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10 awesome graduation gift ideas!

10 awesome graduation gift ideas!

As part of my series on creating an awesome graduation party, here are 10 awesome graduation gift ideas to make your own graduate's party perfect.


Graduation season is upon us.

As part of my series on creating an awesome graduation party, here are 10 awesome graduation gift ideas to make your own graduate’s party perfect.

I started this series on graduation party ideas because, as I have shared in other posts like 10 easy graduation party food ideas and 10 fun graduation party decorations,  my oldest just graduated from high school (Eek!), and we had a lot of fun throwing a big graduation party to celebrate her achievements!

So, here are some of the ideas we used and others we may use for other graduation parties we attend.

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1. A mason jar decorated with graduation cap and full of money.

2. Pizza box with money “pizza.”

I got the idea for this one here.  Because what better graduation gift could there be than pizza money?  Write on the inside of the lid: One cannot live on pizza alone.  You also need a little “dough!” We got $25 in dollar bills from the bank and taped them down in the center with double-sided tape.  We attached the pepperoni quarters the same way.

10 awesome graduation gift ideas - a pizza made from 25 $1 bills with pepperoni quarters.

3. Water bottle full of quarters.

For laundry, snack machines, and parking meters.

4. Clever congratulations card using candy.

Use your imagination! We had a lot of fun with this one. It was challenging, but worth it! It was the hit of the grad party.

 10 awesome graduation gift ideas - a graduation congratulations card spelled out using candy.

You can see how much my graduating daughter liked it. 😉

 10 awesome graduation gift ideas - a graduation congratulations card spelled out using candy.

Here is another example.

5. “Life is like a box of chocolates.”

Like Forrest Gump, we don’t know what we’ll get, but make your graduate’s day by putting money in a chocolate box to make it even sweeter. (It’s up to you whether you eat the candy or give it to them, too…)

6. Umbrella raining money “for a rainy day.”

They’ll need a good umbrella for those rainy day walks between classes and it gets even better if you tie money to the ribs of the umbrella!

10 awesome graduation gift ideas! Tape money inside an umbrella for a rainy day fund

7. Inspirational books for the graduate.

There are so many good ones out there.  And, as a librarian, I know you can’t ever have too many books!

Of course, as a librarian, I am partial to Dr. Seuss’ Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

8. Fill an over-the-door shoe bag with snacks so the graduate will be set in their dorm room.

9. Make a laundry kit.

Fill a laundry basket from the dollar store with laundry supplies and quarters. Click on image to get free printable label.

10 awesome graduation gift ideas! Make a laundry kit for the new graduate

Get printable label here.

10. Freshman survival kit.

Snacks, laundry supplies, money, stamps and stationery, gift cards to favorite shops, gas stations and restaurants.

There you are – 10 great graduation gift ideas for your favorite graduate!

Let me know what gifts you have given (or received) for graduation.

~ Pam

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Author: Pam Hoepner

Hi I'm Pam, a seasoned homemaker with a husband, 3 teenagers, and a houseful of pets. I'm also a librarian and professional organizer (The Economical Organizer) who loves to share my hard-earned homemaking, DIY and organizing skills with others so you too can have a Life, Creatively Organized. Disclosure: I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

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