Graduation day is a momentous occasion for students and families, but especially when you're in high school. The anticipation and work leading up to the commencement ceremony is stressful enough, but celebrating their accomplishments with a practical graduation gift (and perhaps a party!) will be well worth the hassle.
From college essentials to personalized keepsakes, consider sending your favorite graduate some well wishes to commemorate this momentous achievement — and perhaps something from our curated collection of high school graduation gifts.
Bestselling high school graduation gifts
This portable safe keeps their personal documents and belongings secure no matter where they are. The sleek design can hold their phone, passport and other important documents.
They might be ready to give their bedroom a literal glow-up. With over 98,000 verified five-star ratings on Amazon, these LED strip lights should do the job perfectly.
Help them feel (and look) their absolute best before they step onto campus thanks to this compact lighted makeup mirror. With three adjustable dimming options, they can get ready while their roommate snoozes without disturbing them. "This mirror is perfect in every way," said one reviewer, adding that "It's very light weight and compact and traveling with it is so easy."
With more than two hours of use on a single charge, even the most forgetful of young adults will remember to always charge this new addition to their getting ready routine.
For the days when your graduate wants to stay in bed and do work, this folding lap desk will keep school supplies all in one place and folds away for easy storage.
This is an excellent organizer for the grad that travels a lot and needs to keep their makeup and jewelry in one place. It features a bottom compartment for jewelry and a top compartment for cosmetics. For the element of surprise, add a touch of personality with a monogram.
High school graduation gifts for her
Personalize a graduation gift for your loved one! Designed to keep drinks either warm or cold, this bestselling tumbler comes in eight vibrant colors and you can even customize the artwork.
College dorms are not always the most spacious for their much-loved dresses and garments, so these space-saving hangers will definitely come in handy. The folding design allows her to fit up to five hangers at once.
This nostalgic gift is one your grad can look back on one day. They can leave themselves a personalized message to read years down the road.
Instead of checking things off their bucket list, make it more interactive with this scratch-off poster. After they complete each activity, they'll be surprised with a colorful picture behind each square.
These memory foam slippers were styled to keep their feet comfortable and warm, making it perfect for days spent lounging around their dorm room.
Created to be both spacious and fashionable, this backpack was made to hold all of her belongings — including their laptop!
If they're glued to their TikTok seeking inspiration for their college dorm, they'll appreciate receiving a glowing moon lamp to spruce up their new space.
Make laundry a little easier with this bestselling personalized bag. Designed for easy trips to the laundry room, this unique Etsy graduation gift can be personalized with different colors, patterns and embroidery options.
"Cooking at Home: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Recipes (and Love My Microwave): A Cookbook"
Whether she's a novice in the kitchen or is simply facing time constraints with new responsibilities and priorities, this cookbook from chef David Chang and food journalist Priya Krishna is filled with plenty of quick meal inspiration.
Stowing away small essentials — and showing off their new school spirit — has never been easier thanks to these woven pouches.
Wherever your grad ends up, this candle will make sure they have a little piece of home with them. Each candle comes with its own unique scent that's meant to remind people of their home state and nostalgic memories.
They're going to need a sturdy, ergonomic-friendly laptop stand when they're typing up term papers and theses. Available in trendy hues like gold pink and aquamarine, this laptop riser with 41,000+ verified five-star ratings is made with an aluminum alloy that'll prevent their computer from overheating.
This Shop TODAY editor-approved gift combines the comfort of a blanket with the style of a hoodie — so your graduate remains comfy no matter where they are!
Senior year is full of hurdles, but they made it to the finish line! Surprise them with an inspiring piece of graduation jewelry to congratulate them.
Any time is a good time for a cupcake, but we bet any high schooler will appreciate a dozen classic sweet treats from Georgetown Cupcake to celebrate this milestone.
For the coffee lover in your life, surprise them with their very own single-serve Keurig. The brand considers this model to be one of its most compact designs yet, making it perfect to store in small places. The brand also claims that it can make three cups of coffee in under a minute.
This mini camera is perfect for capturing memories — it instantly prints the picture out for them to share and enjoy!
