Top High School Graduation Gift Ideas by Price

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High school graduation marks a major milestone in a teen's life. It's usually considered the turning point that separates childhood from adulthood.

The gift you give your teen to celebrate her high school graduation could be practical, sentimental, or a combination of both. And while teens entering the adult world often have many items they could use, finding just the right gift can be a challenge. 

Money Is a Most-Appreciated Gift

Whether your high school graduate is heading off to college, joining the military, or entering the workforce, money is likely to be much appreciated. If handing over a card with a check inside seems a little boring, get creative. There many fun ways to gift cash to teens.

Give a Sentimental Gift

If you will be purchasing more of a memento for a graduation gift, go with something classic as opposed to trendy. For example, if you want to get your teen daughter a memorable piece of jewelry as a keepsake to wear at graduation, go with a string of pearls or a pretty linked gold chain instead of a statement necklace.

A time capsule can also be a great sentimental gift. Encourage your teen and her friends to put items inside of a container that will remind them of high school.

Write down some facts about their graduation year too, like who the president is and the price of gas. Then, encourage the teens to bury the capsule and open it on a date 25 or 30 years down the road. It can be a great activity for a graduation party

Techno Gifts or Add-Ons Are a Good Choice

Find out what technology or devices your teen grad has and purchase a cool accessory for it. Adding value to something your teen already uses makes an awesome gift. A smartphone watch or a gadget that will help him turn his phone into a TV projector is likely to be put to good use.

A Picture Says a Thousand Words

Most teens have lots of pictures on their phones or their laptops, but they never do anything with them. Purchase a digital frame and your teen will be able to upload those pictures and look at them regularly. 

Big Ticket Items (Price Is No Object)

If you've got an unlimited budget for your graduation gift, consider these items:

  • Vacation or travel tour
  • Car
  • Money
  • Laptop 
  • Stocks or CD
  • Smartphone
  • Furniture for a new apartment

Mid-Priced Items ($51 - $250)

  • Briefcase or laptop bag
  • Clothing gift card
  • Watch
  • Microwave
  • Luggage
  • TV
  • Pure gold or silver coin with graduation year on it
  • Printer
  • Toolbox with basic tools
  • Engraved jewelry
  • Personalized graduation item
  • Money clip complete with money
  • Wallet with cash

Economical Gifts (Less Than $50)

  • A book about the future field of study or career
  • Devotional
  • Self-help book
  • Fill a laundry basket with laundry soap, fabric softener or dryer sheets, a roll of quarters and directions on how to separate your laundry. This is a perfect gift for the teen who is moving out or going to college.
  • Set of sheets
  • Picture frames with pictures of high school years
  • Organizer or planner
  • Desk accessories
  • Umbrella
  • Iron
  • Coffee maker

Homemade gifts are always a heartfelt and inexpensive option. Also, remember to plan that graduation party