There are many ideas for graduation gifts because achievement needs to be celebrated and rewarded. Whether your child is graduating from kindergarten, or high school or college show them you are proud of them and their achievements by getting them a gift that they will cherish for years to come. You don’t have to spend a fortune either, as they say, it is the thought that counts, and you can show them your admiration of their achievement with a simple gift to commemorate the occasion without having to break the bank.
Graduation is a proud moment for any student and a gift such as a photo frame to capture the moment or something personalised like an engraved graduation jewelry, or even something they can use in the next step of their journeys such as a suitcase, laptop or tablet to use for college, or a back-to-school knap sack for the middle-school grads, or even a mug to use at the office in their new job for the college grads.
Celebrate their achievement and mark it with a gift to show them that you are proud of them. We have put together a comprehensive list of top gifts to consider whether you want to spend a lot or a little, we have something for everybody.
Best Gift Ideas for Graduation in 2021
- Funny Graduation Master Plan Gift Mug
- Class of 2021 Graduation Pillow
- Ingooood 2021 Graduation Gift Bangle Bracelet
- Alex and Ani Graduation Cap 2021 Bangle Bracelet
- Aurora World Graduation Bear Plush
- Prinz Living Life “I’m Done” Grad Pig Bank
- Straight Outta High School Class of 2021 Graduation T-Shirt
- Graduation gift
- For my Daughter on Graduation Day Gift Poem
- 2017 Charm Layered Over 2021 Penny Keychain
- Enesco Foundations Graduation Mini Angel Figurine
- Straight Outta Preschool Graduation T-Shirt
- A Graduation Present Gift Poem for A Son
- Engraved Leatherette Graduation Picture Frame
- Straight Outta Middle School Graduation Gift T-Shirt
- ELOI Silver/Blue/Pink Class of 2021 Heart Charm
- My First Graduation – Back to School Picture Frame Gift
- Cottage Garden Graduation Musical Jewelry Box
- Class of Personalized SINGLE Graduation Champagne Glass
- Graduation Shirt Gift 2021
- College High School Graduation T-Shirt-Game Over
- Lawrence Frames Black Wood Graduate Frame
- MCS Graduation Shadow Box Frame
- Thanh 39’s Personalized Maple Wood Case and Two Pens for Graduate
- Echo Dot
- Firmstrong Urban Lady Beach Cruiser Bicycle
- GMC Denali Road Bike
- Schwinn 20-Inch Loop Folding Bike
- Ancheer Power Plus Electric Mountain Bike
- Nakto 26″ 250W Cargo-Electric Bicycle
Funny Graduation Master Plan Gift MugCheck Price on Amazon ➞
College done, now it is time to brave the workplace and make their mark. Remind them with every sip of coffee that the future is theirs for the taking with this funny Master Plan Gift Mug, available at Amazon now.
Class of 2021 Graduation PillowCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Graduating high school means the start of a whole new journey. College awaits and this lovely pillow with a pocket for you to include a card and some welcome moola is a wonderful gift, an excellent keepsake with a little extra.
Ingooood 2021 Graduation Gift Bangle BraceletCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Give her something to wear that will let her know you are with her on her special day. Celebrate her achievement and let her know what an inspiration she is on her graduation with this lovely gift bangle bracelet.
Alex and Ani Graduation Cap 2021 Bangle BraceletCheck Price on Amazon ➞
A charm bracelet marks a notable achievement and offers a promise of more to come. The Alex and Ani celebrates the honours of graduation and their achievement, as well as that the future holds more successes to celebrate.
Aurora World Graduation Bear PlushCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Nothing says I love you and am proud of you like a soft, plush huggable bear that will sit proudly on a bed or shelf for years to come. Show your delight at their achievement with this lovely graduation bear.
Prinz Living Life “I’m Done” Grad Pig BankCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Graduating is a celebration of their achievement. This Pig Bank will let your grads save for their next adventure. Be it a trip or moving into their own place, get them started with this oh so cute piggy.
