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6 Unique Graduation Gift Ideas for High School and College Graduates

Unique Graduation Gifts

There is still time to get an awesome graduation gift for that special graduate. Whether graduating from high school, college, or even kindergarten, graduates will appreciate a cool gift to recognize their accomplishments.

From snacks to inspiring books to personalized gifts, there are a number of gifts guaranteed to please.

Gift Baskets

Oh, gift baskets are always coming up when talking about gifts, as they are great for any occasion—for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays—and, yes, graduation. For the younger graduate, a basket with a combination of healthy snacks and sweet treats, along with a stuffed animal, might be just perfect. For the high school and college graduates, a stuffed animal might be fine, too, but for sure the treats will be. Tea and coffee themed baskets might be a perfect fit, too, especially for the college student going on to graduate school—and lots of late nights!

Popcorn Factory

Popcorn Tins

We have all seen those popcorn tins with three different kinds of popcorn. Well, what if that popcorn were gourmet? Popcorn Factory popcorn has got to be the best, since it is their specialty.

You would, of course, have to get the sampler tin of all three flavors: butter, cheese, and caramel. Yummy! But Popcorn Factory has even more flavors than that. Check out their video to see more of their selections.

The tins are fun, too, with different styles from smiley faces to college sport teams. Add in some snacks from the site and you have a perfect gift for a graduate of any age.

A book inscription makes your book more personal. Write a personal note and sign your name inside the front cover for a special touch.

A book inscription makes your book more personal. Write a personal note and sign your name inside the front cover for a special touch.

Inspirational Books

Inspirational books make excellent gifts, particularly for the high school graduate heading off to college, or the college grad embarking on their new life journey after schooling ends. What about a book entitled More Than a Bucket List? Interesting title! And the book is all about achieving goals and dreams. Very appropriate. Stress Less could be helpful, or perhaps a more faith-driven book such as God’s Promises for Graduates would be appreciated.

Besides books that inspire, there are other varieties of nonfiction, as well as fiction, such as mystery and romance. For a graduate who likes to read, Thomas Nelson has many possibilities. With 15% off and many books under $10, this site is worth shopping--for the graduate or even yourself!

Personalized Gifts for Graduates

Most people appreciate a personalized gift or keepsake. HappyKids personalizes items with the graduate’s name and year of graduation. “Jane Doe, Class of 2013” can be put on a print for framing, or even a shirt. Short-sleeved t-shirts or long-sleeved sweatshirts can be purchased for under $20. The name of the school or college can be added, as well. A cuddly teddy bear is another option, along with a pillow or throw. The latter two items would be perfect for the high school student to pack up to take to college.


If you want a unique, inexpensive gift for the graduate, how about a chocolate bar? Not just any chocolate bar, but one with a wrapper that has all the personalized information about the graduate on the wrapper.

CarsonWrappedHersheys specializes in just that. The wrapping has many different style options, but the Hershey’s milk chocolate candy bar is what really matters! This is a simple gift sure to please the 5 year old Kindergarten graduate or the 50 year old Ph.D. graduate student (plus any age before or after). The bars cost only a few dollars each, along with a $10 photo fee, so you’ll probably want to take advantage and get a whole box of them while you’re there!

Don’t Forget the Card!

A personalized greeting card beats any you might find in regular stores. CardStore offers a selection of funny and serious cards for graduates, many around $3. The coolest thing, though, are the personalized cards. You can create your own graduation card, from the background to the message in the card. You can use messages on their existing cards, or change them to be your own. Design the front and the inside right there, and upload personal photos to really make the card personal. A personalized card is sure to please and is a great keepsake for graduates.

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Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 26, 2016:

Amba--that sounds like a valuable resource for graduates!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 20, 2014:

PegCole--Yeah, I can see how the briefcase wouldn't work right after high school. But now--yes! Thanks for the input!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 16, 2014:

Thanks, tillsontitan! :-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 16, 2014:

CC--A nice pen--LOL! Yes, you should definitely send some hints out to your family for your own graduation!

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on May 16, 2014:

Graduation is such a special time that's remembered throughout the years that follow. You've given a lot of great gift ideas to make that day memorable. For HS graduation, my aunt gave me a beautiful patent leather briefcase with a built in umbrella that I loved but was too self conscious to carry. No one carried briefcases back then. But I would really enjoy having it now.

Mary Craig from New York on May 16, 2014:

As always you've picked some winners!

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on May 16, 2014:

I like your suggestions - I'm glad you didn't put "a nice pen" on here, haha.

A nice gift basket is always good. :) I love popcorn. Hmm...maybe I should share this with my family since I graduate in December. :D

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 16, 2013:

pstraubie--I'm glad this was helpful! Not quite as helpful as the angels, though, I don't think! Thank you!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on May 10, 2013:

It is that time, graduating family members have let me know they want to see my face and of course a gift will come along. Suggestions such as these are welcome, Victoria, so I do not have to stand around in a store asking myself what to get...thanks.

Angels are on the way :) Pinned ps

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 09, 2013:

vocalcoach--Thans! I'm glad I could give you some ideas. I thought these were pretty neat!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 09, 2013:

ImKarn--Yeah, much better than a pen--haha! Oh, yeah, gourmet popcorn. Yum-yum! Great to see you, girl!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 09, 2013:

You're welcome, janetwrites! Thanks for commenting!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on May 09, 2013:

Thank you Victoria for these wonderful ideas and suggestions for graduation gifts. I'm usually at a loss when it comes to the right gift. Not anymore!

Voted up +++ and sharing.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 09, 2013:

You're welcome, Susan. Hope the ideas help!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 08, 2013:

You're welcome, Eddy! I'm glad you think so! Have a great night (or day)!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 08, 2013:

ThelmaC--Great comments! And I hope your grand niece is a hubber one day! Awesome!

Karen Silverman on May 08, 2013:

I love the popcorn idea! i'd never think of that in a million years!

ALL your ideas sure beat a ballpoint pen - that's fo' sure!

Timely hub, my friend!

votingup and sharingon

Janet Giessl from Georgia country on May 08, 2013:

Very nice ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on May 08, 2013:

I have a few nieces and nephews that are graduating this year and your hub came at the perfect time. Thanks for all the great ideas.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 08, 2013:

Thanks, Maria! Glad you came by. Thanks for the votes, but especially the hugs! :-)

Eiddwen from Wales on May 08, 2013:

Great ideas Victoria; thanks for sharing.


Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 08, 2013:

Hey, Bill, you'll save even more money not having any graduates to buy for! :-) Thanks for reading, as always!

Thelma Raker Coffone from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA on May 07, 2013:

Victoria you have some great suggestions. My grand niece is graduating from high school as Valedictorian. I have been looking at some nice handmade items on etsy.com. I found a very nice personalized journal for her to write about her college experiences. Maybe she will be a hubber one day!

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on May 07, 2013:

Practical, helpful and well detailed ideas.

Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 07, 2013:

greatstuff--I'm glad you think so. I wanted to find something kind of different. Thanks for the input!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 07, 2013:

Oddly I know of no graduates this year. Now that I'm not teaching my graduation invitations have greatly diminished. Great suggestions here Vicki.

Mazlan A from Malaysia on May 07, 2013:

These are good suggestions besides the usual flowers and teddy bears.

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