Alyssa Morin
May 25, 2018 2:00 pm
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It’s graduation season, and that means it’s time to start thinking about gifts to give high school graduates as they embark on a new journey.

Since it’s important to remember that college isn’t for everyone, we chose these gifts with all high school grads, college-bound or not, in mind. If you don’t even know where to start, we’ve got you. From luxurious products like a gold-colored laptop and a new comfy mattress to affordable items like a throw blanket and a fun pen set with encouraging words, there’s a little something for everyone. You don’t need to spend a fortune to let your loved ones know you care about them, but a thoughtful, practical gift will definitely make their day.

Check out our 19 gift ideas:

1Apple MacBook 12-inch in Gold


Let’s just get this one out of the way. Get a recent high school grad a new laptop, because they will need this when the new college semester starts.

2Amazon Echo Spot in Black


Give them this Amazon Echo Spot. They can stay updated on news, set their morning alarms, and play some tunes all before heading out to their first class. Mom and dad, take note on this gift!

3BKR Spiked Winter Glass Water Bottle


College campuses can be huge, so give them this chic water bottle that celebs tote around. Plus, they’ll stay hydrated going from class to class. Or if college isn’t their thing, they can still use this in their new office!

4American Giant The Kick Flare Pant

American Giant
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Get the grad these pants, which are comfy AF. They can wear them to class, the library, and since they still look professional, they can wear to their internship.

5Skullcandy Hesh 2 Wireless Headphones


Upgrade their janky headphones with this fresh pair. It will come in clutch when they have to study for finals.

6Washed Cotton Comforter Snooze Set

Urban Outfitters
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This simple, yet chic, grown-up comforter set will make any dorm room or apartment look stylish.

7BPM Pink and Gold Portable Speaker

Riley Rose

Apartment parties are inevitable when you’re in college (or out of your parent’s house), so might as well get them this cool portable speaker.

8Herschel Retreat Backpack


Upgrade a beat-up backpack with this classic one. It will last all four years of college.

9Allbirds Women’s Wool Runners


Get your loved one these comfortable yet cute sneakers. It will save them when they’re running late to their last class (we’ve all been there).

10Belkin Rose Gold 5000 Battery Charger


Between Googling restaurants near campus and scrolling through Instagram, they’ll need to have a portable charger on hand. This Belkin one means business.

11Tulo Medium Twin XL Mattress


Obviously, this is a gracious gift for any high school grad. But upgrade their crappy dorm room or apartment mattress with one that will last them years. They will forever be grateful.

12Slip Pure Silk Sleep Mask in Silver


This may seem like a small gift, but trust us, they will thank you. Because whether they’re going to college or starting a new job, they can use some much-needed rest.

133D LED Gala Essential Oil Diffuser

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This essential oil diffuser will help them relax and stay cool during stressful times, like when papers and projects are due.

14U Konserve Stainless Steel To-Go Container

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A gift that any high school grad will thank you for once they start college. Because they’re either busy studying for finals, interning at a few places, and taking classes at odd hours of the day. So instead of eating the 99 cent ramen (we’ve all been there!), they can pack their lunch in a sleek stainless container.

15BPM Bluetooth Mini Shower Speaker

Forever 21

Keep the communal bathrooms/showers fun and less awkward with this mini shower speaker.

16Andiamo Classico Luggage in Red Ruby


Gift this spacious luggage, which will come in handy when they visit during the holidays, study abroad, or when it’s time to pack up for summer break. Write On Pen Set

This pen set will be very much appreciated since it’s the last thing a high school grad wants to shop for. Plus, these designs are super cute.

18Lomo Instant Camera and Lenses Edition


Let them capture new adventures with this old-school style camera. They can easily take it with them on trips, and pin their pictures on their built-in dorm room bulletin board.

19Aina Oversized Faux Fur Throw


Every person moving into a new place needs a soft, comfy throw pillow. Plus, it will come in handy when they want to have movie night.