May is all about the graduates!  And many of us are looking for unique and meaningful gifts!  What are the best high school graduation gifts?  Well, of course I think anything travel related is perfect.  After all, the world is their oyster.  And we WILL be traveling again!!!  Where they go, what they see and experience will have so much influence on the adults they become.  So, let’s encourage travel!

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Best High School Graduation Gifts


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In the past 6 years, I’ve had 4 children graduate from high school.  Gifts are always so appreciated, and I have seen every gift under the sun!  And, believe it or not, I still have gifts that were given to me when I graduated from high school.  Either those gifts were particularly awesome, or I’m a pack rat.  Either thing could be true.

But as a parent, I just so firmly believe that every moment is an opportunity to drop a truth bomb on our kids.  Surely something will sink in, right????  One truth bomb I hope they internalize is the value of travel.  I don’t think there’s a person alive who has not been changed in some way by travel.  Travel has certainly radically changed my life!  So if high school  graduation is an opportunity to dish out some more truth, the best high school graduation gifts I could give should be travel related.  Here’s some ideas:

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Give a Travel Journal


I discovered Revival Journals at a local flea market.  Take a minute to read about their story.  It’s all about Eternal Rescue and Redemption.  Pretty powerful high school graduation messages!

Why are they my pick for one of the best graduation gifts?  You can send them your own books, and they will turn them into a journal!  Think about that!  A favorite book your graduate enjoyed as a child.  Or, a book that many kids enjoy when they are little, turned into a journal to capture the next moments of their life?  Goosebumps y’all!  A “where I’ve been” and inspiration for “where I dream of going” wrapped into one awesome gift!  Click here for instructions on this excellent journal idea from Revival Journals.



Brown Leather Dop Kit


Toiletry Bags for Him 


There’s so many options for toiletry and make up bags, but I think these are among some of the best high school graduation gifts!  Love Meets Craft is a highly rated seller on Etsy, and starting off college life with a clean new toiletry bag is a very good idea!



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City-Themed Rings


I love the idea of a high school graduation gift that is given in the spirit of either “don’t forget to come home” OR “I’m excited about where you are headed!”  These city rings by Caitlyn Minimalist come in silver, gold and rose gold.  SUPER cool gift!



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Dorm Room Gift Ideas


How CUTE are these travel posters?  If your graduate has a plan to travel the world someday, then these are the perfect inspirational decor for the dorm room.  ECLECTICimprint will email you the files once you complete the purchase, and then you can send the files to your local printer to print out.  Check out their many different options!  Add a light-weight frame, and there you go!


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Travel Accessories for Organization


Phone charging cords, laptop charging cords, tablet charging cords, ear bud charging cords.  That’s a lot of cords, y’all!  Hep your favorite graduate get organized and keep their many cords all in one handy spot with a cute bag like this one from Sweet Signature.  They have lots of color options!



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Personalized Luggage Tags


Personalized ANYTHING is always a good Graduation Gift idea!  And these luggage tags from Personalize By Lisa are good quality, and come in many colors! And luggage tags are NOT just for suitcases!  Think back packs, duffel bags, tote bags.  Lots of items need to be tagged!!


black and pink luggage handle wraps


Here’s another cute take on tagging luggage, or straps on duffle bags.  These personalized handle wraps  by Happy Thoughts Gifts are so cute, and come in several color options!

Kids and parents in the Roman Forum


Plan a Trip Together


Of course, more than any THING you could give a Graduate, the best gift, in my humble opinion, is the gift of travel.  Near or far does not matter.  My husband and I have have taken our kids on trips following their graduations, and without trying to sound too much like a sappy greeting card, we all had a wonderful time!  We made memories.  We laughed a lot.  And, we learned a lot about our kids.  The best high school graduation gifts?  Trips.

And even if the trip is planned “for a future date”….when the world is not so crazy, that’s a pretty fun event to look forward to!  For EVERYONE!!!


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