The 7 Best Gifts for Grads

Graduation season is upon us, and that means there are lots of gifts to give! The expectation is to create money leis or just give cold hard cash to the grads in our lives, and it has come to the point where graduating students send out graduation announcements to anyone and everyone, just to see how much dough they can rake in. And while that's all good and will be super helpful when they go on to become college students or young adults in the workforce, sometimes, more meaningful, personal gifts are the way to go.

We curated a list of the best grad gifts. The best part? Almost all of them are from small businesses! #ShopSmall FTW.

1. Going Places Necklace

This necklace is just one of the simple but lovely pieces Dogeared offers that is fitting for a graduation gift. Dogeared is a certified B-corporation, and gives back through volunteer work and sustainable practices, so you can feel even better about your purchase.

2. Oh the Places You'll Go! Customizable Journal

You can never have enough journals! For some families, it is a tradition to give graduates the beloved Dr. Seuss book, Oh the Places You'll Go! , so gifts themed around the book are always a great idea.

3. Educated AF Mug

Graduating college is a major milestone, and graduates deserve a mug that reflects that! Help fuel their career search by pairing this mug with a bag of coffee.

4. "Open When..." Letters

Transitioning to college can be daunting and lonely at times. Show your support for the college-bound kids in your life by writing them letters to comfort them throughout their journey.

5. Fueled By Caffeine and Student Loans T-Shirt

Pair this funny but oh-so-true shirt with some coffee and maybe a little cash, and the graduates in your life will definitely be ready to take on the world.

6. Personalizable Makeup Bag

This cosmetic bag is personalizable and perfect for any college or high school graduate who will be moving away from home.

7. Homesick College Care Package

If you know a high school grad who is going to college out of state, this care package is the perfect gift to remind them of home. If your state is known for a particular treat (who knew that whoopie pies were Maine's state dessert?!), add that in too!

Give the grads in your life something a little more personal AND support small businesses by shopping the list above. And, if you need to spread the word about your own graduate's acheivement, contact us to create custom graduation announcements!