Top 15 Elementary School Graduation Gifts

A Complete Gift Guide to Celebrate Your Soon-To-Be Middle Schooler

The elementary school years will soon be a distant memory for your child. Honor her with a special treat to celebrate this milestone in her life. Pick one or more of the best 15 elementary school graduation gifts for kids on this list to celebrate your favorite grad.

  • 01 of 15

    Dinner Out

    Family dinner
    Martin Dimitrov / Getty Images

    Keep it simple but make it special. That's the idea behind dinner out with your graduate. Gather family and a few friends and take your graduate to her favorite restaurant. The time spent with those closest to her is one of the best gifts you can give.

    For an extra present, surprise her when the waitress brings a graduation cake at the end of the meal or set everything up ahead of time at home and surprise her when you get back with some homemade graduation cupcakes.

  • 02 of 15

    Book Club Membership

    Girls reading books
    Klaus Vedfelt / Getty Images

    Encourage a love of reading with a book club membership gift. Club rules vary but many send a certain amount of age-appropriate books per month.

    As your graduate leaves elementary school, she'll be entering the teen years. A teen book club membership gives her age-appropriate reading materials. It's also a great inspiration for her to start a book club or summer reading club of her own.

  • 03 of 15

    Gift Cards

    A picture of an Amazon gift card
    Image Courtesy Amazon

    Gift cards may seem like an impersonal gift but you'll find your elementary school graduate will be delighted to receive this gift. If she has a favorite place to shop, buy her a gift card from that particular store. Otherwise, retailers like Target and Wal Mart can offer up everything from music to clothes. Amazon gift cards can offer those items as well as digital downloads, games, books and music.

    You think you're just giving a plastic card. But she'll always remember how she spent...MORE the money from the gift card and who made that possible.

  • 04 of 15

    Graduation Bobblehead

    A picture of a graduation bobblehead
    Image Courtesy Amazon

    A cute, kooky gift is a graduation bobblehead. There's a space for your graduate's picture so the bobblehead is actually your child.

    The bobblehead also doubles as a cake topper for that after-dinner sugary surprise. It's also a great, inexpensive gift that can be given to each graduate in your child's class.

    Continue to 5 of 15 below.
  • 05 of 15

    Graduation Cookies

    A picture of graduation cookies
    Heading off to middle school? Celebrate your elementary school grad with graduation cookies. Photo © N8ster / Flickr

    Yum! From custom graduation fortune cookies to chocolate chip cookies in a graduation-themed box, your graduate deserves a sweet surprise. There are even cookie cutters shaped like graduation caps if you prefer to bake your own treats.

  • 06 of 15

    Personalized Note Cards

    Now's a great time to get kids in the habit of putting pen to paper with their own set of personalized note cards. They can use their new set of note cards to write thank yous to other friends and families who've sent them gifts as well.

  • 07 of 15

    Graduation Music Box

    A picture of a graduation music box
    Image Courtesy Amazon

    Store your child's tassel, graduation photos and more in a special graduation music box. Look for a music box that can be personalized and you can have your child's name and graduation year engraved on top. It's a gift that will instantly become a keepsake.

  • 08 of 15

    Balloon Bouquet

    Girl holding balloons
    Stephanie Rausser / Getty Images

    You did it! Great job! Way to go! Your elementary school graduate will be flying high when you give her a graduation balloon bouquet with these congratulatory messages on them.

    If your child's school allows deliveries, send her a balloon bouquet on the last day of school. Or, wait until graduation day and surprise her before the ceremony.

    Continue to 9 of 15 below.
  • 09 of 15

    Graduation Jewelry

    Graduation Jewelry

    You can't go wrong with graduation jewelry as a gift. Choose from something as simple as a pendant with a graduation year, a graduation bracelet or go for something more personalized with your child's name, school and graduation year engraved on it. Graduation jewelry will always be special to your child and it's a gift that can become a tradition as she leaves elementary school, graduates high school and then college.

  • 10 of 15

    Graduation Album

    A picture of a graduation album
    Image Courtesy Amazon

    A fun gift for elementary school students is their very own graduation album. On graduation day, be sure to take lots of pictures of your child with her class. Try to get a picture of her with each one of her classmates too so she'll always have photos of her friends.

    Have her put all of the pictures from graduation in the album with you to make it an afternoon project you can enjoy together. As a grad gift for her friends, buy another album and let your child add some of her pics with her...MORE friends from the past year.

  • 11 of 15

    Locker Gear

    Spruce up your child's locker with a tiny chandelier

    Your child may not have had a locker in elementary school. Now she's off to the big leagues of middles schooland will have her own locker. Load her locker with cool gear, such as a locker organizer, mirror or even add some bling with a locker chandelier.

  • 12 of 15

    A Laptop for School

    A picture of a boy looking at a laptop
    Tara Moore / Getty Images

    If your child's school doesn't assign laptops for take-home use and your child doesn't already have her own computer, a laptop can be the perfect gift for an elementary school graduate. She'll get good use out of it too with all of those reports and other schoolwork she'll be completing in middle school.

    Continue to 13 of 15 below.
  • 13 of 15

    A Smartphone

    A picture of a child holding up a smartphone
    Fabrice LEROUGE / Getty Images

    If you've been holding off buying your child her own smartphone, she may be ready for her own phone now when she heads off to middle school. It's a tough decision for many parents but with your soon-to-be middle schooler out of the house more now, it can be comforting to know she's got a way to get in touch with you instantly.​​

  • 14 of 15

    A Special Trip

    Take your grads on a special trip to celebrate
    Westend61 / Getty Images

    Celebrate your child's achievements with a special trip to mark the occasion. Hit the road to a nearby city for the day or weekend or kick off your family's summer vacation by taking your grad on a week-long escape.


  • 15 of 15

    Graduation Party

    A picture of elementary school kids at a graduation party
    Sue Barr / Getty Images

    Throw a graduation party for your child's class. You can pull off an inexpensive get-together that will give the grads, what will likely be, one last time for them to all be together.