Get an A With Our 13 Best Graduation Gifts for High School Students

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Teens everywhere will be graduating high school in a few weeks, ready to venture out and make their mark on the world. Before they do, it’s important to celebrate this monumental milestone in their life. It’s also a good idea to prepare them for what’s to come, whether they’re going to college, starting a career, or traveling the world.

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And to help you do all that we’ve put together this list of the 13 Best Graduation Gifts for High School Students. We have something for every budget and need, to make choosing easier than ever.

13 Best Graduation Gifts for High School Students

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (128 GB, 4 GB RAM, Intel Core i5)

This is one of the more expensive options on our list, but it’s also one of the best choices.  The Surface is lightweight, versatile and packed with cool features that make it perfect for a grad heading to college, getting a job, or traveling. For instance, they can write- yes write, on the screen as if they’re writing on paper, then convert it to typed words in Note.

And just one of the many great things it can do. From streaming movies to searching the web, this is the ultimate grad gift that they can use for work and play!

Keurig K15 Single Serve Compact K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, Chili Red

Whether they need to get up early for a job or a 5 am class, it will be easier for them to get going with a Keurig, coffee maker. Small and compact, it fits in any dorm room or apartment and comes in lots of cool colors. More importantly, though, it brews individual cups of coffee in seconds, helping to get them up and out the door.

The ABCs of Adulthood: An Alphabet of Life Lessons

Fun and full of wisdom, this book will inspire your grad and have them feeling good about the future. Each page highlights a different letter of the alphabet, starting with An (as in A is for Anger) and gives surprisingly sound and enlightening advice. There are also pics of some cool street photography to accompany each page.

Dogeared Going Places Compass Disc Sterling Silver Chain Necklace, 18″

Symbolic and beautiful, this necklace is a great gift for any girl venturing out on her own. Delicate and polished, the four compass points are a reminder that the world is theirs for the taking. And the fact that they’re supposed to make a wish before putting it on makes it whimsical and inspirational all at the same time.

Bose QuietComfort 35 Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones

With these headphones from Bose, they can listen to their favorite songs, an audio book, or watch a movie in high-definition sound. They’ll also be able to so it without disturbing anyone around them, or being bothered by a talkative roommate. These phones are padded for extra comfort and deliver exceptional sound.

Canvas Kudos “Graduation Seal” Decorative Sign

Now here’s a gift that’s fun and sentimental. This wall canvas is the perfect way to show your grad you care. Write a special message before you give it to him/her and watch the tears flow. And if you want to make it special, have their closest friends and favorite teachers sign it too before you wrap it.

NIX Advance – 8 inch Hi-Res Digital Photo Frame with Motion Sensor (X08E)

If your grad is going away to college help keep them from getting homesick with this cool picture frame. They can upload photos and videos, so they can feel close to everyone while they’re away. The frame even starts and stops when someone walks in the room to save battery life.

Echo Dot (2nd Generation) – Black

Between college class schedules and work schedules, life can get hectic pretty quick once high school is in the rear view mirror. So, help your grad keep track of it all and have some fun with the Echo Dot. Featuring virtual assistant Alexa, it can set alarms, give calendar reminders, and more to keep them focused and ready. And when they need to unwind, it can play music or even tell a joke. Oh, and the best part is, they don’t need an Amazon Prime account to use any of it.

Blazing Needles Solid Microsuede Papasan Chair Cushion

Help them spruce up their dorm room or apartment with this trendy and ultra comfortable Papasan chair. Quite possibly one of the most versatile pieces of furniture, they can lounge, study or sleep in it. It’s easy to clean and comes in an assortment of colors and finishes, from cotton to suede.

Iblue Overnight Canvas Leather Trim Travel Tote Duffel Gym Shoulder Handbag

Graduating from high school also means graduating from a backpack to an adult duffle bag- and this one from iBlue is an excellent way to do it. Made of durable canvas, he can go from work to the gym, or travel from place to place with no worries. It has excellent details, and the color/style has a grown-up vibe.

Kindle Paperwhite E-reader – Black, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light

For the grad who will be commuting to work every day, or loves to read, a Kindle Paperwhite is a solid choice. Fitted with a glare-free screen, they can read anywhere, anytime in comfort. You can even preload a subscription to their favorite magazine, paper (to keep them up to date on world events) or book to customize it.

AmazonBasics 7-Piece Bed-In-A-Bag


Make their apartment or dorm feel like home with this plush bed-in-a-bag set. With its sharp two-tone blue color scheme and microfiber filling, their bed willlook as good as it seems! This complete set fits twin, full or Queen sized beds.

Apple Series 2 Watch for iPhone – 42mm Space Gray Aluminum Case with Black Sport Band

Putting a modern spin on a classic gift, this Apple Watch is the gift that keeps on giving. Not only will it keep your grad connected to the outside world, and you, it will also help them stay fit and focused. Packed with tons of tech features, it’s a grown up watch for the new grown up in the family.

And there you have it. I hope our list of the 13 Best Graduation Gifts for High School Students inspires you and helps you find what you’re looking for. Graduation is a precious time in a youngadult’ss life; celebarte it and them with one of these amazing gifts.

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