17 Great Elementary School Graduation Gifts
Reward your kiddo for a job well done with these cool gifts.
Oh, the places your young graduate will go! Celebrate the future middle schooler in your life with these fun commencement gifts, from tech to fashion and more.
1. Swagtron Self-Balancing Hoverboard
It comes in three bright colors kids will love.
With colorful LED headlights and flashing wheel lights, they’ll be the brightest kid on the block. Safe for first-time users and experienced riders alike, they might just take this hoverboard to middle school with them ($140, amazon.com).
2. Hydro Flask Water Bottle
It’s a great way to get kids to drink more water.
This cult favorite double-insulated stainless steel water bottle keeps water icy cold for 24 hours and hot drinks hot for up to six hours. The 20-ounce model is perfect for growing kiddos, plus it comes in 14 fun colors ($27, amazon.com).
3. Nintendo Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Rated E, this is a game the whole family will enjoy.
Players can design their own character, and island paradise to explore, in this game for Nintendo Switch systems. Because the seasons and time change based on real life, every day a new discovery awaits. To add to the fun, users can invite others to visit—or be the ones to travel! Up to four people can play on the same system together, and online, up to eight ($50, amazon.com).
Perfect for the goofball grad.
Handing down your old cellphone, or finally giving them their own? They can use this hysterical PopSocket to give their device a trendy update. The attachments, which are reusable, work as a grip or kickstand ($15, amazon.com).
5. Wake Up Sunrise Alarm Clock
It serves as a colorful table lamp too.
Rather than waking your grad with an unpleasantly loud sound, this device provides a gentle alert. Thirty minutes before alarm time, it slowly brightens up the room, simulating sunlight. When the alarm finally goes off, it’ll play one of 30 natural sounds, like that of waves or a thunderstorm ($40, amazon.com).
6. Abitzon Nail Polish Set
For the girly grad who likes to feel glam but isn’t quite old enough for makeup.
This set of nail polishes is sure to be a hit the next time you have an at-home spa day. The non-toxic, eco-friendly formula also dries quickly and is easy to peel off ($14, amazon.com).
7. Portable Cushioned Lap Desk
Kiddos who prefer to do homework anywhere but their desk will appreciate this.
They can comfortably work from the couch, bed or any other place at home with this portable desk. To make it easy to move, there’s a handle at the top where kids can also place their tablet or iPad ($25, amazon.com).
8. Caboodles On-the-Go Girl Retro Case
The design brings back so many memories.
She will no longer have an excuse as to why her dresser is overflowing with hair ties, lip balm and jewelry. This double-decker container has plenty of compartments to keep items safe ($20, amazon.com).
9. Dosmix Wireless Stereo Retro Speakers
It fully charges in two to three hours, and from there, will yield the same amount of operating time.
Although small, this speaker yields surprisingly good sound quality—but probably won’t be so loud that your neighbors complain. For kiddos who are passionate about music, and blasting it when possible ($123, amazon.com).
10. LEGO Architecture London
Bonus points if you visited the European city with your grad.
This sophisticated set consists of 460+ pieces for building models of famous London structures, including the National Gallery and Big Ben. When finished, it doubles as room decor. There are themed kits for other cities too, such as New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Paris ($40, barnesandnoble.com).
11. The Thoughtful Journal
For many kids, middle school can cause big changes.
They can keep track of all the most important happenings in their life in this journal. Lovely extras include a writing prompt that asks them what they’re most grateful for and a reminder to stop comparing themselves to others ($35, bluesky.com).
12. Prep U Clean Trio Set
B.O. will be the least of your soon-to-be middle schooler’s worries when you gift this collection. The all-natural deodorant, 2-in-1 hair and body wash and body spray in the set will keep them fresh ($42, prepuproducts.com).
13. Faber-Castell Young Artist Essentials Gift Set
Encourage your kid’s artistic side.
Your budding Degas can create masterpieces wherever she goes with the tools in this 64-piece set. Basics, including pencils, markers and colored pencils, await, as well as more advanced art tools such as oil pastels and watercolor pencils ($50, fabercastell.com).
14. Chocolate Pizza
This has a much longer shelf life than cake does.
Show how proud you are with some sweetness. This “pizza” treat is customizable with your choice of milk or dark chocolate, toppings on the border and a special message. When it’s time to serve, it breaks apart without much fuss ($23, chocolatepizza.com).
15. SunnyLife Luxe Ride-On Float Unicorn
Summer is closer than you think.
The unicorn trend isn’t going anywhere. Your grad can use this inflatable to soak up some rays and relax before fall returns ($70, sunnylife.com).
16. The Illustrated Version of Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone
Over 100 illustrations accompany this book about one young boy/wizards’s epic adventure.
When Harry Potter starts his heroic saga, he’s just turned 11—around the age of your elementary-school grad. Recognize the similarity with this edition of the first book in the series, lavishly illustrated by artist Jim Kay, and you can make a new yearly tradition ($23, amazon.com).
17. Cakebe Cake Turntable Set
A cute gift for an aspiring chef or a rainy-day activity you can do together.
Take your kid’s baking hobby to the next level. Using the cake decorating turntable, multiple frosting tips, pastry bags and more, he can turn baked goods into works of art ($20, amazon.com).
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