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Whether someone is graduating from high school, college or another educational institution, this is a significant milestone in their life. The graduate has put in effort, dedication and time to learn the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. A thoughtful graduation gift is an excellent way to show your pride and honor their hard work.
Choosing Graduation Gifts
Consider what your grad’s next step will be. If they are stepping into the workforce, they might appreciate a gift that lets them flourish. If they’ll be heading off to college, something to help them adjust could be ideal. Of course, you can never go wrong with a keepsake gift from the heart.
Meaningful Graduation Gift Ideas
Following are some of the best gifts for grads available on Amazon. These ideas cover a range of personalities and sentiments.
These cute, humorous socks are made of a comfortable cotton/poly blend. The mid-calf knit socks are light gray with colorful images of books, diplomas and graduation caps all over them. This graduation gift can be a fun addition to the outfit your favorite grad wears while walking the stage in a cap and gown to accept their diploma — or at any time. They come in women’s shoe sizes 4-10.5 and can be machine washed on cold and tumbled dry. They’re rated 4.7 out of 5 stars over more than 4,500 reviews and cost about $6 on Amazon.
This cozy yet practical hoodie is a graduation gift any student can appreciate. It’s made from cotton/poly no-pill Air Jet yarn with double stitching and a double-lined hood with drawcords that have been dyed to match. The rib-knit cuffs and waistband have spandex for added flexibility. The pocket pouch in front is roomy for keeping hands warm or carrying things like a phone and keys. It’s available in eight colors and sizes small through 3X, with a rating of 4.6 out of 5. The price starts at $40.99.
This highly-polished stainless steel bracelet won’t tarnish and is adjustable to fit most wrists. There are several options for the hidden message engraved on the inside of the bracelet, such as “Be confident in whatever direction you choose to go” and “And so, the adventure begins.” The bracelet has 4.8 out of 5 stars with more than 18,800 reviews. This graduation gift comes in a gift box with a card and a velvet bag and costs $15.99.
Send your new grad off to the dorm this fall with the means to enjoy warm breakfasts every day. The Hamilton Beach breakfast sandwich maker can whip up hot and hearty sandwiches. From toasted bread to perfectly cooked eggs and warm fillings, it does all the work and even assembles the finished product. More than 28,000 customers have rated this gift, giving it an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars. It’s available for $26.99.
Any grad can wear and enjoy these innovative bracelets. The beads spell out a message in Morse code that they’ll be reminded of every time they put it on. Messages available include “Never give up,” “A new chapter” and “Amazing.” There is even a custom option. The bracelet, rated 4.8 out of 5 stars after more than 1,000 reviews, is adjustable to 8 inches and available for $15.97.
A wristwatch can be a symbolic reminder of the time and effort your favorite grad has invested to reach this milestone. This bangle watch is ideal for someone who loves all things feminine and classic. It has a rose gold tone and minimalist dial with dauphine hands and a diamond at 12 o’clock. This watch is available in 14 other colors as well, including white and silver, black and gold and rose gold and burgundy, for $75. It’s rated 4.6 out of 5 stars after more than 5,300 reviews.
For a more masculine timepiece, this stainless steel watch has a blue dial and luminous hands. The band is adjustable by adding or removing links. It also features 60-minute, 60-second and 24-hour sub-dials. It is resistant to water up to 100 meters. This watch, which has 4.6 out of 5 stars with nearly 2,000 ratings, is about $110 on Amazon.
This sentimental graduation gift is something a daughter, granddaughter or another special graduate will appreciate. The cover of this travel mirror is engraved with your choice of special messages, including one that says, “To my girl: Wherever your journey in life may take you, I pray you’ll always be safe. Enjoy your ride and never forget your way back home. I’m always here for you.” It’s rated 4.7 out of 5 stars after 2,300 reviews.
The compact alloy mirror opens to a full 180 degrees and can lay flat or can be propped up at an angle. It is currently discounted to $26.90.
This timeless solid brass compass opens to show an engraving of Thoreau’s quote, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” It comes in a stamped leather case and includes a brass keychain that can be attached if your grad would like to carry it daily. The compass has 4.6 out of 5 stars from more than 800 ratings and is available for $38.90.
Your grad can feel more prepared for their new position with this elegant wooden organizer. It can hold a cell phone (while hiding the charging cable), up to three watches, keyrings, a wallet, coins and more. Available in five finishes, this organizer has 4.6 out of 5 stars after more than 1,750 ratings and is available for $39.99.
Sometimes it’s difficult to find just the right graduation gift. You can always let them choose their own. This Amazon gift card comes in a box designed to look like a graduation cap. You can load it with any amount between $25 and $500. It doesn’t have fees or an expiration date, so your favorite grad can use it when they want for what they want.
Congrats to the graduates!