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Top graduation gift ideas for her

Give her a gift she’ll use and appreciate as she prepares for the next chapter.

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Graduation season is right around the corner, but finding the perfect gift for college or high school grads can be a tall order. You want a gift that’s functional and useful, yet shows your excitement for her next steps in life. These graduation gifts are sure to wow the girlfriend, daughter or sister in your life.

Graduation gifts for the college grad

Professional tote bag

Now that she’s got that degree, she’ll head to job interviews and into the workforce. Help her prepare with a new leather bag or tote for carrying copies of resumes, notepads and other interview essentials while looking professional and organized.

If you’re searching for a high-quality leather bag that’s beautifully-made and functional, consider buying an American-made handbag, wallet or tote.

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Jewelry and accessories

Looking the part can go a long way when it comes to nailing big job interviews. Gift your recent grad with jewelry staples to complete her look. Watches, earrings and necklaces make thoughtful gifts that come in handy when dressing for success.

Even if you’re shopping for graduation gifts on a modest budget, snap up some great pieces that don’t cost a fortune. Check department stores like Macy’s and Kohl’s, which typically run deals on jewelry throughout the year. Or, if you’re shopping online, Kate Spade is known for deep discounts on authentic jewelry. Plus, they’ve got a clearance page.

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Birchbox subscription box

Let’s face it — recent grads don’t have the time or money to spend on brand new skincare products. We’re willing to bet she’s still using some of the same lotions and fragrances she bought freshman year. Gifting her with a monthly Birchbox subscription box could be the perfect way to help her find her new favorite skincare products without leaving her apartment.

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Blue Apron subscription

Grocery shopping and meal prepping are two other areas that tend to get lost on new grads. All of a sudden, they’re swimming in interviews or even a new job without the time to shop for groceries. Here’s where a Blue Apron subscription could help, especially good for meals for one or two. Weekly meal kits are delivered right to her door, replacing expensive takeout. And you can rest assured that she’ll enjoy a healthy, home-cooked meal.

Shop Blue Apron

Amazon Prime membership

Now that she’s not a student, your recent grad won’t gets the perks of Amazon Prime Student. Heck, she might be enjoying the six-month free trial. Give her a gift that keeps on giving with an Amazon Prime membership with free two-day shipping on most orders, plus extras like Prime Music and Prime Video.

Shop Amazon Prime

High school graduation gifts

Personalized jewelry

She’s ready to set sail to enjoy the adventures that life after high school offers. A cute piece of personalized jewelry to remind her of home, like these “home is where the heart is” necklaces can be a thoughtful gift she’s sure to cherish.

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Dorm essentials

If she’s headed to college, she needs tons of dorm room essentials, like towels, XL sheets, a shower caddy and shower supplies, plus fun items for her room like posters, frames, string lights, speakers and maybe even noise-canceling headphones.

Shop Urban Outfiters

Laptop upgrade

Another off-to-school must is a reliable laptop. Look for affordable, quality options from HP, Dell, Samsung, ASUS, Microsoft and even Apple. Compare prices online from some of the major tech retailers like Amazon, Best Buy and Newegg for the best deal, and send her off well-equipped to make the Dean’s List.Shop Amazon

Flowers

Flowers are a classic graduation gift that never go out of style. Sending flowers online is an option if you’re out of town for her grad party, but want her to know you’re thinking about her.

If you’re cutting it close to her graduation date, check out FlowersFast!, which offers same-day delivery. Other great online flower delivery services include Avas Flowers, JustFlowers and From You Flowers.Shop Teleflora

Our top picks

Tea Forte PUGG 24oz Ceramic Loose Leaf Teapot
Tea Forte PUGG 24oz Ceramic Loose Leaf Teapot

Amazon

'Idiom - Heart Of Gold' Bangle by Kate Spade
'Idiom - Heart Of Gold' Bangle by Kate Spade

Nordstrom

Kate Spade 'one in a million' Initial Pendant Necklace
Kate Spade 'one in a million' Initial Pendant Necklace

Nordstrom

  Multicolor Bright Sympathy Basket Arrangement
Multicolor Bright Sympathy Basket Arrangement

1-800-Flowers

Bottom line

Finding the perfect graduation gift for her doesn’t have to be daunting. These ideas should help you choose a thoughtful and useful gift for her next stage of life — whether she’s heading off to college, moving into a new apartment or landing her first professional job.

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