30 Perfect High School Graduation Gifts for Her 2021

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 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.

Keurig mini

2. College Apparel, College Gear

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.

fan gear

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 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 2021! (aka MMXXI)

4. State Map Cork Board

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.

Levoit air purifier

6. Bose Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones 

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.

7. Dimmable Desk Lamp

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.

tao tronics lamp

8. Bluetooth Speaker

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.

bluetooth speaker

9. Laptop

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. Kindle Paperwhite 

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 shown 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.

Apple SE watch

12. Echo Dot – 4th Gen

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

13. Kendra Scott Jewelry

Your daughter will always remember her graduation with a piece of jewelry 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.

long-distance friendship lamps

NOW- The Grown and Flown book is in paperback! 

Grown and Flown paperback

15. Project Repat T-shirt Quilt

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.

Project repat T-shirt quilt and teen girl

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.

college pouches

17. Fjallraven Backpack

These backpacks are very popular on campus and come in many different sizes 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.


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

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.

The boy, mole, fox and hound

19. Clear Tote Bag for Game Day

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.

clear tote bag

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)

Napkin Finance

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.

Do Your Laundry

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.

Anker charger

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 on, slip on, 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.

Hunter boots

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 any order of $75 or more (and free shipping) with code: GROWNANDFLOWN

notes to self socks

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.

High school graduation gifts for girls and guys

28. Fan

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.

fan in room

29. TilePix

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.

NOW, Grown and Flown readers receive extra savings for their first order. Take 60% off when you order 12+ TilePix with discount code GROWNFLOWN (Offer ends July 31, 2021, one per customer.) For all ship-to-home orders, FedEx ground shipping is FREE. Order via the iOS app or at TilePix.com.   


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.

clothes steamer

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

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About Grown and Flown

Mary Dell Harrington and Lisa (Endlich) Heffernan are the co-founders of Grown and Flown the #1 site for parents of teens, college students and young adults, reaching millions of parents every month. They are writers (Lisa is a New York Times bestselling author), moms, wives and friends. They started the Grown and Flown Parents Facebook Group and are co-authors 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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