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22 Graduation Gifts for Every Type of Grad

Graduation is upon us, and while it’s easy to just stick a $100 bill in a card, we’re here to help you step it up this year with some graduation gifts you know they’ll love, whether they’re just about to enter first grade, high school, college, or real life. Below, the 22 best graduation gifts (along with a few tried-and-true Strategist hits).

For the kindergarten graduate

Cotton Canvas Ice Cream Truck Playhouse
$94 at Amazon

An ice-cream truck fort, for the ultimate summer role play.

Hatchimals Draggle
$60 at Amazon

For the kids who didn’t get Hatchimals, the hottest gift of the season, over the holidays, here’s their chance. For the latest Hatchimals update, there’s also these cute and smaller collEGGtible editions.

Adjustable Wood Desktop Table Easel with Drawer
$25 at Amazon

For the aspiring Monet, a classic-looking desktop easel.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
$13 at Amazon

This might be over-played for a college grad, but a kindergartener who already loves The Cat in the Hat might find it very refreshing.

For the elementary-school graduate

Fujifilm INSTAX Mini 8 Instant Camera
$53 at Amazon

A really fun Fujifilm camera that’ll be a huge hit at sleep-away camp.

Custom Made Occupational Bobble head Doll
$60 at Amazon

Can’t go wrong with a custom bobblehead.

Samsung Gear VR - Virtual Reality Headset
$71 at Amazon

A starter VR headset because this is what the future holds.

For the middle-school graduate

Nintendo Switch
$299 at Amazon

The very latest in Nintendo gaming: The Nintendo Switch.

Cozmo
$180 at Amazon

Their very own robot that comes packed with games.

Foodie iPhone 7 Case
$40 at Spring

Everyone loves pizza, so trick out their iPhone with it.

Midori Brass Ballpoint Pen
$25 at Amazon

Send them off to high school with an excellent Japanese pen.

Double Flat Wallet in Yankee Floral Print
$99 at Coach

Just enough of a splurge for someone who’s entering high school.

For the high-school graduate

Amazon Echo
$180 at Amazon

The all-purpose Echo with its helper Alexa, so they’ll never have to move once they get back to their college dorm.

Tuscan Moon Choker Necklace
$88 at Anthropologie

A choker with a little something extra.

Glerups Model G
$90 at Amazon

These Danish slippers are the very best in wool slippers (trust me, I’ve tried them).

Wet Wild Mega Slick Balm
$10 at Amazon

Pair the perfect lip balm with the perfect skin cream, rosewater face mist, and Kim Kardashian’s body oil for a nice little beauty bundle.

SunnyLife Cactus Neon Light
$40 at Amazon

A neon cactus for the dorm room (or lots of other colorful accents).

For the college graduate

Supreme MetroCard
$30 at eBay

If they’re moving from the campus to the big city, here’s a Supreme MetroCard to get them in the mood for the subway commute.

Briggs & Riley “Baseline” Travel Satchel
$200 at Spring

An overnight duffel for wherever they might end up (but may we also suggest plane tickets).

Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker
$139 at Amazon

An espresso machine, for when real life hits.

Matouk Meridian Flat Sheet
$124 at Bloomingdale’s

Sure, sheets might seem like a weird graduation gift, but consider the first apartment they’re going to be moving into.

Zojirushi Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker
$499 at Amazon

Now that they’re out of college, they’ll want to start eating “real food.” Try to get them started with this excellent rice cooker.

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22 Graduation Gifts for Every Type of Grad