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High school graduations are always exciting, but for the Class of 2023, the past few years have been particularly tumultuous. A global pandemic disrupted years of their schooling and, perhaps, their high school experience didn’t turn out exactly as they’d envisioned. So you know what that means: Now that they’re graduating, we’re really going to celebrate these young scholars and wherever their journey takes them next. So here are some high school graduation gifts that will truly mark the occasion and celebrate this major milestone in their lives.
We’ll level with you here: We’ve put together a solid list of thoughtful gifts, but we know most people tend to give cash … with good reason (what teen doesn’t need money?). So we’ve tried to include gifts that pair well with a check. From mini cupcakes in a variety of flavors to a guide for living with roommates to engraved presents they’ll use every day, your cash gift is sure to leave an impression alongside these gifts.
But if you’re not the cash-gift type, don’t worry: There is plenty on our list that your new grad will love, whether they’re off to university, work, travel, or deciding what’s next. We included travel essentials for the grad exploring the world to keep them organized, coffee gifts to fuel the college-bound grad's late-night study sessions, and gift cards to transform any grad's place.
Whatever your gifting style, our list of high school graduation gifts will make this event extra special for your new grad.
Elisabeth Narine is an Associate Editor at Best Products where she researches gift ideas for every occasion — her work can also be found on BuzzFeed and Forbes Vetted. When’s she not writing, she enjoys rewatching her favorite TV shows and cooking with her boyfriend.
Jamie Kenney is a freelance writer for BestProducts.com; Her other work has appeared on Bustle, Parents, Playboy, McSweeny's Internet Tendency, the Takeout, and Romper, where she covers parenting, news, entertainment, and likes to help readers see the ridiculous (and hilarious) side of motherhood.
Cat Bowen has been writing about all things parenting for well over a decade. She spends her days researching, reviewing, and testing everything from strollers to breast pumps to changing tables. Her work has been featured in Romper, Bustle, and franchised across dozens of media outlets. In her spare time she loves volunteering at her kids' schools, reading everything she can get her hands on, running, and cooking for her family.
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