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Though it's not college graduation, graduating from elementary school should certainly be celebrated. And what better way to celebrate than with a gift? There's no shortage of options to choose from including keepsakes, gadgets, or even delectable sweet treats. Or maybe even a fun t-shirt to commemorate the occasion.
Read on for the best gifts to give your elementary school grad.
Literati Book Gift Box
Reading will forever be fundamental, so help your graduate continue their love of books with a set from Literati. The adventure-themed box has five books that tell the stories of dragons, witches, and so many more fabled creatures. In addition to the books, the box has stickers with the child’s name, a piece of artwork, and you can even add a personalized gift note.
Threadrock Dabbing Rainbow Unicorn 5th Grade Graduation Nailed It T-Shirt
For a bit of humor, this t-shirt is sure to make everyone, especially your graduate, chuckle. The dabbing unicorn t-shirt is available in pretty much every color, from the typical neutrals like black and gray to vibrant pink, turquoise, and light blue. The 100 percent cotton shirt is great for a single grad, or you can buy a few for their classmates.
Harry & David Cake Pop and Donut Bouquet Gift Box
Harry & David's bouquet isn't your typical floral bouquet. Instead of a set of roses, it's a mix of sweet treats on a stick. The cake pops and donuts are covered in Belgian chocolate and have colorful drizzles and sprinkles. This is one sweet gift that's a great way to celebrate your graduate.
National Geographic Break Open 10 Premium Geodes Kit
Going on an archeological dig isn't usually the most accessible thing, but National Geographic's geode kit is the next best option for nature-loving kids. This set includes ten real geodes, which can range in size from a sizable tennis ball to smaller than a ping pong ball. There's also a magnifying glass, safety goggles, and a 16-page educational guide.
Uncommon Goods National Parks Explorer Map
This is one bit of wall decor that's sure to foster a love of travel, all while learning about geography. The wall map measures 18 x 24 inches and highlights 61 National Parks in the U.S. The bottom of the map shows the dates each park was established and the set comes with tree stickers, which can be used to mark every park that's been visited.
KatchOn Store Penguin Graduation Balloons
Your elementary school graduate will be flying high when you give them a balloon bouquet. The set includes a 34-inch penguin balloon and two star-shaped balloons with “You did it!” on both sides. Most youngsters might not appreciate an actual bouquet of flowers, but a balloon bouquet is sure to please them.
Shutterfly Photo Gallery Puzzle
Puzzles can be a stimulating solo task or even a fun family activity. This photo gallery puzzle from Shutterfly takes the puzzle to the next level. Upload one to nine pics, these can be recent photos of your graduate or your favorite older snapshots, and you've got yourself a personalized puzzle. Choose from 60, 252, 520, or even 1,014 puzzle pieces.
AILIHEN C8 Wired Headphones
If you've ever purchased headphones or earbuds in the past 10 years, then you know they can be pretty expensive. Instead of spending a few hundred bucks, especially for a kid who might lose them, this set of wired headphones is a great option. Besides the range of colors (almost a dozen options) and crisp sound, the ear covers and band are adjustable for the perfect fit. They're even foldable so the headphones can be stored easily or placed in a backpack.
TheGiftChicks Personalized Graduation Bear
Whether you’re four or 40, a cute stuffed animal is something anyone can appreciate. This bear is small, just a little over seven inches, but the cuteness and personalized feel is what makes it special. You can add the recipient’s name and graduation year on the bottom of the bear’s feet. Choose a white bear with a pink robe or a brown bear with black robe.
GoPro HERO7 Silver 4K Waterproof Action Camera
This is a bit expensive, but for your responsible preteen who has a sense of adventure, this GoPro will be a major hit. It’s waterproof up to 33 feet, so this is a great companion for the next family vacation or just having fun in the backyard pool. Even with intense movement, the photos are crisp and the videos stable. It’s touch screen is easy to use and there’s even a hands-free, voice activated function.
Perfectly Logical Challenging Fun Brain Teasers and Logic Puzzles
Brain teasers, but make them fun. “Perfectly Logical: Challenging Fun Brain Teasers and Logic Puzzles for Smart Kids” has 10 chapters of puzzles that are sure to keep your graduate occupied and their mind stimulated. The activities range from code breakers to Sudoku to logic grids. Let your graduate work on this alone or even join them in solving a few puzzles.
Gifts.com Slime Kit
Playing with slime isn’t just for the youngest of kids, there’s a chance your preteen wants to mix up some slime as well. Opt for this kit which literally includes everything he or she will need. With six slime powder packs, glitter, confetti, and a stirrer, all they have to do is let their imagination run wild and add water. The handy carrying case makes it easy to contain all of the items and the exterior can even be personalized.
Vancropak Backpack with USB Charging Port
Your soon-to-be middle schooler needs a backpack that’s a bit more grown up, but still extremely functional. Vancropak’s bookbag tops the list with stellar organization and an affordable price tag. The interior has small pockets for items like keys, a laptop sleeve, and there’s even a built in USB charging port. The material is water resistant and the wider straps are designed to better support the back and encourage proper posture.
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This roundup was written by Patrice J. Williams. She has contributed gift guides to The Spruce since 2020. In addition to her work for The Spruce, she writes commerce articles, including product suggestions and reviews, for other outlets as well as appearing on air for The Today Show, WEtv, and she was the Savvy Shopper reporter for WPIX in New York City.