- Citizen Watch
- Noise Cancelling Headphones
- Weekend Bag
- Slim Backpack
- Personal Finance Book
- Lap Desk
- Coffee Maker
- Travel Tumbler
- Electric Kettle
- Dorm Safe
- Tile Trackers
- Dorm Fridge
- Bed-Side Caddy
- Desk Organizer
- Portable Charger
- No-Iron Dress Shirt
- Animal House Sweatshirt
- Columbia Rain Jacket
- Personalized Toiletry Bag
- Tool Kit
- First Aid Kit
- Amazon Gift Card
- Graduation Party Guest Board
High school graduation is a big rite of passage. He is one step closer to the real world! We have 28 highs school graduation gifts for him to celebrate the milestone and prepare him for the next step in his life.
A milestone occasion calls for a keepsake gift, something he’ll have forever. This stainless steel watch from Citizen fits the bill. This model features Eco-Drive technology which means the watch never requires a new battery. The watch is charged by the light, sun, and artificial, and the battery stores excess energy, so even if the watch were stored in complete darkness for months, it would still run. The band is 7.5 inches long, and the watch is water-resistant up to 100 meters, meaning it’s safe for swimming and snorkeling.
If your new grad is headed off to college in the fall, these wireless headphones are a thoughtful gift because dorms and dormmates can be noisy! He’ll be able to study in peace thanks to Bose noise-canceling technology. The headphones can last up to 20 hours on a full charge and have a built-in microphone for taking phone calls.
Even a small carry-on suitcase is more than he’ll need for a quick overnight or weekend trip, so this bag is perfect for those occasions. The bag is made of leather, waterproof canvas, and zinc alloy. The bag has a large main compartment and several smaller pockets to keep the contents organized. This bag can hold three to four days’ worth of clothes and is an approved size for airline carry-on limits.
The best high school graduation gifts will be with them for many years. This backpack is slim and business-like; it doesn’t look like a grade schooler’s backpack, so it’s great for college students who become college graduates who become hard-working employees or entrepreneurs. The bag has several compartments to keep things organized and a padded section to keep a laptop safe.
Learning good personal finance habits early is perhaps the best thing a person can do to set themselves up for lifelong success. But I get it; personal finance isn’t the most scintillating topic for a high school graduate (Or anyone else!). That’s why I chose I Will Teach You To Be Rich. The book is informal, fun, and informative, and a New York Times Best Seller. If you want to give something impactful to the new grad, this is a great gift.
Sitting at a for hours gets old. This lap desk will allow him to use his laptop comfortably from bed. The desk fits laptops up to 15.6 inches and most tablets, features a slot for a phone, has an integrated mouse pad, is cushioned, so it’s comfortable to use and allows for the ventilation computers need.
This backrest will make a nice companion gift to the lap desk above. Using the computer, reading, gaming, or watching TV in bed or on the floor is much more comfortable. The neck roll is removable, and there are two pockets, one on the side and one in the back, to hold a phone, a remote, or a gaming controller.
This coffee maker is great for a dorm room or first apartment. It’s compact, so it doesn’t take up precious space. It has a mesh filter, so there’s no need to buy paper filters, and it’s fast, great for a student or someone trying to get out the door for work. The coffee maker can brew an eight-ounce cup of coffee in about 90 seconds and a 14-ounce travel cup in about 2.5 minutes.
This stainless steel Yeti coffee mug makes a great companion gift to the coffee maker above. It holds 14 ounces, so it will fit in the brew tray and keep their coffee hot or a cold drink cold for hours. The top slides open and closed to prevent spills during a commute.
The Bose headphones are great for studying but not comfortable for exercising. These AirPods are much better for when he’s active. They’re easy to sync with Apple devices, and the included wireless charging case provides up to 24 hours of battery life.
A suitcase is among the best high school graduation gift ideas because everyone needs one, whether it’s to go home over the holidays to visit loved ones or for heading out for Spring Break. This suitcase from Samsonite is built to last. The suitcase is 20 inches, carry-on sized, and has four spinner wheels, so it’s easy to maneuver through an airport or along a sidewalk. The bag is available in other sizes and in several colors.
