Spring is in the air and caps and gowns are appearing all over. That could only mean one thing,….graduation. Are you looking for great graduation gifts for a daughter? Here is a selection of the best graduation gifts for her!
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Caps and gowns and pomp and circumstance!
Tis the season….for graduations!
Spring brings such milestones each year, and graduation is definitely one of them. Whether it’s high school graduation, college graduation, or kids moving out on their own, this time is so exciting and so scary.
You are so proud of them, but also so sentimental. It truly seems like we were just dropping them off at pre-school. Now we’re thinking about moving them into the dorms.
Graduation Gifts Your Daughter Actually Wants
I have been bombarded with questions about graduation gifts. What does a new graduate want or need? It’s hard to imagine Spring without graduation, and it’s hard to imagine graduation without buying gifts for those who walk across the stage!
With two high school graduations and one college graduation under my belt, I know a thing or two about choosing the best graduation gifts!
Of course, cold, hard cash is always welcomed by grads, but there are times that you really want to give a memorable, useful or sentimental graduation gift for a daughter. Here are some tried and true ideas for great high school graduation gifts for her.
A Sentimental Gift for Your Daughter
Dogeared makes the cutest dainty sentimental necklaces I've seen at a great price. If you're looking for a sentimental gift for your daughter, you've found it. They have a ton of designs so one is bound to be perfect for your graduate. Dogeared also has great customer service - they replaced a necklace my daughter accidentally yanked off and broke. Favorite necklace replaced = happy girl!
Portable Photo Printer To Decorate Their Dorm Room
This graduation gift idea is perfect for printing out all those selfies and social media pics to hang up in their dorm room.
Sleek Minimalist Backpack for the Hip Graduate
This bargain priced backpack has all the cool features your graduate needs without the trendy name or price tag. It has a laptop sleeve, and multiple compartments and even comes with its own combination lock. The sleek minimalist design comes in several great, neutral colors that look modern for the no-fuss teen.
An Apple Watch For the Techie Grad
All the tech your daughter needs, right on her wrist. Calling, texting, GPS,
alarms, music, fitness tracking and more. I think it's pretty on its own, but you can also buy replacement bands to change up the style. Definitely a graduation gift for her that she'll use every day.
A Classic Leather Wallet
This leather wallet is my daughter's favorite. It comes in a ton of pretty colors and is well designed with an ID window, multiple card and cash pockets and even has a zippered coin purse. It's sleek and sophisticated looking to boot.
Roku Streaming Stick for Binge Watching Shows with New Friends
Gather round the TV for some bonding time with their new dorm friends. The Roku streaming stick turns any television into an entertainment center. With the dorm room wireless, your student has access to tons of shows and movies on Netflix, hulu, Amazon prime and more.
Clear Messenger Bag for Games and Concerts
Be prepared with a clear bag. If your daughter is off to a school where sports are a big deal, she'll need one of these bags that meet all bag restriction guidelines. NCAA games, concerts and music festivals are all starting to require these for safety reasons.
Instant Pot For Cooking Nearly Anything
It sounds crazy, but my daughter uses hers ALL the time! She lives in on-campus housing that is like an apartment, with a lite-kitchen. Meaning there are a refrigerator and sink, but no stovetop and no oven. She uses her instant pot to make ramen, scramble eggs, cook oatmeal, make soup, bake potatoes.....this little workhorse does about a bajillion things. It's something they will use now and for years to come.
Splurge on a North Face Backpack
This backpack is super popular on campus and is sized just right for women. It has a padded laptop sleeve and plenty of pockets for keys, glasses, and water bottle. It also comes in about a zillion cool colors so it's easy to find just the perfect backpack for your daughter. It looks pricy but when you think your girl will be using this day in and day out for at least 4 years, it's a great investment.
Wireless Speaker for Indoors or Out
Music is SO important to our kids. My daughter loves this speaker because it's portable, waterproof and has a long battery life. This one was her choice because it has 360 degree sound AND it has a cool looking light show effect that changes with the music.
Cozy Slippers for the Dorm
These fleece lined slippers will keep her feet toasty and keep her bare feet off the gross dorm hallway and bathroom floors. They come in lots of cute colors too!
Quality Carry On Luggage
Make sure to get one with spinner wheels. It makes navigating an airport laden down by backpacks and carry-ons so much easier. Pick a color that's easy to spot on the carousel for when they decide to check their luggage. This one only weighs 7 pounds, has a TSA approved lock, meets the required TSA dimensions and has a 10-year warranty.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
At first glance, you may wonder why these are on the list when most kids have a set of earbuds in their pocket all the time. But these are more than just headphones. Great for studying, the noise cancellation blocks out all the external noise and distractions. And there are tons of distractions in the dorm room and even quiet places like the library. They are the perfect graduation gift from parents.
Nice Toiletry Bag
Isn't it about time for a nicer toiletry bag? This is a perfect gift for a new graduate and will serve them well through years of travel. It's waterproof so if something leaks, it won't ruin anything else in her suitcase. It has a hook so she can hang it up and lots of great storage compartments.
A Sweet Little Backpack Sized Wallet
This sweet little wallet is the perfect size to toss in a backpack or grab on the way out the door. It comes in pretty colors, is leather and comes with a sweet little heart charm and tassel. Just the right size for a student ID, driver's license and ATM card.
Tile Mate Finder Gadget
If your kids are anything like mine, they are always losing their stuff. This Tile Mate is a cool little gadget you can put on anything you want to be able to easily find like car keys, charging cable, or anything you want to keep track of. Using the phone app, you can quickly find your item. Can't find your phone? You can use one of the tiles to find it too.
A Pretty Weekend Bag
This genius little bag has a sleeve on the side that slides right over her wheeled luggage handle, making it easier to tote all her stuff to the airport or train. Just the right size for a quick overnight trip or she can use it as a carry-on duffle bag.
A Portable Charger
I never wanted my kids to be stranded with a dead phone so they both have one of these. This portable charger is small enough to carry anywhere and strong enough to charge nearly any device multiple times. It's definitely a must-have!
Icebreaker Game for Their New Dorm Crew
This super fun, creative game is a great one to play with new dorm friends as an ice breaker. Soon your student will be bonding, laughing and getting to know all their new friends.
A device like this Amazon Echo can stream music, answer research questions, find out the weather, read the news, play podcasts, set an alarm, act as a speakerphone and more.
Transportation Around Campus
This small skateboard transported my daughter from her dorm to the music building on the other side of campus every day. It's small enough to slip under their desk or under their feet in a lecture hall so it won't get in the way of schoolwork. This graduation gift idea comes in lots of cool colors too.
A Book of Wisdom
This little book is full of wisdom ("A person's a person no matter how small...") and will remind you of all the hours you spent reading together.
Save Money All Year with a Student Amazon Prime AccountWith an Amazon Prime Student Account, your student can get textbooks, class supplies, laundry detergent, and pretty much anything else you can think of – all with FREE two-day shipping. They can also stream movies and video for that much-needed downtime after a long week studying. My son got nearly all of his textbooks on Amazon – gone are the days of waiting in line laden down with stacks of textbooks at the college book store.
I’ve Found a Great Graduation Gift for Her, but I’m N
Take a deep breath and be a proud mama! All those years of math homework and carpool drives have been worth it. Your graduate may be a full-fledged adult now, but she will always need her family, and for that, I am truly grateful!