Remember the good old days of graduating high school? It was kind of bittersweet. I’m sure you remember exactly what you were wearing, who made the commencement speech and what row you were sitting in before your name was called up. High school graduation is super sentimental, which is why it’s important to get a unique gift for the graduate in your life. I mean… don’t we all want to be the mom, dad, sibling, aunt or uncle who wins the award for getting the best grad gift ever?!
A nice graduation gift is a good way to say good luck and get them excited for the next step in their life. The transition from high school to real-life could be intimidating for students, so a thoughtful grad gift will not only acknowledge all their achievements and accomplishments but also inspire them for the future. Whether it’s college, an internship or a new job, there is a lot of functional graduation presents that your 2021 grad could use on their next venture. From fun Polaroid Photobooths graduates can use right away at their graduation party, to keepsake boxes and novelty custom socks, we’ve compiled the best graduation gift guide narrowing down the top 20 high school graduation gifts.
Best High School Graduation Gifts
The 2021 gad can make memories from your graduation day instantly with the 10″ touchscreen monitor Polaroid Photobooth that takes and prints 2″ x 3″ photos. This photobooth device is trending on TikTok and is used for celebrations like graduations, weddings and birthday parties. The only setback is that it holds up to 20 sheets of film at a time, so it’s smart to buy extra packs of Polaroid film for the grad to replenish when he or she is snapping away on the big day! It does have a Quick Share feature that generates a QR code for sharing over smartphones if you’re short on film.
Available in seven different colors, including this classic white, here’s a graduate keepsake box that’s 6″ x 12″ to keep favorite mementos a special place from graduation day. On sale for $47.59, you can customize the top of the box with any name up to 16 characters, the year, location (city/state) up to 18 characters. It also includes an icon of the state which is a nice touch.
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If the high school graduate is off to college in the fall, they’ll love this 3-month subscription for $229.00 at Goldbelly. They can eat like a king or queen in their dorm room with their monthly delivery of highly sought-after, handcrafted foods from around the country like Pat’s King of Steaks Original Philly Cheesesteak, Kansas City’s Famous Jack Stack Barbecue Box and more delectable surprises!
With over 2k reviews averaging at 5-stars on Etsy, this graduation bestseller gift on Etsy and makes a nice addition to any grad gift package for under $20.00. Choose from four different cute sayings about graduating during a pandemic in these men’s or women’s socks.
Snag this inspiring book on Amazon for the high schooler who’s going away to college – it will come in handy. Sometimes it’s uncomfortable or difficult for freshmen to ask parents for advice, and this #1 college advice guide includes new advice from hundreds of college students from around the country. It’s a gift they probably won’t buy for themselves, so it’s a thoughtful and useful graduation gift for high-schoolers.
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Get the party started and buy the high school graduate this highly-rated Bose SoundLink Mini II Special Edition bluetooth speaker. This lightweight music player comes in silver or black, has a wireless range of up to 30 ft and battery life up to 12 hrs. Perfect for backyard parties with friends during the summer or college get-togethers, your high school grad will dig this new, sleek speaker.
We all love our iced coffee—and I’m sure the graduate in your life does, too. This custom Etsy cold plastic cup has the Starbucks emblem with their Senior Class Year printed on it so they can rep their graduating class. You can add his or her name to this affordable $16.00 graduation gift for $2.00 more.
I purchased this unisex Patagonia duffel for my sister’s high school graduation and it’s such a good travel bag, that I even try to steal it from her sometimes. It’s extremely spacious with a capacity of up to 70 liters, has removable backpack straps for easy carrying and recycled ripstop polyester fabric that’s weather-resistant. Wherever the graduate goes on their travels, this heavy-duty duffle’s got them covered!
We’ve all relied on our iPhones and smartphones for our alarm clock alerts, but it’s always good to have a backup. This is a chic cube clock perfect for young adults that are in college or working. They’ll never be late for their class or the first day of the job! This $48.00 alarm clock also makes a great addition to any modern bedroom decor with its LED display and aluminum body.
