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10 Best High School Graduation Gifts

Graduating is a huge occasion — one that warrants the best high school graduation gifts. Whether you’re getting a gift for a friend or your own child, it’s a good idea to look for items that are both useful and beautiful. That way, your graduate can enjoy your generosity for years to come. Whether you’re shopping for someone who’s going to travel, head to college, or start a job, the right gift can make the transition more fun. To help give you some ideas, we’ve gathered ten useful items that make high school graduation even more memorable.

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1. Urban Leather Messenger Bag

Urban Leather 15 Inch Half Flap Messenger Bag for Work Laptop Shoulder Bag New Job Gifts for Christmas New Year for Men and Teen Boys | Classic Vintage Best High School Graduation Gifts

When a high school graduate starts college or a new job, they need a way to carry books and supplies. This Urban leather messenger bag is a stylish alternative to a backpack, making it a great option for fashion-forward kids. The leather looks sophisticated and sleek and only gets better as it ages. The exterior is waterproof, so your student can walk to class in the rain safely. Inside, multiple pockets help organize everything from pens to laptops.

2. G4Free 50L Outdoor Backpack

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Do you know a student who’s planning to backpack Europe after graduation? This backpack makes the perfect git. It has a 50L interior, so it holds a big load but it’s still easy to carry. A variety of pockets allow for easy organization, and the adjustable straps make it easy to get a great fit. We love the included rain cover, which keeps the bag safe and dry on flights or in transit. This is also a great gift for graduates who love camping and hiking.

3. Airbnb Gift Cards

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If you’re looking for out-of-the-box graduation gift ideas, Airbnb gift cards can be a great option. This popular home-sharing platform is a great way to feel at home in a new location — so, whether your graduate is visiting college, moving to a new city, or heading out on a vacation, they can stay in a unique property. We love that the gift cards are digital; just pick an amount, and the system sends the gift to the recipient automatically. Booking is all online, so there’s no need to keep track of physical cards.

4. Coolife Luggage 3 Piece Set

Coolife Luggage Expandable 3 Piece Sets PC+ABS Spinner Suitcase 20 inch 24 inch 28 inch (Charcoal new) best high school graduation gifts

This Coolife luggage set is a classic gift for college. It comes with 20-inch, 24-inch, and 28-inch suitcases, giving your graduate plenty of space to pack. The hard ABS sides keep everything contained, and the 360-degree roller wheels allow the suitcases to move smoothly. Inside, a mesh zip pocket stores shoes or accessories. We love that these bags come in a variety of colors to match any personality. Between uses, the suitcases nest inside each other for easy storage.

5. The 5-Ingredient College Cookbook

the 5 ingredient College Cookbook best high school graduation gifts

The transition from home to college can be a shock — which is where this cookbook comes in. It’s filled with recipes that take only five ingredients, so your graduate can stay nourished even with limited cooking skills. Each recipe is specifically designed to be doable in a small kitchen and on a small budget. That way, your student can eat well even when money is tight. Plus, since each recipe takes 30 minutes or less, it’s useful for busy freshman-year schedules.

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6. AmazonBasics 5-Piece Bed-In-A-Bag

AmazonBasics 5-Piece Bed-In-A-Bag - Twin/Twin Extra-Long, Teal Trellis best high school graduation gifts

If you’re looking for a dorm room gift, this AmazonBasics bedding set is a convenient option. It comes with everything your graduate needs for a dorm bed, including a pillowcase, sham, sheets, and a comforter. Best of all, it comes in twin XL, which is the standard size for dorm mattresses. This set is available in a variety of prints and colors; choose a solid option for easy matching, or pick a print for a livelier look. Each one is made from soft polyester.

7. Apple MacBook Air

Apple MacBook Air (13-Inch, 2.2GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD) - Silver best high school graduation gifts

If you really want to go all out, surprise your high school graduate with this Apple MacBook Air. It’s thin and lightweight, so your graduate can carry it to college classes comfortably. This laptop features a dual-core Intel Core i7 processor, so it’s fast enough to handle multiple programs simultaneously. With 128G of storage, there’s plenty of room to hold everything from homework assignments to video files. We love that the high-end graphics card is great for gaming and photography.

8. Anker PowerCore

Portable Charger Anker PowerCore 20100mAh - Ultra High Capacity Power Bank with 4.8A Output, External Battery Pack for iPhone, iPad & Samsung Galaxy & More. best high school graduation gifts

Not sure where to start looking for a gift for a high school graduate? This Anker Power Core is a great choice — after all, practically every student has a smartphone that needs to be charged. Your graduate can drop the charger in a book bag, and they always have power during a long day of classes. This unit can charge an iPhone 7 up to seven times to extend the time between recharging sessions.

9. BLACK+DECKER Compact Refrigerator

BLACK+DECKER BCRK17V Compact Refrigerator Energy Star Single Door Mini Fridge with Freezer, 1.7 Cubic Ft. best high school graduation gifts

There’s not much room in a dorm room, but this Black+Decker mini fridge is a great fit. It’s tiny, so it can sit on the floor or on top of a desk. Inside, there are two shelves and two door shelves, creating plenty of space for snacks and drinks. The full-width freezer holds everything from microwave pizza to ice cream bars. Plus, since it’s Energy Star certified, this fridge helps cut back on utility costs.

10. Keurig 119277 K250 Coffee Maker

Keurig 119277 K250 Coffee Maker, Turquoise best high school graduation gifts

When your high school graduate heads off to college or a new home, a coffee maker is a must. We love this Keurig model, which makes a single cup at a time — that way, your student can fill up a travel mug on the way out the door. The machine is a breeze to operate, even for kids who have never made their own coffee before; it can also be used for tea and sweet drinks. Choose from a variety of fun colors to match your graduate’s personality or dorm room.

After graduation, many students are ready to head out into the world. Whether they’re planning for college or gap-year travels, they probably need a variety of supplies to get them started in their new lives. By choosing the best high school graduation gifts, you can help your favorite student off on the right foot.

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By BCR Staff

May 2019