Graduation. Just saying that word causes a lump in our throats as we think about high school kids preparing to walk across a literal stage into adulthood. Do you have a senior in your home? While you’re busy saying final goodbyes and getting ready for the big day, we hope you’ll take a moment to look at these ideas for high school graduation gifts for guys. Shopping for grad gifts for girls? Here are some of our favorite ones for the young women in your life.
We have gathered the suggestions for books and gifts from Grown and Flown Parents and put them all in one place here.
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High School Graduation Gifts for Guys
My son loves this steamer that he borrowed from a roommate for graduation and only wishes he had taken one to school with him as freshmen.
Consumer Reports gives the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones its highest marks. Your son will be incredibly grateful that you purchased these headphones once he moves into a noisy dorm.
Admiral McRaven has put into print his viral commencement address he gave at the University of Austin in 2014. In Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World, McRaven shares his 10 principles to success that he learned in Navy Seal training, as well as stories from his life and interactions with leaders in the service, McRaven’s collection of little things that make a big difference will inspire and give hope to new graduates. Applicable to all young people (not just those in the armed forces), this book makes a terrific graduation gift.
Your son will love having Alexa as his Virtual Assistant to check scores, the weather, order a pizza or an Uber, help with homework….the possibilities are endless.
Target sells Google Home and we hear amazing things about their entry into the VA marketplace.
This, just for fun, Indoor Decorative Neon Cactus Light is not exactly a dorm necessity but could provide a dash of personality and lighting to an otherwise drab dorm room. Although they come in lots of different designs, we liked the cactus the best.
You have to trust us on this but these shoes may be the single most comfortable footwear we have ever worn. Made in New Zealand from the wool of the softest sheep on the planet, these are lightweight, washable, and very durable. We have given them to our sons, daughters, moms and best girlfriends and we covet the ones we wear every day. They come in every color and our sons loved the grey.
For a wallet, passport, meds or other valuables, we like the Sentry Compact Safe since it’s small and has a cable that can be looped around a heavy piece of furniture.
Pay for an hour with financial advisor to sit with your son to review his college loan package, help plan a budget for school and learn to take a more responsible view of money. Or consider buying Official Money Guide for COLLEGE STUDENTS and go through it together. This would be a high ROI and smart high school graduation gift for guys.
The Cartman 39-Piece Tool Set is an inexpensive and complete set of tools that your son can use in his dorm this year and the apartments in his future.
We have always been big fans of S&B and think their collegiate key fobs and belts make some of the most memorable and enduring high school graduation gifts for guys.
Choose a leather, needlepoint, or titanium (with a built-in bottle opener) wallet for an upgrade to a more adult style of carrying money and cards.
Vests are incredibly versatile outerwear and this one is indestructible, washable and comes in an array of color choices besides basic black.
If your kid is going to school in a cold climate, don’t wait to buy him a good pair of boots as popular sizes and styles can sell out. These are classics.
If, on the other hand, he wants to MAKE some noise…..consider the Bose Bluetooth Speaker.
Duffels that that can be folded and stashed under a bed or the top shelf of a closet are the best kind of college luggage and the Eagle Creek “No Matter What” Duffel is one of our favorites. This is a bag that will hold up during the multiple moves in your son’s future.
It’s also very nice to to have a new shaving kit to take on upcoming trips, including the ones to his new college town. The Herschel Travel Kit comes in lots of great colors and designs.
When you give your student their own subscription to Amazon Prime Student, they will be able to order text books, supplies, snacks, and just about anything else for TWO-DAY FREE shipping. Check out all the other extras here:
Looking for high school graduation gifts for guys that a college-bound kid will definitely use this fall? Read 10 Things All Freshmen Need to Bring to College and consider some of these suggestions, all good, all different price points.
3. Mattress Encasement…AllerEase brand for mattress and pillow encasements
7. Shower Caddy…Hanging Mesh Shower Caddy
9. Surge Protector…Surge Protector with 4 USB Ports
Gift cards to Bed, Bath, and Beyond and The Container Store are always great ideas for high school graduation gifts. They can shop for essentials and storage crates (once they know more about their dorms) and have them shipped to the stores closest to their schools if they are going far away.