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Unique Graduation Gift Ideas Here on the Suncoast

| Angela Naff |

It’s that time of the year again when high school and college graduations are on the horizon. Do you have a graduate this year, a grandkid, or a friend you are celebrating? We have helped assemble a list of unique gift ideas to celebrate the graduate and ensure they appreciate the thought long after the glow of the big graduation day has passed.

Meal Plan Subscription

Ensure they’re not living on boxed mac and cheese and ramen with a subscription to Hello Fresh or another meal-prep kit of choice, which gives them pre-prepped ingredients and easy step-by-step instructions to make home-cooked meals easier to execute—and reduces food waste if they’re just cooking for one. (No more letting produce wilt in the fridge if they need a single carrot and have to buy a whole bunch!)

Spa Day

After several stressful years leading to graduation, treating a recent grad to a day at a local spa would give them a chance to relax. If spas in your area are too pricey, a cheaper, equally fun alternative, you could treat them to a DIY spa day. You only need cucumber slices, a face mask, and whatever other self-care you want to throw in. Maybe even make it a group event with friends or family for some extended memory-making for graduation weekend.

spa gift

Cold Hard Cash

We know this is a given, but graduates always appreciate it, so it deserves a spot on the list. Whether moving for their first job, taking a celebratory trip to celebrate their big milestone, or setting up their first apartment, this gift keeps giving in big ways.


After years of studying and nose to the grindstone, experiences are craved by grads of all ages. Do they have a trip they have dreamed of for years abroad, a family reunion-style road trip, or other experience that would help commemorate this momentous occasion perfectly? Gifts can come and go, but experiences leave memories for years for them to enjoy and are always appreciated.


We know what you are thinking, but with moving day out of the house or out of the dorms, a great piece of luggage is sure to be appreciated. Traveling for business or pleasure in the future, the gift will always be a reminder of this big occasion, and a nice piece can accompany them on many of their next life adventures.


Help Create After Graduation Bucket List

Give them more inspiration for their post-graduation bucket list (or help them armchair travel until they’re ready to go) with this gorgeous coffee table book filled with potential destinations for their post-grad adventures. This is a great conversation starter or inspiration for the graduate’s after-school plans.

Whether you are celebrating someone leaving high school or starting their first career, this is the season for graduates. We hope this list started your gift-giving inspiration brainstorming. While these are major milestones in a person’s life, graduation is about sharing the day with everyone important in the graduate’s life.

Congrats to all Graduates here on the Suncoast!

Feature Photo Courtesy Deposit Photos

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