Best Graduation Gift Books

Best Graduation Gift Books

Best Graduation Gift Books

 

Giving a graduate a gift book makes an inspiring and excellent present especially if you give the right book. Fun to read, practical books are the best graduation gift books. If it looks boring or irrelevant to the graduate, it will gather dust. I have listed several best graduation gift books below that are sure to resonate with your graduate.

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NOW YOU TELL ME: 12 COLLEGE STUDENTS GIVE THE BEST ADVICE THEY NEVER GOT

By: Sheridan Scott

The book offers advice from many different perspectives. There is someone in this book to which every college freshman and parent can relate. Some of the chapters are skim-worthy and some are highlight-almost-every-line-worthy. One of the best chapters is written by a film school student in Los Angeles. He has some of the most unconventional, but yet REAL advice: “Don’t bring your autographed picture of Darth Vader to the dorm, and do eat your veggies; don’t grow a beard, and do realize that though the college years are great, your best years are yet to come.” While his morals are a little looser than I would prefer, he has arrived at this enlightened realization, “come to terms with the fact that you’re not going to find lasting romance drunk in someone’s yard off-campus.” His chapter is a MUST READ!

Cover of book: "The Naked Roommate"

THE NAKED ROOMMATE: AND 107 OTHER ISSUES YOU MIGHT RUN INTO IN COLLEGE

By: Harlan Cohen

I first heard about this book at my oldest son’s college orientation. One of the deans held up the For Parents Only version of The Naked Roommate and insisted we all needed a copy. It is a fun book with a fun title that will entice the recipient to actually open it up and read it. The advice is practical and realistic. It covers topics like the summer before college, move-in day, roommates,  Greek life, dating, drugs and alcohol, safety, health, and academics.

College Student Health Handbook

THE ULTIMATE COLLEGE STUDENT HEALTH HANDBOOK

By: Jill Grimes, MD

The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook falls in the practical category. It is written in a conversational-style, that is never condescending. This book and a DIY First Aid Kit will be both read and used. Dr. Grimes covers all sorts of college health issues and gives advice they can use in an emergency – like how to help a friend who has passed out from overindulging. She talks about every day issues like test anxiety, home sickness, the freshman fifteen, “something’s stuck in my eye,” as well as more serious issues like date rape, birth control pills, and “Is my stomach pain an appendicitis?” (We have been there on the appendicitis! See What To Do If  Your College Student Has a Medical Emergency for our experience and some advice.)

Dr. Grimes has two daughters who are in college and also works at the University of Texas at Austin, so she knows how to talk to and relate to college students and also the common medical concerns of college kids.

Steadfast by Tabitha Allman

STEADFAST: A COLLEGE GIRL’S GUIDE TO STANDING FIRM

By: Tabitha Allman

As a recent college graduate Tabitha Allman knows what it is like in college. She also knows that attending a Christian college does not shield young women from the realities of the world. She discusses how to handle homesicknesses, stress, feeling different and fitting in, helping a roommate who is having problems, setting appropriate boundaries, and dating. And she knows that dating on a Christian campus is a whole other thing than on most campuses because of the pressure to find a mate. She jokes about how the “walk of shame” on a Christian campus is graduating without an engagement ring. This book is perfect for any of the graduates in your life who are attending a Christian college or any college.

DO YOUR LAUNDRY OR YOU’LL DIE ALONE

By Becky Blades

Ok, I LOVE this book. It is funny. It is pithy. It is practical. It is short. And it will be read. It contains 271 gems including #146: “Offer your seat to anyone older or less healthy than you. And occasionally to someone who made an inappropriate shoe choice” and #19: “Never put anything on the internet that you would not want to discuss in a job interview, on a first date, or with your mother.” She includes many encouragements to be kind to others, to cut them some slack, and how to truly make others feel good.

knock by rebecca otis leder

KNOCK: HOW TO OPEN DOORS AND BUILD CAREER RELATIONSHIPS THAT MATTER

By: Rebecca Otis Leder

As a blogger I related to Rebecca’s opening concerning people who reach out without any thought or care put into their pitch. I receive emails from people who want me to add links or feature them without it being apparent they know anything about who I write for or the type of posts I create. Their pitches are completely impersonal and go straight to my “junk” folder.

