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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

31 Functional High School Graduation Gifts


My parents had a great high school graduation party for me and my brothers when they graduated with family and friends. The one downside, as I recall at the time but totally understand now, was that they insisted people not gift money. But I do remember, to this day, the gift my aunt got for me: a laundry bag (that lasted 8 years), laundry detergent (that made it longer than first semester),  towels, and some other essentials for the dorm room. It was a very thoughtful gift.


With that in mind, today's blog post will provide a list of 31 functional high school graduation gift ideas for your son or daughter. We'll leave the sentimental gifts (or the sports cars) up to you:


  1. Basic toolset
  2. Bathroom kit
  3. Bed set
  4. Bike
  5. Bookstore gift card
  6. Desk light
  7. Extension cord
  8. Flash or external hard drive
  9. Floor lamp
  10. Foam bed pad
  11. Gas card
  12. Headphones
  13. Kindle
  14. Laptop bag
  15. Laundry bag or basket
  16. Laundry detergent
  17. Local restaurant gift cards
  18. Luggage
  19. Microwave
  20. Mini fridge
  21. College apparel
  22. Pictures and/or frames
  23. Power cord
  24. Professional clothes (for class, presentations, events)
  25. Quarters (as many as you can collect)
  26. Reading pillow
  27. School supplies
  28. Snacks
  29. Storage boxes
  30. Wallet
  31. Water bottle
  32. Workout gear
  33. Yoga mat
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