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She's officially done it! Your high school or college grad is ready to embark on her next adventure, and she's going to need all the help and love she can get. But first, we need to celebrate. That's where these best graduation gifts for her come in (check out grad gifts for him if you need).
From keepsakes to luxury items to practical (yet cute) ideas, you're sure to find something that she'll not only love, but actually use. Before you get to shopping though, consider what she will need the most as she writes her next chapter. Is she headed to college (a good gift for her dorm will be key)? Taking a gap year? Did she just finish nursing or law school? Or, is she out in the real world, apartment hunting with roommates and searching for her dream job?
We know, it's a lot to think about, especially if you're the parents or grandparents. But don't worry, any of these presents would make an excellent gift for her no matter where she's headed. Now all you need to do is grab a sweet graduation card (and the tissues!) as you wish her luck!
I Wrote a Book About You
A great gift from parents, this fill-in-the-blank book asks questions about the giftee to help you create a truly one-of-a-kind gift. You can go silly or sentiment (or both! ) with your responses.
Class of 2023 Bangle
Wrapped in an adorable graduation cap-styled box is a beautiful cuff bracelet that has the sweetest message engraved on the inside: "And off she went to change the world."
Engraved Keepsake Box
Available in a few different colors, she can keep all of her mementos from the big day inside this classy box. You can customize it with the year if you want, or just go with her name.
Perfect for your favorite bookworm, this stainless steel keychain will make sure she never loses her page. It also comes with an inspirational message that'll encourage her to chase her dreams.
Jot down a short (but seriously sweet) message and send a copy to this Amazon seller, who will turn your words into a silver, gold or rose gold bracelet.
Heart Snapshot Mix® Photo Art
Round up 30 of her best high school or college photos, and have Minted arrange 'em in a heart-shaped display. Because 30 is always better than one, right?!
Mini Instax Acrylic Album Photo Frame
Sometimes, it's more about the act of taking a Polaroid picture than the photo itself. But now, this album frame will let her show off 56 of her favorite snaps — just flip through it to reveal another memory.
Initial Heart Necklace
Don't let the price fool you, this dainty piece has thousands of 5-star reviews on Amazon. It's perfect for everyday wear, no matter where she's headed.
There's nothing cuter than this personalized tumbler. It can be customized to look just like her, and will keep her drinks safe on the go.
This state candle is the perfect gift if she's ever feeling homesick. Made of hand-poured soy wax, it'll make a lovely addition to her new apartment. Plus, she can keep the jar forever.
Ode to Home State Dish Towel
While it can be used in a pinch, this dish towel is more for decoration. She'll proudly hang it with the poem or illustration facing out, so everyone can get a glimpse of the place that made her who she is.
Small Travel Jewelry Case
Keep her traveling in still with this jewelry case. Made of vegan leather, it can even be personalized with her initials.
Graduation Wine Labels
While the labels themselves might not be keepsakes, once you wrap them around a nice bottle of wine or champagne, you have something truly special. Tell her to save the bottle for her next big occasion.
Everyone loves getting money on graduation day, but why not make it more creative with these balloons? Once she unties the box, the balloon will reveal how much you gave her by pulling the bills on a string.
Wearing these best-selling pillow slides has been described as "walking on clouds" by Amazon reviewers. With over 7,000 5-star reviews on Amazon, these slippers will be perfect for dorm showers or her weekend runs to the market.
4-Tiered Jewelry Tray
This rotating tower only takes up a few inches of space when it's in its resting position, but she'll uncover four hidden compartments when she gives the wooden handle a spin. Although it's small, Amazon reviewers say it's the perfect size to store jewelry, watches and small trinkets.
Leather Luggage Tag
Next stop: wherever her heart desires! While it may just be a luggage tag (and a chic one at that), this Kate Spade pick will remind her that the world is ready and waiting for her.
Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker
Depending on how you steep it, cold brew typically has a stronger flavor and more caffeine compared to standard coffee. That said, she can brew up to four servings in this pitcher and pour out a cup when she needs a pick-me-up.
6-Can Personal Mini Refrigerator
This mini refrigerator is perfect for high school or college grads since they'll need to keep their drinks away from mooching roommates in the dorm or their first apartment. It holds up to 6 cans, but she can store much more in it, maybe even leftovers from dinners out.
Foldable Laptop Table
Comfort is key — especially when she's trying to crank out an essay in record time. When she wants to work from her bed or couch, she can pop open this portable desk to hold her 16" laptop, notepad and fuel of choice (ahem, coffee).
Small but mighty, the Amazon Echo Dot can do everything from tell her the weather to play her music. Thanks to Alexa, she can do it all hands-free!