For a wristlet that will fit in their backpack or day bag with ease or to simply cling onto when at tailgates, a friend's dorm or out and about, this slim option from Kate Spade has room for eight cards, plus a zipper interior that can hold cash and coins.
Chances are their dorm room bedding may not be the comfiest, but she won't be complaining resting on this plush micro-gel mattress topper from Brooklinen.
Oh, the places she'll go! Prep her for any upcoming travels with this roomy carry-on luggage with 360-degree rolling wheels, a cushioned grip and an expansive interior.
High school graduation gifts for him
Tests may have been a constant struggle during high school, but at least they can laugh about it now. They'll also get a kick out of this compilation of over 250 hilariously wrong test answers from real-life exams.
The fishing enthusiast in your life may enjoy a lure that you can customize with a message of your choice. No matter where they end up, they'll be sure to think of you with this special gift.
If he's moving into a dorm with a shared bathroom, he'll definitely need a durable and waterproof shower caddy to help carry his toiletries.
Now is the perfect time to surprise your graduate with a personalized wallet to keep their belongings in.
Put his school smarts to the test with this game full of random facts and trivia about subjects they probably didn't learn in class.
For those interviews and formals that your graduate will eventually attend, provide them with a pair of cuff links customized just for them. You can add their initials for a personalized touch.
These packing cubes would make a great gift for the frequent traveler. The variety of sizes will keep all of their clothing and belongings neatly organized in their suitcase, or they can use them for storage in their dorm.
If they're planning on eating ramen every night for dinner, you might as well give them a sleek vessel (and a proper set of chopsticks!) for them to enjoy it.
Get them prepped for their first tailgate and stock up their closet with collegiate-themed apparel, courtesy of buzzy brand '47. Their NCAA line features 150+ colleges and universities from across the country, so it'll be easy for them to don their new school colors in no time.
Every grad needs a comfortable set of sheets to make their dorm feel a little cozier. The brand designed it with ventilation and breathability in mind for a comfy night's sleep.
A handy place to keep all of their belongings, this dock station features a charging station for phones, and side hangers for watches, keys and more. To make it more personalized, you can choose to have the recipient's name or initials engraved.
Help bring some relaxation to your loved one with a weighted blanket. Weighted blankets are known for their soothing benefits and comforting sensation. This option is made with breathable bamboo, which aims to help keep you cool.
If the grad is a huge baseball fan, they'll love this interactive MLB map. They can add a corresponding MLB Club sticker for each ballpark they've visited.
This handy messenger bag was designed to be spacious enough to hold everything from papers to laptops. It comes in six different colors that each have their own vintage flair.
Help them show school spirit via their water bottle that you can get customized with different logos based on their school. With around two different logos per major school in the United States, there's also the option to get it customized on water bottles, mugs, coolers, tumblrs and drink holders.
Tell them how proud you are of them with some pillowy, sugary, yeasty donuts.
Even if they have a sweet speaker system in their bedroom, they'll need a quality one for their dorm room. Enter Apple's small but mighty HomePod mini, measuring under four inches tall but providing rich, 360-degree audio that'll sound great wherever they may be.
Unique high school graduation gifts
For seniors who struggle with their morning brew, this mug is the best leak-proof product that won't spill their drink. It'll also keep their beverages warm for up to six hours.
Woven bungee cords threaded throughout this chair means it can adapt to any way they're sitting and still provide comfort. A fun addition to any dorm room or lounge area, this chair is available in six colors and is currently on sale.
This is a useful gift your recent grad will appreciate. The facial humidifier is easy to carry, portable and can be transported practically anywhere.
While it may seem like a bit of a splurge, especially for a water bottle, thanks to the Affinity Filtration Technology included on the interior, their ordinary tap water will be filtered with each and every sip. "The filter is super easy to use and the result is great tasting water,'' said one reviewer.
For the grad that loves to be organized, this innovative mouse pad features a hardwood tray where they can place their favorite ink. It offers the right amount of cushion to move the cursor with ease.
Do they always run to the market for sparkling water? A SodaStream will surely save them time and money. The water sparkling maker kit will allow them to customize their drink with any flavor.
Whether they're moving into a dorm room or staying at home, they'll want to cozy up in this supportive bean bag chair while they're playing video games or cramming for future exams.