14 Great Gifts for 2021 High School Grads

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What a year it's been for the Class of 2021! Whether your teen is heading to college in the fall, taking a gap year, or job-hunting, treat them to something that will help celebrate their accomplishments and get them ready for the next stage in life with one of these thoughtful high school graduation gift ideas.

Prep: The Essential College Cookbook

A mom of teens, Katie Sullivan Morford, a registered dietitian, serves up a helpful and engaging guide to kitchen basics (from chopping an onion to a pantry supply list) plus simple recipes like Loaded Nachos and Sheet-Pan Chicken and Potatoes. If the grad will be cooking at least some of their meals (many colleges have dorm kitchens), pair this book with a great all-purpose pan or supermarket gift card.

The Essential College Cookbook
The Essential College Cookbook

MunchPak Snack Box Subscription

Treat a grad to a box of snacks from around the world (like chips from Britain and candy from Japan) that will surprise and delight. You choose the number of snacks per box—five to 20—and how often you’d like a box delivered.

MunchPak
MunchPak

Cricut Joy Machine

Crafty grads will be thrilled with a Cricut device that will allow them to DIY cards, create labels for their dorm storage bins, and make personalized gifts. It’s small enough to take to college!

Cricut Joy Machine
Cricut Joy Machine

Sephora Favorites Treat Yourself Coffret Perfume Sampler

Perfume is a lovely gift, but how will you know what scent the grad prefers? This set includes five sample size fragrances and a voucher to redeem in Sephora stores for a full-size featured scent of their choice. Genius!

Sephora Favorites Treat Yourself Sampler
Sephora Favorites Treat Yourself Sampler

InCase Slip Sleeve with PerforaKnit for MacBooks

Teens are hard on laptops. Help protect their pricey device from scratches and dings with this elastic-like sleeve.

Incase Slip Sleeve
Incase Slip Sleeve

Vera Bradley x Lana Condor Recycled Cotton Campus Backpacks

The perfect size and style for college students, this recycled cotton backpack comes in fun solid colors ranging from summer rain (blue) to citronella glow (yellow). It contains a padded laptop compartment and a variety of pockets and pouches for all their stuff.

Vera Bradley Campus Backpack in Recycled Cotton_Citronella Glow
Vera Bradley Campus Backpack in Recycled Cotton_Citronella Glow

Mesh Shower Caddy Tote

College students who must walk down the hall to shower need a bag to carry their towel, shampoo, and other products. Order this nylon, quick-drying mesh tote with lots of pouches and fill it with towels and their favorite hair and bath products.

Mesh Shower Caddy Tote
Mesh Shower Caddy Tote

Alleyoop Must-Haves Set

For grads with early morning wake-up calls and limited space, this kit will be a lifesaver, and you’ll forever be the hero for gifting it. It includes a razor for showerless shaving, all-natural deodorant, plus a makeup pen that’s a highlighter, lipliner, and eyeliner all in one!

Alleyoop Must-Haves Set
Alleyoop Must-Haves Set

Cool Coffee Clique Meet Your Maker Stylish Coffee Maker

We raise our mugs to this cutie K-Cup coffee maker! It automatically turns off after the last brew in case the teen doesn’t remember. Add a coffee subscription to keep them caffeinated all year!

Clique coffee maker
Clique coffee maker

Ready Jet Set Beauty Baton Trio

Teens won’t have room for their whole makeup stash in their dorms. This set of three tubes majored in multi-tasking. Case in point: The Sculpt and Shine baton works as a blush, lipcolor, eyeshadow, and highlighter.

Ready Jet Set Beauty Baton Trio
Ready Jet Set Beauty Baton Trio

Fujifilm Instax Mini 40

With retro vibes, this camera has a selfie mode and selfie mirror! The instant pictures are fun for students to hang on the bulletin board in their dorm rooms.

Fujifilm Instax Mini
Fujifilm Instax Mini

Levoit Air Purifier Core 300

This small air purifying unit is ideal to take to college or a first apartment. It removes more than 99 percent of allergens and other airborne containments. It’s so quiet that they won’t know it’s even there.

LEVOIT Air Purifier
LEVOIT Air Purifier

Scuddles Extra Large Picnic and Outdoor Blanket

Grads can spread this five-foot square blanket out on the college quad and hang with friends! It’s easy to carry, store, and clean and comes in a variety of patterns.

Extra Large Picnic - Outdoor Blanket
Extra Large Picnic - Outdoor Blanket

M.C. Squares

Make sure they never forget about a meet-up with you. These reusable sticky notes, planners, and personal-size whiteboards are a great way for teens to keep all their homework, work schedule, and other commitments organized.

Reusable Sticky Notes
Reusable Sticky Notes