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.
1Apollo Precision Tool Set
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.
2L.L.Bean Adventure Duffle
3'How To Cook Everything' by Mark Bittman
4S'well Water Bottle
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.
5Aircok Electric Kettle
6Big Joe Bean Bag Chair
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?
8Lightning to USB Cables
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.
9APIE Corded In-Ear Headphones
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.
10Class of 2017 Bracelet
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.