Graduation gifts aren't just for teens leaving high school behind or young adults ditching their dorms for good. Preschool graduation is a pretty big deal, too — not to mention an emotional one (probably more for you than your kid though, TBH). Not only does it signify an important early academic moment, it also represents the transition from little kid to big kid (like, for real this time). How did it happen so fast? Sadly, you can't stop time... but you can make this moment a special one. So what are some great, cheap graduation gifts for preschoolers? (Hey, just because you want the moment to be special doesn't mean you have to dip into her college fund.)
Luckily, even though she's a big kid now, that doesn't mean she needs a big, expensive gift. Something fun, something meaningful, something that shows how proud you are of all her accomplishments this year... that's all you really have to think about. Of course, it doesn't hurt to choose a present that will help to prepare her for next year — and there are lots of ways to do that for around $20 or less. Which is a good thing, because remember that aforementioned college fund? You should probably start contributing to it now. (But first, check out these gifts.)
1. 'The Wonderful Things You Will Be' by Emily Winfield Martin
"The Wonderful Things You Will Be" by Emily Winfield Martin
A bestselling book for a reason, this beautifully illustrated tale encourages little ones to think big about the future, including lines like: "Will you stand up for good/By saving the day?/Or play a song only you/Know how to play?"
2. 'Straight Outta Preschool' T-Shirt
3. Deluxe School Memories Keepsake Photo Album
4. Graduation Dog With Autograph Pen
5. Personalized Peanuts Backpack
6. Digi-Piggy Digital Coin Counting Bank
7. ALEX Toys Artist Studio Colossal Art Set
8. Learning Resources Plastic Pattern Blocks
9. Mudpuppy Jumbo 'Our World' Puzzle
Mudpuppy Jumbo 'Our World' Puzzle
As little ones start figuring out just how big the world out there really is, help them to figure out their place in it (and dream about future travels) with this educational but still super fun puzzle. Bonus: The pieces are just the right size (i.e., not too big).
10. Monopoly Junior Game
Now that she's headed off to elementary school, she's ready for "real" board games; in fact, they'll help her to practice things like taking turns, counting, and so on. This simplified version of the classic is challenging (but not too challenging), and you'll actually have fun playing along.