Graduation and Teacher Gift Ideas

We’re already half way through May, which means it’s time for the end-of-school-year scramble! If you have a child of your own who is graduating high school or college, or if you have friends who are celebrating this special milestone, it’s time to start thinking about graduation and teacher appreciation gifts!

We’ve gathered dozens of graduation gifts for girls and boys as well as teacher gift ideas to make your shopping a breeze:

Graduation Gifts

In the South, we love our monograms! Personalized gifts are some of the most meaningful. We like companies that make personalization easy, like Marley Lilly, Audrey DurdenMark and Graham, and Pottery Barn.

We also love anything from The Write Choice, a Dallas-based paper goods and gifts company WHERE THE GENERATIONS MEET™. We’ve previously featured owner Jennie Malouf Gilchrist and her stationery tips on the blog, and she also offers some great monogrammed gifts for graduates!

You can’t go wrong with monogrammed bath towels or collegiate apparel for students heading off to college. Laptop bags, luggage and travel garment bags also make great gifts for both boys and girls if you are looking for something a little nicer (And all can be monogrammed!).

Looking for a gift that gives back? Brands like GEMS BY THE FOOT™ and GAIA for Women not only have great gift options for girls but they also support refugee women. Made with genuine gemstones, these dainty microGEMS bracelets and necklaces make for great gifts, and can be customized with gemCHARMS for a personal touch! We also love these durable pouches and tasseled Key Rings from GAIA that will help your grad keep it all together.

Graduation Gifts for Her

1. Rain Jacket // 2. Monogrammed Necklaces // 3. Pink Tool Kit // 4. Towel Wrap // 5. Laptop Case // 6. Zipper Wallet // 7. Canvas Tote


Graduation Gifts for Him

1. Texas Trophy Stretch Performance Polo // 2. YETI Roadie 20 Cooler // 3. Canvas & Leather Weekender // 4. Hayes Leather Wallet // 5. YETI Collegiate Series Rambler // 6. Sterling Silver Square Cufflinks // 7. Wood Watch Box // 8. Tie Bar Socks, 3 Sets


Personalized Stationery makes a great gift for all graduates, and our post on The Dos and Don’ts of Thank You Notes will come in handy for them once all their gifts start coming in!

Gift Ideas for Teachers

With all the excitement of graduation, we can’t forget to show teachers some love and appreciation as well! Whether your child is graduating or your little one is moving up a grade like mine, we’ve gathered some gift ideas for all the teachers in your life:

1. S’well Water Bottle // 2. Monogrammed Clipboard // 3. Pencil Holder // 4. Insulated Lunch Bag // 5. optiGEMS // 6. Apple Marble Paperweight // 7. Engraved Pen // 8. Monogrammed Travel Mug

There are lots of fun and easy DIY teacher gifts that you can make yourself with the kids or purchase on Etsy! You also can’t go wrong with a classic, handwritten “Thank You” card. There so many great printable card and tag options for teachers that can accompany any gift, or you can get blank cards for kids to design and decorate themselves with a heartfelt note!


What are some of your favorite graduation and teacher gifts to give or receive? Let us know if you go with any of these ideas by tagging @lolliandme in your posts on Facebook and Instagram! Congrats to all the graduates and happy almost summer, Y’all!

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