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Eight Great Gifts for Your High School Graduate 

Eight Great Gifts for Your High School Graduate 

The sounds of “Pomp & Circumstance” fill the air as we approach graduation season. When your graduate closes the door to childhood, you want to give him a gift that reflects that milestone. Stuck for ideas? No matter what your budget, you are sure to find a great gift for your graduate here.

Spirit wear – Help your recent grad blend in at their new school by getting them some college spirit wear. Contact the school directly or go online to They have an amazing database of colleges in the U.S and Canada.
Luggage – Maybe your grad is taking a year off and plans to travel. Whether they are traveling first class or backpacking across the country, they need something to hold their things. For daily use, consider purchasing a book bag for walking around campus or a duffle bag for the gym.
Toolkit – If your grad is planning to move out of Mom and Dad’s house, they won’t have access to Dad’s toolbox. A basic toolkit includes screwdrivers, pliers, a hammer, measuring tape, and other handy tools. You can find a ready-made toolkit at your local hardware store.  

Gift cards – Gift cards are a one-size-fits-all type of gift. New college students might appreciate a gas card or a gift card to Walmart, where they can pick up food, toiletries, or household items. IKEA sells inexpensive furniture for small spaces – perfect for a dorm setting. 
A Basket of Goodies – Whether your grad is starting out in his first apartment or headed to the dorm, he will appreciate a basket full of essentials. Fill a laundry basket with snack foods, toiletries, a sewing kit, and a roll of quarters for the Laundromat.
Books – A classic graduation book is Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go! which is an inspirational graduation sendoff for all ages. For practical college advice, try The Secrets of College Success by Lynn F. Jacobs. To record their college experiences, consider buying a five-year journal. 
Money – The most popular gift for grads is cash. The question is always, “How much should I spend?” Check out for a cash gift calculator. Fill in your relationship to grad, state the event that is taking place, who the gift is from, and your household income to receive a dollar amount suggestion.
Homemade gift – If you have the time to make it, a homemade gift is a heartfelt one. Make a pillow or quilt out of high school and sports t-shirts. Put together a scrap book of high school memories and include theatre programs, sports medals, and football programs. Create a photo montage of pictures from Kindergarten to graduation and present it at her party.


Pam Molnar is a freelance writer and mother of three. She takes pleasure in finding the perfect gift for the graduates in her life.

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