The end of the school year means a lot of fun celebrations with graduations. From your little one leaving kindergarten to your oldest venturing out of college, we have some gift ideas covered. Check out some of our suggestions and leave your top gift ideas in the comments section below.
For the Pre-School Grad:
For the pre-schooler, we love the fun and educational Scotchi matching games. Each set comes with a colorful play board and pieces that velcro into place. This includes Super Market Pieces, Farm Animals, Clock out of Box, and Girls Dress Up - all of which encourages creativity, improves small motor skills and it's a great game to play with others or alone.
For the Kindergarten Grad:
For kindergarten grads we love educational kits and books to foster learning throughout the summer. One of our favorites is Green Kid Crafts, a mom-owned, eco-friendly creativity and science kit subscription service for kids ages 3-10. Launched in 2010 and one of the first kid’s activity box companies, they develop open-ended creativity and science kits that exercise kids' creativity, build confidence, and engage kids with the world around them. This includes fun kits that foster a love of unplugged creativity that facilitates creativity, learning, tactile development, and interaction with parent/caregiver. Great for hours of fun, Green Kid Crafts comes right to your door as they build confidence, foster creativity, and cultivate respect and love for planet.
We also love tactile and engaging gifts. One of our favorites is Beach Stamps, a fun way to leave hand and food impressions in the sand. This includes cleverly designed, square-shaped impression stamps that come in a variety of creative designs that can be strapped to hands or feet for endless fun at the beach.Beach STAMPS also kids to stamp pictures, create patterns, play interactively and design their own unique scenes on the largest canvas in the world – a shoreline’s beach – as well as their favorite play area sandbox. Durable, non-toxic, comfortable, and easy to clean, Beach STAMPS launches with seven theme packs featuring 6-8 stamps in a rainbow of bright colors, along with a larger 15-stamp Variety pack. The seven themes include: Fantasy, Cowboy, Space, Interactive, Animals, and Fun Shapes. Pricing is $12.95 each theme pack, and $15.95 for the variety pack.
As for books, we love the recently re-release by Parragon of Wish Upon a Dream and The Good Little Bad Little Pig by Margaret Wise Brown. Wish Upon a Dream, a beautiful journey into the world of dreams, follows a magical bedtime world of favorite dreams. My daughters love reading this book at night as we see and learn from Brown's beautiful dream world. We also love The Good Little Bad Little Pig as it tells the story of Peter who wants a perfect little pig for a pet. This engaging story teaches children about the rewards of being good.
For the Grade-School Grad:
For the grade-schooler that loves to cook, we love Kidstir.com. With a mission to make cooking fun for kids, the KidStir kits are designed to educate kids on all aspects of real food- origins, selection, culture, cooking, sharing, appreciation, and more- in a super fun way. This includes complete cooking kits with fun recipe ideas that they can make on their own or with their parents. They also have a fun collection of DIY recipes that is sure to inspire you and your kids.
We also love the cute bracelets and necklaces from Charm It! the original, detachable charm jewelry brand for girls ages 5 – 14. CHARMIT! offers charms in every category from sports, music, animals and special interests like ballet and gymnastics to co-branded charms including Hello Kitty and Disney. A fun gift for girls, Charm It! is available at specialty boutiques worldwide, as well as at Nordstrom, Saks, and Gap Kids.
For the Middle-School Grad:
For the middle-school grade, we love the JBuddies Folding Kid Headphones by JLab. Folding in two bright new colors: Neon Pink/Jet-Black and Neon Blue/Graphite, the JBuddies Folding, Kid Headphones offers safe-volume control, with built-in volume regulators, to ensure kids never rock out past 85db. Featuring a folding, compact design and a pillow-soft travel bag, JBuddies are the perfect pick-up-and-go answer to every kids’ never-stopping digital world. These portable companions fold down to a mere 5.5- x 4-inch size, with pinch-free hinges to keep little eyes dry. JBuddies Folding are built with durable, spill-resistant materials to ensure they are in for the long haul and back. They are also pinch-free, super sleek and compatible with Mobile Devices, Tablets and DVD Players.
For the High School Graduate:
A fun piece for High School grads is the sterling silver Graduation Diploma Charm from Fortunoff Jewelry with an engraved “DIPLOMA.” It also comes with a 17.5 inch sterling silver chain.
Before your grad heads off into the next step of his life, invest in the perfect graduation gift to keep high school memories safe forever with the the LyveHome. The LyveHome is the solution to all of your photo storing problems. Delete no more, and have peace of mind with an easy answer to organize and protect all those pre-grad photos. The high capacity device features new technology called LyveSync that gathers the consumers’ entire photo and video collection (from all of their devices) and organizes it into one master index of your life. The chic, white device can hold millions of photos, which lets your phone serve as an infinite camera roll—meaning you will never have to delete another photo on your phone to make room for a new photo.
For the College Graduate:
Send your new graduate into the real world looking as polished as her resume… Give her the personal stylist she deserves with a Stitch Fix gift card. The Stitch Fix expert styling team will prep her wardrobe for success with the perfect, high quality pieces that make sense for the next chapter of her life. Each piece comes with unique styling tips to help her look and feel amazing.
Another way to update your grads wardrobe is with Twenty Five Bedford, the ultimate destination for chic, work-appropriate staples, founded by Keri Ferry in the spring of 2014. As a former financier, Ferry left her job in private equity and set out to fill the void for a wearable, stylish brand that catered to today’s working woman. With her passion for quality design combined with her frustration with the lack of innovation in the existing marketplace, she created a brand that strictly offers modern styles and silhouettes available in quality fabrics and endless color variations. Inspired by Ferry’s time of work at a previous job in London, Twenty Five Bedford fuses the incomparable sophistication of the British working woman with an air of effortless style. Ferry found herself motivated by the notion that women utilize only 20% of their closet 80% of the time, building the foundation of the collection off of fit, function and fashion. This includes skirts, blazers, dresses and blouses in classic shapes, meant to flatter women of all sizes, with the price ranging from $135-$255. Twenty Five Bedford is produced in New York City and offered exclusively online at www.25Bedford.com.
Older grads will also love the Action Cam SP1 from Kodak . Great for travel and celebrating, this fun and lightweight camera is waterproof (up to 32 feet), shockproof up to 6.5 ft, dustproof and freezeproof as it offers a full HD 1080p Video and a crisp LCD display. It also has a wireless connection and seamless connection to the free Kodak PIXPRO app, so you can use as a viewfinder and playback.
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