Graduation is almost here, and it’s time to think about what to get the graduates in your life! Of course, high school teachers can’t be on the hook for gifts for all of their students. That would add up pretty quickly! But there are times when you might want to give students a special token, or you might have a graduate in your own family to celebrate. We’ve rounded up our some inexpensive DIY projects here as well as our favorite graduation books for students. And below, find our favorite 2021 graduation gifts for students at a variety of price points.

1. Custom graduation mug

Custom graduation mug - -- best graduation gifts for students

2021 was one for the record books for sure! Why not commemorate it with this pandemic coffee mug?

Buy it: Custom Mug/Etsy

2. Personalized water bottle

Custom water bottle

The perfect gift for summer and beyond. These custom bottles are perfect for matching the colors to your high school or future college!

Buy it: Custom Water Bottles/Etsy

3. Vintage college pennant

Custom pennant flag

Find fun vintage pennants for dozens of colleges and universities.

Bu it: Pennant/Etsy

4. Custom video montage

Instructions for making a Tribute video montage

What a thoughtful way to send off your student! You can assemble your own video montage, or use a service like Tribute. Their easy-to-use tools allow you to do it yourself or you can pay a little more and have a professional put together something spectacular.

Buy it: Tribute Video Montage

5. Lovepop graduation card

Pop up graduation card -- best graduation gifts for students

Need a unique card that makes an awesome keepsake? These graduation cards are stunning! A pull-out insert provides a place for a personalized message.

Buy it: Lovepop Goodbye & Good Luck Card

Discount: Get five cards for $50 with code: 5FOR50

6. Pushpin travel map

Framed map of the world with push pins inserted in various locations

Is your student heading off to travel the world? This personalized pushpin map lets them track their travels.

Buy it: Push Pin Travel Maps

7. Audible membership

Collage of audiobooks with headline Give the gift of Audible

Does your student love to listen to audiobooks? During summer downtime and perhaps even into fall, Audible gift memberships make a great graduation gift. They’re available from one month to a year, so there are options for all price ranges.

Buy it: Audible Gift Membership

8. Kindle Paperwhite or Fire

Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Fire

Amazon’s e-readers and tablets are perfect for the tech-loving student on the go. If your student already has one, consider a Kindle Unlimited membership.

Buy it: Kindle Paperwhite and Fire HD 8 Tablet

9. Photo keepsake

Heart photo collage on cork board -- best graduation gifts for students

Does your student love to keep images tacked above their desk or all over the wall? Why not make them a custom photo keepsake they can take with them!?

Buy it: Photo Heart/Minted

10. Custom planner

Custom planner -- best graduation gifts for students

What student doesn’t need to keep track of their schedule and assignments? This personalized custom planner is perfect for fall. You can even get a custom journal!

Buy it: Planner/Minted

11. Class ring

Custom class ring

These custom class rings allow you to choose ring color, gemstone, text engraving, and so much more. Your student will wear it and save it as a keepsake for years!

Buy it: Class Ring/Etsy

12. Weighted blanket

Gray weighted blanket -- best graduation gifts for students

When it comes to relaxing, weighted blankets are perfect for soothing and keeping your student warm. This twin-size blanket works well with dorm beds!

Buy it: Weighted Blanket/Amazon

13. Keurig machine

Teal Keurig single serve

If your student starts (and maybe ends) the day with coffee, this single-serve Keurig is small and versatile. Perfect for dorm rooms or apartments. Also, comes in multiple colors.

Buy it: Keurig/Amazon

14. Instant camera

Fujimax instant camera

Retro is in! This instant camera is one of our top graduation gifts for students and it’s perfect for capturing memories post-graduation. Available in multiple colors, and you can purchase extra ink and film.

Buy it: Camera/Amazon

15. New laptop

Chromebook -- best graduation gifts for students

Is it time to upgrade your student’s laptop? Consider this Acer Chromebook laptop and accessory package. At less than $300, it’s a great deal!

Buy it: Chromebook/Amazon

16. iPad and Apple pen

Apple iPad mini

A lot of students are shifting from taking their notes on paper to using an iPad and pen. It’s a great way to organize and digitally transform homework and notes.

Buy it: iPad/Apple

17. Apple watch

Apple Watch -- best graduation gifts for students

Help your student stay organized and healthy with an Apple Watch.

Buy it: Apple Watch/Apple

18. AirPods

Apple airpods

Whether they need to drown out the noise around them to focus, or listen to a virtual class, AirPods are a necessity for most students today!

Buy it: AirPods/Amazon

19. Zen board

Zen doodle pad

Want something really original? Check out this zen board for painting fleeting designs. It’s like an etch-a-sketch for creating beautiful designs with just water and the included brush. Perfect for doodling and relieving stress.

Buy it: Zen Board/Amazon

20. Gift card

Amazon gift card -- best graduation gifts for students

Not sure what to get them? All students love a gift card! Amazon makes it easy to buy just what they need, when they need it.

Buy it: Gift Card/Amazon

Have any ideas for graduation gifts for students? Share them in the comments below!

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