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Graduation Gift Ideas 2014

Updated on January 31, 2015

Celebrating a Wonderful Accomplishment

Graduation is an important time in a young person's life. It symbolizes great accomplishment and promise for the future. Graduation is a time of change, of leaving behind the old and embracing the new. Whether it's elementary school, high school, college, or grad school, graduation is a big deal.

Sometimes finding a graduation gift can be tricky. You want something special but you probably don't want to empty your bank account either. Whether you're looking for something cute or more elegant, you'll find some great graduation gift ideas below.

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Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss' "Oh, The Places You'll Go" is a classic graduation gift. It encourages you to reach as high as you can, even when others tell you it's too high. And it's not all roses, of course. We'll all face difficult times in our lives and this book tells you to face them head on, push through, and come out stronger on the other side. It's a great gift if you're looking for something small, but meaningful.

Oh, the Places You'll Go!  
Oh, the Places You'll Go!  

This is a classic graduation gift for any age. The inspiration story will motivate your graduate to do their best and reach for their dreams.

Vandor 17061 Dr. Seuss "Oh the Places You'll Go" 12 oz Ceramic mug, Multicolor
Vandor 17061 Dr. Seuss "Oh the Places You'll Go" 12 oz Ceramic mug, Multicolor

Reaffirm Dr. Seuss' message every morning with a cup of coffee and some encouraging words.


Graduation Mug

1 X Way to Go! Graduation Mug Coffee Mug Ceramic Celebrate!
1 X Way to Go! Graduation Mug Coffee Mug Ceramic Celebrate!

If Dr. Seuss isn't your cup of tea, this beautiful graduation mug might be just the right gift. It's bright and colorful and will give a daily reminder of an amazing accomplishment.


Graduation Blanket

If you're looking for a unique graduation gift, look no further! I'd never even heard of a graduation blanket before, but it's a super cool idea. Your graduate has certainly earned some relaxation time, and what better way to relax than curling up with a warm graduation blanket?

Graduation Stuffed Animals

Who doesn't love a stuffed animal? And who says they're just for kids? Graduation animals are a great way to celebrate an accomplishment while still holding on to a piece of your childhood. They're cute but still sophisticated and are a great gift for any graduate.

Jewelry and Key Chains

Jewelry is a classic gift. There's so much variety, too, that you're sure to find something that suits your graduate. And you don't need to spend a fortune just because it's jewelry--there's plenty of affordable options.

1 Pc Graduation Day Gifts 925 Solid Sterling Silver Graduate Owl with Cap Hat Charm Bead Fit Bracelets Jewelry Jewellery
1 Pc Graduation Day Gifts 925 Solid Sterling Silver Graduate Owl with Cap Hat Charm Bead Fit Bracelets Jewelry Jewellery

This adorable owl charm is a perfect graduation gift. It fits on Pandora bracelets, or you can put it on any chain that works for you. It's a small token that can be carried around for life as a reminder of this amazing accomplishment.


Picture Frames

Even though the world has gone digital, there's nothing like a good old fashioned printed photograph. Graduation is a time you should remember forever, and what better way to do that then with a framed picture? Picture frames are a perfect graduation gift. If you're shopping for a friend who you went to school with, you can include a photo of one of your favorite memories with them, too.

Rubber Ducky Graduates

Whether you're looking for a gag gift or a party favor, these rubber ducky graduates are a lot of fun. You can buy just a single one if it's a gift, or you can get them in sets of 12 and hand them out as party favors. They're cute and sure to be remembered!

The average cost of a graduation party is nearly $1,000. Are you planning to throw a huge party?

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Pomp and Circumstance

Have you ever wondered about the traditional graduation song? The title actually comes from the Shakespeare play Othello. It's a series of marches that originally had a more military meaning. The first march is the most famous and was first used as a graduation song at Yale University in 1905 because its composer, Sir Edward Elgar, was receiving an honorary doctorate of music.

Traditional Grad Song

Can't remember just what Pomp and Circumstance sounds like? It's not played at every grad ceremony, so don't feel bad. Watch this video to have a listen to the classic song.

Gift Cards

Let's face it...some people are just hard to shop for. Even if you have oodles of great ideas, you might be nervous that they won't like whichever gift you choose. A gift card is a sure fire way to make sure they like their gift. Plus, most students are flat broke when they finish school, so it's nice to have a bit of spending money to get what they need for the next phase of their lives. Gift cards are also ideal for high school grads who need supplies for their dorm room. A personal gift is nice, but if you aren't sure, then a gift card is a good route to take.

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Did you find the perfect gift? Do you have ideas for what I should add? Or maybe you have a great graduation story you want to share. Let me know here! You don't need an account to leave a message.

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    • Stephanie36 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Canada

      @SteveKaye: Lol, no kidding. I can't imagine spending that on a grad party!

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

      4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Love the martini glass and the key chains!

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      4 years ago

      $1,000 dollars for a party? Wow! If that amount of money was put in investments when the child was born, it would grow to about a million dollars by retirement.

    • SandyMertens profile image

      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Some good gift ideas.

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      4 years ago

      Really good ideas here.

    • BodyHairRemoval profile image


      4 years ago

      Some outstanding graduation gifts.

    • Stephanie36 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Canada

      @takkhisa: I'm glad you found some good ideas!

    • takkhisa profile image


      4 years ago

      You know, picture frames and mug gift ideas are the best to me! I would like to present one of these gifts to one of my friends this year. Thank you.


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