High school and college-aged kids are sometimes the hardest to buy for because everything we (translation: adults) pick can be “lame.” Or whatever the word for uncool is these days. 😉
But no fear! I’ve done the work for you and scoured my favorite store Amazon for some amazing gifts that are perfect for your older child.
Since this list contains an overwhelming number of unisex gifts, I didn’t divide the gifts by sex but some are distinctly boy or girl. So, have fun getting inspiration to get those big hugs or exuberant high fives for whatever the occasion.
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Gift Ideas Guide for the Older Child in High School or College
Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Sprout LED
This is a really cool gift for the kid who loves to grow things, is into science, or if you have a budding chef. This complete kit allows you to grow herbs, salad greens, vegetables, or flowers. They can grow up to three plants at a time! The high performance LED is tuned to the specific spectrum that allows for plants to at their maximum and even blinks to remind when nutrients are needed.
Vintage Lighted Star Marquee
This is a cool marquee light that will liven up any desk or dorm room and is your secret way of letting them know they’ll always be your star! 😉
ATTCL 2016 Vintage Fashion Round Arrow Style Wayfarer
These stylish sunglasses are totally on trend right now! And they won’t break the bank and are available in a variety of cool colors.
Hangry Kit Sweet & Salty Snack Sampler
If your kid is away or on their way to college, this gift will let ‘em know you’re thinking of their nutrition. 😉 We don’t want them getting hangry!
Fandango Gift Cards
Movies, movies, movies … Need I say more?
Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration
This cute and fun journal is a welcoming way to ease your teen into the habit of journaling and thinking about themselves and their future.
Who doesn’t love emojis at any age?!
Premium Metallic Tattoos
These aren’t your typical “kiddie” tattoos. These are premium metallic tattoos that last for days and won’t lose their shine. And they’re non-toxic and come with a 30-day money-back guarantee!
APIE Portable Wireless Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker
For the outdoors lover who wouldn’t want to miss listening to their i-tunes playlist this speaker is a great option. It’s also completely waterproof and delivers HD acoustic sound for crystal clear sound. To top it off, it comes with a built in SOS emergency button!
Herschel Supply Co. Charlie Card Holder
1 Page at a Time: A Daily Creative Companion Diary
Here’s another great tool to get your young person to journal and reflect on their life in a meaningful way. The benefits of journaling every day are too good to pass up, so this is an entry-level way to develop the awesome habit.
iPhone 6S Leather Case, iPhone 6S Case
This is not just another phone case. It holds money and important cards, but it also folds to prop up the phone for easy viewing! And the best part is it comes in over 40 unique colors and designs.
Amir 3 in 1 HD Clip-on Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit
This lens kit turns your cell phone (i-phone, Galaxy, and other Android phones) into a professional camera. You get 3 in 1 HD Lens – Including superior quality 0.4x Super Wide Angle Lens + 10x Macro Lens + 180° Fisheye Lens. Enjoy the high quality and incredible images
Sephora Gift Card
You can’t go wrong with a Sephora gift card for the girl who loves all things beauty! This is an easy win.
Man Up!: 367 Classic Skills for the Modern Guy
This is a totally cool and relevant book for any guy in your life. This book really thinks of everything!
Umbra Fotochain Picture Frames, Set of 3
This frameset is a really cool way to put their favorite photos on display. I think I want a set for myself!
Luxury Inflatable Lounger Sofa by Airlug
Portable Charger Mopower 3000mAh
This charger is a must-have gift. You don’t want your child out and about with a dead cell phone! This inexpensive gift could be a life-saver.
W7’s Ultimate Eyeshadow Collection
This eyeshadow palette set has every color base covered and you’ll look like an expert without needing a PhD. in beauty!
Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual:
If your daughter loves but is new to the arena of make-up, this gorgeous and easy to follow book will help them look and feel their best.
Ikee Design Acrylic Jewelry & Cosmetic Storage Display
This storage unit is sleek and functional for many uses such as cosmetic, jewelry, and even for art and drawing supplies! So this gift could be for a girl or guy!
All-New Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote
This is a great gift! It’s the smaller version of the Amazon Fire TV Box which is what our family uses to watch TV. This is a low-cost way for your kid to get their own!
I hope you love this gift idea guide for your higher schooler or college student. Let me know in the comments sections if you found this gift guide helpful and add any other gift ideas you’ve found to the list!