Straight Outta High School Class of 2021 Graduation T-ShirtCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Let them show the world they have made it through the grueling school years and are about to embark on new adventures with this funny t-shirt. Multiple colours and sizes available. Wear it during summer vacation before starting college.
Graduation giftCheck Price on Amazon ➞
A bangle with a discreet message letting her know you are thinking of her on her fantastic achievement. Graduation is special and so is she, give her something to wear to remind her what an inspiration she is to you.
For my Daughter on Graduation Day Gift PoemCheck Price on Amazon ➞
A daughter is special and on her special day let her know how proud you are of her and her achievement. A poem to express your love and pride on her graduation and your belief that future is bright.
2017 Charm Layered Over 2021 Penny KeychainCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Graduating gives them the key to future success, the Penny Keychain reminds them that you believe that their future is bright and there are lots of doors to be opened thanks to their fantastic achievement and successful graduation.
Enesco Foundations Graduation Mini Angel FigurineCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Graduation, the promise of a new beginning. Give them this stunning handcrafted guardian angel to accompany them on their next step in the journey of life. Show them your pride in their success and the future hold lots of promise.
Straight Outta Preschool Graduation T-ShirtCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Graduation from preschool means big school awaits. This funny t-shirt will let the world know that they are no longer babies but big boys and girls in a big new world. Wear it for the first day of school.
A Graduation Present Gift Poem for A SonCheck Price on Amazon ➞
A son is a very special man in your life. Your pride in his success and accomplishments and belief that his future is bright is expressed in this lovely poem. On his graduation day tell him how proud you are.
Engraved Leatherette Graduation Picture FrameCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Capture that special moment and then frame it for perpetuity in this lovely leatherette graduation picture frame. Graduation is triumph that deserves to be commemorated in print, do so in style with this engraved picture frame.
Straight Outta Middle School Graduation Gift T-ShirtCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Middle school done, high to come. Those that grads from junior high this year will be the 2021 class in high school. Funny t-shirt for your last day at school and shows you are looking forward to new adventures.
ELOI Silver/Blue/Pink Class of 2021 Heart CharmCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Girls love jewellery and you can show her how proud you are of her on her graduation as part of the class of 2021. Be with her on the stage to receive her diploma with this stunning heart charm necklace.
My First Graduation – Back to School Picture Frame GiftCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Your child’s first graduation is special. It marks the start of the long road to success in the future, and you need to commemorate that and keep the memory safe. The My First Graduation picture frame showcases this wonderful achievement.
Cottage Garden Graduation Musical Jewelry BoxCheck Price on Amazon ➞
The graduation gift for a young woman who has achieved success in school. Easily personalised using the photo opening so you can send your message of love, pride and joy to her on her special day.
Class of Personalized SINGLE Graduation Champagne GlassCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Celebrations need to be held, and toasts need to be made when success is achieved. This personalised graduation champagne glass is a wonderful keepsake to remember their special day and they can use it to salute their achievement.
Graduation Shirt Gift 2021Check Price on Amazon ➞
Graduating in 2021 from kindergarten, middle school, high school or even college, let the world know of your success by wearing this funny t-shirt. The funniest t-shirt to wear on summer vacation. Various colours and sizes available.
College High School Graduation T-Shirt-Game OverCheck Price on Amazon ➞
The games are over and real life is about to start. Show the world that you are ready and that 2021 is the end of one part of your life, and the start of a new game, called real life.
Lawrence Frames Black Wood Graduate FrameCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Keep the memory of their special day alive with a classic black wood graduate photo frame. You can let them capture the moment and keep it forever. Fits any décor and will look stylish on any bookshelf or desk.
MCS Graduation Shadow Box FrameCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Capture the moment and a piece of the day itself in the form of their tassel. They will always remember the day, and your part of their celebration when they look at this classic shadow box frame commemorating their achievement.
