Graduation gift guide (from kindergarten to college)
Whether it’s a mini graduation out of kindergarten, the big high school farewell or the culmination of years of hard work in college, it’s that time of the year.
Send your loved ones to the next phase in their life with a gift that will mark their passage. Here are some of our favorite graduation gifts, for the different chapters in your life.
“Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” By Dr. Seuss is a classic way to inspire and get excited for the future. As your little one improves her reading, she will soon be able to read this to you at night, instead of the other ways around. (Or maybe she already can!) But keep this book around throughout school; it gets more meaningful every year. Re-read it together after high-school graduation, and reminisce about how a book can be so special, even as we change. “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” on sale $10 (plus Cash Back), Walmart.com
A simple but cool graduation gift for people on a budget is to get your soon-to-be middle-schooler a colorful combination lock — for her brand-new locker. Most kids get their first lockers when they enter sixth grade, and having one with a different color will help her stand out (and find her locker in the busy hallways).
Lock Vertical Resettable, $8.39 (plus Cash Back), Target.com
Middle school graduation:
Make your kid an inspiration jar. High school is not easy, and your kids may need a support more than ever. But as they get older, they may not feel up for asking for help. Anticipate their needs and make them a thoughtful inspiration jar, filled with good quotes, tips and support that they can pull out, when they need a quiet pick-me-up. Fill a simple, glass mason jar with your favorite quotes, and let your teen know you’re always there for them, even if they don’t want to talk.
You could even fill several different jars with quotes and thoughts for different occasions: educational, relational, spiritual — wherever you think your kid may need extra support. Bell Regular Mouth Pint Jars 12 Count, $9.97 (plus Cash Back), Walmart.com
High school graduation:
Whether your high school grad is off to college or venturing to an apartment, quick and cheap meals may become a staple of their diet. Embrace the next step in their journey by providing them with a fun cookbook. To add a bit more, throw in some basic kitchenware like a cute mug or bowl. Mug Meals Cookbook, $12.99 (plus Cash Back), Barnesandnoble.com
It’s more thoughtful than just giving cash, but equally as practical. Get your new college grad a stack of gift cards, to give her a head start on the grown-up life. A gas card, grocery card and restaurant cards will come in handy, especially if she now has to start paying off student debt. Throw in a splurge, just for fun, like a Spafinder gift card or a card for new work clothes. Find an assortment of gift cards at GiftCardMall.com & earn ShopAtHome.com Cash Back