So you’ve received the ceremony invite and picked out a cute outfit to wear. Now, you just need a gift for the high school graduate. Despite the confusing and simultaneous feelings of happiness and sadness, it is an exciting time to commemorate a monumental moment in their life. As they prepare to say goodbye to this chapter and hello to a fresh start, they deserve the best gifts only.
Of course, they’ll appreciate you sliding a few bucks into a card. But if you want to give them something that feels extra special, don’t overthink it. A practical present—like a life-changing book—will guide them in the all-too-soon future. Or you could treat ’em to a fancy fragrance or luxe makeup item, before the realities of the real world start to hit.
It’s been a long four-year journey, but hopefully these keepsakes will make up for all of the sleepless nights studying.
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The All-in-One Eyeshadow Palette
Amrezy Eyeshadow & Pressed Pigment Palette
Let’s just say, this limited-edition palette will be a new go-to. It has all of the classic nude shades needed for a big interview and the sparkly tones that will come in handy for a night out.
A Pair of Top-Rated Flats
The Day Glove
Running across a college campus is not easy. But these flats certainly help and will keep the high school grad looking cute
A Ring Set
Trinity 18K Gold Vermeil Ring Set
You can’t go wrong with some funky bling. This set can be stacked on top of each other or worn on a separate fingers.
A Leather Crossbody
Snapshot Crossbody Bag
I mean, a bag you can carry as a boxy clutch? Um, yesss please! They can also sling it over their shoulders with the optional crossbody guitar strap to go hands-free.
Percale Sheet Set
Who says dorm-room bedding can’t put even the finest hotel room sheets to shame? Crisp new sheets are a great gift, especially if they’re down-sizing to a twin size.
K15 Coffee Maker
They’ll quickly learn that caffeine might be one of the only things that will get them through their day.
A Stylish Mug
Okay, again let’s face it: They’re going to be drinking a LOT of coffee post-graduation. They might as well enjoy it in a cute and cheerful mug.
A Cute Laptop Sleeve
Laptop Sleeve Bag
Make sure that new laptop doesn’t get any scratches with this cute protector. Plus, it comes with a matching small case perfect for headphones and all other accessories.
A Pretty Brass Picture Frame
Brass Geometric Picture Frame
Give them somewhere fancy to frame nostalgic photos from high school. No matter their style, they’ll appreciate this simple vintage design.
A Hip but Functional Backpack
That school backpack is probably so worn out from carrying all those heavy textbooks, so upgrade them with a sophisticated leather option.
A Luxe Lip Balm With Plumping Action
Volupté Plump-in-Color Plumping Lip Balm
What’s the easiest way to make ’em feel like you splurged? A fancy lip balm, of course. This one has a glossy shine and is made with tingling peppermint oil.
An Initial Necklace
Triple Initial Necklace
Looking for a an intimate gift that is completely customizable? A gold necklace with initials is perfect! You can personalize it for them with their favorite monogram, inscription, or number. Whatever!
A Curvy Multi-Colored Vase
Carmo Small Vase
A fancy vase is entry-level adulting. So, if they’re already thinking about home decor, they’ll enjoy unwrapping this one.
Allison Terkelsen For Deny Floral Constellation Throw Pillow
If astrology is their thing, let them rest their head every night on an adorable floral constellation pillow. Before you get jealous, Scorpio, don’t worry the pillow is part of a greater collection that features all of the signs.
A Satin Pajama Set
Bali Tie Dye Satin Short Pajamas
They might love wearing old T-shirts and shorts at home, but post–high school is definitely a good time to invest in a matching PJ set. This tie-dye design is totally dreamy!
Fresh New Bedding
Pastel Mountains III Duvet Cover
Their future room is going to look freaking adorable with a picturesque comforter. It’s an artful statement piece that will upgrade any ordinary room.
A Fancy Floral Perfume
Aegea Blossom Eau de Parfum
They’ll be obsessed with this fragrance that’s smells like a seaside cliff blooming with fresh flowers. And the bottle is so pretty that it doubles as decor. A win-win!
A Beauty Gift Set
You can’t beat the gift of great skin, and this set includes a cleansing oil, hydrating cream, skin mist, and more that will leave them with a dewy glow (no matter how late they stay out).
A Portable Waterproof Speaker
Wonderboom Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
This tiny speaker produces a LOT of bass, and its waterproof shell means they can take it in the shower or to the beach without worrying about water damage.
A Pair of Pink Wireless Headphones
Wireless headphones are truly a lifesaver, whether they’re writing papers late in the night or just need to tune out the world for a sec.
A Polaroid Camera
Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera
Make instant memories with a cute Polaroid camera that they can take with them to the graduation party, on a road trip, to college, and beyond.
A Beachy Fragrance
The seaside scent of this classy diffuser will make their room smell absolutely magical, even when they forget to do laundry.
A Trio of Floral Journals
Penned Posies Journal Trio
A lot of changes happen post–high school, but a cute set of floral-print journals will help them keep track of all those beautiful thoughts.
A Vintage Lavender Magazine File
Lavender Magazine File
An organized desk space is key to keeping up with all those assignments. This bright magazine file will look pretty next to their laptop while keeping their work area mess-free.
A Stylish Pair of Mules
Not all presents have to be practical. Case in point: these playful slides that are perfect for the summer after graduation.
A Bold-Colored Wallet
Snap Zebra Wallet
It’s time for your graduate to start being fiscally responsible (sort of) and a new wallet will help. This leather style has card slots and zip-up pockets for peak organization.
A Modern Carry-On Suitcase
If they have any travel plans post-graduation, they’ll need a chic suitcase, like this pink four-wheel spinner with a protective lock and convenient built-in charging port.
A Pretty Formal Dress
Tulle One Shoulder Maxi Dress
Graduating is the perfect excuse to add a formal dress to their closet that can be worn for any and all fancy occasions. This one is subtly sexy with its one-shoulder design.
Delicate Gold Chain Earrings
Celestial Suspender Chain Earrings
These “suspender” earrings, which hook around your ear, definitely make a sparkly statement with its beautiful crystals and chain connector. Here! For! This!
A Book to Help You Figure Things Out
A Field Guide to Getting Lost
This book is a series of autobiographical essays that explore issues of uncertainty, trust, loss, memory, desire, and place, emphasizing how to find—or lose—yourself in life’s experiences.
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