Right now, many high school seniors might be more concerned with prom dresses and tuxes, or whether their shorts are close enough to the dress code.
But in a few short weeks they will be putting on their cap and gown and strolling across the stage to grab their diploma.
That also means that it’s time to start shopping for graduation gifts.
Whether you are a parent who’s ready to celebrate and breathe a big sign of relief, or a special mentor who needs tokens for enough grads to fill a classroom, personalized items are a special way to commemorate their big accomplishment.
From practical to sentimental, these are the top personalized gift ideas for graduates:
Keep Study Skills on Track
As senioritis sets in, teens are eagerly anticipating the end of homework, research papers and algebra exams.
But if they’re headed to college, the study sessions are just getting started. Look for personalized gift ideas that inspire them to keep up the academic routine.
From Plato’s philosophies to applied physics, a notebook or padfolio will be perfect for jotting down all the new things they will learn in college.
The Engraved Bamboo Notebook comes with a bamboo click pen and 80 lined pages to allow your grad space to jot notes and deadlines in their new classes.
Top 4 Ideas for Notebooks:
1. Bamboo Notebook & Pen
2. Black Matte Metal Notebook/Padfolio
3. Tech Gray & Leather Portfolio
4. Leatherette Notebook (in pink, green, yellow or burgundy)
Make Sure They Stay Connected
For many college students, studying means whipping out a tablet or cellphone to read course materials online and access electronic textbooks.
But when those devices go dead, it’s a good excuse to watch some daytime TV and gossip with their roommate.
A personalized power bank lets them recharge on the go so they never have to miss out on an online course discussion, or a call home to Mom and Dad.
Top Ideas for Electronics:
1. Mini 2600mAh External Battery with LED Flashlight
2. Solar Charger / Powerbank 3000mAh
Keep Them Caffeinated and Hydrated
For many seniors, graduation is a leap into a hectic schedule of school and work. It can be difficult for a young person to manage so many responsibilities, so give them a gift that keeps them fueled for everything that comes their way.
A travel mug or thermos holds plenty of caffeine to charge late-night study sessions and early morning commutes to class. Or, a sports bottle will keep them hydrated on their treks across campus.
Top 3 Ideas for Drinkware:
1. Thermos 160z Stainless King
2. Contigo West Loop Stainless Steel Tumbler
3. Hydra 24oz Stainless Sport Bottle
Make Sure They’re Prepared On the Go
And if something happens during one of those predawn drives between work and school, make sure they have just what they need to take care of the situation.
A multi-tool will ensure that they have just what they need. The Leatherman Wingman comes complete with scissors, a screwdriver, and pliers, to make sure your grad has all the right tools.
Top 3 Ideas for Multi-Tools:
1. Leatherman Wingman
2. Maglite AA and Wingman Gift Set
3. Leatherman Micra
Shed Some Light on the Situation
Whether they need light to make a quick fix in their dorm room or need to study for midterms without waking their roommate, a personalized flashlight will help take care of business.
The Maglite Mini AA Flashlight is compact enough to carry in their backpack and switches between spot and flood beams to give them the best light for any situation.
Top 3 Ideas for Flashlights:
1. Maglite Mini AA
2. Leatherman LED Lenser P4BM
3. Inova XS 2.9″ LED
Give Them a Personalized Pocketknife
When graduation time comes, a pocketknife makes an excellent, special keepsake and also comes in handy for a variety of uses in a grad’s life. Cutting tags and opening packages of school supplies and textbook rentals has never been easier.
The Personalized Campground Gift Set comes with both a knife and a Zippo lighter, to make sure your grad is set for everything. Plus, you can get both pieces personalized with their name, graduation year, or a special message to make the gift complete.
Top 3 Ideas for Pocketknives:
1. Personalized Campground Gift Set
2. Buck Nobleman
3. Black Blade Wood Inlay Knife
Supply a Special Writing Set
When they’re taking notes or putting together papers, a good pen set will come in handy. Plus, personalized with their name, graduation year, a personal message or personalized clip art, that pen set can be a keepsake for years to come.
The Double Pen Box comes in a choice of maple or rosewood and gives you the option of ballpoint or rollerball pen, or mechanical pencil.
Give your grad a pen and pencil set, and they’ll be all set when it comes time to take notes or tests.
Top 3 Ideas for Pen Sets:
1. Double Wood Pen Box with Two Pens or Pencils
2. Bamboo Double Pen Set
3. Presentation Pen Set with Window
Provide a Sweet Memento from Home
While graduation is a time to prepare for the next step, it’s also a time to celebrate accomplishments and cherished relationships. Consider a sweet gift that shows your graduate how much you love them.
For young ladies, present her with a beautiful Heart Charm Bracelet just before the ceremony. Not only will it go perfectly with her cap and gown, it will serve as the first piece in her grown-up jewelry collection and also be a much-loved tie to you when she gets homesick in the days ahead.
Top 3 Ideas for Accessories:
1. Pewter Finish Pocket Watch
2. Silver Oval Cuff Links
3. Heart Charm Bracelet
No matter the student, personalized gifts for graduates make their special day even more sweet, and can help them prepare for the adventures ahead. Help them start that journey today!