Pottery Barn Teen: 18 Wonderful Graduation Gift Ideas for Teens

Pottery Barn Teen has many wonderful items for teens and college students that are lovely graduation gifts. Plus, they offer free shipping if your purchases total over $99 with code HAPPY. If your teen goes to college this fall, many of these things will work very well in their dorm room.

We love Pottery Barn (and all the William-Sonoma family of brands) for its quality, style, and focus on sustainability. Here are 18 of our favorite graduation gift ideas for 2023.


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Graduation gift ideas for teens and college students

1. Elle Lacquer Jewelry Display Box

Help your daughter organize her jewelry with this pretty display box, designed with three drawers and numerous interior compartments.

2. Vegan Leather Sling Chair

An extra chair (that folds when not in use) in a dorm, apartment, or your teen’s bedroom, is a practical way to provide extra seating. This vegan leather sling chair would look great in any bedroom or living area and can be stored under the bed when not used.

3. Harry Potter Bedding and Decor

If your teen is a Harry Potter fan, look at the fantastic ways they can decorate the bed and add whimsical touches of decor. No guarantee that their room will look like Hogwarts, but they can always dream about it. Pottery Barn Teen has an extensive collection of Harry Potter furnishings and gift items.

Harry Potter bedding

4. Basketball Hoop Trash Can 

This trash can will make throwing anything away much more fun than an ordinary trash can. (Maybe even extra motivation for your teen to keep their room cleaner?)

5. String Lights

String lights are trendy for college students. They brighten up a room and give any space a fun vibe.

string lights

6. Dry Erase Calendar

With this dry-erase calendar, your student can start the new school year on the right foot. This is ideal for staying organized because they can write down everything they have planned for the month. No nails are needed for installation. 

7. Cozy Recycled Sherpa Robe

These robes are incredibly comfortable, with a solid layer that will make them feel like they’re having an instant spa day. Plus, it’s made entirely from recycled materials. Available in 5 pretty colors.

8. Fluffy Luxe Heart Pillow

Help your student spice up their dorm room or apartment with these heart-shaped throw pillows, a trendy and adorable addition to bedding. Throw pillows add a pop of color to the room, making it more inviting.


9. Basketball Neon Light

This white glowing neon basketball light adds the perfect accent to any teen or college student’s walls. 

10. Bean Bag Chair

A bean bag chair is a wonderful addition to a room if your student wants to add seating. Having a bean bag chair creates a snug place where they can get studying done or watch Netflix. Plus, the cover is removable for easy washing. 

11. Adjustable Lapdesk

Your student can turn any comfy spot into a study space with this on-the-go vegan leather lapdesk. The roomy woodwork surface is easy to adjust, and underneath is handy storage and a cushioned base covered in luxe-looking material.

12. Northfield Light Blue Stripe Backpacks

This backpack is simple and cute, featuring sturdy zippers, a roomy interior, a padded back, and space for essentials with an interior padded laptop sleeve, three interior pockets, and three exterior pockets. Plus, it’s made of durable canvas and finished with a vegan material trim for a sustainable style that pops. 

13. Ombre Tassel Performance Rug

Help your teen make their room look extra cozy! This rug comes in two cute pastel colors and is sustainably sourced and handcrafted. Rugs genuinely make the room feel much homier and warmer. This rug would look super cute right next to the bed.

14. Sherpa Bedrest Pillow 

These pillows are so comfortable and make it easy to sit in bed. The cover can easily be removed to be washed. Available in six colors.

15. Awning Stripe Beach Towel 

Having an extra towel is ideal for beach days and pool days. This towel is soft and made of pure organic cotton. 

Pottery barn beach towel

16. Northfield Camilla Floral Light Blue Zipper Tote

A tote bag is a necessity for college students to go to the gym or on excursions with friends. This tote bag is made of durable, recycled cotton canvas and features a top zip closure, shoulder strap, and two handles for easy carrying. Plus, its faux-leather accents add a pop of style. 

17. Marquee Beauty Mirror

If your daughter wants a mirror for makeup or getting ready, this close-up beauty mirror is touch-activated and includes dimmable lights. This is ideal because oftentimes, college dorms and apartments do not have the best lighting for makeup. 

18. City Lights Recycled Tapestry

This black and white city lights tapestry is digitally printed for a crystal-clear image with incredible detail, and it’s made from recycled plastic water bottles for an eco-friendly style. 

Pottery Barn’s sustainability commitment

One other important thing to know about Pottery Barn is its commitment to sustainable manufacturing processes and materials. On their site, look for products made with organic cotton, recycled materials, Greenguard Gold, and Fair Trade Certified. They are the only home furnishings retailer to make Barron’s list of Top 100 Most Sustainable Companies for the last four years.

Think about enrolling in The Key Rewards program. You can get 2-5% back in rewards across all Pottery Barn brands.

More Great Reading:

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About Madeleine Korn

Madeleine Korn is a recent graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In the 2019 to 2020 school year, she was the advertising director for The Bottom Line newspaper at UC Santa Barbara. Prior to that, she was an intern for United Airlines in both 2018 and 2019, where she was involved in projects to improve the customer experience. She loves writing and creating videos and really enjoys working for Grown and Flown!

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