Graduation gifts are different than presents for other occasions. You want a gift for a college-bound son or daughter, niece, nephew or friend, to be personal, convey meaning, or have utility on campus this fall. We came up with loads of ideas and, if you haven’t seen the first part of our favorite grad gifts for high school kids, here it is, Part 1.
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Best High School Graduation Gifts 2018: Part 2
For your kid’s entire life, you have known where the thermometer is, dispensed band aids and decided when they were truly too sick to go to school. They need a first aid kit to take with them to college and you are the best person to decide what should go in it. Consider a see-through storage bag like this Transparent Sundry Bag, and fill it with what you know your kid will need at college.
We also want a gift to have meaning. A special piece of jewelry to mark the occasion is a classic graduation gift. Do you have a ring or a bracelet that has great meaning to you to pass on to a daughter? What about a pair of cufflinks that belonged to a grandfather for your son?
Another tried and true gift is, of course, a watch. If you give an Apple watch, it also functions as a smart phone, fitness tracker, alarm, timer and much more. Your grad can customize the functionality that works best.
While socks may seem like the opposite end of the spectrum from jewelry, they are actually a very clever graduation gift. Regardless of how careful kids are with laundry, they will quickly face a day where they have only mismatched socks left in their drawer, best case, which makes socks an excellent gift for all college kids. We have fallen in love with Notes to Self socks. With a positive word to remind your college kid how wonderful they are, you might want to buy a dozen to be ready for the college care packages in your future.
If you are looking for a present for the dorm, a cute way to make a drab room more personal is with the addition of oversized initials like this one Trend Lab Brown 6″ Tall Letter, Letter A which are light enough to be fixed to the wall next to the bed.
Dorm rooms are tiny but fill up with hallmates who pile in, lounging on beds and any available floor space. Why not give a folding chair like this one NCAA Michigan Wolverines Game Time Chair that can be opened for a guest or stored shut? Lots of colleges are included.
Before you know it, fall break will be here and you want to make sure your grad has the right size bag to bring home. The benefit of a duffel is that it stores flat under a bed, behind a closet, in any narrow space, making it the perfect piece of dorm luggage. It’s hard to beat LL Bean for a duffel; they’ve been making them for 80 years, offer a lifetime guarantee, come in a rainbow of colors and can be personalized with a monogram. We like the medium size since it fits into most airline overhead compartments.
College kids dash from classes to dining hall to dorm to….well, a party or two. Their phones are their constant companions so consider a sturdy, upgraded case like the OtterBox COMMUTER WALLET . These are best-selling phone cases that protect phones from breaking when they are dropped. This model comes with a slim opening that holds credit cards or IDs plus some real money.
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How about an insulated stainless steel water bottle that keeps liquids cold for 24 hours or hot for 12? Super-stylish with lots of clever designs, S’ip by S’well Water Bottles are our favorites.
Campus living means lots of walking, even if they attend a relatively small school. Think about the gift of good, stylish footwear that offers more support than flip-flops with a trendy vibe? Superga is a brand our college daughter loves – maybe your’s will, too.
The dorm room idea we love is this Keep Calm and Call Mom Throw Pillow – there is no way they can forget to call us, now, maybe???
When college freshmen are back in their dorms, their beds become command central. Because they’re often elevated at a weirdly high level, or the rooms have bunk beds, there is nowhere to stash a phone or bottle of water, and it’s a long way down to the floor. A Bunk Buddy Bedside Shelf attaches to the bed and functions as a nightstand – brilliant!
For studying in bed, the Laptop LapDesk, is a comfortable desk for a laptop.
Want your kid to be the go-to on the dorm hall? A gift of ApolloTool Set will see your student through college and off to a first apartment. We love gifts that endure and this is certainly one.
A book so beautifully written and photographed that it’s sold in the Museum of Modern Art (NYC) bookstore, The ABCs of Adulthood: An Alphabet of Life Lessons, is a slender volume of 26 beautiful essays by New York Times bestselling author and photojournalist, Deborah Copaken with collaborator, Randy Polumbo. Before you wrap it up as a graduation gift to your college-bound child, make sure to add a few lines of your own.
Maybe your gift is not a thing. Maybe you want to create an experience that your son or daughter will always remember. The end of the semester gets jammed up with prom, graduation and all of the lasts of high school. How about organizing a send off party, instead, in early August for their closest friends and parents? (Sniff….hard to think about, right?)
Don’t forget to check out Best High School Graduation Gifts 2017: Part 1.