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

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!

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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

Regardless 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!

Muzen rose pink mini speaker 35 graduation gifts

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!

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Great graduation gifts for kids and teens approved

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

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

Gifts For the Reader:

A Favorite Book Collection

The Jane Austen Collection 35 Great Graduation Gifts for Teens

The Lord of the Rings Book set by J.R.R. Tolkien Great Graduation Gifts

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

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...

Great Gifts for Graduates Chase Your Dreams Journal

...or not!

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

Great Graduation Gifts Wreck This Journal cover of fun interactive journal

For the Interior Designer:

Decorative Cinema Light Box

light box graduation gift ideas Good vibes only quote

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

Felt Letter Board spells out Great Times Are Coming is one of our Graduation Gift Ideas

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 with clips for instax photos Great Gifts for Grads

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!

Themed Pillows - We like Harry Potter of Course!

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

AstroAl Mini Fridge in pink Great Gifts for Graduates

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 Top

Custom Grad Shirt

Custome grad shirts are always the perfect choice!


Pawz for a Cause t shirt Great Gifts for Grads - teen girl holding dog

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!

The Perfect Pair of Sneakers

Whether your grad loves basketball, skateboarding or just enjoys the comfort of a good sneaker, treating your grad to a new pair is the perfect way to finish out the year!

For the Tech / Vinyl Fan:

Fujifilm Instax Mini Camera

Fuji film instax mini 9 cameras in five different colors

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

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!)

Best Gifts for Graduates Victrola suitcase Blue Tooth record player

Record Storage

Keep all your vinyl records in one place!

Graduation Gifts Victrola Record storage carry suitcase


Apple Macbook Air Laptop computer Great Gifts for Grads

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!

Best Graduation Gifts Personalized fleece blanket

Whether it's a cozy throw, a special piece of jewelry, coffee mug, totes, frames or even socks - there are plenty of personalized gifts for grads!

Gifts for Grads personalized socks with 2020 Lincoln University on soles

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!

Graduation Gift Ideas Tom Bow Dual Brush Pens Galaxy colors

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...

Great Graduation Gift Ideas Stress free coloring book

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!

Paint by Sticker Travel book woman in swim dress holding book

25 Best Coloring Books of kids teens and adults

For the Athlete:

A Fitness Watch

Fit Bit Versa 2 pink Best Gifts for Graduates

These are great! Perfect for helping to stay in shape and meeting your fitness goals! We really 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!!

Hydro flask navy cobalt water bottle Great Gifts fro Grads

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!

S'well water bottles in Tie Dye Great Gifts for Grads

A Backpack

Fjallraven backpack pink best gifts for grads

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!

Golf club set Great Gifts for Grads

Yoga Mat / Fitness Accessories

Yoga mat and fitness set Great Gifts for Grads

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!

Athleisure Wear/ Workout outfits

Woman wearing fitness attire leggings, sports bra Great Gifts for Grads

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!

woman on hike with athletic wear Great Gifts for Grads

Athleta Expedition Hike Shell

Oofos Footwear

Mens Oofos sport slide sandal Great Gifts for Grads

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

Muzen radio wood toned mini portable 35 gifts for grads

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!


Caboodles gifts for grads

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 (Digital or Physical)

35 Great gifts for graduates High school and middle school teen approved

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!


Sherlock Holmes consulting detective game gifts for grads

Go traditional!

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

the complete sherlock holmes detective novel35 Great gifts for graduates High school and middle school teen approved

For the Organizer:

Vera Bradley - Great for On the Go or Organizing!

Vera Bradley bags and water bottle floral case Great Gifts for Grads

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

35 Great gifts for graduates High school and middle school teen approved

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!

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:

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

  • Etsy

  • Sephora

  • Amazon

  • Ulta

  • Barnes & Noble

  • Starbucks

  • Target

  • Dicks Sporting Goods

  • Francesca's

  • L.L. Bean

  • Pink

  • Pottery Barn

  • Ikea

  • Visa

Small businesses are great resources all year round and local is especially perfect when you can't wait for shipping!

35 great gifts for graduates middle school and high school

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35 Great gifts for graduates High school and middle school teen approved

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

April & Cenzia

updated 04/20/2024 originally published 06/16/2020


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