Graduation Gift Ideas

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Five graduates in caps and gowns leaping for joy

Commencement is right around the corner, and high school graduations aren’t far behind. Choosing that perfect gift can be baffling. To help, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite graduation gift ideas. Many can be found in the Bruins Shop.

Study or Journaling Bible

For either the college or high school graduate, a study or journaling Bible makes a great gift. Both are beginning a new chapter of their life’s story when they will most need the guidance found in God’s Word.


A nice journal is also a great gift for both high school and college graduates. The changes that come with starting a new chapter can create much confusion. A journal can help them sort through that confusion by giving them a place to put their thoughts down on paper.

See Also: Three Benefits of Journaling

Gift Cards

Everyone appreciates the gift of gift cards. High school graduates coming to college will enjoy gift cards for places like Walmart to help with basic expenses and for restaurants where they can go have fun with friends. College graduates will also be grateful for gift cards as they learn to balance their own budgets. Gift cards to clothing stores would also be a good idea for college graduates since they now need to finance a career wardrobe.


Though a high-price item, luggage is a practical gift for both the high school and college graduate. The high school graduate off to college will be traveling back and forth between college and home often. And the college graduate out on their own will need luggage when visiting, too.

Laundry Hamper and Supplies

More for the high school graduate, a clever gift idea is a laundry hamper with laundry detergent, fabric softener, stain remover and other laundry-related items. Considering this may be their first time to do laundry on their own, a tip sheet may not be a bad idea, either.

Professional Portfolio

For the college graduate, a classy business portfolio is a practical gift. As they interview for jobs, it will give them a professional way to carry their resumé and reference letters.