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Grad Gift Basket Idea

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Gift baskets full of fun little goodies are an easy way to show the seniors of 2020 that you care. Since school has been cancelled for the rest of the year the graduating class of 2020 is essentially being robbed of prom, their commencement ceremony and all the other fun activities that happen at the end of their senior year. These are our favorite grad gift basket ideas to help you get inspired!

I wanted to do something nice for some of the teens I know that are graduating to hopefully lift their spirits a little bit since they are missing out on so much.

I decided to put together some fun gift baskets with small items that they might like. Gift baskets are an easy and inexpensive gift. Grads will love to receive a gift (even if it’s small) and know that someone is thinking of them. I put a call out to my friends on Facebook to see who has kids that are graduating this year and then I asked for a list of things they are into, like hobbies and different snacks that they like.

See also: Thinking more about what goes into your gifting? These are the best zer0-waste gifting tips for greener celebrations and presents!

What to include in your grad gift basket

Items similar to what you would put in a stocking at Christmas time are perfect to give in your grad gift basket. I shopped at my local grocery store and dollar store and found items that were on clearance or really cheap that I thought teens would like.

These are some of the items I chose:

  • Candy

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    • Soda/ energy drinks

Soda and snack gifts for grads

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    • Gum

chewing gum gift basket idea

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    • Nail polish

Nail polish cosmetics gift basket idea for grads

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    • Make up items

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    • Shaving cream

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    • Key chain

Keychain for a gift basket for grads

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    • Journals

notebook gift for college graduates

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    • Art supplies or pens

art supplies for grad aged kids

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    • Essential oils/ oil diffuser

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    • Inexpensive jewelry

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    • Picture frames

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    • Items needed to college

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    • Fun socks

Funny cute sock gift basket item

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    • Cool rocks or crystals

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    • Gift cards or cash

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How to wrap your gift basket

I don’t really like to use traditional wrapping paper or gift bags. I know that gift bags are re-useable (and I do reuse them) but I prefer to just pay a dollar for a canvas shopping bag. They always come in handy and your recipient can use it over and over again rather than just having a gift bag laying around.

Another idea is to place the items in a collapsible storage box or plastic container that they can re-use when they head off to college. Tie a couple of helium filled balloons to the bag to make it extra festive.

If you are using tissue paper or wrapping paper try to use their school colors or the colors of the college they will be heading off to.

How to Give your Grad Gift Basket

During these times of social distancing, it’s perfectly acceptable to leave the gift basket at the doorstep. You can let the recipient know you’ll be stopping by or just leave it on the porch with a card or gift tag as a surprise. Ever wondered what shouldn’t make it’s way into a gift basket? We’ve got you covered! 

What are your ideas to include in a gift basket for high school graduates? Let us know in the comments!

Adrienne Carrie Hubbard is a DIY and travel blogger living in Washington State. She helps people tap into their creativity to solve every-day problems around the home and garden. 

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