29 Perfect High School Graduation Gifts for Her 2023

It’s graduation season, and we’re here to provide you with some diversion — our high school graduation gifts for her. We hope you’ll find inspiration in this list of best graduation gifts for young women with a mix of traditional and trendy.

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High school graduation gifts for girls

1. Wonderboom 3 Portable Speaker

When your daughter wants to crank up the music in her dorm, she will love having this gift. The UE (“Ultimate Ears”) Portable Bluetooth Speaker has excellent audio quality and is waterproof and dustproof. This is the #1 top choice for wireless speakers and is available in several vibrant colors. With this new model, the battery life on this durable speaker is 37% longer.

2. Project Repat T-Shirt Quilt

t-shirt quilt and teen girl

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, and more; she will have a tangible way to remember all those memories of her early life.

This is a unique graduation gift and a great conversation starter at her NEW home at college.

3. Lululemon Backpack

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 two colors. Perfect for her next adventure in life!

4. Bombas Day of the Week Socks

Bombas wins ALL of our FEEL-GOOD points for the highest-quality socks. They are comfortable, durable, pretty, and last for years. This 7-pack has a pair of socks for each day of the week from Monkey Monday to Sunset Sunday. Plus, they donate an item to help the homeless on your behalf for every item purchased.

5. Minted Customized and Personalized Gifts

Minted grad gifts

We love giving your new grad a personalized, customized gift as unique as she is, and Minted is our go-to. From stationery to photo collages to cosmetic kits, there is something with her name on it (literally)!

Use promo code CLASSOF2023 between 4/25/23-5/22/23 to receive 15% off grad cards and gifts at Minted.

6. Fanatics College Apparel, College Gear

fan gear

There’s no better place to find a wide variety of officially-licensed NCAA merchandise than Fanatics. With 500+ college teams, 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.

7. Kyle Cavan Jewelry

Celebrate the graduate in your life this year with a beautiful piece of jewelry from women-owned Kyle Cavan. With 150+ Collegiate and Greek Collections, plus Custom designs. A gift from Kyle Cavan is truly one-of-a-kind. Keep your memories with you always.

8. She’s Birdie — Personal Safety Alarm

she's birdie

This small personal alarm might help your daughter prepare for a situation where she feels frightened. Pull the pin to activate a loud alarm and flash the 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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9. IKEA Frakta Bags

Ikea Blue bags

These lightweight, waterproof, and incredibly durable bags will make all the difference for your daughter (and you) on move-in and move-out days for all four years in college! The #1 must-have for college students can be an even more perfect gift if you fill it with twin XL sheets, towels, laundry detergent, or other essentials she will need in her dorm.

10. The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College

This is THE guide your daughter will want to pack with her when she leaves for college. Author Harlan Cohen has written a comprehensive New York Times bestseller book, now in the 7th edition. This makes a great grad gift!

Enter to win a FREE copy here. (Deadline 5/25/23)

11. Centered Student Planner

Created by an award-winning college professor, this unique (and did we mention gorgeous?) planner can help motivate your student to develop good time management habits, stay organized, and be cheered by positive messages. This innovative planner comes with weekly college success tips that link to video tutorials to support your student throughout the year.

NEW! Pre-order the 23-24 planner bundle for $65 (save $15)

12. Pottery Barn Teen Cozy Sherpa Robe

This sherpa robe is available in five colors, and you can add your daughter’s monogram to make it more personal.

13. Do Your Laundry, Or You’ll Die Alone

Do your laundry

This charming, amusing book offers advice for daughters before they leave home. It’s for anyone (really, everyone) who feels they have run out of time but still have plenty to teach.

14. Anker Lightweight 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.

15. Let her pick the gift she wants with Snappy

Snappy gifts

There are no secrets here: 1) teens are hard to shop for 2) they are always right. This is why Snappy is a terrific option for gifting. The platform sends personalized gift choices — for any budget or occasion. In this case, she can choose her item from a collection of high school grad gifts that Grown & Flown and Snappy curated to make your life a little easier. #whatagreatidea

16. Dimmable Desk Lamp — 5th Gen

Being a good roommate means keeping quiet and lowering the lights when your roomie tries to sleep. This LED Desk Lamp with a wireless high-speed charger and USB charging port has seven brightness levels and five lighting modes.

17. Laptop Lap Desk

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 much easier. A hard surface desk with dual bolster cushion gives this desk a comfortable and relaxed fit.

18. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

From the book:

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” asked the mole.

“Kind,” said the boy.

The boy, mole, fox and hound

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 celebrating friendship between four unforgettable characters.

19. ViscoSoft Mattress Topper

Viscoso mattress topper

Most college dorm rooms have elevated twin XL-size beds with mattresses as firm as bricks and typically awful. A mattress topper is one of the most practical graduation gifts, and your daughter will thank you every day when she gets a better night’s sleep in a much more comfortable bed.

20. Echo Dot — 5th Gen

Having Alexa as a digital assistant can help your daughter wake up, report the forecast, and play her music with voice commands. In the 5th generation, the Echo Dot shows time, alarms, weather, song titles, etc. 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.

21. Pottery Barn Teen Bedding Bundle


Has your daughter started looking for a comforter for her dorm room? Dozens of retailers offer twin XL bedding, but we think the dorm selection at Pottery Barn Teen is excellent. She would love high-quality, well-priced, sustainably produced essentials and decor items. This bundle is an example that has a comforter, sham, and sheet set.

22. Clear Tote Bag for Game Day

clear tote bag

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.

23. Napkin Finance

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)

24. Kendra Scott Engravable Necklaces

Gift an engravable necklace with her grad year on it. This is something personalized and meaningful that she can wear to cherish her graduation accomplishment. 

25. Rain Boots

Hunter 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).

26. SentrySafe

High school graduation gifts for girls and guys

The safe is small and has a cable that can be looped around a heavy piece of furniture. This is important if your daughter takes jewelry, a passport, or meds to college.

27. Woozoo Fan

woo zoo fan

Dorm rooms are stuffy, and good air circulation is beneficial in a small shared space. If your daughter attends school in a hot climate, the fall and spring months can be uncomfortable, especially in older dorms that lack air-conditioning. People love WOOZOO fans, now in several pretty colors.

28. Keurig Mini

Keurig mini

Brewing 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 to class, coffee in hand, without the need to be tempted by an expensive Starbucks. Available in six fantastic colors.

29. Uncommon Goods Scratch Off Map

From one of our favorite sites, Uncommon Goods, comes this scratch-off-where-you’ve-been map that gives your student a beautiful visual of all the places they have traveled to in a dynamic and eye-catching way.

Looking for more graduation gifts for her that she can use at college? Read 12 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!

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About Mary Dell Harrington

Mary Dell is the co-founder of Grown and Flown, the #1 site for parents of teens, college students and young adults, reaching millions of parents every month. She started the Grown and Flown Parents Facebook Group and is co-author of Grown and Flown: How to Support Your Teen, Stay Close as a Family, and Raise Independent Adults (Flatiron Books) now in paperback.

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