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50 College Graduation Gift Ideas for Parents

Whether your student is finishing high school or college, we have ideas to help your student celebrate.  No matter where your student is headed, or what financial state you’re in, we think you’ll find the
perfect graduation gift idea among the following:

Capture the memories

  • Diploma frame
  • College memorabilia (sweatshirt, alumni license plate frame, coffee mug)
  • Photo album
  • Plane ticket to visit college friends
  • DVD/professional photos of graduation ceremony
  • Class ring

Prepare for a job

  • Briefcase
  • Leather portfolio
  • Engraved pen
  • Suit (or gift certificate to a professional clothing store)
  • “Power” tie or scarf (a la Donald Trump)
  • New smart phone
  • Business card holder
  • Session with a life coach
  • Session with a resume writing service
  • Self-help book
  • Laptop

Be sentimental

  • Inspirational book
  • Collection of family recipes
  • Scrapbook of childhood
  • Family heirloom (jewelry, old book, military memorabilia)
  • Letters of support and congratulations from family members
  • Cufflinks
  • A family night with student’s favorite meal, games, movies, etc.
  • Engraved jewelry

Prepare for a home

  • Matching sheets or towels
  • Coffee maker
  • Laundry basket with detergent and fabric softener
  • Matching dishes
  • Matching silverware
  • Welcome mat
  • Crock pot
  • Travel mugs
  • Matching cookware
  • Toolbox
  • Picture frames
  • Wall art
  • Electronics (TV, speakers, etc.)
  • Iron and ironing board

Be practical

  • New car tires
  • Six months of car insurance
  • Membership with AAA
  • Deposit on an apartment
  • Flash drive
  • Luggage
  • Moving truck costs
  • Help moving from college
  • Free rent at home
  • Money clip with money
  • Gift cards to clothing stores, restaurants, grocery stores

Need more ideas?  Try this here for more high school graduation ideas and here for more college gift ideas