The Ten Best High School Graduation Gifts

The Ten Best High School Graduation Gifts!



I wish I was graduating because I am sharing some awesome gift ideas this graduation season. My top ten picks with prices starting at under $20.

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Top 10 Grad Gift Ideas

1. Tool Kit!

pink tool kit

I’m on a local Facebook Message Board (hello PCRS Friends!) and one of the questions people are always asking this time of year is the most useful graduation gift. The most common answer from former seniors and their moms: a tool kit! I saw this pink zip-up tool set ($60) in a nice gift shop in Memphis (Babcock Gifts), but did a little research and found it online at Kohl’s! If you order two, you get free shipping Such a great idea for girls and you can probably take it to get monogrammed! Here are more masculine and feminine options below:


2. Personalized Stationery!

joy creative shop stationery

Graduates can’t have enough stationery! Love these school colors stationery sets from Dallas-based Joy Creative Shop includes 12 notecards and envelopes for $17.50! You can customize the school colors you want and opt to have the year on or off. Also, Minted has some great options for grads too! Love this preppy set for guys.

3. Fishing Shirt!

best high school graduation gift

Fishing shirts are so popular in Dallas – for all ages really! Super preppy and have UPF protection. Guys love them and girls wear them with gym shorts or as coverups. You can get these darling monogrammed fishing shirts above for $54.99 which includes shipping! (Tons of colors!) Find men’s colors on Amazon!

4. Portable Hammock!

best high school graduation gift

I see these things cool hammocks hanging in parks all around my neighborhood near SMU. A college must-have! ENO is the most reputable brand and you can but both the single ($59.95) and double ($69.95) hammock on Amazon. (Free shipping with PRIME!) For a less expensive version, try this hammock.

5. Luggage Handle Wrap!

baggage handle wrap

These baggage handle wraps ($25) are a fantastic personalized gift! From Dallas-based Barrington Gifts, these wrap around any bag handle and have a place for contact information. So many colors and patterns to choose from here. Stock up because you can use code MOM10 for 10% off your purchase! For a traditional bag tag for males, Mark and Graham has some beautiful ones for $49 with free personalization.

6. Portable Phone Battery Charger!

best graduation gift idea

College kids can’t have too many of these handy little devices! When their phone battery runs out, they just plug these handy things into their phones. Above are ones from Urban Outfitters ($24) and Kate Spade ($60 + free shipping). There are a bunch of standard options on Amazon.

7. Rambler/S’well/Corksicle!


They can keep drinks cold all day and night with these popular tumblers and canteens. (Click above photos to order.) You can also add an adhesive monogram decal from Etsy for practically nothing!

And don’t forget my post about the scratch, fade, and peel-resistant personalized Ramblers from Ramberon:

personalized yeti


8. Tassel Keychain!


Tassels are so big right now – such cute girl gifts! I love these personalized tassel keychains ($49) from Mark and Graham. So chic on a tote, on a beach bag, or just as a keychain! Get this: free personalization and free gift wrapping which makes checking off your list a breeze!

9. Soft Blanket!


A seemingly random gift, a soft blanket is actually a really practical and thoughtful gift for a high school grad. For extra warmth on their dorm beds, a picnic blanket, or just a soft cozy reminder that they are loved. These personalized Pottery Barn blankets ($39 +free shipping!) are such a nice weight and have both girl and guy color options. I added Turkish towels ($36 + free shipping) in the slideshow because one can also be used for a beach towel and coverup as well! Another great outdoor option is a picnic blanket ($19.99 at Target) – great for doing homework on the grass!

 10. Gift Cards!


When it comes to graduation you absolutely can’t go wrong with gift cards! Save yourself LOTS of errands with this little tidibit: you can get just about any store gift card on Amazon – including The Container Store (which I think is the best gift card for grads!) Free shipping with PRIME!

I have so many more ideas in my Graduation Gift Guide – including beautiful personalized jewelry like this monogrammed pendant for under $50 and the silicone big O key ring ($28) :


And if you haven’t shopped for Mother’s Day don’t miss this post and this post.

As always, please email anytime with questions or ideas at

Happy Gifting!




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