Thanh 39’s Personalized Maple Wood Case and Two Pens for GraduateCheck Price on Amazon ➞
A pen to write your story with, that is what the message is when giving this stylish maple wood two pens set customised for your grads on their special day, as a new chapter in their life starts.
Echo DotCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Play music, control your smart devices, send and receive information or set your alarm and do it all hands-free with the Echo Dot voice-controlled device that uses Alexa. Messaging and calling family has never been easier, just use Alexa.
Firmstrong Urban Lady Beach Cruiser BicycleCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Getting to and from school is not a problem with this 26-inch single speed bicycle that is lightweight and easy to ride. Oversized seats with comfortable seat and wide handlebars make this a excellent bike for any young lady.
GMC Denali Road BikeCheck Price on Amazon ➞
A 21-speed bike that is lightweight and easy to ride is ideal for any man or boy who needs to get around independently. Looks stunning with high-profile alloy Vitesse racing rims and excellent gear changing and braking.
Schwinn 20-Inch Loop Folding BikeCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Commuting is not easy at any time, this 20 inch loop bike however makes using the subway simple. Folds up nicely and comes with a nylon carry bag. Excellent breaking and a 7 speed drive train for those tough hills.
Ancheer Power Plus Electric Mountain BikeCheck Price on Amazon ➞
No car, no problem. Removable 36V, 8AH Ion lithium battery allows you to ride up to 25-50kms at 15mph road speed limit. Front and rear disc brakes and a 21-speed transmission system will get you where you need to go.
Nakto 26″ 250W Cargo-Electric BicycleCheck Price on Amazon ➞
The cheapest transportation for a young lady who has places to go. 50W motor and 36V10AH Lithium battery gets you up those steep hills with ease. Comfortable seat and excellent breaking makes this bike the right one for you.
Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice RemoteCheck Price on Amazon ➞
A streaming media stick that is power and operates with Alexa Voice Remote. Need something just ask Alexa. 15 000 apps, games and Netflix, Hulu and HBO ensure you will never be without entertainment in your dorm room.
Cowin E-7 Active Noise Cancelling Stereo HeadphonesCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Active noise cancelling is important if you want to study in a noisy dorm. 40mm large-aperture drivers with superb clarity throughout an extended frequency range, comfortable and easy to use, excellent for study, work and everything in-between.
TaoTronics Active Noise Cancelling HeadphonesCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Active noise cancelling, 15 hours of audio with in ear comfort with earbuds and hooks so that they will stay in place. You also get a 3 button in-line remote control with track selection and volume control.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4Check Price on Amazon ➞
Intel Core i5 6th Gen (Skylake) Core, 12.3 PixelSense screen with low glare and high contrast you will never strain your eyes using this device. Very lightweight and easy to use, excellent for the student on the go.
Apple MacBook Air 13.3-Inch LaptopCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Never run out of battery with 12 hours battery life. LED-backlit Glossy Widescreen Display, lightweight and with 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, Intel HD Graphics 6000, 8GB RAM and 128GB PCIe-based flash storage you get an excellent deal.
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM NotebookCheck Price on Amazon ➞
With an Intel Core i3-7100U Processor, 5.6" Full HD Widescreen ComfyView LED-backlit Display, 4GB DDR4 Memory, 1TB 5400RPM HDD, Backlit Keyboard, and up to 12 hours battery life. Perfect for the college student or professional on the go.
Dell XPS9360-4841SLV 13.3″ LaptopCheck Price on Amazon ➞
You won’t get better than the 7th generation Intel Core i7-7500u 3.5 GHz Processor, 8GB lpddr3-1866mhz, 256GB SSD storage, infinityedge touch Display and windows 10 operating system Dell Laptop. A college students dream and a must for the up-and-coming professional.
ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH54 LaptopCheck Price on Amazon ➞
The ASUS gives you fast storage and memory with 256GB SSD, a full HD display with Windows 10, 7th generation Intel Processor and built in fingerprint reader. Great connectivity with HDMI and WiFi. Lightweight and easy to travel with.
Kindle Paperwhite E-readerCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Read day or night with the Kindle Paperwhite E-reader which offers no screen glare even in sunlight. There are a massive number of titles available to choose from and any graduates would be thrilled to receive this great gift.
Cards Against HumanityCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Everybody loves to have some off time. Cards against humanity is a fun game that lets you see the funny side of terrible questions and answers and keeps everybody entertained for hours. Just hang out with your friends and enjoy.
SOCKO Laptop BackpackCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Every college or high school student needs something to carry not only their books but their tech equipment too. This is a great gift for any grad who doesn’t like to go anywhere without their trusty laptop.
Seward Trunk College Dorm and Camp Storage FootlockerCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Dorm rooms tend to be small and cramped so having something to store you stuff in is great. Your high school graduates heading off to college will love this great looking locker storage footlocker.
Backpack for Laptops 17 inch Shockproof Water Resistant Travel BagCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Rushing from class to class can lead to accidents, so having a shockproof and water resistant travel bag is ideal for the college student on the move. Great to carry not only a laptop but the books they need too.
Leaper Casual Lightweight Canvas Laptop Bag Shoulder BagCheck Price on Amazon ➞
The gift for the junior high grad heading off to high school. A new start and a new school bag to go with it. You get the backpack, shoulder bag and purse all in one great package.
FreeBiz 18.4 Inches Laptop BackpackCheck Price on Amazon ➞
A sturdy and strong backpack to hold their laptop and other books and paraphernalia is just what any student needs on campus. Comfortable and easy to carry and a thoughtful gift for the graduates.
Lily Bloom 28″ Exp Spinner LuggageCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Traveling with the Lily Bloom is easy with its lightweight frame and organising pockets. Your newly graduated professional who travels a lot will appreciate this great gift that will make flying a hassle free exercise.
American Tourister Star Wars 21 Inch Hard Side SpinnerCheck Price on Amazon ➞
What Star Wars lover would not want this piece of luggage? Fits in the overhead bin as carry-on luggage. Cute, practical and fun to have. A superb gift for the graduates who appreciate the Star Wars franchise.
Lucas Luggage 20 inch Rolling SuitcaseCheck Price on Amazon ➞
With a 360 degree enhanced wheel system you will never have problems in the airport again. Organizational pockets and scratch resistant hard shell to protect your goods. Fits into overhead compartments for the professional on the go.
Ever Moda Rolling Wheeled Duffle BagCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Durable canvas bag with more than enough space for that overnight trip. 5 front pockets and 4 main zipper enclosure. Comfortable to carry with adjustable shoulder strap or pull it along on its roller wheels. No better travelling companion.
Samsonite 32.5″ Tote-A-Ton 3 Piece Duffel Set of 3Check Price on Amazon ➞
With an enormous 6452 cubic inches capacity per duffel and made from strong ultra-lightweight Nylon material this is a great travel set. It has a zipper on the top to keep your stuff safe and secure.
RAVPower Portable ChargerCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Nobody likes to run out of juice. This little beauty is a must have providing 5.5 charges for iPhone 7, 3.5 charges for Samsung S7, or 1 charge for iPad Air. Charge both phone and Ipad simultaneously. Built in flashlight.
Apple iPad 9.7 inch 128GBCheck Price on Amazon ➞
The Apple iPad Wifi Tablet gives you up to 10 hours usage. A front 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera and a rear 8MP Sight camera with an 8-megapixel sensor. For security you get Fingerprint Touch ID and so many more features.
Nintendo SwitchCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Excellent for the relaxing with family and friends. This great little product includes the Nintendo Switch control and dock, Joy-Con (L) and Joy-Con (R), and Two Joy-Con strap accessories. You also get a Joy-Con grip, HDMI cable and AC adapter.
Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness WristbandCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Keeping fit and healthy leads to better performance at school or work. The Fitbit Charge will monitor your fitness regime and help you personalise for maximum effectiveness. You can also see, call, text or get notifications on the OLED screen.
Apple Watch Series 2, 38mm Silver Aluminum CaseCheck Price on Amazon ➞
If you have the Apple 5 through 7 or 7 Plus and iOS 10 then this is the watch you need. Powered by Apple S2 Dual-Core processor it has OLED Retina Display with GPS. A phone on your wrist.
SABRE Red Kuros! Pepper Spray Durable Aqua Key CaseCheck Price on Amazon ➞
We all need some personal protection, especially women alone. The Sabre gives you the ability to protect yourself on campus or anywhere else. With an impressive 10-foot (3M) range you can protect yourself from a distance. Trusted by law enforcement.
URPOWER 2nd Version Essential Oil DiffuserCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Stuffy hotel rooms, dorm rooms and office cubical can be a thing of the past. The URPOWER will add moist, comfortable air to small areas. Whisper silent so won’t disturb your co-workers and includes 7 color changing lamps.
Fire HD 8 TabletCheck Price on Amazon ➞
With Alexa you get quick access to all your entertainment and information needs. 12 hour battery life, 8" HD display, Dolby Audio. Internal storage of 16 or 32Gb and a microSD slot for up to 256Gb. Who needs and Ipad?
The HangEasy High-End Camping HammockCheck Price on Amazon ➞
Hanging out gets a new meaning with this great camping hammock. It is extremely lightweight and compact, not to mention ultra-soft but still very durable. Made from Ripstop nylon and with premium wiregate carabiners, slings and HangTight Hammock Straps.
Buyers Guide Questions
Top Gift under $1000
Graduation is a time of celebration and a time to let your son, daughter, husband or wife or even a close friend know how proud you are of their achievement. Giving them a gift is a sure way of letting them know how much you appreciate the effort and hard work they have put in to get them to where they are today. Their graduation. So what do you get a high school or college graduates? How much do you spend? A good option is always technology. A laptop or tablet or even something that will make their dorm room, of first apartment high tech and interactive. Something that will help them in their next endeavours, be it work for the college graduates, or college for the high school graduates.
We reviewed some awesome gift ideas in our top graduation gifts list and our top choice in the category for under $1000 would most definitely be the ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH54 13.3-inch Ultra-Slim Laptop. For either the graduates starting out in their career or the college student in need of something lightweight to carry between classes but with all the bells and whistles, the ASUS is the perfect option. It is sleek and only weighs in at 2.6lbs. Fast storage and memory having at 256GB SSD with 8GB DDR3 RAM, wide view HD display with pre-installed windows 10 and the latest 7th generation Intel i5-7200U 2.5 GHz Processor, not to mention the 13.3-inch wide-view screen and built-in fingerprint reader with one-touch login via Windows Hello.
Then there is the connectivity of this excellent machine with HDMI/D-SUB/USB Type C, 802.11a/c WiFi and SD Card Reader, so using Facebook, Skype and even Netflix will be no problem at all. One of the top ideas for a graduation gift is always technology and this superb laptop ticks all the boxes. The ASUS is available now on Amazon for the amazing price of $699.00 or $777.99 if you want to include pre-loaded Microsoft Office for them. They will be overjoyed at your generosity and know how proud you are of their achievements with this top gift for under $1000.
Top Present under $500
Ideas for the top present under $500 are plentiful, however we would suggest tech for any graduates and therefore our choice for top present under $500 is the Apple iPad 9.7 inch – 32GB. Technology is what connects us all today and most every grad be it from junior high to college appreciates a good piece of technology such as the Apple Ipad. This is a good WiFi tablet that you can Facebook, Skype and watch videos on, and it now is together with an amazing package on Amazon.
