High School Graduation Gift Ideas

Got a grad in your family and not sure what sort of graduation presents to get? Take a peek at eight ideas here.

Graduation marks an important milestone in your high schooler’s life. He’s moving on to a new job. Or, she’s starting school far away. Maybe, both!

If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate your grad’s accomplishments, here are a few graduation gift ideas – big and small – that will make commencement day even more special.

Surface Book

What it is: A do-it-all laptop
Price: $1,349 with $150 discount
Where you can find it: microsoftstore.com and computer outlets

Why it’s unique: This lightweight “laptop” has a built-in pen so that your grad can write on the screen. It’s a lot more versatile then the traditional laptop – he can detach the screen from the keyboard and use it like a tablet. For students, ask about the 10 percent education discount.


Graduation Afghan

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What it is: A 60″ x 48″ personalized blanket
Price: $54.99
Where you can find it: personalcreations.com

Why it’s unique: Send in your grad’s name and high school to Personal Creations. They’ll add it to a large, fuzzy blanket that features an oversized graduation hat and a message: Congratulations. Your grad can study for her college tests and read through homework assignments while snuggling under her blanket.


Quest 2L Hydration Pack

What it is: An innovative backpack
Price: $49.99
Where you can find it: dickssportinggoods.com and Dick’s Sporting Goods Stores

Why it’s unique: Backpack, meet water bottle. That’s the idea behind this hydration pack – there’s room for your new college freshman to stash his books and then a bag he can refill with water. As he’s rushing around campus, he won’t have to stop to drink. Instead, there’s a tube from the backpack he can use to take a quick sip.


Coffee Cup

What it is: A personalized mug
Price: Starting at $13.99
Where you can find it: cvs.com and at CVS stores

Why it’s unique: What makes this gift special is that it serves as a daily reminder for your grad of happy moments from home. CVS makes it easy to add images to coffee mugs, use several images to add into a photo book, or have one image blown up onto a canvas to hang in her dorm room. Create your gift at www.cvs.com/photo then it’s shipped free to the store (ready within 7-11 business days) after ordering.


LOOM Collection

What it is: A specialty writing pen
Price: $32
Where you can find it: fabercastell.com and select craft stores

Why it’s unique: An elegant writing pen signifies your grad is ready for bigger and better things. It’s a traditional gift with a modern design – and a smooth grip that will help your teen take all the notes he needs in statistics class, European history, marketing 101 and even English literature.


Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Compact System

What it is: High-performance blender
Price: $159.99
Where you can find it: Bed, Bath and Beyond, Walmart, Target, and other major retailers

Why it’s unique: Even if your grad doesn’t have a kitchen, she’ll have enough space in her dorm room for this powerful blender that makes smoothies, salsas and even cookie dough. She can whip up a power green smoothie with grapes, pineapple, and spinach to keep her energized for a night of studying.


Nixplay Seed Wi-Fi Cloud Frames

What it is: A digital photo frame
Price: $99.99
Where you can find it: Amazon and the Nixplay Shop

Why it’s unique: Here’s a fun way to reach out to your grad – send him pictures, but not through Facebook or Snapchat. With this Nixplay Seed Wi-Fi digital photo frame you can load pictures and they’ll pop up on the screen. That’s not all – the frame is motion activated so when he enters his dorm room the pictures will start playing. Frames come in several sizes and colors.


Jabra Sport Pace

What it is: Wireless sports earbuds
Price: $79.99
Where you can find it: jabra.com and select retailers

Why’s unique: There’s no need for your grad to connect her earbuds into her smartphone with these wireless ones. The earbuds fit securely and are connected to an app so that she can record her workouts, pair them with a playlist, track her pace, and see her path, too.