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
An ice-cream truck fort, for the ultimate summer role play.
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.
For the aspiring Monet, a classic-looking desktop easel.
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
A really fun Fujifilm camera that’ll be a huge hit at sleep-away camp.
Can’t go wrong with a custom bobblehead.
A starter VR headset because this is what the future holds.
For the middle-school graduate
The very latest in Nintendo gaming: The Nintendo Switch.
Their very own robot that comes packed with games.
Everyone loves pizza, so trick out their iPhone with it.
Send them off to high school with an excellent Japanese pen.
Just enough of a splurge for someone who’s entering high school.
For the high-school graduate
The all-purpose Echo with its helper Alexa, so they’ll never have to move once they get back to their college dorm.
A choker with a little something extra.
These Danish slippers are the very best in wool slippers (trust me, I’ve tried them).
A neon cactus for the dorm room (or lots of other colorful accents).
For the college graduate
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.
An overnight duffel for wherever they might end up (but may we also suggest plane tickets).
An espresso machine, for when real life hits.
Sure, sheets might seem like a weird graduation gift, but consider the first apartment they’re going to be moving into.
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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