11 2017 High School Graduation Gifts

It's that time of year again: the pomp and circumstance of graduation ceremonies has become a priority. Chances are, you know at least a few young adults who have completed the long-awaited rite of passage this year. If that's the case, then you're probably on the lookout for high school graduation gifts. And, because your grad is probably too mature for a dabbing fidget spinner, then you may need a little help finding out what to buy.

Now is the time to help your grad assemble their adult life starter kit. Practical gifts, from tool sets to kitchen goods, are a great idea. Anything that will make that first apartment or dorm room a little more bearable is smart.

Whether your grad is headed to college, work, or the open road, some gifts are helpful for all young adults. Phone chargers, sleek water bottles, and sturdy travel bags are practical gifts for most anyone. Oh, and you can even help out your fledgling adult with an independent subscription to streaming services. Now Spotify playlists can be their own business.

High school graduation is an exciting and scary time for most people. These gifts show your young friend that you're rooting for them and their success in the adult world. Or, at least, that you're the cool aunt who doles out cash for major life events.


Apollo Precision Tool Set

Apollo Precision Tool Set 39 Piece, $18, Amazon

The most helpful gift I received as a high school grad was a basic toolkit. It helped me assemble furniture, measure art projects, and pry open dorm windows. This Apollo Precision tool set ($18) would make a great starter kit for any young adult. I mean, everybody needs a tape measure at some point.


L.L.Bean Adventure Duffle

Large Adventure Duffle, $60, L.L. Bean

A sturdy travel bag is indispensable. The L.L.Bean Adventure Duffle ($60) will last through countless camping trips, study abroad journeys, and much more. Oh, and it comes in an array of fun colors.


'How To Cook Everything' by Mark Bittman

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If your high school graduate is about to leave home for the first time, give the gift of basic survival skills. How to Cook Everything The Basics by Mark Bittman ($18) outlines all the culinary fundamentals. In no time, your grad will be slicing and dicing with the best of them.


S'well Water Bottle

S'well Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel 17 Oz Water Bottle, $34, Amazon

Staying hydrated can involve some serious style. The S'well Water Bottle ($34) is right at home in a classroom or at the gym. It is vacuum insulated and comes in a range of colors.


Aircok Electric Kettle

Aicok Electric Kettle, $28, Amazon

If your grad headed for a dorm room, this could be a lifesaver. The Aicok Electric Kettle ($28) can make coffee, tea, and oatmeal in a flash. Although it will probably cook up its fair share of ramen noodles, too.


Big Joe Bean Bag Chair

Big Joe Original Bean Bag Chair, $41, Amazon

Hey, building your own furniture collection takes time. The Big Joe Original Bean Bag Chair ($41) can help make that starter apartment or dorm room a little more cozy. It's a step up from inflatable chairs.


Streaming Subscription

Give your grad the gift of entertainment. A subscription to Netflix, Spotify, HBO GO, or many other services would be well-received. Getting your own account is another step toward adulthood, right?


Lightning to USB Cables

AmazonBasics Apple Certified Lightning USB Cable, $8, Amazon

Hey, who has ever complained about having too many phone chargers? No one. Give your grad a bunch of AmazonBasics Apple Certified Lightning USB cables ($8+) in different lengths and colors. It's great to have one in every bag, drawer, and suitcase.


APIE Corded In-Ear Headphones

APIE Premium Genuine Wood Corded In-Ear Headphones, $20, Amazon

Give those basic earbuds an upgrade. The APIE Premium Genuine Wood Corded In-Ear Headphones ($23) are tiny, sleek, and noise canceling. Oh, and they have a built-in microphone.


Class of 2017 Bracelet

Class of 2017 Bracelet, $25, Amazon

Personalized jewelry is a thoughtful gift. The Class of 2017 bracelet ($25) from ginatonellodesigns is hand-stamped and lightweight. It will make a nice keepsake.



Sentimental trinkets are nice and all, but cash is where it's at. Gift cards, checks, or legal tender are welcome gifts for grads. It's a timeless present.