College students and those who will need to network in their career need this book. Knock gives the why and how to building actual meaningful relationships. We all need help from those who have already gone down our path, but sending out impersonal emails or asking to pick someone’s brain over coffee is not the way to receive help or to offer anything to the potential mentor in return. This book offers a practical and step by step approach that will be appreciated by college students as they seek career guidance, internships, and jobs.

A Few More Best Graduation Gift Books:

Here are a few more best graduation gift books. I have not read these, but they are highly rated and look like fun books to give or receive! I definitely think I need the Barbara Bush Pearls of Wisdom book!

Barbara Bush Pearls of Wisdom
If God gave your graduation speech
175 Things to do before you graduate college
graduation gifts under $10

I hope you love these Best Graduation Gift Books. They will be sure to bless the graduates in your life. I would love to know your favorite graduation gift books. Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

More than 100 Graduation Gift Ideas

More than 100 Graduation Gift Ideas

More than 100 Graduation Gift Ideas

Through the years I have written 9 graduation gift guides with hundreds of ideas. I go through each post every spring and update them – adding new ideas and taking away old ones and making sure all of the links work. Sometimes I make new guides. This posts, More than 100 Graduation Gift Ideas, lists every graduation gift guide on Almost Empty Nest.

More than 100 Graduation Gift Ideas

 

More than 100 Graduation Gift Ideas

 

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10 Incredible Graduation Gifts for Girls

Girls are so much more fun to buy for than the guys! There are so many cute graduation gifts for girls to choose from that I had a hard time narrowing down the list to only 10 items. This list of 10 Incredible Graduation Gifts for Girls contains fun ideas that they will love and definitely use.

Graduation gifts for guys

Graduation is upon us and it is time to buy gifts for the graduates in our lives. Instead of cash, why not send something unique? This list of Graduation Gifts for Guys includes fun ideas that he will appreciate, love, and use.

These ideas are affordable and useful and some will last through all of his college years (and beyond). 

Gifts under $10

Sometimes you need to buy some inexpensive gifts especially if you need a whole lot of graduation gifts for friends. Cute Graduation Gifts Under $10 are not that hard to find if you know where to look. And if you wrap them up super cute, they will charm even the pickiest gift recipient. These ideas are some of my favorites of the More than 100 Graduation Gift Ideas.

graduation jewelry gift ideas

Jewelry is a special gift to celebrate a graduation, whether it is from high school, college, tech school, graduate school, or beyond. Jewelry will remind the recipient of a special person or occasion in her life. Inspiring and sentimental, check out Graduation Jewelry Gift Ideas.

college graduation gifts for girls

College Graduation is a momentous occasion. The graduate is headed to the workplace or to even more school. But regardless of her destination, life will change. Whether it is dressing more professionally or living alone for the first time, she will have many new needs. This College Graduation Gifts for Girls guide will give you some ideas for the graduate in your life.

coffee care package

College days are long and hard and many are fueled by coffee. A Coffee Care Package makes a great graduation gift or college care package sent during the year. There are so many possibilites for a coffee care package like cute mugs, coffee pods, stainless steel bottles to keep their drink warm or cold, and Bizzy Cold Brew.

college survival kit

A College Survival Kit is a perfect gift or DIY project for a soon-to-be college student. Some kits are cute with puns and tags. Others are a collection of items for a dorm room. This college survival kit is meant to go in the bottom of a backpack or in the car of a college student to have on the run when emergencies arise.

laundry care package

Looking for a fun and useful gift for a college student? How about a Loads of Fun Laundry Care Package? A care package filled with laundry essentials will be welcome by anyone who would like to have clean clothes. These DIY care packages also make great graduation gifts.

best gifts for teens

Shopping for teens and college students can be fun and challenging. It seems that the older kids get, the smaller and more expensive the presents are. But, if you know where to look, there are many gifts for this age group that do not need a charging cable. Read through this list of Best Gifts for Teens and Best Gifts for College Students for awesome present ideas that will not break the bank.

10 best gift books for graduation

10 Best Graduation Gift Books: Meaningful and inspiring graduation gift book ideas with practical advice for high school graduation and college graduation.

Happy Shopping for graduation gifts! I hope these More than 100 Graduation Gift Ideas will be super helpful!!

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Graduation Gifts for Girls

Graduation Gifts for Girls

Graduation Gifts for Girls

 

Girls are so fun to buy for! Instead of giving money, find a fun and unique graduation gift for the girls on your list. From useful gift ideas to jewelry gift ideas to ideas for a college graduate headed into the world, this post has them all. I have compiled a list of all of the Almost Empty Nest posts with ideas for Girls’ Graduation Gifts.

