Home > Guides > 8 Graduation Gifts Your Kids Will Actually Use

Comments 0 Comments

Graduation day is almost here, and if you’re like most parents, you’re probably wondering what to give your kids. Should you splurge on a fancy handbag or something more practical, like a camera? To help you prepare, we’ve rounded up eight fantastic items your kids will definitely use.

Keeping to a budget? Not to worry. None of the gifts listed here will drain your wallet. But if you’re concerned your spending has put your credit in the red, we recommend taking a look to find out. You can view two of your credit scores for free on Credit.com.

Now read on for the graduation gifts.

1. Grind Central Coffee Grinder

Here's what to get your kids as they prepare for the real world.

Photo Courtesy of Cuisinart

Price: $29.95 at Cuisinart.com

Teach your kid the value of skipping Starbucks by helping him make up to 18 cups of fresh coffee. Handy measurement markings inside the stainless steel bowl let him grind exact quantities of beans.

2. Large Tint Stackable Drawer

Here's what to get your kids as they prepare for the real world.

Photo Courtesy of The Container Store

Price: $17.99 each at The Container Store

These roomy drawers, which can be stacked, will be the perfect transitional furniture until your kid’s saved enough for Ikea. Choose from seven colors.

3. Nintendo Switch

Here's what to get for your kids as they prepare for the real world.

Photo Courtesy of Nintendo

Price: $299.99 on Nintendo.com/switch

This dynamic console functions at home and on the go, making it perfect for your busy grad. The removable Joy-Con controllers are ready for solo adventures or multiplayer action. No wonder it’s one of the hottest consoles on the market.

4. 3.5 Quart Programmable Slow Cooker

Here's what to get your kids as they prepare for the real world.

Photo Courtesy of Cuisinart

Price: $59.95 at Cuisinart

You already know using a slow cooker saves money, so why not give the gift of a programmable cooker? This one features a 24-hour LCD countdown timer and four cooking modes that automatically switch to warm when cooking is finished.

5. Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volumes One & Two

Here's what to get your kids as they prepare for the real world.

Photo Courtesy of Alfred A. Knopf

Price: $40 for Volume 1, $60 for Volume 2 on Penguin Random House

This seminal two-volume set is the perfect gift for any aspiring gourmet chef.

6. Bed Bath & Beyond Gift Card 

Here's what to get your kids as they prepare for the real world.

Photo Courtesy of Bed Bath & Beyond

Price: $25 to $200 at Bed Bath & Beyond

Every graduate will appreciate this gift, which never expires and has no fees. All orders more than $29 come with free shipping. (As an added bonus, you can teach your graduate how to save when shopping for the essentials. These 15 ways to save at Bed Bath & Beyond is a good place to start.)

7. simplehuman Butterfly Lid Step Trash Can

Here's what to get your kids as they prepare for the real world.

Photo Courtesy of simplehuman

Price: $160 on simplehuman.com

Simplehuman’s trash can isn’t just sturdy — its split doors open from the center, making it perfect for storing under low countertops.

8. Stanley Household Tool Set With Soft Case

Here's what to get your kids as they prepare for the real world.

Photo Courtesy of Lowe’s

Price: $19.98 at Lowes.com

Whether they’re hanging pictures or building a desk, they’ll appreciate having this mixed set of tools. The soft carrying case is perfect for travel.

Image: gradyrees

Comments on articles and responses to those comments are not provided or commissioned by a bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by a bank advertiser. It is not a bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

Please note that our comments are moderated, so it may take a little time before you see them on the page. Thanks for your patience.

Credit.com receives compensation for the financial products and services advertised on this site if our users apply for and sign up for any of them.

Hello, Reader!

Thanks for checking out Credit.com. We hope you find the site and the journalism we produce useful. We wanted to take some time to tell you a bit about ourselves.

Our People

The Credit.com editorial team is staffed by a team of editors and reporters, each with many years of financial reporting experience. We’ve worked for places like the New York Times, American Banker, Frontline, TheStreet.com, Business Insider, ABC News, NBC News, CNBC and many others. We also employ a few freelancers and more than 50 contributors (these are typically subject matter experts from the worlds of finance, academia, politics, business and elsewhere).

Our Reporting

We take great pains to ensure that the articles, video and graphics you see on Credit.com are thoroughly reported and fact-checked. Each story is read by two separate editors, and we adhere to the highest editorial standards. We’re not perfect, however, and if you see something that you think is wrong, please email us at editorial team [at] credit [dot] com,

The Credit.com editorial team is committed to providing our readers and viewers with sound, well-reported and understandable information designed to inform and empower. We won’t tell you what to do. We will, however, do our best to explain the consequences of various actions, thereby arming you with the information you need to make decisions that are in your best interests. We also write about things relating to money and finance we think are interesting and want to share.

In addition to appearing on Credit.com, our articles are syndicated to dozens of other news sites. We have more than 100 partners, including MSN, ABC News, CBS News, Yahoo, Marketwatch, Scripps, Money Magazine and many others. This network operates similarly to the Associated Press or Reuters, except we focus almost exclusively on issues relating to personal finance. These are not advertorial or paid placements, rather we provide these articles to our partners in most cases for free. These relationships create more awareness of Credit.com in general and they result in more traffic to us as well.

Our Business Model

Credit.com’s journalism is largely supported by an e-commerce business model. Rather than rely on revenue from display ad impressions, Credit.com maintains a financial marketplace separate from its editorial pages. When someone navigates to those pages, and applies for a credit card, for example, Credit.com will get paid what is essentially a finder’s fee if that person ends up getting the card. That doesn’t mean, however, that our editorial decisions are informed by the products available in our marketplace. The editorial team chooses what to write about and how to write about it independently of the decisions and priorities of the business side of the company. In fact, we maintain a strict and important firewall between the editorial and business departments. Our mission as journalists is to serve the reader, not the advertiser. In that sense, we are no different from any other news organization that is supported by ad revenue.

Visitors to Credit.com are also able to register for a free Credit.com account, which gives them access to a tool called The Credit Report Card. This tool provides users with two free credit scores and a breakdown of the information in their Experian credit report, updated twice monthly. Again, this tool is entirely free, and we mention that frequently in our articles, because we think that it’s a good thing for users to have access to data like this. Separate from its educational value, there is also a business angle to the Credit Report Card. Registered users can be matched with products and services for which they are most likely to qualify. In other words, if you register and you find that your credit is less than stellar, Credit.com won’t recommend a high-end platinum credit card that requires an excellent credit score You’d likely get rejected, and that’s no good for you or Credit.com. You’d be no closer to getting a product you need, there’d be a wasted inquiry on your credit report, and Credit.com wouldn’t get paid. These are essentially what are commonly referred to as "targeted ads" in the world of the Internet. Despite all of this, however, even if you never apply for any product, the Credit Report Card will remain free, and none of this will impact how the editorial team reports on credit and credit scores.

Your Stories

Lastly, much of what we do is informed by our own experiences as well as the experiences of our readers. We want to tell your stories if you’re interested in sharing them. Please email us at story ideas [at] credit [dot] com with ideas or visit us on Facebook or Twitter.

Thanks for stopping by.

- The Credit.com Editorial Team