How nifty is this? The shelf will attach to any bed frame, allowing for her to keep her drink, book and remote all within arm's reach.
The Naked Roommate
This New York Times bestselling book is an essential read if she's heading off to college. It offers advice on everything from dating to difficult roomates, and more.
Puffy Laptop Sleeve
Her laptop is her, well, everything. Keep her 12" or 13" computer nice and secure with this trendy case, available in neutrals, pastels and cute patterned styles.
One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer Brush
This one-step volumizer hair dryer brush will seriously upgrade her morning routine. It's beauty-editor approved, and will have her hair ready in minutes
Classic Bath Towel Bundle
New chapter, new towels — that's how it goes, right? Upgrade her bathroom with this five-piece set, including two bath towels, two hand towels and a bathmat, in Brooklinen's absorbent Turkish Cotton.
Small Crossbody Bag
Little by little, she's trying to make her wardrobe look more adult. Start her off with this day-or-night crossbody, which has an interior pocket and built-in card slots to keep everything organized.
Tell her to attach this tracking device to anything she frequently loses — her keys, wallet, backpack, you name it — so she can track it down with her iPhone or iPad. It'll save the both of you a major headache.
She'll love this super snuggly robe. While a bit on the pricier side, our Good Housekeeping Institute experts found it to be the best overall in their tests thanks to the feel and absorbency.
Printomatic Instant Camera
She can instantly take and print photos on the big day for memories that'll last a lifetime. This is the bundle pack, which comes with film, a photo book and more, but you can also just get the camera, which is cheaper.
A little sparkle is always welcome, especially during milestone moments like this one. The rhodium-plated studs are "designed to last," so they'll bring sparkle and shine through all of life's adventures.
Shattered Glass Ceiling Necklace
She's accomplished so much in her lifetime already. Honor her past moments and the ones in the future with this empowered piece.
Kaya Laptop Backpack
It's time to retire the backpack she's been using for the last four years. This faux leather option, comes in eight classic shades, and can easily hold all of her essentials — 15" laptop, brown-bagged lunch, notebook and more. Plus, it has a luggage trolley sleeve, so she can take it from work straight to the airport.
6 Quart Touchscreen Air Fryer
Even if she's limited on counter space, she'll find a way to make room for an air fryer. With just a little bit of oil, she'll be able to air fry veggies, roast meats, reheat leftovers and dehydrate fresh produce in half the time.
Wireless Bluetooth Over Ear Headphones
She'll need these wireless headphones for her new commute, or if she has a particularly noisy roommate. They are noise-canceling, but also really comfortable, so it's a win-win.
Enter the chicest weighted blanket we've ever seen. This chunky-knit beauty reaps the same calming benefits as the other staple styles on the market, but it's more of a statement piece than an eyesore. If you're not sure which one to go with, keep in mind that the blankets should ideally be around 10% of a person's body weight.
Unique Ideas If She Has Everything Already
Luxury Shower Steamers
Self-care treatments are often costly and time-consuming. Enter: shower steamers. These in particularly are great because not only do they smell great, but they have an extra-large size for more uses.
24K Gold Eye Mask
Sleep might not come as easily as it once did, but at least there are products to help, including these eye masks that have over 16,000 5-star reviews on Amazon. They claim to help with puffy eyes and dark circles.
How cool is this? There are so many different colors and fonts you can pick from, plus you can go with anything wording. Her name is a popular choice, but really, the options are endless.
Personalized University Reusable Cup
Help her put her best — okay, most hydrated — face forward as she embarks on the next chapter of her life: college. Pick a cup in one of her school's colors, then add its name (and hers, if you'd like).
The Makeup Set
Help her look and feel her best as she embarks on a new adventure with this makeup set. It includes mascara, blush and eyebrow mascara for a super-natural look.
A gift card never falls flat, but you can make it more special with this graduation-styled box. The best part is, you can load it up with any amount you want.
These adorable 100% cotton pouches will hold everything from her car keys to lipstick. They're also hand-woven, and can be personalized with her alma mater.
Hoya Heart Succulent
She's busy, so plants might be out of the question for her. But an easy-to-care for succulent (in the shape of a heart, nonetheless), will work perfectly for adding greenery to her space.
We Should All Be Feminists: A Guided Journal
In Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s eyes, feminism is a "lifelong journey." So, as she's about to embark on her next chapter, encourage her to sit down, fill out the prompts in this book and reflect on how she'll make the world a more fair and equitable place.
Wireless 3-in-1 Charger
The more gadgets she has, the more cords and clutter she has to deal with. That is, unless she uses this wireless charging station, which has a designated spot for her compatible smartphone, smartwatch and AirPods.
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