Graduation Gifts for Girls

 

This list is exclusively for girls and includes ideas that will help her survive her first year in the dorm: 10 Incredible Graduation Gift Ideas for Girls

Graduation Jewelry for Girls contains sentimental and inspiring pieces of jewelry for the special girl in your life.

Looking for something practical? Graduation Gifts they Will Actually Use

Is she a college graduate headed into the real world? College Graduation Gifts for Girls

DIY Gifts: These gift baskets with free printables will thrill her as she moves off to college.

Have Loads of Fun in College Care Package and the

Going Away to College Coffee Gift Basket.

Don’t Forget a First Aid Kit. It is also an excellent gift.

My friend Mel of Parenting High Schoolers shows you how to create an Emergency Road Trip Kit.

Another Gift Basket Idea is a Coffee Care Package with a Coffee Shop Gift Card Holder.

Create a College Survival Kit with this list of things to include and other ideas.

Graduation Gifts for Friends: These Graduation Gifts under $10 are great for all the friends on your list.

There are more Gift Ideas for Teens and College Students in this post.

And finally, the Ultimate Graduation Gift Guide with ideas for all of the graduates you know.

 

 

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DIY Graduation Gifts

DIY Graduation Gifts

DIY Graduation Gifts

 

DIY Graduation Gifts are a fun and unique way to bless a new graduate. Graduation gift baskets contain many small practical items bundled into one gift basket. Almost Empty Nest has several posts dedicated to DIY gift baskets that are listed below. Most contain FREE PRINTABLES that you can download and add to your gift. 

Check out these DIY Graduation Gift Basket Ideas below: Dorm First Aid Kit, Have Loads of Fun in College Gift Basked, Dorm or Apartment Cleaning Basket and a Coffee Gift Basket.

For more graduation gift ideas: Ultimate Graduation Gift Guide

diy graduation gifts

DIY Graduation Gifts

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college survival kit

College Survival Kit

Make a College Survival Kit for the graduate to take to college for unexpected emergencies. A small bag filled with items like pain reliever, feminie products, tissues, lip balm, and of course, a Starbucks gift will come in very handy for a new college student. Get more College Survival Kit ideas in this post: College Survival Kit.

Cleaning Gift Basket

Another responsibility of leaving home is being responsible for cleaning your own space. Give them a cleaning bucket filled with supplies to help them keep everything in one place. A printable cleaning checklist is a fun addition. See New Apartment Care Package for more information and to download the printable.

first aid kit

Dorm First Aid Kit

A first aid kit is a thoughtful thing to put together for the graduate. Many of the commercially made ones contain a whole lot of bandaids and not much else. By making one yourself you can put in items like a thermometer, pain reliever, anti-biotic ointment and other items they may really need if they are sick or hurt. See How to Make the Best First Aid Kit for College for details.

coffee care package

Coffee Care Package

A Coffee Care Package with coffee, coffee stainless steel travel mug, and a coffee shop gift card makes a fun and useful gift.

laundry care package with cute "have loads of fun in college" gift tag

Have Loads of Fun Laundry Care Package

Every new graduate will be facing laundry – a skill they may or may not have already acquired. In any case, they will need some laundry supplies – detergent, fabric softener, bleach crystals, Downey spray. I also love the book “Do Your Laundry or You Will Die Alone” – a hilarious book of pithy advice from a mom who has been there. For more information and to download a Have Loads of Fun in College Printable go to Loads of Fun Laundry Gift Basket.

Going Away to College Coffee Gift Basket

College kids drink a lot of coffee. It helps their pocket books if they brew at least some of it in their room instead of always buying Starbucks. Create a DIY graduation gift with some supplies like coffee pods, a cute travel mug, creamer singles and If you are really generous, throw in the coffee maker as well! Other ideas are a cute coffee sign for their coffee bar and fun mug. For the free printable tag and for more coffee gift basket ideas see Going Away to College Coffee Gift Basket.

I hope you like these DIY Graduation Gifts! These make unique and special graduation gifts for all the graduates in your life.

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College Graduation Gifts for Girls

 

College Graduation is a momentous occasion. The graduate is headed to the workplace or to even more school. But regardless of her destination, life will change. Whether it is dressing more professionally or living alone for the first time, she will have many new needs. This College Graduation Gifts for Girls guide will give you some ideas for the graduate in your life.

