The Best High School Grad Gifts for Him and Her

 

Trying to find just the right gift for a high school graduate can be challenging. Some are going off to college, some to a career, and some to parts unknown in the search of finding themselves. And whether they will be miles away or just upstairs, a new stage of life awaits them all. We’ve put together a group of items and ideas for those grads-to-be, as they march on, along with time, that always seems to go way too quickly.

 

 

 

Sterling Silver Compass Necklace

You can never go wrong with jewelry, and this dainty compass necklace brings with it a sweet message, telling the recipient to “enjoy the journey” ahead.

 

Allbirds Shoes

Allbirds, a relatively new shoe company that landed in the states from New Zealand and, excuse the expression, hit the ground running, creates what many have called “the world’s most comfortable shoe.”  SInce their inception, they have added some styles (for both men and women) to their repertoire. With a gift of Allbirds, you will not only be giving comfort and style, but a huge commitment to sustainability as well.

 

Herschel Supply Co. Settlement Backpack

Whether your grad goes near or far, the backpack that’s been a workhorse for at least the last four years, and probably has way too many crumbs and indescribable things sitting at the bottom, should very likely be retired. Herschel Supply Co. packs come in many styles, colors and patterns, and they’re unisex.

 

 

 

Collegewear or Book Store Gift Card

College kids can never have too many ways to outwardly exhibit being true to their school. A sweatshirt, hat or jacket or a gift card from the grad’s school will always be welcomed.

 

 

 

Gift Cards

Gift cards are perfect gifts, especially for high school and college grads to buy the things they need (and want). Check out Gift Card Granny, an online marketplace where people sell their unwanted cards at a discount. You can also buy discounted gift cards for tons of retailers at Gift Card Granny.

 

 

Personalized Journal

A journal with a truly inspirational message on the cover can make a perfect gift for a student who prefers to express his or her thoughts the old-fashioned way, with pen and paper.

 

 

 

 

“The Journey Continues” Customized Map Print

A perfect way to show the graduate that your heart (and theirs) is in two different places.The left side of the heart is typically where the graduate is from, and the right side is either where their new school is or where they relocated to after starting their new career!

 

 

 

Coululi Mini Fridge Electric Cooler and Warmer

Keeping dorm room food cold is one thing, but being able to keep food warm takes you to an entirely other plane. This handy, dandy (and very mini) appliance can do both.

 

 

Burei Minimalist Wrist Watch 

This watch is not only very cool looking, but the price point is pretty cool as well. The minimalist style will be more than appropriate for work or play.

 

 

 

Monetary Gifts

Who doesn’t love a gift of cold cash? (And while we’re at it, think about giving the gift in denominations of $20.18.) What will make your gift really stand out from the others is the way it’s presented. Here are a number of creative ideas supplied by a member of our PayingForCollege101 Facebook group, Heather Dansher.

 

 

 

Pure Cycles 1-Speed Coaster Bicycle

For a Freshman who has no access to a car, a great way to get around campus and your college town while keeping your carbon footprint in check is by pedal power. This one is designed for biking simplicity. Make sure you leave room in the budget for a helmet, basket, and a good, strong lock.

 

 

 

Biaggi Zipsack 22’ Carryon Duffle

This very convenient, lightweight spinner travel case has fold-up capabilities for easy storage. Great for a quick weekend away to visit friends or even…Mom and Dad!

 

Monogrammed Makeup Bag

We got this great idea from a member of our Paying For College 101 Facebook group. A fabulous-looking makeup bag that’s not only personalized, but filled with essentials like ibuprofen, band-aids, lip gloss, hand cream, etc.

 

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