Later in life, academics becomes more about individual achievement — but in preschool, the learning process is definitely a collaborative effort: sharing, taking turns, playing games. So as much as you want to pick the perfect present to give your own kid on her big day, don't you want to reward her pals for all their hard work, too? After all, her fellow students were a huge part of one of the most milestone-filled years of her life. But what are some fun graduation gifts for your preschooler's classmates that aren't too expensive? You don't want anyone feeling left out... but you don't want to go broke, either.
Of course, that's not to say you can't get your child's closest friend (or friends) something a bit more special, but if you're showing up to the graduation ceremony bearing gifts, it's not a bad idea to bring enough for everyone. Don't let the cap and gown fool you: Just because they're big kids now doesn't mean they won't dissolve into tears because somebody else got a toy and they didn't get the exact same thing. Depending on the size of your kid's class, however, you might be purchasing cute little keepsakes for a handful of children, or, well, several handfuls... and even cute little keepsakes that seem cheap enough can get pricey fast when you're buying in bulk. Luckily, there are lots of perfect trinkets out there that are super affordable, even when you need a dozen or more (and some slightly more substantial offerings if you don't need a bunch).
A smart, sweet, and cuddly companion for your little one to share with a best bud, this owl will bring back happy memories whenever they give it a snuggle. Plus, just think how useful this guy would be for a game of pretend school!
Give a gift that will keep kids busy for five or 10 minutes with this easy and pretty graduation necklace kit (which just happens to be a handy way to practice those developing motor skills, too). Another bonus: It doesn't come with such a huge amount of beads that you have to worry about them rolling all over people's floors and turning up under their furniture for years to come.
Get them ready for the next big step with this popular story, which will probably become a bedtime staple by the time September rolls around (and kids need increasing reassurance about what kindergarten will really be like).
What's better than one present? Three presents, obviously. Featuring a congratulatory ribbon (because kids love them, for some reason), this set also comes with things they'll really use (the cup and the pencil).
These darling dinos are a seriously great deal (less than two bucks each for a stuffed animal?!). Plus, have you ever met a preschooler who doesn't like dinosaurs? You have not, because they don't exist.
Spoiler alert: That kindergarten school supply list will almost certainly include a pencil case, so do all the other parents a favor and check off one of those necessary items now (these are cheaper than most pencil cases, too).