35+ Great Graduation Gifts for High School and Middle School--Teen Approved!

Where did the year go? One minute you're buying school supplies, the next- you're getting ready to celebrate with your graduate!

Sometimes life gets busy and before you know it the days have flown by!

Whether you've been busy or are still searching for the perfect gift, we've got you covered with plenty of great graduation gift ideas!

Photo credit: Leslie Nunziato

No matter if your graduate is athletic, artsy, loves to read, embraces the outdoors or is the fashion trendsetter of the future, we've got great grad gift ideas to celebrate the occasion!

What better way to celebrate your special graduate than to present him or her with a gift that makes them smile!

We've curated our Great Gifts for Grads to include ideas for both High School graduates and Middle School students as well!

Purchase a special gift or pair some of these together to make a personalized Gift Set for your Graduate!

Being that we love to read so much, of course we had to start out with some books and related gifts!

For the Reader:

A Favorite Book Collection

Add a bookmark to hold the page like one of these...!

1. Louis C. Tiffany Magnolia Bookmark from The Metropolitan Museum's store 2. Watercolor Sunset Beaded Bookmark

3. Metal Feathers Bookmark Set

4. Wicked Witch feet bookmark

5. Harry Potter Horcrux Bookmark Set

For those times when you just have to finish one more page...

This Book Light is Perfect!

It has three brightness levels, is rechargeable and blocks blue light!

We have this book light and it's fantastic! It's also perfect as a quick nightlight if you have to move around the room and don't want to turn on the the bright overhead light!

A Journal

Go traditional...

...or not!

Wreck This Journal got rave reviews for being interactive, fun and creative!!

For the Interior Designer:

Decorative Cinema Light Box

A fun light box will light up your graduate's bedroom or study space with its whimsical vibe and fun messages!

This light box features letters and emojis to spice things up a bit!

Swap out letters and icons to create one-of-a-kind messages that will add a dash of personality and charm to any room!

Felt Letter Board

Love the idea of a message board but looking for something different? Felt letter boards are also a great option for gifting!

Heartfelt messages, uplifting quotes and inspiring advice can be displayed on these customizable boards that come in an array of colors and styles!

Fairy lights

Fairy lights are a simple, stunning way to add a dreamy, yet cozy aesthetic into a room! There are plenty of different fairy lights in all hues and sizes!

These fairy light strands also come with photo clips, so you can add a personalized touch to your walls to remind you of all those fun and favorite times!

Harry Potter Pillows

For the Harry Potter fan, this pillow just can't be topped! We had to show you both pics!

Find the Marauder's Map pillow here!

Fantastic Beasts Beanbag Chair

Here's another idea for your Harry Potter or Fantastic Beasts fan!

For a fun gift that will add some comfort and make you smile, try this Fantastic Beasts Niffler Bean Bag Chair by Pottery Barn Teen!

A Microwave

Keep meals easy and affordable by giving your grad a microwave like this one!

A Mini Fridge

This AstroAl Mini Fridge is the perfect size to store snacks, beverages and even make-up! More colors available.

This Nostalgia Mini Fridge is a super cute choice!! You have to see it! Love it! If your graduate goes in for a more retro look, it's the perfect fit!

For the Trendsetter:

Ivory Ella Graduation 2020 Top

Ivory Ella features sustainable styles that look amazing, feel great and help animals!

From these super fun Graduation Tops to soft sweatshirts, Ivory Ella donates a percentage of their profits to Save the Elephants and other organizations.

This means you can enjoy both wearing a cute top and help make a difference with these wonderful animals!


Love the idea of helping animals and have a special place in your heart for canine companions?

Pawz for a Cause Shirts offer a fabulous selection of tops, sweatshirts, dog accessories and more that will make great gift choices for any animal lover!

Cute paw prints with patterns inside are a fun style statement and will delight the trendsetter recipient!

Pura Vida Jewelry Club

Treat your graduate to a Pura Vida Jewelry Club Subscription including exclusive designs ranging from dreamy necklaces to stunning rings and earrings!

Don't wish to commit to the Jewelry Club?

Pura Vida offers personalized / engravable jewelry that would make a sweet surprise for the end of the year as well!

Or you can sign up for Pura Vida's Bracelet Club, which offers unique bracelets delivered monthly for their subscribers!

Vans Sneakers

These classic shoes have a huge following and come in the classic checkerboard pattern, platforms, slip-ons and more!

A favorite with skateboarders and fun to walk around in, you can choose between personalizing your own pair or giving a pair in the iconic style! Either way, Vans are the best!

For the Tech / Vinyl Fan:

Fujifilm Instax Mini Camera

The ideal camera for capturing special moments, both big and small!

Film cameras have made a comeback, and you can use the ever popular Instax Minis to document trips, friends, family and more!

Instax Mini 9 Camera + Accessories Bundle

Instax Mini 11 + Camera Accsessories

Plus, the Instax cameras look absolutely amazing used as a decoration on bookshelves, nightstands and desks!

Camera cases, accessories and extras can be given along with the Instax to give your photographer all the things she will need to take some throwback pics!

Vintage Record Player (with Blue Tooth of course!)

Many colors and styles available!

Record Storage

Keep all your vinyl records in one place!


Laptops make it all a little bit easier!

Whether it's doing schoolwork, checking email or relaxing with a movie, laptop computers are a great all in one that will get the job done and last for years!

Gifts to help Remember it all:

Personalized Graduation Blankets

This site has a lot of great personalized gift ideas!

Whether it's a cozy throw, a special piece of jewelry, coffee mug, totes, frames or even socks - just to name a few, this site has a terrific selection of personalized gifts for grads!