An electric kettle comes in handy when you don’t have access to a kitchen. The kettle can be used to heat water for instant noodles, oatmeal, soup cups, hot chocolate, tea, instant coffee, and more. The kettle holds 1.8 liters of water and has an automatic shut-off feature 30 seconds after the water has come to a boil.
Roommates are a gamble. A good one can become a best friend, but your stuff can go missing if you get a bad one! This safe will keep any sketchy room or dormmates honest. The safe has a 3-digit mechanical lock, a steel cable so it can be tethered to something heavy, is made of steel, and is lined inside so any fragile contents won’t be damaged. It’s great for stowing things like a phone, wallet, and watch.
These Tiles are another great way to keep his things safe and to help him keep track of them. The Tiles can be attached to things like phones, wallets, keys, bags, and laptops. The Tile app will ring the Tiles when they’re within 200 feet of it. If the item is outside of Bluetooth range, you can use the app to see its most recent location. These are a great gift for older relatives who might be experiencing memory problems too.
A dorm fridge really comes in handy before or after hours when the dining halls are closed, days when the weather is bad, or he’s sick and doesn’t feel like going out. The refrigerator has a capacity of 3.5 cubic feet. The fridge is energy efficient and cools quickly.
A dorm room might not have room for a bedside table, and a guy moving into his first apartment might not bother to buy one, so this caddy is a practical, thoughtful gift a high school grad will appreciate. The caddy can hold all of his electronic gadgets, a water bottle, book, TV remote, books, and more.
This desk organizer will help him stay organized and reduce clutter in his dorm, office, or home. The exterior is made of leather, and the inside is lined with velvet to protect delicate items inside. The organizer has six compartments to hold office supplies, tablets, phones, sunglasses, wallets, and more.
This is the charger I never leave home without. It’s small, lightweight, and I can get three good charges out of it before it needs to be charged itself. The charger is compatible with various models of iPhone and Android devices.
A good dress shirt is a classic wardrobe staple, useful for dozens of situations, and Brooks Brothers make one of the best. This dress shirt doesn’t require ironing! Wash it, dry it, and hang it up immediately and it will remain crisp and perfect. I wear these because I hate ironing, they make them for women too if you need graduation gifts for her.
Anyone who has seen Animal House will recognize this iconic sweatshirt. Anyone who hasn’t seen Animal House needs to watch Animal House. The sweatshirt is made of 100% cotton and is available in several sizes. You can also order it as a t-shirt.
Columbia makes some of the best outdoor clothing available, and this rain jacket is no exception. The jacket is lightweight but will keep him dry and warm in anything from a light mist to a heavy deluge. The jacket is available in several sizes and colors.
A shared bathroom means you can’t leave your stuff spread all over, so this toiletry bag is a great way to keep everything contained, and it’s great for travel too. And a personalized gift is always special. There are 12 different ways to customize the bag, and it’s made of water-resistant canvas and leatherette.
A good wallet is something he’ll use every day for years. This Italian leather from Timberland is slim and elegant but has room for everything he needs. It has six card slots, two pockets, a clear window for ID, and two pockets to hold paper bills.
High school graduation gifts can be practical! This tool kit has everything he needs to take care of minor issues in a dorm or apartment. It contains 100 pieces, but everything fits into a small carrying pouch that measures just 12 x 9 x 3 inches.
Mom and Dad aren’t around anymore to take care of those booboos, so this first aid kit is the next best thing. The kit contains 200 pieces, including various bandages, scissors, tweezers, and prep pads. It’s great for the dorm, apartment, or car.
A gift card is always a great graduation gift idea because it can buy everything from college textbooks to toilet paper for his new apartment! The cards are available in amounts from $25 and up.
His graduation party might be the last time he sees some of his classmates. Life moves on, and people do too. He can have a tangible, lasting memento of his friends and classmates with this guest board. The board comes unframed and will fit in any standard 11 x 17-inch frame.