6 Books to Give as Graduation Gifts

Looking for gift ideas for high school or college graduation? A book is an ideal gift for graduates because it helps them reflect on where they have been and where they are going. A book can be sentimental, practical and entertaining. If you need ideas for the perfect book to give for an upcoming high school or college graduation, look no further.

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'Breaking Night' by Liz Murray

Breaking Night by Liz Murray
Breaking Night by Liz Murray. Hyperion

Breaking Night is the true story of Liz Murray, a girl who went from homeless teenager to Harvard graduate. More than a memoir, Breaking Night is an eye-opening account of the realities of poverty and drug use in our cities, what it does to children, and how difficult it is to break the cycle. Not only will it help graduates count their blessings, but it will inspire them to make a difference in the world. Buy from Amazon »

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'Freakonomics' or 'Superfreakonomics' by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Courtesy of William Morrow.

or the sequel, SuperFreakonomics, is an especially good graduation gift for anyone interested in economics or social issues. Freakonomics will inspire graduates to apply their knowledge in practical ways and think outside the box. It is also a very entertaining read. Buy from Amazon »

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'What the Dog Saw' by Malcolm Gladwell

'What the Dog Saw' by Malcolm Gladwell
'What the Dog Saw' by Malcolm Gladwell. Little, Brown

What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell is good in two ways: it will help grads win at trivia nights and it will help grads learn the importance of a fresh perspective. What the Dog Saw is a collection of the essays from The New Yorker that range in topics from ketchup to plagiarism to failure. They're each about 15-25 pages long, are self-contained, and can be read in any order. Buy from Amazon »

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'Saucepans & the Single Girl' by Jinx Morgan and Judy Perry

Saucepans & the Single Girl by Jinx Morgan and Judy Perry
Courtesy Hachette Book Group.

Saucepans & the Single Girl was originally released in 1965. An updated version was released in 2006 and would make a delightful gift for any gal starting out on her own after graduation. Saucepans & the Single Girl combines practical advice with humorous commentary that will connect women across generations. Buy from Amazon »

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'What Color Is Your Parachute' by Richard Nelson Bolles

'What Color is Your Parachute' by Richard Nelson Bolles
'What Color is Your Parachute' - Courtesy Ten Speed Press.

What Color Is Your Parachute by Richard Nelson Bolles has been THE job searching book to use for more than a decade. Know a college graduate who is still not sure how to apply his or her major in the real world? This graduation gift may be more practical than glamorous but may be appreciated more in the end. Buy from Amazon »

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'Do What You Are' by Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger

'Do What You Are'
'Do What You Are' - Courtesy Little, Brown.

Do What You Are is another classic that will help graduates choose a career based on personality type after graduation. This is a practical, interesting graduation gift for any recent high school or college grads who want to be more self-aware. Buy from Amazon »