Fun, Practical Grad Gifts for All Ages


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Before you stuff a cliché card with cash, think about what graduation means. Graduation commemorates someone’s relentless hours dedicated to studying and learning. Graduation rewards a student’s determination to get through the bad times, the breakups and the breakdowns. Graduation celebrates a student’s cherished memories and academic achievements.

Yes, everyone loves money — but does a $50 bill (that might be used the next day on gas) really show your congratulations? Instead, give a thoughtful, fun and practical gift to that special grad in your life to show your appreciation.

Gifts for High School Grads

College Campus Store Gift Card:

From Mom and Dad’s to the dorms, transitioning into college is an exciting and intimidating change.  Most colleges have a campus store stocked with school supplies and spirited apparel, making a gift card the perfect purchase for your new freshman. Whether they want backpacks or books- the choice is theirs.

Netflix Subscription:

College kids often find themselves cooped up in their dorm room studying and spending time with new friends, which is why they will appreciate a Netflix subscription to watch movies and TV shows between study breaks or on the weekends. Young adults that take on the working world right out of high school will also appreciate a Netflix break now and then to relax. At just $8 a month, you could purchase a six month or one-year subscription without putting a dent in your wallet.

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Gifts for College Grads

Gym Membership

With an overwhelming amount of student loans, college grads simply don’t have the extra cash to join a gym. If your recent grad loves living a healthy and active lifestyle but is bogged down by bills and job applications, a convenient gym membership could be just what they need to save their sanity.

Gift for a new apartment

Assuming they aren’t moving back home and are about to venture out on their own, a small gift for their new home can go a long way. And while it may feel boring or disappointing to hand over that grilling machine, dinner plates set or throw rug, with their dwindled pile of possessions and tight budget, it will be appreciated more than you know.

Technology Gift for All Ages

OtterBox Case

Young adults are more tech savvy than ever today. Their technology does more than help them text friends and surf social media — it helps set up business meetings, stay on top of assignments and look for jobs. Smartphones and tablets are an investment in future success and your graduation gift can help protect that investment.

An OtterBox case for their smartphone or tablet is a perfect gift to provide protection against accidental damage and costly repairs. The new Symmetry Series gives young adults the style they want and the protection they need available in a variety of awesome colors and patterns. The Preserver Series is ideal for adventurous grads looking to travel after the ceremony, offering waterproof and drop proof protection. The Commuter Series Wallet is a case with a built-in sliding drawer that can fit up to three cards and one bill providing quick access to essentials on the go. Top off your gift bag with some OtterBox Clearly Protected screen protectors, compatible with OtterBox cases, to help keep touch screens safe.



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Amelia Sprague

Amelia Sprague

I’m a proud Colorado native with a quirky sense of humor, a nerdy passion for public relations and a love for writing. According to Google, my hometown of Loveland is recognized as “sweetheart city” and my name is defined as “congenital absence of an arm or leg”. I’m an avid world traveler. My daily survival depends on endless to-do lists, a secret chocolate stash and a country music fix. My hobbies include breakfast, lunch and dinner. I like to spend my spare time staying active outside or playing overly-competitive card games with my family.

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