School Graduation Gift Ideas

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School Graduation Gift Ideas
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Graduating from high school or college often is a highlight in a person's life. Such a milestone means the graduate faces a new beginning, as well as adulthood. Consider choosing school graduation gift ideas that will help the recipient in his future endeavours.

Gift Baskets

Design a gift basket that suits the graduate's tastes. Buy a pre-made basket or make your own. Include items the graduate may need for future schooling or items that will help her if she's starting her career. Consider theme basket ideas. For instance, for a lavish gift basket, include such electronic items as a cell phone with accessories or a digital camera with a camera bag, extra batteries and a memory card. For an inexpensive and useful present, put together a basket with kitchen tools, dishcloths and a cookbook.

Fun Gifts

A graduate who enjoys sports may appreciate a jersey featuring his school's team, memorabilia from his favourite team or a letter jacket from his high school or future college. Gift tokens to races, sports centres or games also are good graduation gift ideas.

Spa and salon gift tokens are ideal presents. After the stress of final exams, a graduate will enjoy a chance to relax while someone else pampers her. Graduates who want to travel after school will appreciate such lavish presents as plane tickets and hotel gift tokens.

Thoughtful Gifts

Give the graduate a personalised gift. This can include any item engraved with his name and graduation date, such as a pen and pencil set or a silver picture frame with a photo from the graduation ceremony or a funny school moment. Consider giving the graduate such collectibles as coins or stamps issued the year the recipient graduates.

School Gifts

Give a graduate who is continuing her education gifts that will help her with future expenses. Give her such essentials as a dorm-size refrigerator, a microwave or money for school books. Gift cards for dining, parking, gasoline or groceries also are useful present ideas.


Give the gift of jewellery. Class rings are expensive and the graduate may not be able to buy his own ring. This idea does not work well as a surprise gift. Let the graduate select the style and ring size. For less expensive jewellery gifts, you can give the graduate a necklace or ID bracelet.

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