This $16 Essential Oil Diffuser Is the #1 Gift for High School Grads Right Now
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You'll probably have a lot of mixed emotions when your son, daughter or grandchild graduates from high school. They're growing up and moving on, and while it might make you tear up, you know the next chapter is really a celebration.
So in addition to planning an awesome graduation party, make sure you send your teen off with a great gift, too. These top high school graduation gift ideas cover all possible next chapters, whether they are college-bound, headed to nursing school, taking a gap year or starting their first job.
While cash is always a good idea (gift cards are, too!), our list also has a mix of thoughtful, unique and useful picks, including a ton of dorm room essentials if you want to get them a physical present. There are some great tech gifts here as well, because no matter where they're going, you're going to need to stay connected to them.
Whatever you pick, we know your high school grad will love it. Now all that's left to do is decide what sweet message you're going to write in their graduation card. Aww!
We know, it's not cheap, but it's definitely worth it. Our experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute put the luggage through rigorous testing, and found it was durable and innovative. It features a built-in charger, so they don't have to worry about power when on the go.
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Personalized Docking Station
He's got a lot more going on now, so help him stay organized with this docking station that has room for his phone, glasses, keys, wallet and watch.
Essential Oil Diffuser
This doesn't just diffuse essential oils. It also can mist to add moisture to their space and change seven different colors, so it works as a light as well.
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Custom Neon Signs
Even if they aren't leaving the nest, bedroom decor is a must-have at this age. You can go with their name, nickname or a fun saying when you customize this sign.
They can put this tag on literally any item (bike, bags, etc.), and they will never lose track of it. Once the AirTag is situated, it'll show up on their phone, so they know where it is
They can clip it onto anything so they can be hands-free while watching Netflix, taking an online class or Facetiming with you.
Honestly, they are going to use this way more than you think. The bonus is that it's so compact, they can throw it in their purse or bookbag.
Our experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute named this the best value mattress topper thanks to the soft feel and gel-infused memory foam. If they're headed to a dorm, they'll need this for their bed.
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Waterproof Wireless Speaker
The speaker also features a built-in microphone, so they can listen to music and chat whenever they want. It's small enough for them to carry around with them, too.
You know that they aren't going to be sleeping like they used to, but at least you can help them try with this top-rated sheet set. Available in so many different colors, our experts found them to be soft, smooth and shrink-resistant.
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Now is an important time in their lives as they decide what they want to do and who they want to be. Indulge any hobby or interest of theirs with a Master Class membership, where they can learn more from the best of the best.
You can't go wrong with a gift card, especially one that comes in such a nice box. The best part? You'll know they'll love whatever they get since they picked it out themselves.
The Naked Roommate
College will be a whole new world, so help them prepare early. This New York Times bestseller tackles every issue they might encounter while adjusting to dorm life, from dating to roommate drama.
Monogrammed Laundry Bag
Now there will be no confusion between roommates as to whose clothes are whose. You can choose from a cream or black laundry bag, and the monogram comes in more than 45 colors.
The Everyday Wireless Headphones
These wireless headphones will be great for blocking out dorm noise to help them study. Amazon reviewers are describing them as super comfortable, and note that they are great everyday headphones.
I Wrote A Book About You
With over 15,000 ratings on Amazon, this fill-in-the-blank book is a sweet gift for a high school grad. It contains prompts about their life for you to fill.
More creative than an envelope, these money balloons will be the best part of their graduation party. They can simply keep pulling the string and money will continue to appear.
They thought their smartphone alarm was good enough, but that was before they met Hatch. Not only will it gently wake them up with a sunrise alarm clock, but it also offers different light options (a soft glow for late-night studying, for example), soothing sounds and white noise.
This cute mini refrigerator will be perfect for dorm life or just their bedroom. It's compact enough for small spaces, but also holds six cans to keep them fully stocked.
Filter Heart Snapshot Mix
Commemorate their best high school memories with this heart-shaped collage from Minted. Carve out time to do some digging on their Instagram or Facebook for photos before you place your order.
Custom Graduation Cap Tassel
This custom graduation cap tassel is highly rated on Amazon, for good reason. It can be personalized with a photo of someone special who can't be with them on their big day.
Quarterly Subscription Box
The best gifts are the ones that continue to give all year long. This quarterly subscription box will arrive at her door at the start of every season with trendy beauty, fashion, fitness and wellness products at a fraction of the price.
This beautiful graduation necklace also comes with a customizable card. Made of gold-plated stainless steel and under $40, it's a little bit of luxury she'll treasure.
You Got This Bracelet
This wearable reminder will encourage her on the days she needs it most. It'll even offer just the right amount of sparkle and shine against her watch, bangles or other bracelets.
Memories Photo Holder
They can hang all of their graduation photos on here. It will be especially meaningful if their friend group is going in all different directions.
Made of stainless steel with a rose gold finish, it features so many cute charms, including her initial.
Kanken Laptop Backpack
This classic backpack has become super trendy over the past few years. It'll carry a laptop up to 15 inches, and is even water-resistant, so they'll never damage their computer if it rains unexpectedly.
Because shower shoes are a must whether they're living in a dorm or going to the gym. This pair, which also comes in a dozen colors, will keep their feet healthy while still looking cool enough to wear out and about.
Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug
While this temperature-control smart mug is a bit of a splurge, the hard work they've done to graduate is worth it. Our testers particularly loved the 360-degree opening that allows you to drink from any side.
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She doesn't have to skimp on style to keep hydrated as long as she has this adorable tumbler, customized with her name in an assortment of cup and vinyl colors.
Hoya Heart Succulent
Full-blown plants might be out of the question, but you can still add a little life to their space with this sweet succulent.
Eileen French Press
French press coffee makers are perfect for late-night study sessions when the dining hall is closed. To caffeinate, just add some hot water and coffee grounds — no outlets necessary.
Temperature Balancing Weighted Blanket
Adult life comes with tons of new stressors, so a weighted blanket will help calm their racing thoughts. The Good Housekeeping Institute loved how this one regulates body temperature and comes in four weight options.
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Intelligent Change The Five Minute Journal
With their new busy schedule, they might not have as much time to sit down and reflect. This journal only takes five minutes to fill out, and will keep them looking on the bright side, no matter what challenges they face.
Mindfulness Coloring Book
Adulting coloring books are said to promote mindfulness and relaxation, which are two skills they'll need to navigate their new responsibilities. This book comes with 103 pages for them to disappear into when they're feeling extra stress.
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