It’s graduation season, and we’re here to provide you with a bit of diversion — our high school graduation gifts for her. We hope you’ll find inspiration in this list of best graduation gifts for girls with a mix of traditional and trendy.
Do you have other grads to buy for or grad parties that need additional graduation gift ideas?
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High school graduation gifts for girls
Adorable style meets affordable function in this 100% cotton bag from Minted that can be personalized with a FREE foil-pressed leather tag. This one has your teen’s name on it. Literally.
There’s no better place to find a wide variety of officially-licensed NCAA merchandise than Fanatics. With 500+ college teams to pick from, you can find t-shirts, pajama pants, tote bags, and more with your daughter’s college logo. This is one of the most popular of all graduation gift ideas.
We’re excited to spread the word about a gem of a company offering beautiful, sentimental college jewelry. Introducing Kyle Cavan, a female-founded business that thoughtfully offers several lines of elegant and affordable necklaces and bracelets (and cufflinks for guys) to celebrate the friends and accomplishments that make the college years so special.
The women-led brand offers over 100 officially licensed schools and Greek affiliations. You can also customize and personalize pieces if your school is not among the existing options. Our hats are off to them and their line for the Class of 2022! (aka MMXXII)
Created by an award-winning college professor, this unique (and did we mention gorgeous?) planner can help to motivate your student to develop good time management habits, stay organized, and be cheered by the positive messages embedded throughout. This innovative planner comes with weekly college success tips that link to video tutorials to support your student throughout the year.
Now, save on the Grad Bundle which comes with a color choice of planner, a Stripe It Up Pen, Click It Pencil Pens, Fine Line Journal Markers, Smarter Sticky Note, and two sets of stickers. Separately $80, the Grad Bundle is available for $65.00.
All items also sold separately.
A T-shirt quilt from Project Repat is not only a practical throw blanket for chilly days ahead, but it’s also a wonderful reminder of home. Custom design a memorable quilt with her t-shirts from camp, class days, teams, or more, and she will have a tangible way to remember all those memories of her early life. Great conversation starter at her NEW home at college.
These noise-canceling headphones get top reviews and your daughter will be incredibly grateful that you gave her this gift once she moves into a noisy dorm. They are especially useful if she is taking classes in a shared space with roommates or at home.
Being a good roommate means keeping quiet and lowering the lights when your roomie is trying to sleep. This LED Desk Lamp with a wireless high-speed charger and USB charging port has five brightness levels and five lighting modes.
When she wants to crank up the music, the UE (“Ultimate Ears”) Portable Bluetooth Speaker has excellent audio quality, is waterproof and dustproof. This is the #1 top choice for wireless speakers and it is available in multiple colors.
Having a reliable laptop to use at college is a necessity and this is at the top of many grad’s wish lists. Look for student discounts at Apple, Microsoft, Best Buy, or wherever you prefer to shop. Some stores will use an acceptance letter as proof of your grad’s soon-to-be college status.
10. Laptop Lap Desk
Using a lap desk like this one while studying in a dorm bed (or apartment couch) will make juggling her laptop, phone, and notes so much easier. Hard surface desk with dual bolster cushion gives this desk a comfortable and cool fit.
11. IKEA Frakta Bags
These lightweight, waterproof, and incredibly durable bags will make all the difference in the world to your daughter (and to you) on move-in day and move-out day for all four years in college! The #1 must-have for college students can be an even more special gift if you fill it with twin XL sheets, towels, laundry detergent, or other essentials she will need in her dorm.
12. Mattress Topper
Most college dorm rooms have elevated twin XL-size beds with mattresses that are as firm as bricks and typically awful. One of the most popular mattress toppers is this one, by Lucid. Your daughter will thank you every day when she gets a better night’s sleep in a much more comfortable bed.
Having Alexa as a digital assistant can help your daughter wake up, report the forecast and play her music — all with voice commands. Now in the 4th generation, the Echo Dot comes with a built-in clock, and the timer is more visible than ever. Amazon devices have loads of functionality, and once you have gotten used to using them, you will never want to be without Alexa close at hand.
Has your daughter started looking for a comforter for her dorm room? There are dozens of retailers that offer twin XL bedding but we LOVE the dorm selection at Pottery Barn Teen. There are high-quality, well-priced, and sustainably produced essentials and decor items that she would love. This bundle is an example that has it ALL — 11 pieces for her bedding, bath, and laundry needs — in a super-cute pattern.
