The Empty Nest Blessed Graduation Gift Guide is here! You may see other graduation gift guides out there but probably none as well researched as mine. Well, okay, I’ll be honest. I texted all three of my kids and one daughter-in-law and asked them what their favorite graduation gifts were. That, and corralled my poor recent-graduate-and-awesome-assistant, Emily, into giving me her input. Well, that, and I drew upon my experience in purchasing graduation gifts over the years. (Let’s face it, our kids were not the ones buying the graduation gifts for their friends, just sayin’.) One of my love languages is gifts, and I’m one of those annoying people who really does buy gifts all year long. When I find the perfect thing for the perfect person, I buy it – even if their next birthday is 51 weeks away. 🙂
If you’ve been hanging with me for a while now, you know that our last child graduates from college this year! I talked about her plans for the future in this post. Bob and I are having so much fun deciding what to give her for graduation! If you’re giving to a college or higher level graduate, consider giving them something they couldn’t afford on their own or that they wouldn’t splurge on for themselves. Those kinds of gifts are always the best!
You’ll find my complete graduation gift guide at the very bottom of this post, with graduation gift ideas for graduates of all ages and stages. The links in the collage above are clickable for more information, and as always, you can click on the pink text links or any of the other images for details.
Regardless of whether you’re giving to a high school, college, graduate school, law school, or medical school graduate, I think a good place to start is to think about your relationship with the person you are giving to and then identify the type of gift you want to give.
With the cost of setting up a dorm room these days (especially for girls!), I think practical gifts for graduation are so appreciated. If you’re giving to a college graduate, the same goes for the cost of transitioning from college to the working world in terms of clothing and accessories and setting up a new apartment. Great ideas for high school graduates include things like throw blankets, towels (lots of colors available), picture frames, and laundry bags.
For high school graduates, this would include things like monogrammed key ring zip wallet, cosmetic bags, or personalized picture frames. One of my daughter’s favorite high school graduation gifts was a set of personalized note cards, which she promptly used up writing thank you notes for all of her other gifts! My son said he loved a personalized notepad cube he received.
For college grads, think about what they’ll be doing next. If they’re going to be working, things like a briefcase/laptop bag, a leather folio, or a classy picture frame for their office would be perfect. If you know them well, you could get more personal with a designer tote/handbag for girls and some new work-appropriate clothing for guys. If you are giving a gift to someone who is going on to graduate, medical, or law school, once again, think about upgrading their towels or kitchenware.
Although these might feel impersonal to give, all of my kids mentioned how much they appreciated Amazon gift cards. It allowed them to purchase things they needed for their dorm rooms or apartments and have some money to spend on things they wanted as well.
Check out the boutique below for the complete Empty Nest Blessed Graduation Gift Guide. (Featuring gifts for graduates of all ages & stages.)
Happy graduation gifting!
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