Yep, Graduation Gift Registries Are Now a Thing. Here Are 4 Good Ones

When it comes to gift giving, we’re always told it’s the thought that counts.

And that’s true.

But a little helpful guidance can go a long way. That’s why gift registries exist — to guide the giver into purchasing a gift that’ll truly be appreciated and not just collect dust. We don’t want to waste our loved ones’ money.

In the past, gift registries were reserved for weddings and baby showers, but it’s 2018. Gift registries for high school graduates are a thing.

After all, it can be expensive decking out your first college dorm room or apartment.

Want to get started setting up a graduation gift registry? You can always set up an Amazon wish list or a generic gift registry at Walmart or other retailers, but here are four sites with gift registries that specifically cater to high school grads entering college in the fall.


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If you’re going for dorm decor that channels Chip and Joanna Gaines, you’ll want to register for grad gifts at Target.

The neat thing about setting up a Target registry is that the store will give you 15% off leftover registry items. So whatever you loved ones don’t buy, you can purchase at a discounted rate.

See here to create a Target college registry.

Bed Bath & Beyond

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If you’re fuzzy on what you’ll actually need to move into the dorms, Bed Bath & Beyond has a comprehensive campus checklist that’s perfect for figuring out what to include on your registry.

Rather get some assistance in person? You can schedule an in-store consultation to help.

To get started on your own, click here to create a Bed Bath & Beyond college registry.

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Can’t nail down one store to create a registry? allows you to create wish lists from basically any shopeven Mom-and-Pop businesses without a website.

See here to create a college registry.

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This online retailer specializes in dorm-room goods, so you’re likely to find all you’ll need to settle into your new home on campus. The company also has dozens of articles on its site about the essentials you’ll need for all aspects of college life.

See here for information about how to create a DormCo gift registry.

Nicole Dow is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.