It’s graduation season and we’re here to provide you with a little diversion – our high school graduation gifts for her. With a mix of traditional and trendy, we hope you’ll find inspiration with this list of best graduation gifts for girls.
Do you have other grads to buy for or grad parties coming up and need additional graduation gift ideas?
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High school graduation gifts for girls
1. Keurig Mini
Being able to brew a cup of coffee in your dorm room is a tiny luxury AND a 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.
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.
3. Kyle Cavan
We’re excited to spread the word about a gem of a company offering beautiful, sentimental college jewelry. Introducing Kyle Cavan, a female-owned 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 brand offers over 80 officially-licensed school 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 2021! (aka MMXXI)
We LOVE this idea for a grad gift – a state shaped bulletin board that attaches to a dorm wall with double sided 3M tape.
5. Air Purifier
Having clean air to breathe has never been more important and this compact air purifier for small spaces gets top reviews.
These noise-cancelling 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 many light settings gets great reviews.
When she wants to crank up the music, the UE (“Ultimate Ears”) Portable Bluetooth Speaker has excellent audio quality, is waterproof and dust proof. 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 list. 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.
These slim, lightweight, waterproof and incredibly powerful e-readers can make reading textbooks a breeze. No more bulky books crowding desk space!
11. Apple Watch
The Apple watches have amazing functionality and are offered in an array of bands, including a “sports” one like the one show below, metal and leather. The newer ones are waterproof, excellent fitness trackers and you can have phone calls and read texts as long as your phone is close at hand. The SE watch is lower priced than the Series 6 – the main difference is in some of the health features.
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 a 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.
More grad gifts for girls
Your daughter will always remember her graduation with a piece of jewlery that she’ll be thrilled to wear as a college student. A pair of earrings, necklace, bracelet or a ring by Kendra Scott would be a thoughtful gift. Many pieces can be personalized with a selection of stones that are her favorite colors or those of her college.
14. Friendship Lamps
Your daughter will be able to keep in touch with her family back home with just one touch of this pretty lamp. It lights up with the special color that the family picks and your daughter can do the same with her color.
NOW- The Grown and Flown book is in paperback!
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.
16. Collegiate Pouch
These handy and cute pouches are true keepsakes as the design team at Catstudio has discovered and highlighted all the treasured spots at dozens of colleges. Throw one of these in a backpack to store makeup, charging cables, or ID, credit and charge cards and they will always be easy to locate.
These backpacks are very popular on campus and come in many different size and color combinations. The one that holds a 15″ laptop in a padded compartment is our favorite. As a bonus, buy gift cards from stores and restaurants near campus and zip them inside.
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 a 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.
20. 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 amazing 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)
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. Allbirds Shoes
Allbirds are unbelievably comfortable, lightweight and machine washable. They are perfect for walking around campus all day or going out at night. Now with tie ons, slip ons, and running shoes, you have many styles and colors to choose from.
While you’re on the site, add a pair or two of Allbirds socks, available in many styles and colors. The fabric is the most comfortable we have ever worn.
24. 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.
25. Inspiration Socks
Regardless of how careful teens are with laundry, they’ll quickly face a day when they have only mismatched socks that are clean. 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 and use this code for savings:
Grown and Flown readers can take 12% off an order of $75 or more (and free shipping)with code: GROWNANDFLOWN
26. Lingerie Bags
NEW! Notes to Self sells laundry bags that are perfect for washing, keeping track of delicate undergarments, masks, and keeping track of socks! This is available as a set with 3 pairs of socks or sold separately.
27. Dorm Safe
The Sentry Compact Safe is small and has a cable that can be looped around a heavy piece of furniture.
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. The Vornado 630 Air Circulator Fan gets top reviews.
Bringing photos from home to a dorm room has never been easier than now, with TilePix. Convert photos from your phone into framed images that stick onto walls with a magnetic backing. So many cute ways to create dorm decor that makes a perfect grad gift for her.
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30. Clothes Steamer
There is no room for an iron or ironing board in a dorm room and a clothes steamer is the solution for a college student who wants to look crisp.
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!
Photo credit Hunter boots: Lara V