Photo book / Photo Album

Give a gift to remind your graduate of all the fun, memories and friends from the past and all the fab things to come!

Shutterfly is just one of the services to make photo books and prints- here are some of the designs available for Graduates and Seniors!

For the Artist:

Art Supplies

You can never have too many art supplies!

We love the Tombow brand for dual brush pens! This is just one of the many color sets they have!

Pair them with one or two other Dual Brush pen sets like these, a Mixed Media pad, sketching notebook, artist pencils or a journal to create a perfect gift set!

Stress Free Coloring Books

So many styles -something for everyone! These 'grown-up' coloring books are a fun distraction from the stresses of life! Keep Calm and Color On!

Buy a few and bundle them together or pair one or two with some art supplies and a journal to make a Great Graduation Gift Set!

We loved the Entangled Stress Free coloring book! Here's just one of the fabulous pages...

Paint by Sticker Books

Here's another choice for a pre-fab art experience!

There are many choices for these Paint by Sticker books! If your graduate likes retro travel posters this one's the perfect choice!

For the Athlete:

A Fit Bit

Everyone we know that has one of these, raves about it! We like this one in Petal/Copper Rose! There are plenty of colors and special edition styles for every taste!

Fit Bits make a great gift for your High School or Middle School graduate to keep them on top of their fitness goals and in touch with their tech!

Reuseable Water Bottle

Reusable water bottles help you stay healthy and hydrated and make fabulous gifts!!

Whether you're heading outside for a hike, doing your own fitness workout at home or studying for a class, reusable water bottles are a good choice that help the environment as well!

There are so many to choose from! Here are a couple of our favorites:

Hydro Flask (above) has a great selection of water bottles perfect for your next adventure.

S'well also has a variety of sustainable, yet stylish bottles with tons of patterns and colors for you to pick from as well!

A Cool Backpack

A backpack is an essential that will make your student's life a little easier for sure!

A quality backpack ensures plenty of space for fitness gear, study supplies or other must-have items you need on hand!

Convenient-to-carry and super reliable, Fjallraven Kanken backpacks have an assortment of colors, types and offer function and fashion for your grad!

Sporting Equipment

Whether you have a golfer, fisherman, ball player or runner, there's always some kind of luxe gear they're wishing for!

Make their day and give a gift that appeals to your sports enthusiast!

Yoga Mat / Fitness Accessories

Stay active and in shape with fitness/workout gear!

Whether it's yoga, Pilates or running, yoga mats, stretch bands and more are helpful to have on hand to stay healthy and relaxed!

Ath-leisure Wear/ Workout outfits

Athletic wear is something any student on the move will be happy to receive, and great-quality brands will ensure that the outfits will last for many runs, hikes or other activities!

Lululemon Cropped Pants

Athleta Expedition Hike Shell

Oofos Footwear

Oofos footwear is a game-changer! Great for recovering after a run or being on your feet all day!

For the Retro-Lover:

Muzen Bluetooth Speaker & Radio

These retro-inspired blue tooth speakers/radios are the perfect blend of tech and style!

Muzen portable speakers combine great sound with a classic look that can be enjoyed wherever you go!

They come in a wide range of colors, and arrive with a travel case so you can easily bring your speaker from place to place!


Iconic, fun Caboodles offer a fashionable way to store make-up, hair accessories, nail polish and more!

Not a make-up fan? Crafting supplies, art materials and stationary can also be corralled in these handy cases!

Colorful and chic, these retro Caboodles come in multiple versions, sizes and hues, so there are plenty to choose from!

A Magazine Subscription

Magazine subscriptions are a great gift idea for any hobby or interest!

Runner's World, Vogue, Dance Magazine and more are fabulous magazines offering interesting articles and a fun thing to look forward to each month!


Go traditional!

Games offer a screen-free and easy way to relax, show off your smarts and have fun with family or friends!

Pair a game like the Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective board game with The Complete Sherlock Holmes Leather-bound Classic Collection for a perfect gift set!

For the Organizer:

Vera Bradley - Great for On the Go or Organizing!

Vera Bradley is highlighting many options for graduation gifts on their site, including their signature print backpacks, laptop bags, and overnight duffel bags - with both patterned and monochromatic choices!

Flip flops, lanyards and more also provide nice ideas to round out a the gift!

Planners + Stationary

Practical and pretty, planners, bullet journals, notebook sets and other stationary make great gift sets!

Pair a planner like this one with a special notebook set, fancy pens or monogrammed stationary for a sophisticated yet usable set!

We love this Kate Spade Planner and these Stationary Supplies also by Kate Spade.

Mini-Emergency Kits

These miniature kits pack plenty of supplies and necessities in a small space ideal for grads!

Whether they're on the go to a class, or having a night in with friends, these Mini-Emergancy Kits come with all the stuff needed to solve little problems or crises!

They come in several themes and each kit contains supplies unique to it's purpose- they have them for girls, guys, readers and travelers!

Other Kits that are Great for Gifting:

First Aid Kit

Car Safety Kit

Want to give your graduate the gift of choice? Here are some ideas for Gift Cards:

  • Sephora

  • Amazon

  • Ulta

  • Barnes & Noble

  • Starbucks

  • Target

  • Dicks Sporting Goods

  • Francesca's

  • L.L. Bean

  • Pink

  • Pottery Barn

  • Ikea

  • Visa

...And don't forget those small businesses too! It's great to also support your local establishments!

Found some gifts to treat your grad to? Want to return to find more fab gifts? Be sure to Pin this post so you can refer back to it for more gifts and inspiration!

Thanks for reading and best of luck to your graduate!!

April & Cenzia

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