Alyssa Morin
May 20, 2020 3:30 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 new pair of headphones, 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 16 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.

2Homesick Candles

If your high school grad is planning on going away for college, opt to give them a Homesick candle of their hometown state. This will comfort them when they’re busy studying their life away.

3TUSHY Classic


Help the new grad in your life save money on toilet paper (given the current climate) by getting them a bidet that they can attach onto their toilet. Not only will it save them money, but it will also save the environment.

4Uniqlo Women Ultra Stretch Leggings Pants

$19.90 (Orig. $29.90) available at Uniqlo Opens a new window SHOP IT Opens a new window

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 even wear them to their internship or job.

5Sony Studio Series Wired Headphones 


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

6The Buffy Cloud


This simple, yet grown-up comforter will make any dorm room or apartment look stylish. Plus, it’s made from eucalyptus plants for an eco-friendly touch.

7Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth® speaker


Apartment hangs are inevitable when you’re in college (or out of your parent’s house), so might as well get them this cool portable speaker that will help get the party started when the social distancing mandate is no longer in effect.

8Brightland The Duo


Just because your high school grad doesn’t know how to cook doesn’t mean they should order out for the rest of their college experience. Help them get excited about cooking by giving them really good olive oil that will punch up any boring dish.

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 next doctor’s appointment (we’ve all been there).

10Belkin Rose Gold 5000 Battery Charger


Between Googling study questions and scrolling through Instagram, they’ll need to have a portable charger on hand. This Belkin charger means business.

11Casper Nova Hybrid Mattress

$1,796 (Orig. $1,995) available at Casper Opens a new window SHOP IT Opens a new window

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

12Parachute Merino Eye Mask


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.

13Woodgrain Oil Diffuser


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

14The Container Store 2-Drawer Desk Organizer

The Container Store

A desk organizer is a gift that any high school grad will thank you for once they start college. Because now that all college classes are going to be taken from home, they’ll need a place to hold their pens, pencils, and notes.

15Rifle Paper Co. Pen

Rifle Paper Co.

This pen will be very much appreciated since it’s the last thing a high school grad wants to shop for. Plus, this Rifle Paper Co. design is super cute.

16Canon IVY CLIQ Instant Camera & Portable Printer


Let them capture new adventures with this old-school style camera. They can easily take pictures anywhere they go and print the images right on the spot, and pin their photos on their bulletin board at home.