If you are looking for the perfect gift that the graduates will truly appreciate then you found it in the Apple Ipad. It will also be good for you to be able to communicate with them when they go off to college, Skyping or following their Facebook page will become a good way to reassure yourself that they are well and getting on in College.
Top Gift for Graduation under $100
Ideas for the top gift for graduation under $100 are not hard to come by, and we have an excellent selection which we have covered, however our choice for Top Gift for Graduation under $100 on our list of Graduation Gifts is the RAVPower Portable Charger. Most of your high school or college graduates already have some good tech, such as Iphone, Ipad, Ipod and laptop. The challenge is always to keep them charged and ready to use all the time. There is nothing worse than running out of battery life just before your first big presentation in your new job, or an important class in college. That is why we have selected something that will ensure this will never happen.
The RAVPower Portable Charger has an impressive 16750mAh capacity which will provide 5.5 charges for iPhone 7, 3.5 charges for Samsung S7, or 1 charge for iPad Air. With this piece of technology you will never be without power. The Dual iSmart 2.0 USB ports charge your phone and tablet at the same time and at greater speed. The 2A input will half your recharging time, a full recharge takes around 9 – 10 hours using the DC 5V/2A charger or 16 – 17 hours using the 1A charger.
The power button will allow you check your battery status with 4 LED indicators, it also has a convenient built-in flashlight so you will also never be left in the dark. It has a very reliable A+ Lithium-Ion Battery which is durable and will give you over 500 charge cycles and is protected from voltage surge and overload. Your grad will greatly appreciate this thoughtful gift that will help them to keep all their vital tech powered no matter where they are, which in 2021 is vital as our lives revolve around connectivity and technology. Available on Amazon now. Usually sells for $99.99 but now is going for $39.99 on sale, so there is no reason not to get that special grad something special to recognise their achievement on graduation day.
Best Graduation Gift under $20
Ideas for grad presents usually involve some form of technology. But they are not always the best ideas. The most thoughtful graduation gift is to give a memory. Capturing the moment is what it is all about with a photo frame gift. Giving them a memory in the form of a photograph of you and them on their graduation day is a priceless memory that they will treasure forever. In order to keep that memory safe you need a place to put it and to display it proudly on a shelf or at their work desk.
The Engraved Leatherette Graduation Picture Frame our Best Graduation Gift under $20 from those items reviewed by us as the Best Graduation Gifts. This is a unique engraved photo frame with the words “Graduate Class of 2021” etched gold on the leatherette frame. It is elegant and stylish and will look good on the mantel piece of an apartment. The dimensions of this lovely photo frame are 8” x 10” and it is made for a 5” x 7” photo. You can either stand this photo frame on your work desk or hang it from the wall. If you are looking for an inexpensive gift that is personal in nature and will be treasured by your friend, sister or brother for a long time to come then the Engraved Leatherette Graduation Picture Frame at only $18.95 at Amazon is an excellent option.
Recommend Stocking Filler
So you are attending your friend’s or sister or brother’s graduation party and giving a card alone is not an option, you need ideas for a gift that is not expensive but will let him or her know that you recognise their achievement and celebrate it with them. You don’t want to get the standard funny t-shirt or something that they are likely to receive from someone else. So what do you do? Well our recommendation for the perfect stocking filler would be the Prinz Living Life “I’m Done” Grad Pig Bank. It is cute and funny and on top of that will serve a special purpose. Everybody has a dream and graduates are no different. Whether it be looking forward to a great summer vacation, a trip to Paris, a tablet and laptop or just about anything else, everybody is saving for something.
The “I’m Done” Grad Pig Bank is a glazed black and white ceramic pig with a graduation cap on its head and the wording “I’m Done, now help me Survive” printed in gold on the side. It has a high gloss finish and the design is on both sides. It is cute and funny and quite a unique little gift. A great stocking filler at only $15 from Amazon.