Graduation Gift Ideas

Graduation Gift Ideas for Families

No matter where your student is headed or what financial state you are in, we think you will find the perfect graduation gift idea among the following:

Capture the Memories

  • University of Dallas from A to Z book
  • Diploma frame
  • UD 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)
  • Cufflinks
  • "Power" tie or scarf
  • Smart phone
  • Tablet
  • Self-help book
  • Laptop

Something Sentimental

  • Inspirational book
  • Collection of family recipes
  • Scrapbook of childhood memories
  • Family heirloom (jewelry, old book, military memorabilia)
  • Letters of support and congratulations from family members
  • 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 and don't forget the detergent and fabric softener
  • Matching dishes
  • Matching silverware
  • Welcome mat
  • Crock pot
  • Travel mug
  • Matching cookware
  • Toolbox
  • Picture frames
  • Wall art
  • Electronics (TV, speakers, etc)
  • Iron and ironing board

Positively 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, etc.

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