Unique Gift Ideas for the Grad

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Graduation season is upon us and you probably have a few “extra special” people on your list that you would like to get a thoughtful gift. Here are a few fun gift ideas that we think will be a part of their memories long after graduation has come and gone.

Oh the Places You’ll Go…

Dr. Suess Book


Indeed, one of the most memorable gifts to give a graduate are words of wisdom from none other than Dr. Seuss himself! A hardback copy of the classic book Oh, the Places You’ll Go makes a unique keepsake for your grad. The ideas are endless on ways you can personalize this gift.

My sister-in-law bought this book when my niece was in kindergarten. Each year, from kindergarten through twelfth grade, she had each of her teachers write in it. When my niece graduated High School, her mother gave her the book filled with sweet messages through the years.

You can also add a special touch by handwriting Bible verses or inspirational quotes that correspond with the story on each page.

Dr. Suess Book


If having a graduation party, this can substitute a guest book. Collect guests’ personal messages, favorite memories of your graduate, or well wishes for future endeavors.

You can order the book on Amazon or use this as your party theme by ordering the Graduation Gift Set and other party supplies.


Off to See the World

Cork Globe

Perfect for the globetrotter, this Cork Globe from CB2 comes with push pins so the graduate can track their travels, past and future! It’s a unique change from the average world map pin boards; this sophisticated globe can take prime place on any desk or shelf.


Frame Their Memories

Framed Memories for Graduation Framed Memories


This PhotoGuard Graduation Shadow Box Frame creates a unique keepsake of the grad’s big achievement by displaying a photo and graduation tassel. Inside the frame there is room on the double beveled mats to write a personal message. Shutterfly, also offers an amazing collection of framed art that can be customized to fit the personality of the graduate.


Help Them Survive

Survival Gift


Putting together a survival kit can be as much fun for the person giving the gift as it is for the one receiving! From a “first aid” theme to a variety of “must haves” for college, there are many ways to help the graduate feel they have everything they need to get through their first year in college.

survival kits


To get the details on creating the survival kits seen here, jump over to or  Or, if you don’t have time to create one yourself, order the Ultimate Dorm Survival Kit from


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Funding Their Future

Vera Bradley luggage tags


If you’re going to give money or a gift card, we recommend that you spruce it up by putting it in something that can be used again. Luggage tags or zip ID cases are perfect for tucking away a gift card from favorite stores of graduates like Bed Bath and Beyond or Target and the graduate can use them later for their worldly travels!


Graduation Registries

Have you checked their graduation registry? Keep in mind it’s a growing trend for graduates to set up a college or dorm gift registry for graduation. What better way to get them what they really want! To find out if your graduate has set up a gift registry, visit and simply enter the graduate’s name.

Graduating can be one of the most exciting moments in a young person’s life. You want your gift to show the graduate how much they mean to you, but remember, it’s not the gift, but the thought that counts.

by Jennifer Palmer, RegistryFinder staff and Darcy Sullivan, RegistryFinder com contributor

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