For your college daughter who loves to go for a run or workout, these sweatproof, wireless earbuds by industry-leader Bose might be the inspiration she needs to keep up her healthy exercise routine in college.
If your daughter loves her Lululemon leggings, she will be thrilled with a backpack from one of her favorite bands. This durable, water-resistant backpack has a padded pocket for her backpack and an exterior one for her water bottle. Available in three colors.
This slim volume of love and wisdom is a perfect send-off to any young woman in your life. Written and beautifully illustrated by Charlie Mackesy, this global bestseller offers hope and inspiration in a celebration of friendship between four unforgettable characters. From the book:
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” asked the mole.
“Kind,” said the boy.
When your daughter gets ready for her first football game, she can use a clear tote bag to comply with NCAA stadium regulations. Sometimes she may need more than a pants pocket for her phone, lip balm, card case, or wallet and she’ll be ready with this tote.
19. Napkin Finance
In this Wall Street Journal bestseller, author Tina Hay covers financial literacy topics that all high school grads need. With illustrations and clear explanation, Napkin Finance has garnered excellent reviews, including this one: “An entertaining introduction to saving and investing. This is the best personal finance primer I have read in years.” (Paul M. Brown, The New York Times)
20. Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone: Advice Your Mom Would Give if She Thought You Were Listening
There is one reason why we have DYL on our list every year — it is simply one of our very favorite graduation gifts for girls. Written and illustrated by Becky Blades, it includes all the wisdom you want to impart to your daughter, but with Becky’s witty and heartfelt words and gorgeous illustrations.
21. Battery Charger
Your daughter’s best safety device is a charged phone and having one of these small, lightweight high-speed battery chargers in her backpack to plug her phone into is invaluable.
Taking pics with phones is instinctive, but if your daughter wants to share the love with actual, instant prints, the Fujifilm Instax Mini camera is the way to go. Choose one among five pretty colors: pink, blue, grey, white, and lilac. This bundle includes easy-to-use film cartridges.
23. Rain Boots
If your daughter doesn’t already have a good pair of rain boots, now is the time to invest in some, and Hunter Tall Boots are our favorites. (Photo credit Hunter boots: Lara V)
Regardless of how careful teens are with laundry, they’ll quickly face a day when they have only clean, mismatched socks. Notes to Self socks include dozens of positive words reminding your daughter how wonderful she is. Buy a dozen to be ready for the college care packages in your future.
25. Lingerie Bags
NEW! Notes to Self sells laundry bags that are perfect for washing, keeping track of delicate undergarments and masks, and keeping track of socks! This is available with three pairs of socks or sold separately.
26. Dorm Safe
The Sentry Compact Safe is small and has a cable that can be looped around a heavy piece of furniture. This is important if your daughter is taking jewelry, a passport or meds to college.
Dorm rooms are stuffy, and good air circulation is beneficial in a small shared space. If your daughter is attending school in a hot climate, the fall and spring months can be uncomfortable, especially in older dorms that lack air-conditioning. People are loving WOOZOO fans, now in several pretty colors.
Being able to brew a cup of coffee in your dorm room is a tiny luxury AND cost savings. This adorable coffee maker is only 5″ wide and is available in multiple colors. Sized to fit a travel mug, she will be on her way for class, coffee in hand, without feeling the need to be tempted by an expensive Starbucks.
Bearaby makes organic cotton weighted blankets in three weights and five beautiful colors. We hear great things about how weighted blankets help people sleep better and feel calmer, both of which would be so helpful to her in college.
This small personal alarm might be just the thing to help your daughter prepare for a situation where she feels frightened. Pull the pin to activate a loud alarm and flashing strobe light to create a diversion. The pin can be replaced and reused.
- And, now, there’s Birdie+, the second-generation alarm with enhanced options, including:
- connection to a live representative 24/7 (the US only)
- the ability to trigger an excuse-to-leave call to remove herself from a sticky situation
- location sharing with her emergency contacts
- loud siren
- monthly or annual subscription
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Looking for more gifts for her she can use at college? Read 10 Things All Freshmen Need to Bring to College
If you’re still looking for additional ideas, check out our Great Graduation Gift Ideas for High School Seniors — Lots!