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9 Great High School Graduation Gifts (Chosen by a Recent Graduate)

best college photo printer

Canon Ivy Mobile Mini Photo Printer

The graduate will have so much fun with the Canon Ivy Mobile Mini Photo Printer! This pocket-sized printer uses bluetooth to connect directly to a smartphone and uses the Canon Ivy app to print photos from your phone or social media like Instagram or Facebook. There’s no ink to worry about which means no smudging. The 2”x3” photos are tear-proof and water-resistant and even have a peel and stick back. Hang them in a dorm room or stick them on a mirror, laptop or in a journal. Super easy to set up for either iOS or Android phones.

best college gift

JBL Flip 4 Speaker

We now own two of these and we love them. For the money, the JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker is as good as it gets. The sound quality is great, bass is good, charge lasts a long time, bluetooth pairing is easy (unlike some others), plus it’s Ipx7 waterproof if it’s being used in the shower! It also features a built-in noise and echo cancelling speakerphone for crystal clear phone calls. These little speakers can take a beating – an important feature if it’s living in a dorm room or backpack. Available in multiple colors. Highly recommended!

best college backpack

Fjallraven-Kanken Classic Backpack

The Fjallraven-Kanken Classic Backpack has had the same iconic design since 1978 and is hugely popular right now. It is impeccably made with wipe-clean fabric that’s dirt and water-resistant. There are plenty of pockets and will fit a 13-inch laptop with room to spare. Comes in tons of colors and larger sizes if necessary. The Fjallraven website verifies Amazon as a reseller, so be sure you order through Amazon, fulfilled by Amazon because there are some fakes out there!

best college jewelry

Mini State Pendant Necklace

If your high school graduate will be going out-of-state, make sure they remember where they came from with this Mini State Pendant Necklace. The understated and fashionable sterling silver necklace has a delicate chain and attached tiny state pendant which sits right at the base of the neck, but comes with an extender to change the length if necessary. Great gift for the graduate to wear everyday and remind her of home!

best college poster

Personalized Star Constellation Map

The Personalized Star Constellation Map is a great gift idea for the high school graduate. It’s a print that can be hung on the wall with a map of the night sky on whatever date/location you choose. You can commemorate a birthday or graduation date or any special moment in time. West Clay Co. custom creates each print using professional astronomy software to chart the actual view of the night sky from the date and location you provide. You customize the print by choosing the wording and fonts. The black and white finished product uses high quality ink and premium white card stock and comes unmatted and ready to be hung or framed. A truly personal and memorable gift!

best graduate gift

Apple AirPods

If our high school graduate got nothing but Apple AirPods as a graduation gift, she would be happy! She said she wasn’t expecting much but every time she tries her friends’ AirPods she is amazed by them. Incredibly convenient right out of the box and the audio is awesome for being so small. Battery life is great and recharge is quick. Automatically stops the music when you take one of the AirPods out of your ear. This gift will be a winner!

best college mirror

Magnifying Makeup Vanity Mirror

Our high school graduate says the lighting in dorm rooms is terrible, so she recommends this Magnifying Makeup Vanity Mirror. With a powerful suction cup base, it’s perfect to put on a desk, bureau or mirror–really any flat surface–but it’ll stand up without the suction too. The base swivels so the mirror can be placed at any angle. It also features 10x magnification and natural LED lighting and is convenient and portable for traveling when they come home! Comes with a lifetime warranty.

best college flask

The Hydro Flask

We know, a water bottle? Really? Our graduate says “everyone loves Hydro Flasks” and we want them to stay hydrated, right? The Hydro Flask is just the right size with a sleek design and has a slip-free powder coated surface. These double-walled bottles are made with BPA-free plastic on the outside and food-grade stainless steel on the inside. Liquid stays cold for up to 24 hours or hot up to 6 hours, and the premium insulation prevents condensation on the outside of the bottle. Hydro Flasks come in several colors and sizes and you can buy additional caps in different colors for them like a flip lid or one with a handle if you choose. This gift will make a splash!

best college cookbook

5-Ingredient College Cookbook

Your graduate may not have to cook yet, but when needed, The 5-Ingredient College Cookbook will be a perfect start. It’s great for beginners with instructions about all the cooking basics like kitchen tools, pantry basics, vocabulary and preparation. And each of the more than 100 recipes contains literally no more than 5 main ingredients (there may be some spices and seasonings that don’t count) and will take 30 minutes or less from start to finish. This simple little cookbook is a great option for college apartment living, and will no-doubt be useful for many years after!

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