Compatible with 13-13.3 ” MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Surface Book, and Notebook Computer, this laptop briefcase is a cool yet useful graduation gift for high school kids. The laptop case they already have is probably worn out, so do them a favor and buy them this marbleized canvas pattern at Walmart that’s super soft and comes with a convenient shoulder strap.
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11. Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker, Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 6 to 12 Oz. Brew Sizes, Black
I wish I had this Keuring K-Mini Coffee Maker when I was in college! Ideal for a college dorm room, this single-serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer is small enough to store in a dorm room or their first apartment. This Amazon’s Choice coffee maker will save them during finals week or when prepping for a big presentation at work.
Teenagers love to crash at each other’s pads and hang out, so this classic beanbag on Wayfair will be a fabulous high school graduation gift. It comes in white, royal blue, brown, camouflage and a bunch more color options depending on whether your grad is a boy or girl. It’s currently 68% off on sale right now, so don’t wait to steal this super comfy, plush foam-filled beanbag that comfortably fits teens and adults.
Some of my best memories after high school were crowding around my college dorm watching movies, sharing a bowl of popcorn with my friends. The Dash SmartStore Stirring Popcorn Maker at Bed Bath & Beyond makes up to 24 cups of movie-theater-style popcorn, and a built-in measuring cup (plus a recipe guide) so there’s no room for error. We love this teal color, but it also comes in a cute movie-theater-inspired red shade as well.
14. The North Face Borealis Backpack
You can’t go wrong with buying a high school graduate a brand new backpack for their future. The North Face is such a classic backpack brand, and the Borealis model is one of their newest designs and comes in 30+ color ways! This backpack is suitable for work or school, has easy-to-access pockets, including a spacious main compartment with a highly protective laptop compartment.
Once high school is over, it’s time to start cooking on your own, right?! Get the high school graduate prepared with their cooking gear and get them this four-piece chopping board set that comes in a protective stainless steel holder. Each non-slip cutting board features an index-style tab with an icon indicating which food type it should be used for: raw meat, vegetables, raw fish or cooked food.
It may look like The Comfy, but it’s even better… it’s a comfortable robe with a hood! The high school graduate will totally appreciate this cotton-blend robe that includes fitted cuffs, two-patch pockets, double belt loops, and a self-fabric belt. It makes a good lounging outfit post-showers after a long day of school or work.
17. Graduation Gifts for Him Her Class of 2021 Senior Students Keychain
Whether it’s a key fob for an apartment, keys to their new car, or dorm room keys, the high school graduate could use a new keychain and this one is extra thoughtful with their graduating year of 2021 engraved on it.
There’s no place like home and your own black-out shades… but after graduating from high school there’s probably going to be a roommate around that wakes up on an earlier schedule! Help the graduate get their much-needed shut-eye with this lightweight, breathable Walmart Lewis N. Clark adjustable eye mask.
The S’well Eats Lunch Set is something the high school grad will need during their crazy busy schedules at school or on the job. He or she can easily prep and carry breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the go in these two 21 oz canisters made of high-grade 18/8 stainless steel. Their prepped meals in these containers will stay fresh and keep them energized when they need a boost! This set also comes with a spoon, fork and knife in a cute protective pouch.
20. YnM Weighted Blanket — Heavy 100% Oeko-Tex Certified Cotton Material with Premium Glass Beads
This weighted blanket is notorious to ease anxiety, so someone who just graduating high school and is nervous about the next big transition in their life will benefit from this graduation gift. This 7-layer weighted blanket is Amazon’s Choice with a 4.6/5-star rating and comes in a multitude of colors and patterns. Snuggling up to this blanket is a natural way to help calm the body for a restful night of sleep and will give the grad the extra comfort and love they’ll crave when they’re away from home.
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