Graduation is upon us, and while it’s easy enough to stick a $50 bill in a greeting card, we’re here to help you step it up this year — especially since it’s a different kind of year — with some graduation gifts you know they’ll love. Whether they’re moving on up from kindergarten, middle school, high school, or college, we’ve selected the 22 best graduation gifts, many of which have been recommended by various experts and students themselves.
For the grad who has all the planets memorized
We’ve all spent a lot of time at home lately; this dreamy tent will freshen up a kid’s surroundings and provide a new opportunity to flex one’s imagination.
For the grad who’s always begging for Mister Softee
An ice-cream-truck fort, for the ultimate summer role-play.
For the grad who’s an aspiring Monet
For the grad who can’t get enough Legos
For the grad who’d rather play outside
For the grad who loves to explore
For the grad who suddenly decided to become a vegetarian
For the grad with a wrist full of friendship bracelets
For the grad who’s never not playing video games
Although you can’t go wrong with any new gaming system, one teen we spoke to said that “the Nintendo Switch has become the hottest console this season,” and described it as the “*fire emoji*” item of the moment. While the Switch has been selling out immediately for months, the Lite — which, unlike the other model, is solely a handheld device — is usually in stock.
For the grad who has a newfound interest in photography
The whole VSCO-girl movement may be a thing of the past, but teens’ enthusiasm for photography will never waver. “Every girl needs one to capture memories, fun moments with friends, and even darker days,” one recent high-school grad told us. She owns — and loves — the classic Polaroid.
For the grad who’s more interested in the memories than the photography
If they have tons of photos and nowhere to put them, consider gifting a few scrapbooking essentials. Strategist writer — and scrapbooking camp alum — Chloe Anello recommends starting with this simple vinyl album and a couple of pads of colorful paper.
For the grad who, like everyone on Instagram, wants a tie-dye sweat suit