It's graduation season which means your upcoming weeks may be filled with ceremonies and parties. These celebrated grads might be your own child, a close relative, or even your boss's kid — either way, it feels good to show up with a fabulous gift. These kids are just starting out in their adult life. And whether, come fall, they'll be living at home or heading off to college, there are tons of things they could use. These gifts for the high school graduate will surely be put to use this summer, fall and beyond.
If the grad is going to college, they'll love anything that has the college name, logo, or mascot on it. You can find throw pillows, phone cases, travel mugs, and pompom hats blazoned with the school's colors. The college bookstore probably has a website where you can get something shipped in time for the party. Not sure what to get them? Try a gift certificate to the actual bookstore (because books are really expensive and it's always nice to get one more t-shirt) or a restaurant in their college town.
As crass as it sounds, you can't go wrong with cold hard cash. But if you want to be able to wrap something up and tie it with a big bow, here are plenty of ideas that are guaranteed to please.
1. College Trucker Hat
2. Photo Printer
Even though it's easy to enough for them to keep all their photos on their phone and scroll through whenever they're missing their friends, a photo printer is still a nice gift that will surely get used. This one is nice and compact and they can print whatever photos they want to hang up in their room (or keep tucked under their pillow).
3. Bed Bath & Beyond Gift Card
Yes, it sounds kind of boring, but the cost of sheets and bedding (not to mention lamps, bed risers, and fuzzy rugs) can get crazy. Bed Bath & Beyond is a great go-to store because you can shop online or go to one of their stores. Their "Pack & Hold" program is fabulous for anyone who is heading to a college that has a nearby BB&B because they can order everything at a local store, have it shipped to the closest BB&B to campus, and it'll wait there until the customer is ready to pick it up.
4. Practical Advice Book
5. Wireless Headphones
6. Personalized Water Bottle
Your grad can be eco-friendly while always having cold water or hot coffee with them. These amazing bottles keep liquid cold or hot for hours so they can travel to class or anywhere else your grad may take them. They come in lots of colors and the personalization makes them special. Swell gives students 20 percent off so try to borrow the grad's .edu email address to get the discount.
7. Fun Flip Flops
9. State Necklace Charms
10. Portable Phone Charger
Their phones are their life, so help them out by making sure the phones never die with a portable charger. There are so many different ones to choose from. This model is smaller than a deck of baseball cards and provides three and a half iPhone charges and two and a half Samsung Galaxy charges.