25 Best High School Graduation Gifts for 2021 Graduates

We have gathered a list of high school graduation gifts that look forward and backward. Gifts that have been in the family for generations or quilts made of T-shirted memories recall so much of what our kids are leaving behind. With these, they will have a bit of home traveling with them as they leave.

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Best High School Graduation Gifts 2021

1. Project Repat

Ordering a quilt from Project Repat is one of our favorite grad gifts as there is nothing that is more personal than a blanket stitched from memories.  Take all the shirts from camps, class days, family trips and ship them to Project Repat – they do the rest.

t-shirt quilt and teen girl

2. Headphones

Noise-canceling earphones like these, the Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphonescan be a lifesaver. Even the quietest roommate makes noise; your grad will appreciate these once it’s time to hit the books despite music being blasted inside that tiny dorm room.

Graduation gifts for high school seniors

3. Bluetooth Speaker

This Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker (Blue)might be their perfect gift if it is your teen who is inclined to supply music for his hall mates.

Graduation gifts for high school seniors

4. The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College (Naked Roomate)

Author Harlan Cohen has been in the college advice business for decades, having started as a student himself answering in the college newspapers.  Now out in a 7th edition, this book is comprehensive and works well for both genders.

Graduation gift ideas

5. Flipflops

All college students need to take shower shoes to use in the communal showers and/or at the gym. Showaflops Antimicrobial Shower Sandals come in loads of different designs and styles for men and women. They are perforated with skid-proof bottoms so are perfect for the gross and germ-y floors of the dorm.

Graduation gifts

6. Echo Dot (4th Gen)

With voice-recognition technology, your student can ask Alexa to play music, set an alarm to get them up in the morning, get the latest weather or sports info, read an audio book, summons an Uber or Domino’s pizza and much, much more.

Echo Dot 4th gen

7. Jewelry

We love the idea of giving the gift of jewelry as a grad gift for the special young women in your life and this Graduation Gift Guide from Kendra Scott has so many beautiful pieces that it might be hard to choose.  One idea is to customize a necklace, earrings, or bracelet with the color stone of her new college.

graduation gifts

8. Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone: Advice Your Mom Would Give if She Thought You Were Listening

Now out in a second edition, it includes every word of loving advice you want to remember to say to your daughter before she leaves home.

graduation gifts

9. Can You Imagine Light-Up Air Power Soccer Disk  

We admit it, this is simply a toy but what a great ice-breaker in a dorm this makes. Our soccer-playing sons thought it was fantastic.

Graduation gifts for high school seniors

10. Laptop

What all college kids need, besides a cell phone and XL sheets, is a computer. If your grad needs a new one, check out what your son or daughter’s bookstore offers for sales and tech services. Compare that to buying a Mac with Apple discounts for students. Microsoft also offers discounts for students, teachers and parents on PCs, tablets and more at their stores and at microsoft.com.

11. Thank you cards 

This idea is something that all grads need – thank you notes to write to the many people who have helped them reach this milestone.  We have used Minted for our holiday cards and personalized stationery and think their one-of-a-kind designs are gorgeous.  You will find something for your son or daughter, niece or nephew, or any family friend.

Thank you card

12. Polaroid Pocket Printer – White

This is a smartphone printer that is small enough to fit in their pocket and turns photos or screenshots into high-quality 2×3″ prints.

13. Personalized Passport Holder

This passport holder is the perfect for a high school graduate who loves to travel or is hoping to study abroad. Can be monogrammed.

14. Instant Pot Duo Mini 

Who doesn’t love their Insta-Pot? this is the perfect size for a college student because it is a 7-in-1 appliance including electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, slow cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, sauté pan, and food. Easy to clean and has many safety features.

15. Grad Gift Time To Do The Laundry Flow Chart Laundry Bag

Let’s face it. laundry unfortunately must be done. Why not have some fun with it? This laundry bag is perfect.

16. What Do You Meme?

This is such a fun game to play with friends while in college. It is absolutely hilarious and is a guaranteed good time with friends.

17. Women’s Cozy Memory Foam Slippers/ Indoor, Outdoor Anti-Skid Rubber Sole

These slippers are memory foam and are super comfortable! Slippers are perfect for walking around in the dorms

18. Master Lock Personal Safe

This safe is perfect for keeping valuables such as cash, a camera, a passport, or jewelry in their dorm room.

19. Packing Cubes 

This packing organizer is perfect for keeping certain items together and staying organized while moving into the dorms. This will make traveling and unpacking much simpler and easier because you will know where everything is and keep certain items together. You need these!!

20. Handwriting Bracelet

This is such a cute gift! You can write your college grad a message and your handwriting will be made into a bracelet.

21. Plush Robe

This robe is perfect for walking to or from the showers or relaxing in the dorm after showering. It is soft, easy to clean, and lightweight.

22. Foldable Travel Duffel Bag

Having foldable luggage is essential for living in the dorms because there is so little space.

23. Compass Bracelet

This compass bracelet is so cute for any girl who loves to explore.

24. Personalized Makeup Bag

This makeup bag is so trendy and customizable to put your grad’s initials or their school letters.

25. The 5-Ingredient College Cookbook

This cookbook has super easy and healthy recipes and is great for kids who don’t have a ton of experience cooking.

Congrats to moms and dads and good luck to your grads!

More to Read:

High School Grad Gifts for Girls 

High School Grad Gifts for Guys

Grad Gifts for Your Teen’s Friends 

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