Our Top Picks
Best Cookies: Bakery Gift Tower at Cheryl’s
"The individually wrapped cookies and cake come in decorative boxes that will look amazing on any table."
Best Jewelry: PinkCarnationDesign Jewelry Set at Etsy
"Whether you choose gold, silver, or rose gold, this jewelry set is a clear winner for any lucky recipient."
Best Book: Literati Gift Box at Literati
"The book-loving kid will absolutely adore this gift box, which includes five adventure themed books and personalized stickers."
"Keep the kids stimulated and forever learning with this book of 100 puzzles and teasers."
Best Slime: Slime Kit at Gifts
"This kit includes powder, confetti, glitter, and more for hours of slime-making fun."
Best Puzzle: Photo Gallery Puzzle at Shutterfly
"Enjoy hours of fun with this puzzle that can be personalized with up to nine of your favorite photos."
Best Balloons: Penguin Graduation Balloons at Amazon
"Skip the bouquet of roses for a balloon bouquet to show your graduate how proud you are of their achievements."
Best for the Sports Lover: NBA Superstorage Lapdesk at Pottery Barn Teen
"If you know someone’s favorite NBA team, they’ll love this sturdy lap desk that can be personalized."
Best Tablet: Fire HD Tablet at Amazon
"A sharp resolution, 10 hour battery life, and parental controls make the Fire HD 8 a solid choice for anyone, especially children."
Best Keepsake: Jewelry Music Box at Amazon
"This is one gorgeous, well crafted keepsake that’s music to anyone’s ears."
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Best Cookies: Cheryl’s Bakery Gift Tower
No one can resists a sweet treat and Cheryl’s Bakery has a spread that includes more than 50 cookies, cakes, pretzels, and more. The baked goods come wrapped in a series of decorative boxes which make a beautiful display for any party. Add a photo or personalized message on the tag to make this towering treat even more special.
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Best Jewelry: PinkCarnationDesign Jewelry Set
When you don’t want to buy a preteen expensive jewelry but you still want them to have a bit of sparkle, PinkCarnationDesign’s Etsy shop has a nice solution. This set includes a necklace and matching one-inch drop earrings, or you can just buy the earrings or necklace. Choose silver, gold, or rose gold and the earrings can even be made in a clip-on style for those without pierced ears.
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Best Book: Literati 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.
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Best Activity: 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.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Best Slime: 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.
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Best Puzzle: 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 nice 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.
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Best Balloons: 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.
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Best for the Sports Lover: NBA Superstorage Lapdesk
For those study days, gift this functional lap desk. Your graduate can sit on the floor or even in bed, but the portable desk has a stable top and built in ledge to keep items from sliding down. The top, which can be personalized with the logo of their fave NBA team, slides open to reveal three compartments. The cushioned bottom provides a stable base and has a convenient carrying handle. A sports fan will truly love, and get tons of use out of this.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Best Tablet: Fire HD Tablet
Like it or not, technology pretty much rules everything around us. So why not give your deserving grad a tablet that can be entertaining and informative. The Fire HD 8 has 10 hours of battery life, a crisp screen that puts less strain on the eyes, and is twice as durable as some other tablets. Parents can use the functions to control what their kid is watching and the FaceTime Unlimited subscription provides access to more than 20,000 pieces of kid-friendly content.
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Best Keepsake: Jewelry Music Box
Store your child's tassel, graduation photos, and other mementos in a special graduation music box. Or maybe even present the box with a gift card or cash inside. However it’s used, the box is a gorgeous keepsake that your graduate will cherish for years. When the lid is opened, they can hear the sounds of “What a Wonderful World.”
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Best Stuffed Animal: 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.
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Best Party Favor: ThatsaWrapFavors Personalized Stickers
Everyone loves something that feels like it was made just for them, and these stickers from ThatsaWrapFavors on Etsy are a nice touch. You can add them to a water bottle, mints, a candy wrapper, and more. Select the graduation graphic (the images are available in different hair colors and skin tones), fonts, and then all you have to do is stick them on your desired item.Whether you’re having a small get together and want a party favor or just want to give your graduate a gift they’ll love, this is a fun one.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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Best Backpack: 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 reviews 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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Best Speaker: Echo Dot Kids Edition
This Echo Dot is designed exclusively for kids. They can play songs, check the weather, set reminders, ask Alexa questions, or call an approved list of friends and family. The parental controls make it easy to filter out explicit songs and set daily time limits. In addition to the variety of ways it can be used, the Echo Dot also comes in a vibrant rainbow design.
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Best for the Adventurer: GoPro 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.