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27 Great Graduation Gift Ideas to Send Them on Their Way

Cap off high school and college achievements with these A+ finds.

collegiate pouches and gray and black backpack
Uncommon Goods/Herschel

This school year didn't end the way most high school and college seniors had hoped with regard to proms, athletic events, big ceremonies, and gatherings of family and friends. But that's even more reason to celebrate the achievements of graduates now and send them off to the next chapter of their lives in a big way. You might have to wait a bit longer to put those graduation party ideas into action, but there's no reason to delay the gift-giving!

Whether it's your own child, a niece or nephew, grandchild, or friend, teenagers and young adults aren't always the easiest group of people to shop for. Of course, you can pick up a gift card or send them some cash. But if you're looking for a gift that's useful—and maybe even something they will actually like—we've got you covered with the best college graduation gifts, cool high school graduation gifts, graduation gifts for him, and graduation gifts for her. Whether you're shopping for kids who are athletic, outdoorsy, trendy, or just really in need of constant caffeine, we have something you'll want to add to your online shopping cart. Top off the gift with a thoughtful card with a graduation quote written inside, and you'll be all set.

Herschel
1 of 27
Classic Backpack
herschel supply co. herschel.com
$32.99

Gone are the days of the cartoon character backpacks! Your graduate will be ready for days trekking around campus with this grownup selection, available in 57 colors. 

Etsy
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Custom Pet Portrait
DrawYourPortrait etsy.com
$119.00

Your grad is going to miss her favorite family member when she goes off to college! Send her off with a custom portrait of her furry friend.

Amazon
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Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 535 Easy(ish) Steps
Grand Central Life & Style amazon.com
$15.99
$9.49 (41% off)

This useful book will help recent graduates figure out useful stuff like how to find an apartment, a reliable mechanic, and more—all with a sense of humor.

Made by Mary
4 of 27
State Disc Necklace
madebymary.com
$40.00

She'll show off her home state pride no matter where she lives with this sweet reminder of where she came from. 

Uncommon Goods
5 of 27
Collegiate Pouches
uncommongoods.com
$32.00

Choose from one of 30 colleges and universities to celebrate her alma mater or college of choice.

Etsy
6 of 27
Custom Graduation Water Bottle
PersonalizationLab etsy.com
$28.99

Personalize his water bottle to make sure his future roommates don't swipe it. This insulated bottle comes in nine colors and six design options.

PB Teen
7 of 27
Alarm Clock Wireless Charger
Pbteen pbteen.com
$42.99

This clever gadget serves double duty as an alarm clock and wireless charger, so your grad can thank you for keeping him on time!

Fans Edge
8 of 27
University Flag
fansedge.com
$39.99

Let your grad show off his or her school pride with a can't-miss 3'-by-5' flag.

Etsy
9 of 27
Personalized
Personalized Graduation Print
scrapbits etsy.com
$15.99

She may have missed out on her graduation ceremony, but you can still commemorate her accomplishments with this customizable print. Choose hairstyle and color, skin tone, school colors, and more for a gift she's sure to cherish.

Pbteen
10 of 27
Cozy Pom Throw
Pbteen pbteen.com
$39.50

This cute and cozy throw in sweet pastel colors will keep her warm when she's away from home.

Herschel
11 of 27
Britannia Messenger
herschel.com
$59.99

He can stow his laptop and other essentials in this sturdy, water-resistant messenger bag. It comes in 7 colors and won't be mistaken for a stuffy briefcase.

PB Teen
12 of 27
Hamper with Wheels
Pbteen pbteen.com
$79.50

Maybe, just maybe, this canvas hamper will help your graduate remember to do his own laundry before he comes home to visit. 

Anthropologie
13 of 27
Braided Suede Journal
Anthropologie anthropologie.com
$38.00

After the graduate flips her tassel, she can map our her future on the 140 unlined pages in this braided suede journal, perfect for jotting down her thoughts or making to-do lists.

Uncommon Goods
14 of 27
Custom Travel Photo Coasters
uncommongoods.com
$65.00

Have photos of his friends and family immortalized on these custom coasters. Or embarrass him and fill them with baby pictures!

Amazon
15 of 27
Lilly Pulitzer Insulated Tumbler
Lilly Pulitzer amazon.com
$29.95

She'll be so grateful to head out the door each morning with a hot cup of coffee in an eye-catching Lily Pulitzer print.

Slick Woodys
16 of 27
Country Living Cornhole Board Set
slickwoodys.com
$160.00

Your college grad (and his friends!) will be ready for tailgate season with this football-themed cornhole set from the Country Living collection at Slick Woody's. 

Schoolhouse
17 of 27
Perfect Notebook
schoolhouse.com
$24.99

Your college grad will look polished and professional when he shows up to a meeting with this handsome notebook.

Uncommon Goods
18 of 27
NanoDry Towel
uncommongoods.com
$38.00

For a practical gift for an active grad, this pocket-size holder contains a 24"-by-47" quick-drying towel, perfect for after school or work trips to the gym or pool.

Brian Woodcock
19 of 27
Small Town Girl T-Shirt
Collection: countryliving.com
$25.00

She won't forget her roots when she wears this fun T-shirt on campus or in her new city!

Rifle Paper Co.
20 of 27
AirPods Case
rifle paper co riflepaperco.com
$25.00

She'll have no excuse for losing her AirPods when she keeps them in this pretty case.

Amazon
21 of 27
White Noise Sound Machine
SNOOZ amazon.com
$79.99

Help your grad drown out a snoring roommate or noisy neighbors and get a good night's sleep with a white noise machine.

Anthropologie
22 of 27
Animal-Print Luggage Tag
anthropologie.com
$26.00

She'll have no problem spotting her suitcase with this monogrammed luggage tag.

Herschel
23 of 27
Keurig Single Serve Coffee Brewer
Keurig amazon.com
$77.99

Save your grad a trip to the coffee shop (and some money!) with this single-serve Keurig. 

Uncommon Goods
24 of 27
Mountain Escape Desktop Organizer
uncommongoods.com
$42.00

Help him keep his office supplies corralled with this outdoors-themed desktop organizer.

Etsy
25 of 27
Wall Art
YooHooPrints etsy.com
$15.64

Add a frame and your new grad will have the perfect reminder to hang on his wall. 

Walmart
26 of 27
Portable Bluetooth Speaker
JBL walmart.com
$69.95

This portable Bluetooth speaker can be clipped to a backpack for music on the go. 

Walmart
27 of 27
Weighted Blanket
Alwyn Home wayfair.com
$69.90

Help your new grad ease stress and sleep soundly with this cozy weighted blanket.

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