Must Haves

Must Haves

Must Haves

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The transition from high school to college or into the workforce can be an exciting time for graduates and those who love and support them. It is time for a real celebration of all a student has achieved and a look forward to adventures yet to come.  

Finding the perfect gift for a high school graduate can sometimes be a bit daunting. Should you go with something a bit more practical or find that special item with lots of flair?  

We went on the hunt for unique high school graduation gift ideas that the student in your life will love and have others asking, “where did you get that?” From a coordinates necklace to a Roald Dahl Literary Mug, these 15 Must Haves celebrate all the wonders that await high school graduates.

  • “Note To Self” Canvas Wall Hanging

    Looking for a way to remind your student how special they are to you and the world?  This canvas wall art will help provide the motivation for anyone entering a new phase of their life.  It’s available in four sizes, 12”x18” all the way to 40”x60”.

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  • Coordinates Bar Necklace

    They’ll never forget where home is with this stunning necklace.  It’s simple to create thanks to the team at Made By Mary.  Provide the coordinates of your home or special place and they will stamp it onto their classic bar necklace.  It comes in your choice of gold-filled, rose gold-filled, or sterling silver.

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  • 4 Pocket Fabric Over Door Hanging Closet Storage Organizer

    Talk about a simple and stylish way to help organize a college dorm room!  If there’s one thing we know about college dorm life, things get messy quickly.  Having organizers like this from mDesign is critical.  The 4 compartments are good for everything from clothing to toiletries and even books.

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  • Varsity Luxury Travel Set

    We are loving this new twist on the old school grad gift of luggage. This varsity bag set from Tote&Carry is a standout with the wool logo that gives each bag a pop of texture. The backpack is water-resistant and the spacious duffle features 6 open-top compartments and one zipper pocketEven better, get the set in 8 color combo.

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  • Bulletboard Memo Board

    We really like the industrial look of Umbra’s new take on the classic corkboard.  It has a perforated metal surface that cleverly accommodates both pushpins and magnets.  There are two color options, black or nickel and it measures 21”x15″.

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  • College Themed Tumbler

    If your grad is heading off to college, a Tervis tumbler or other drinkware is a fun and practical way to help them show their new school pride. With a wide variety of tumblers and designs available for over 250 schools, this really is a Must Have gift idea.

  • Moona Storage Box

    We really like the modern circular design of this storage box. It works for jewelry or any small items a new graduate may want to keep organized. The drawers rotate 360 degrees so they’re easy to access.  It’s small enough not to take up too much space and large enough that the top surface can serve as a stand for a plant or light.

    Get It Now From Umbra
  • Foldable Lap/Bed Desk

    If we’re honest, there will be a lot of time spent studying in bed and a “lap” desk could be a huge win. This one from Hometech comes with a built-in tablet stand, cup holder, and 4 USB ports. It’s just about 24 inches wide so it will give your grad lots of room for a computer.

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  • First Aid Kit

    For grads that are heading to college or moving out on their own, a first aid kit is a gift that keeps giving.  It gives them access to all the basic quick first aid items and you, peace of mind. This 107 piece kit from ACE includes first aid essentials you might need in an emergency including bandages, cold packs to eyewash.

    Get It Now From Ace Hardware
  • 2-Drawer Rolling Fridge Cart

    If you’ve ever lived in a dorm, you see the huge value in this gift idea! Put your portable fridge on the top shelf and store your snacks, plates, utensils, and napkins in the drawers. It can help keep any dorm room a bit neater and most importantly optimizes the little space you’re sure to have. 

    Get It Now From mDesign
  • Friends Central Perk 62" x 90" Blanket

    It can be tough heading off to school and away from family and friends. A super-soft fleece blanket to snuggle up with could help make the transition a bit easier. This 62″ x 90″ blanket is perfect for the grad who loves FRIENDS! The team at has 300+ blankets and throws available with designs featuring TV shows to Superheroes.

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  • Dream Believe Achieve Magnet Board

    This magnet board combines style, function, and encouragement that all recent grads need. They’ll love to use it to hang notes, pictures, and more. The message is printed on canvas covering a magnetic surface. Available in two sizes, 16”x16” or 24”x24”, the board can stand on its own or hang on a wall. 

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  • Roald Dahl Literary Mug

    Give your grad a reminder of their favorite childhood stories with Roald Dahl coffee mug. They love reading quotes from some of his iconic books including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox, James and the Giant Peach, and Matilda.

  • The Journey Leather Journal

    We love the idea of gifting a special journal to graduates. There will be new experiences and adventures as they move to this new phase of their life. Journaling will help them capture the moments and reflect on all they’ve done and learned. This handcrafted buffalo leather journal Buffalo leather is filled with blank, cream-colored, handmade paper. It measures approximately 8.75H x 7W x 1.25 thick inches and includes 96 pages.

  • Bedside Pocket Organizer

    We all know how easy it is to “lose” your phone, glasses, or remote control while reading in bed. This canvas bedside organizer can help your grad keep those important items within reach of their bed. With four interior roomy pockets, it hangs on the bed frame via a sturdy steel wireframe.

    Get It Now From mDesign

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