Our Top Picks
Best Overall: School Memory Book Album Keepsake Scrapbook at Amazon
"This scrapbook provides a sweet way to start collecting school memories."
Best Tech: VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2 at Amazon
"It will help them prepare for the move to “big kid” school."
Best Camera: VTech Kidizoom DUO Selfie Camera at Amazon
"The camera is well-made, takes good pictures, and kids love it."
Best for Active Kids: Micro Maxi Deluxe Kick Scooter at Amazon
"Customers rave about this scooter and say it’s the best one out there."
Best Book: Kindergarten, Here I Come! at Amazon
"It’s great for easing jitters and introducing them to what they can expect."
"For a personal touch, you can have their name inscribed on the lunch box."
"Customers say it’s a good, quality shirt that’s soft."
Best Tablet: Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet at Amazon
"Believe it or not, a lot of kids these days need tablets for school!"
Best for Nature Lovers: Insect Lore Live Butterfly Growing Kit Gift Box Set at Amazon
"Why not indulge their passions with this butterfly growing kit."
01 of 09
Best Overall: School Memory Book Album Keepsake Scrapbook
This keepsake scrapbook provides a sweet way to start collecting school memories and keep them all in one special place. It starts with preschool and goes all the way through high school with pages for each year to record special events. There are areas to post pictures for each year and pockets to hold certificates, artwork and other mementos they want to save throughout the years. There are 34 pages in all, which come in a spiral-bound, hardcover book that’s filled with bright illustrations. It’s a gift they’ll reach for time and again over the years, and in the blink of an eye, it will be filled up.
02 of 09
Best Tech: VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2
Now that your little one is out of preschool, they've got people to see and places to be… like Kindergarten. This smartwatch from VTech is not only a ton of fun, but it will help them prepare for the move to “big kid” school. A camera lets them take videos and pictures to capture all of those silly and special moments, while 55 customizable watch faces (both digital and analog) help them learn time. Other features include a pedometer and Monster catcher game for fun on-the-go. Not too much fun though, as mom and dad can set parental controls as they wish. It also comes in camouflage and pink and makes a great gift for other occasions.
03 of 09
Best Camera: VTech Kidizoom DUO Selfie Camera
From graduation to playdates, parties and beyond, let your new graduate play paparazzi with her their very own digital camera. It comes with all the functionality of most adult cameras, including two lenses. There's a standard lens in the front and another in the back for taking fabulous selfies. The camera also comes with built-in games, voice-changing effects, and the ability to make movies. Parental controls allow mom and dad to set limits or disable the games altogether. The camera runs on four AA batteries, which aren’t included, and it will shut off automatically after three minutes when it’s not in use to preserve the batteries. It also comes in blue, camouflage, and pink. Customers say the camera is well-made, takes good pictures, and kids love it.
04 of 09
Best for Active Kids: Micro Maxi Deluxe Kick Scooter
They’ll be off in a flash with this great scooter from Micro Kickboard. To steer, they simply lean from side to side, and their body weight propels them where they want to go. Polyurethane wheels and a flexible fiberglass-reinforced deck ensure their ride smooth and safe no matter where they want to venture. It’s recommended for kids ages 5 to 12 and up to 150 pounds, so it’s not one they’re going to outgrow anytime soon. Rather, it’s a gift will give them years of active fun. With eight fun colors to choose from, including Caribbean Blue to Shocking Pink, this scooter gets high marks all around for stability and a great overall ride.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Best Book: Kindergarten, Here I Come!
Books always make great gifts, and this one is particularly perfect for preschool graduates as it gets them excited for the next big step—kindergarten! It’s great for easing jitters and introducing them to just what they can expect as they move on to “big-kid” school. From the first day of school to the 100th day of school celebration, the book walks kids through many of the common events that kindergarteners experience. Told with a funny, rhyming poem accompanied by colorful illustrations, this is one that kids are going to want to read again and again as they prepare for kindergarten and throughout the year.
06 of 09
Best Gear: Mackenzie Blue/Navy Airplane Classic Lunch Bag
Get them ready for their next educational adventure with a brand new lunch box. This classic bag from Pottery Barn comes in a ton of different patterns, colors, and sizes, but they’re all adorable. Built to last, the outside is made of polyester, while the inside is made of PEVA (a safe vinyl) for easy cleaning. This medium-sized version measures 8 x 4 x 9 inches, and it has a size mesh pocket on the side to hold a small water bottle or other items. For a personal touch (and an additional cost), you can have their name inscribed on the lunch box.
07 of 09
Best Funny: Straight Outta Preschool Graduation T-Shirt
This shirt will let the world know about their big accomplishment, as it proudly proclaims they are “Straight Outta Preschool.” Edgy and fun, they’ll love the questions and remarks this shirt gets from people. Made of cotton, it comes in a variety of colors, including pink, orange, green, and purple, and in sizes up to 7T. Customers say it’s a good, quality shirt that’s soft, although some said it tends to run small.
08 of 09
Best Tablet: Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet
Believe it or not, a lot of kids these days need tablets for school. This favorite from Amazon not only comes with a free year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited (20,000 apps, games, and shows geared towards kids) but it also has a 2-year worry-free guarantee which will replace any breaks in that time frame. The tablet also comes with a case that helps prevent cracks when it gets dropped (because it will!). Plus, it has top-notch parental controls so you can limit their screen time and pick which shows they can watch. A win for all!Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Best for Nature Lovers: Insect Lore Live Butterfly Growing Kit Gift Box Set
If your graduate is into nature (and what kid isn't) why not indulge their passions with this butterfly growing kit that will wow the whole family. In the set, you'll get a reusable mesh tent that comes with five caterpillars that they'll feed until they transform into butterflies that can be set free. This kit should only be ordered in climates where the temperature is above 55 degrees during the day at the time of ordering. Note that sometimes the caterpillars take 24 hours to start moving once you receive your package.