10 Gift Ideas for High School Graduation
Are you looking for something different to give at high school graduation parties this year or you simply aren't sure what to give the graduates that you know? These ten ideas are appropriate for many different types of graduates and can be given by family members or friends. There are lots of options for different price points here as well as personalization.
1. T-Shirt Quilt
Many people leave high school with a wide variety of t-shirts: sports teams, band competitions, dances, class trips, etc. While these t-shirts contain a lot of great memories, former high school students may not have much need to wear them after they have graduated, especially as they start acquiring college shirts. If students aren't ready to part with their shirts yet, consider offering the gift of a t-shirt quilt.
2. Office Supplies Basket or Gift Set
Even though students frequently use office supplies throughout high school, they may not own high quality supplies of their own, such as a three hole punch and a stapler. There are a number of pre-packaged gift baskets that you can purchase or you can put together your own set. Keep your gift functional and fun. Consider personalization options for the recipient, such as colors.
3. Book With Notes of Encouragement from Teachers, Coaches, Etc.
Creating a lasting gift for a high school student by creating a book that contains notes of encouragement from teachers, coaches, etc. In addition to close contacts from high school, consider other important figures from the student's past such as an elementary school teacher or an old scout troop leader. If you don't want to use Oh, the Places You'll Go!, another graduation related book or a beautiful blank book will work well, too.
4. Laundry Bag with Supplies
Like office supplies, laundry supplies are one of those things that you take for granted when you're still living at home. It may not be the most exciting gift, but the graduate will think of you every time they use these practical supplies. Big box stores often have specials on laundry baskets and bags during back to school sales.
5. Gas and/or Restaurant Gift Cards
When my littlest sister-in-law was still in grade school, my in-laws frequently purchased gas and restaurant gift cards for me and my husband through the school's Scrip program. When we were first married and had an apartment, grocery store gift cards were a popular choice, too. When you're just starting out, $25 off a monthly purchase or the chance for an extra meal out at a restaurant is significant. Many big box stores and other chains (i.e. chain grocery stores) carry gift cards in the check out area.
6. Netflix Subscription
When I started undergrad in 2001, DVD sets were the highly coveted item. This can still be a good gift if you know that someone really enjoys a particular series and doesn't own it. They'll enjoy the commentaries, deleted scenes, etc. that come with the disks. However, don't discount the hours of entertainment that Netflix can provide. There are a handful of gift subscription options on the web site.
- Netflix - Store Locator
Netflix gift cards are available at Target stores nationwide. Use Netflix gift cards to start a new subscription, or add to an existing account.
7. College Wear/Gear
When I decided where I was going to undergrad and got my first college shirt, I wore it at least once a week until I started classes. Even though college students will have numerous opportunities to purchase and/or acquire shirts, having some initial gear to take to school is a huge thrill. If you don't live close to the chosen university, consider ordering online. Many school bookstore web sites have online inventory.
8. Tech Gift
There are a number of great possibilities for tech gifts. A few that come to mind include flash drives, MP3 players, MP3 accessories, and portable GPS devices (i.e. for the car). MP3 accessories can include but are not limited to car hookups, charging docks, and headphones. Consider your budget and what will be most helpful for the given graduate.
9. High School Scrapbook
For those of you who are crafty and enjoy making projects like this, consider a scrapbook as a gift option. For those of you who aren't crafty, there are a number of wonderful handmade personalized options out there, such as the scrapbook that I've linked on the right. You and the graduate can work together to design the layout or you can surprise the graduate with a book that she can add photos to herself.
10. Gift Specific for a Chosen Major
For many students, one of the most exciting parts about starting college is the chance to start taking more classes in an academic area that you really enjoy. There are a number of options for any major, even those that are a little more obscure. If you aren't sure where to start, talk to the graduate and/or spend some time browsing on Amazon.
More Graduation Resources
- Graduations and Graduation Parties: How to Save Money
This is a hub that I wrote about how to save money on graduations and graduation parties. It includes a lot of DIY options and resources for bulk or cheaper purchased items.
- DIY: Postcard Party Invitations with Microsoft Publisher
This hub is a DIY tutorial for postcard party invitations that you can create with Microsoft Publisher. It includes photos as well as additional resources.
- 5 Out of the Ordinary Gift Ideas for High School Graduates
Get these out of the ordinary gifts for your high school graduate. Purchase your high school graduate gifts that will last.
© 2012 Rose Clearfield