High School Graduation Gift Ideas for Daughters

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High School Graduation Gift Ideas for Daughters
Find a special gift for your daughter's high school graduation. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Find the right gift for your daughter's high school graduation by thinking back to her experiences in high school and envisioning her future. Choose a gift that shows how much you love her but that she also can use in her new endeavours. Select a practical, thoughtful gift that she can take along with her to college or on her chosen path for the future.

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If she is planning to travel or even just moving to college, consider travel luggage or accessories. A set of luggage is a generous gift, or buy her a toiletry case, cosmetic bag or passport holder for a less-expensive gift. Add her monogram to the travel items for a personalised touch that will also help her identify her property at a baggage claim. Find these items in her favourite colour and add a monogram in a contrasting colour.


Purchase an iPod armband for a daughter who loves to run or a laptop sleeve for a studious daughter. Add the iPod itself or a new laptop for an even more generous gift. Add in a USB drive to hold her files or buy her a digital photo frame to display in her residence hall room. iPod speakers are another option. For a practical gift, consider an iPod docking station that doubles as an alarm clock.

Residence Hall Accessories

Help your college-bound daughter settle into her new residence hall by purchasing room accessories for a graduation gift. Stock up on towels (preferably in a variety of bright colours), a laundry bag and toiletry items. Get her a comfortable bathrobe and matching slippers for a useful yet pretty gift. Try a set of plastic plates, cups and silverware for in-room snacking, or purchase a special quilt or throw blanket to reminder her of you and home.


Treat your graduate to a new set of bedding, whether it will be used for her twin bed at college or just to symbolise a fresh start in her adult life. Purchase soft sheets, such as Egyptian cotton. Get a comforter in a colour or print that reminds you of your daughter's style. Purchase new pillows with pillowcases, and add a few decorative throw pillows to finish the look. Bedding prices vary widely, from inexpensive sets available at discount retailers to high-end designer brands.

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