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The Huffington Post  |  By Posted:  |  Updated: 05/23/12 03:54 PM ET

Graduation Gifts: Top 10 Picks For The Class Of 2012!


After four years of hard work in the library, weekends spent studying and waking up early to catch the bus to school, the grad in your life deserves a little recognition. So, what does your graduating sibling, friend, boyfriend or girlfriend really want on graduation day?

Sports fans will go wild for a mini foosball table (the perfect size for dorm room championships with his or her new college friends), while the budding writer in your life will appreciate a classic Moleskine notebook for jotting down all her adventures in college. Best of all, each gift is under $30. So click through the slideshow and shop for the valedictorian gifts of 2012!

2012 grads, what are you hoping to receive for graduation? Tell us in the comments below or tweet @HuffPostTeen!


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  • The Artistic Grad

    Let the artsy grad in your life channel their inner Andy Warhol with this pop art camera. Each snapshot is transformed into four different colors, preserved in a single print. Colorful memories ahead, just $18 at <a href="http://www.fredflare.com/SUMMER-GIFTS-graduation/Pop-Art-Color-Camera/" target="_hplink">Fred Flare</a>.

  • The Sporty Grad

    With a 21-inch surface, this portable foosball table is the ideal size for dorm room tournaments. It's yours for $29.99 from <a href="http://www.hayneedle.com/sale/chh20inminifoosballtabletopgame.cfm?source=gifts_hayneedle&mr:referralID=3163890b-a369-11e1-ac63-001b2166c2c0" target="_hplink">Hayneedle</a>.

  • The Hipster Grad

    Fashion meets function in this concealed Umbra shelf. For $19 at <a href="http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=22505846#BVRRWidgetID" target="_hplink">Urban Outfitters</a>, this shelf is sturdy enough to hold the heaviest books, while sleek enough to look as if it's floating.

  • The Class Clown Grad

    College encompasses a whole host of issues, from how to deal with a crazy roommate to how to do your own laundry. This guide delivers hilarious, on-point advice for surviving the best four years of your life. Order it for $7.50 on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Naked-Roommate-Issues-College/dp/1402203373" target="_hplink">Amazon</a>.

  • The Techie Grad

    Meet Roboto ($28, <a href="http://www.fredflare.com/SUMMER-GIFTS/Roboto-USB-Hub/" target="_hplink">Fred Flare)</a>, the robot-shaped hub that connects up to four USB devices to one jack and can read SD cards. When not plugged in, it stomps around the desk.

  • The School-Spirited Grad

    For grads heading off to college in the fall, give them a chance to show off their school spirit with a school spirited tote bag. This <a href="http://nyubook.collegestoreonline.com/ePOS?this_category=25&store=209&item_number=W41009&form=shared3%2fgm%2fdetail%2ehtml&design=209#" target="_hplink">New York University bag</a> retails for $23.50; check their college's online store for more details.

  • The Over-Achieving Grad

    Help a busy bee stay organized on campus with a dry erase board to keep track of assignments, meetings, messages from friends, and more for $24.99 at <a href="http://www.containerstore.com/shop/dorm/desk?productId=10032174&N=78146+1000041" target="_hplink">The Container Store</a>.

  • The Sentimental Grad

    Graduation can feel like the gateway to the rest of a grad's life. Get them started on the right foot with Dr. Seuss's inspirational classic "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" Order it for $10.79 on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Oh-Places-Youll-Dr-Seuss/dp/0679805273" target="_hplink">Amazon</a>.

  • The Creative Grad

    A sleek, stunning notebook is the perfect place to record diary entries about the big move to college, class notes, and to-do lists. This Moleskine version is $16.15 at <a href="http://www.strandbooks.com/moleskines/large-ruled-notebook/_/searchString/moleskine" target="_hplink">The Strand</a>.

  • The Food-Loving Grad

    Whoever makes good use of this panini press will be the most popular person on campus! Find it at <a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/19766609?adid=22222222227014893036&wmlspartner=wlpa&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=&wl3=13702966270&wl4=&wl5=pla. " target="_hplink">Walmart</a> for $25.84.

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