The Best Grad Gifts

Send your students off on the right foot with these fun products.

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Kids can perfect their serve with a portable ping-pong set. The compact gift includes two paddles with retractable handles, a weighted net and two balls that can be stored in a drawstring pouch

Pongo Ping Pong Set, $40, mxyplyzyk.com


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The Heat Is On

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For any kid heading off to college in the fall or setting up a starter apartment, a microwave will be a must. The iWavecube is the smallest portable one, measuring less than one cubic foot for heating up food, snacks and drinks.

iWavecube Microwave, $99, iWavecube.com


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With a mini foosball table, your kid's dorm room will be the place to be. This game measures just 20"x12"x4" and is easy to set up.

Mini Foosball Table, $36, fredflare.com


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This 18-pocket tool bag contains all the basics—pliers, an adjustable wrench, hammer, level, screwdrivers and more. It's small enough to store under a bed or in the corner of a closet.

Essentials 32-Piece Tool Set, $20, walmart.com


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Read Between the Lines

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Look closely at these graphic prints: Each one depicts an iconic scene from a classic novel using the book's actual text to make up the shaded portions. Perfect for young scholars and older bookworms who can't read Moby Dick or The Great Gatsby enough times.

Postertext Poster, from $24, postertext.com


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World Piece

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Give grads a place to show off their globetrotting worldliness. They can scratch off countries they've visited—and proudly display the results on their dorm wall.

Scratch Map, $24, uncommongoods.com


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Up, Up & Away

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LEGO fans up for a challenge will want to take this new set for a spin—over 400 Technic pieces assemble into a colorful Rescue Helicopter with spinning rotors, opening doors and a working winch. (For another day, the components rebuild into a medical helicopter.) Consider shelling out a little more for a compatible LEGO Power Functions Motor Set to amp things up.

Lego Rescue Helicopter, Helicopter $40, Motor Set $30, lego.com


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Hats Off to the Grad

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Irresistible chocolate dipped Oreos (choose milk, dark, white or all three) come in a box topped with a tasseled graduation-cap cover.

Graduation Cookie Box, $21, ediblegiftsplus.com


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Charm City

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Gift this ideal keepsake—a delicate silver charm engraved with your child's school name and graduation year.

Graduation Cap Charm, $20, thingsremembered.com


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Safe Storage

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Make a permanent spot for your grad's memories and souvenirs with a personal memento box. Then customize it with a photo and the graduation year and name of your kid.

Graduation Memories Photo Keepsake Box, $27, personalizationmall.com


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Clean Up

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Any student in a dorm or apartment with communal bathrooms will quickly learn the necessity of a shower caddy. This cute case comes with one plus travel containers and a shower poof.

The Modella Bubble Gum Pop Fitted Train with Basket, $14, Walmart stores

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This piece was accurate at publication time, but all prices, offerings and styles are subject to change.