8th Grade graduation is approaching. Some celebrate with a gift while others do not. For me personally, I see it as a milestone as the high school years are so different than elementary and middle school. We enjoy celebrating milestones for our family – birthdays, graduations, weddings, new babies, new jobs, retirements.
I was a bit stumped at first on gift ideas for Middle School graduation. I wanted it to be something my son liked but also something that had meaning or that would be useful as he gets older. Something that might not have been a fit for him when he was younger but meets his needs now that he’s a high school student.
So what did I decide on? For 8th grade graduation, I got my son an Apple Watch. To me a watch represents responsibility and with a smartwatch, you can track the time, tasks, reminders. Also, as teenagers can typically become lazy and want to spend all their time watching shows or playing video games, I loved that it’s also an activity tracker. It was a win in my son’s eye – he also loves it because he can control his music with it and there are a few games (he better not get in trouble playing games on it during class next year…)
Do you also have a senior graduating? We put together a gift list for the college-bound seniors:
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20+ 8th Grade Graduation Gift Ideas
One: money – always a win. Cash, gift card or be creative such as gifting a money lei.
Two: Chromebook or laptop
Four: School gear for their new high school. Many schools have online stores where you can order sweatshirts, hats, and other gear with school logos.
Five: upgraded or new phone
Eight: jewelry – simple gold chain, silver cuff bracelet
Nine: engraved keychain
Ten: bedroom refresh – do they still have a twin bed (and they’re 6 ft tall) with train bedsheets? time to upgrade to a more grownup decor and a bed that fits them
Twelve: a nice pen such as a MontBlanc ballpoint pen or a calligraphy pen
Thirteen: leather-bound journal
Fourteen: Google Home or Alexa
Fifteen: Are your kids taking an interest in a hobby that has the potential for a future career? A great gift would be tools or supplies that they can use for this interest.
- Art supplies for a future artist.
- Do they have an interest in coding? An upgraded computer for a future programmer
- DLSR camera or new lens if they have an interest in photography
- Are they showing an interest in a career in finance? Gift them a few shares of stock
- An upgraded musical instrument if they play in the band
- Vogue magazine subscription or a sewing machine if they want to go into the fashion industry
Sixteen: family vacation and they choose the destination. I’ve heard some families with multiple kids make it a tradition where the 8th-grade graduate gets to pick the destination for a vacation with mom or dad (without the siblings tagging along).
Seventeen: Disneyland! or a local theme park or water park. After a year of hard work, the kids deserve time to play!
Eighteen: A scrapbook of their elementary and middle school years
Nineteen: bike (especially if they’re outgrowing their old one and they will use a bike to get to school)
Twenty-one: a bouquet of flowers (or a candy bouquet, money bouquet….)
Twenty-two: Herschel backpack
Twenty-three: Success book for Teens
Need some ideas for celebrating the big day? We’ve got lots of tips for 8th Grade Graduation celebrations.
Will you gift your 8th-grade graduates a gift? Do you have a great idea we can add to our list? We’d love to hear from you