a cell phone! Gift cards always work for this age too or perhaps a memory box filled with childhood things.

For the future

Dream catchers, home-made fortune cookies, and inspirational books are interesting gifts for the future as well.


Since you can't go wrong with cash, think of a unique way to go about giving it. This is just one way to tweak the typical cash gift!

Do you recommend any graduation gift ideas?

About the author: Shana is a friend of House Party. She enjoys hiking, traveling, and concerts. Her party tip: Dessert, specifically chocolate.

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