Pre-K to College: Thoughtful Gifts for Grads of All Ages

Whether they’re donning tiny caps and gowns for preschool or walking across the stage to receive a college diploma, each achievement deserves recognition and celebration. Here are some thoughtful gift ideas tailored to grads at every stage of their academic journey.


Your little one is about to strut across that Pre-K graduation stage, and to celebrate, you will be giving them the first of many graduation gifts, so it should be memorable. Toys are always a favorite of kiddos this age, and we have the hottest new toys to spark joy and imagination. A stuffie is a solid bet, for a furry friend they can hold on to throughout their educational career. Budding fashionistas will be thrilled with new clothes to step up their looks for kindergarten, and a good book will keep their mind engaged as they begin their elementary school adventure.

  1. Puzzle & Play Race Day, World of Wonder
  2. Aquabeads, World of Wonder
  3. Floral Knit Tee, Carter’s
  4. Floral Bike Shorts, Carter’s
  5. Pull-On Cotton Shorts, Carter’s
  6. Heathered Pocket Henley, Carter’s
  7. Warmies Giraffe, World of Wonder
  8. Warmies Sloth, World of Wonder
  9. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr., BAM
  10. What Do You Say, Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle, BAM
  11. ABC by Dr. Suess, BAM



Cue the proud tears and celebratory confetti, because your kid is about to become a middle schooler! Books are a great choice to solidify their love of reading and the gooey-goodness of a slime kit promises hours of sensory fun. Your little learner can sparkle as they move on to junior high with snazzy new jewelry that will make them feel special, and new shoes will put a pep in their step as they navigate the halls of a new school

  1. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi, BAM
  2. Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead, BAM
  3. Happy Earth Thinking Putty, World of Wonder
  4. Mixed Beaded Hoop Earrings, Claire’s
  5. Rainbow AB Ring, Claire’s
  6. Club Fimo Clay Daisy Necklace, Claire’s
  7. Jordan 1 Low Alt Kids, Nike


Middle School:

Brace yourself — your not-so-little one is about to step into the big leagues of high school! As their quest for independence ramps up, makeup is a fun way to experiment and develop their unique look. New clothes are a big component in developing a more grown-up sense of style, and nothing screams maturing like a closet revamp. Backpacks are like a high school calling card, and the style tells other students a lot about your teenager’s personality in one glimpse. Video games are a no-brainer for the high school set, and we have a wide selection of the most popular video games in every category.

  1. Sol de Janeiro 59, Sephora
  2. Amazonian Clay BB Cream Tarte, Sephora
  3. Summer Fridays Lip Butter, Sephora
  4. Old Skool H20 Check Backpack, Vans
  5. Campus Daytripper Backpack, Vera Bradley
  6. Minecraft, GameStop
  7. Mario Party Superstars, GameStop
  8. Smocked Crop Top, H&M
  9. Growth Graphic Tee, Adidas


High School:

Your graduate is about to toss their cap in the air and say goodbye to high school for good! Whether moving on to college or the working world, life essentials are key to a smooth transition. Dishes, towels or a cozy blanket are staples as your young adult begins to build a life away from home. Study and work materials like notebooks and pens will help keep them organized and for a reminder of how far they have come in life’s journey, a special piece of jewelry is a great way to give them a wearable hug from home. For those heading to college, new merch for their soon-to-be college will add to the excitement of their next educational experience.

  1. Brooks Brothers Towels, T.J.Maxx
  2. Mikasa Set of 6 Bowls, T.J.Maxx
  3. Made In Portugal Waffle Blanket, T.J.Maxx
  4. 14k Gold Heart Pendant Necklace, Coach
  5. Slim Runway Silver-Tone Watch, Michael Kors
  6. Essentials Black Dot Notebook, BAM
  7. Botanical Spiral Notebook, BAM
  8. Luxury Wood Ballpoint Pens, BAM
  9. Nike K-State Long Sleeve, Rally House
  10. Kansas Jayhawks Short Sleeve, Rally House



It’s time to pop the champagne and celebrate! Your favorite college grad is about to trade in their textbooks for business cards and embark on the journey called adulthood! New clothes are a must for moving from the classroom into the office, and we have a wide variety of professional clothing, including sleek blazers, tailored trousers and button-down shirts. Work bags and chic briefcases are perfect accessories to elevate their professional style. Adulting can be a difficult step for some and books to help navigate their newfound freedom will help them succeed like an expert. With a new job in a big office, they’ll need work-approved decor that’ll make Monday mornings a little more bearable.

  1. Linen- Blend Jacket Dress, H&M
  2. Tapered Pants, H&M
  3. Slim-Fit Shirt With Stretch, BOSS
  4. Home Office Pro Lap Desk, BAM
  5. Brilliant Light, BAM
  6. Faux Succulents, HomeGoods
  7. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown, BAM
  8. What Next? by Shari Low, BAM
  9. Ella Tote Bag, Tory Burch
  10. Cooper Leather Messenger Bag, Michael Kors



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