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Ten Great High School Graduation Gifts (page 2)

Ten Great High School Graduation Gifts

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Updated on May 1, 2014

6. It’s in the Bag!

Being unique, looking different, or standing out are classic qualities in many high school aged kids. Why not give a gift that allows the graduate to design it herself? The “Design Your Own Bag” gift card from Timbuk2 is a fantastic gift idea for the creative and unique minded student. She chooses the style of bag, she chooses the fabric. Creating her own stylish bag has never been easier or more fun. And now, she’ll have the right bag for her next big adventure in life. (Timbuk2, $100) Where to buy

7. Stock up and Keep Cool!

The Pottery Barn Teen Supercool Fridge is a classic graduation gift with a twist. These small compact fridges come in candy-colored hues that will brighten up any room. They are also an essential for any dorm room or apartment. This stylish and functional fridge will keep the food flowing. (Pottery Barn Teen, $199) Where to buy

8. Give the Gift of No More Smelly Socks!

Laundry is the great conundrum of life outside of the home. Get them started on the right foot to doing their laundry, the environmentally responsible way. This laundry gift set is the perfect starter set. Simply purchase the oversized, organic cotton laundry bag (so they can go weeks before doing a load!), some soft, durable, organically grown cotton, dye-free towels, a large tub of non-toxic laundry detergent (Method or Seventh Generation make good ones) and a few rolls of quarters. This gift is a guaranteed home-run because it’s practical and environmentally kind. Now they’ll have no excuse to bring dirty laundry home and they’ll be kind to the environment in the process.

9. Cook it Up!

Going off on your own can be daunting for many teens, especially if they’re used to Mom’s cooking. Give them the gift of never having to eat frozen pizza again! A gift certificate to a cooking school is a fantastic and useful gift that allows teens to learn to cook for themselves. And it’s great fun too! Most major cities have culinary schools that offer gift certificates for week long or even day programs. The CIA in Hyde Park, NY, for example, offers a special Parent and Teen Cooking Day designed especially for the teen who is interested in cooking. A cooking school gift certificate will give them a chance to learn a skill they will have forever.

10. Be up for the Challenge!

What better way to start off a new adventure in life than to have a true adventure experience. A gift of an Outward Bound experience will leave a lasting impression on the teen who wants to challenge herself before starting her post-high school life. Outward Bound offers a variety of challenging and exciting courses, from rock climbing, canyoneering, dog sledding, sailing the ocean, or desert backpacking—it has every type of adventure to choose from. She will learn gain useful skills and test her limits, as she opens herself to new experiences. www.outwardbound.org

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