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What Should You Put In a Graduation Gift Basket?

Spring is the mark of new beginnings -- especially for new grads as they embark on the next step in their journey. Whether they’re moving on to further their education, join the workforce, or pursue other exciting endeavors, offering your support during graduation is a meaningful way to let them know you care. Sending a graduation gift basket filled with your heartfelt congratulations and treats they treasure is a thoughtful graduation gift they’ll be sure to remember. 

Graduation Gift Basket Ideas

Ready to start building your graduation gift basket? These are the graduation gift ideas we’re loving right now. 

Homesick Candle

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Give the high school grad a heartfelt graduation gift that will help them remember the nostalgic scents of home. Homesick Candles embody the unique aromas of the city or state the grad grew up in, captured in a soy wax candle or essential oil reed diffuser. The perfect gift to tuck into a graduation gift basket, along with some of their favorite candies, coffees, or treats that hail from their hometown. 

Cast Iron Skillet

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Nothing says, “You’re an adult now,” like the gift of a cast iron skillet. If you’re creating a culinary gift basket for a college grad who loves to cook, a cast iron skillet will make a creative vessel to hold cookbooks and special ingredients. Also, since cast iron skillets are made to last, well, forever, this is a graduation gift that will likely move with them as they do, being loved and cherished every step of the way. 

Meal Delivery Subscription

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If they’re heading out into the real world to start fending for themselves for the first time, a meal delivery subscription just might help ease the transition. It will also help them learn beginning cooking skills without getting overwhelmed with complicated techniques or unheard-of ingredients. You’ll also get peace of mind that they’re eating nutritious meals. 

Coffee & Espresso Maker

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Giving the grad ready access to coffee whenever and wherever they need it is not only a time and money saver, but will also help them stay up for late-night study sessions or be bright-eyed for their first days on the job. This portable coffee and espresso maker is a great addition to any graduation gift basket, along with some of their favorite beans and a cute mug. 

Movie Night Makings

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Heading into the next phase of life can be stressful. Help your grad remember to take some time for themselves. If your recipient loves to kick back and watch movies to unwind at the end of the day, put together a full movie-night-themed graduation gift basket. Fill a big popcorn tub with salty snacks, sweet treats, and a movie rental gift card.

Spa Day Gifts

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A spa day can help your grad calm their mind and set themselves up for a lifetime of focusing on self-care. Pack a graduation gift basket filled with all the spa day essentials they need for a quiet day alone or with a friend. Some thoughtful gifts to add to the basket are lavender essential oils, body scrubs, decadent lotions, calming candles, and relaxing teas. 

Notes of Encouragement

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Send the new grad out into the world with an inspirational gift of words of encouragement. A reminder that you’re always there for them with advice or a listening ear just might mean the world to them. 

With KindNotes, you can create your own personalized notes for the graduate or choose from our library of messages. Each note is tucked into a decorative envelope and carefully arranged in a glass keepsake jar they can take with them wherever they go. Choose from our collection of KindNotes to create a thoughtful and personalized gift your grad will love. 


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