Middle School Graduation Gift Ideas

Middle school graduation marks a transition time for your teen—​they're halfway through their education and are about to enter a whole new world as a high schooler. Celebrate this big moment in their life with graduation gifts that range from special keepsakes to practical items they'll use for the rest of their academic days.

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    Digital Camera

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    Your middle schooler is about to embark on one of the most memorable journeys of their life: high school. Over the next four years, they'll be going to dances, on class trips, making new friends, and creating unforgettable memories. With a digital camera, your teen will be able to capture quality moments so they can always revisit these special times, places, and faces. If your teen is particularly interested in photography, pick out a DSLR camera. They will be ready for a high school-level photography class as an elective and might find their calling by serving as a photographer for the school yearbook or newspaper.

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    Cell Phone

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    If you've been holding out from buying your teen a cell phone, now is the perfect time to surprise them with a smartphone. With a busy schedule and a list of growing activities, they'll always be just a phone call away. If you're worried about their phone use, try writing a cell phone contract or use parental controls to manage their phone's activity.

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    Laptop or Tablet

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    High school marks the years where grades count, college talk begins, and homework becomes even more challenging. A laptop can be an ideal middle school graduation gift because your teen will be excited about getting their computer that they can use for both schoolwork and play. In some cases, a high school might expect a teen to have their laptop or tablet, so the gift can double as a gift and as back-to-school shopping.

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    Cash in a Graduation-Themed Money Holder

    A graduation themed money holder


    Nothing speaks to graduates like cash. Instead of handing your teen some money or sliding it inside a card, get a graduation-themed money holder. These holders usually feature a cute pouch you can stuff cash in to make the gift more meaningful. If you would rather the teen start saving for college, consider making a donation to their 529 plan or buying mutual funds or a savings bond that will be worth more at a later date.

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    Graduation Flowers

    A bouquet of flowers


    Flowers may seem like a temporary gift, but they're a classic gift to present to your graduate after they walk across the stage. Want to keep the blooms forever? Before the flowers start to wither, dry them for a beautiful treasure that'll last years. 

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    Apple watch with a leather band


    It's all about time and technology with teens. With a new, busy schedule, give your graduate a nice watch so they can keep track of their activities, without having to constantly look at their phone—but they can still easily respond to your texts or phone calls.

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    Graduation Keepsake Box

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    From photos to jewelry, a graduation keepsake box can store all of your graduate's special items. Engrave the box with your message, plus the graduate's name and graduation year.