If you’ve been around here for a while, you know our baby is graduating from high school this month. As Gretchen Rubin says, “The days are long but the years are short.” Where has the time gone? I’ve been to many graduations over the years including nieces and nephews, friends’ kids, and our three children. I have given numerous graduation gifts over the years and have learned what graduates like and dislike, what is useful and what isn’t. Here are some great gift ideas for the graduates in your life. I’m sharing gifts in various price ranges to fit your needs both for graduates off to college and to the workforce.


Our girl is graduating this weekend and I’ll be taking a few weeks off from book reviews and blogging so we can celebrate her with our family and friends.

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College Items

Shirt/Sweatshirt from the college they will be attending

Coasters, Banners, and Tumblers with the college they will be attending. (Add a gift card to the college bookstore or cash.)

Keurig (throw in some k-cups or grocery gift card)

Set of dishes for those late pizza nights.

Knife and mini cutting board (add a grocery gift card for some fruit)

Backpack (Extra Nice Backpack that I use every day)

Coffee/Drink Tumbler with cash or gift card (Our daughter loves the one pictured)

Coffee mug and Frother

Lap Desk

Fun colorful pens and notebooks

Bunk Bed Night Stand Tray

Gift Card for late-night pizza runs (Look up the closest pizza joint near campus)

Money towards a computer

Laundry basket with detergent

Towel sets

Wheeled Cart (great for keeping all their snacks together)

T-Shirt Quilt of childhood/high school activities (takes planning ahead)

For the Graduate Entering the Workforce

Restaurant Gift Cards near their place of work

Gas Gift Cards

Lunch bag and containers for daily lunch

Journal or a portfolio with a notepad and a nice pen for work meetings

Gift Card to a Clothing Store for work attire

What have I missed? What gifts do you like to give to the graduates in your life?

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