 

For more Graduation Gift Ideas:

10 Incredible Graduation Gifts for Girls

Graduation Care Package Ideas

Graduation Jewelry Gift Ideas

Ultimate Graduation Gift Guide

Graduation Gifts They Will Actually Use

 

college graduation gifts for girls

College Graduation Gifts for Girls

 

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DIPLOMA FRAME

Frame her new diploma so it will not spend years in a cardboard tube. Options are available from the very basic to frames that are licensed by her alma mater.

framed Baylor university diploma

CARDIGAN SWEATER

Offices are notorious for being too cold. A professional looking cardigan like this one from Barefoot Dreams will serve her day after day. If she is working from home, this sweater is also super cozy and will look great on her Zoom calls.

woman wearing Barefoot dreams cardigan sweater

WORK FROM HOME GIFTS

She may be setting up her first home office. The pandemic changed how we work and remote jobs are probably not going away. Help make her home office a place she enjoys being with these items.

Noise Canceling Headphone

Noise canceling headphones will help her hear when she is Zooming and will block out any noise around her.

pot of small succulents

Succulent of the Month

Brighten her desk and office with a Succulent of the Month box

Temperature controlled mug

Smart Mug

I have an Ember Temperature Controlled Smart Mug and I LOVE IT. Now they make a 14 oz mug, which is even more wonderful. No microwaving my coffee.

Work Space Spark gift box

Work Space Spark Gift Box

Cheer up her desk with a Work Space Spark Gift Box. Each box includes 4-5 trendy, hand selected desk decor, productivity and office items

laptop stand

Laptop Stand

Save her back with a laptop stand. I could not survive without mine.

rose gold office supplies set

Rose Gold Office Supplies Set

New office supplies like this pretty Rose Gold Office Supplies Set will make her day.

TOTE BAG

At some point people will actually GO to work again and they may even (gasp!) travel. A quality tote bag is a necessity. A tote by Longchamp is one she will be proud to carry. I am also in LOVE with this BP Faux Leather Tote for only $49.

tan longchamp totebag
BP faux leather tote in black

INSPIRATIONAL BOOK

Paul Angone writes books about surviving your twenties and thirties. He makes encouraging those in their twenties and thirties his mission.  His books are 25 Lies Twenty Somethings Need to Stop Believing, 101 Questions You Need to Ask in Your Twenties, 101 Secrets for Your Twenties, and All Groan Up: Searching for Self, Faith, and a Freaking Job!

These books will make awesome College Graduation Gifts for Girls!

25 Lies Twenty Somethings Need to Stop Believing book
101 Questions You Need to ask in your Twenties book
101 Secrets for Your Twenties
all groan up book

There are many ways to bless the new College graduate in your life. Comment below with any ideas you have for College Graduation Gifts for Girls.

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12 Graduation Jewelry Gift Ideas

Jewelry is a special gift to celebrate a graduation, whether it is from high school, college, tech school, graduate school, or beyond. Jewelry will remind the recipient of a special person or occasion in her life. Inspiring and sentimental, read on for Graduation Jewelry Gift Ideas.

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Give her this beautiful and stylish Love You Forever necklace to remind her of you while she is away. This necklace is a perfect high school graduation jewelry gift!

necklace with birthstone, copper heart, silver name plate, and gold class of 2021

I also love this custom stamped necklace for high school graduation. It is beautiful and very affordable and is available on etsy.

College graduation jewelry: Every grown woman needs a go-to set of pearl earrings to wear to job interviews, weddings, and other upscale occasions. 

This Kendra Scott Birthstone Pendant would look beautiful around her neck. You could also choose her school colors for a subtle way to support her school at games and every day.

Remind her that she is loved by God and by you and always will be with this beautiful “You are Loved” necklace from Day Spring.

She is strong and will be able to accomplish anything life throws at her. Tell her you know she can do it with this “Strong” necklace.

game day tassel necklaces

Get her in the spirit and ready for game day at her new school with a handmade Game Day Tassel Necklace.

custom school color tassel earrings

And if you get her the tassel necklace, she is going to need some custom school color tassel earrings to go with it.

Just because it is impossible with man, does not mean it is impossible with God. She will treasure this “I can do all things through Christ” necklace.

A beautiful and elegant watch will be worn for many years.

This Kate Spade Initial Pendant is simple and elegant.

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