The 9 Best Preschool Graduation Gifts to Buy in 2018

Commemorate the big move to kindergarten

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Preschool graduation is hands down the most adorable of graduation occasions. These little learners have just completed the first milestone in what’s likely to be a long line of academic achievements, and a gift to say “way to go” it is often in order.

With kindergarten on the horizon, there are a ton of great possibilities that will surprise and delight preschool graduates and let them know how proud you are of their accomplishments. From gifts that are sweet and sentimental to those that will help get them ready for kindergarten and some that are just plain fun, here the best gifts for preschool graduates.


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    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.

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    Best Tech: VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2

    Now that he’s out of preschool, he’s 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 him prepare for the move to “big kid” school.

    A camera lets him take videos and pictures to capture all the silly selfies and special moments, while 55 customizable watch faces (both digital and analog) help him learn time. It also comes with a pedometer, to get him going and games for fun. 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 girls too.

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    Best Camera: VTech Kidizoom DUO Selfie Camera - Blue - Online Exclusive

    From graduation to playdates, parties and beyond, she can play paparazzi with her very own pretty pink digital camera. It comes with all the functionality of most adult cameras, including two lenses — a standard one in the front and another in the back for fabulous selfies, of course.

    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 and camouflage for those who don’t prefer pink. Customers say the camera is well-made, takes good pictures, and kids love it.

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    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.

    It comes in eight fun colors from Caribbean Blue to Shocking Pink, and it gets high marks all around for stability and a great overall ride. Customers rave about this scooter and say it’s the best one out there. Nearly 90 percent of the 170 reviewers on Amazon gave it five stars.

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  • 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.

    All told with a funny, rhyming poem accompanied by colorful illustrations, this is one kids are going to want to read again and again as they prepare for kindergarten and throughout the year.

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    Gear: Mackenzie Blue/Navy Airplane Classic Lunch Bag

    Mackenzie Blue/Navy Airplane Classic Lunch Bag
    Courtesy of Pottery Barn

    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) to make cleaning it easy. This medium-sized version measures 8" x 4" x 9", 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 or inscribed on the lunch box.

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    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, though some say it tends to run small.

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    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 (15,000 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!​


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    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 and watch transform into butterflies that they 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. Some reviewers claimed they thought their caterpillars were dead but after 24 hours they started to move so, give them time.