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17 Back-to-School Gifts for High Schoolers

New school year, new supplies. Cross something fun off of your teen's wish list with these back-to-school gifts for students.

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back to school gifts for students Hydro Flask Standard Mouth Bottlevia amazon.com

Hydro Flask

Your teen will love staying hydrated when sipping from this trendy water bottle. It’s available in tons of fun colors and keeps beverages at the optimal temperature for hours.

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Airpods back to school gifts for students via amazon.com

AirPods

Trust us—your high schooler will use these Apple AirPods throughout the day. Between study hall sessions and after-school practices, they’re a practical way for your teen to listen to their favorite songs—and maybe cram in an audiobook or podcast. And, since these buds are Bluetooth enabled, there’s no pesky cord to get in their way!

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back to school gifts for students 8 Stickers Mystery Packvia ElyseBreanneDesign/etsy.com

Laptop Stickers

Don’t be shocked when your teen outfits all of her back-to-school supplies in stickers. This beautiful sticker bundle—packed with inspirational quotes, animals and floral designs—will help her get started.

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back to school gifts for students 2021 2022 Jade Floral Large Plannervia papersource.com

Practical Planner

Organization is the first step to success—and this planner will help your kid keep track of assignments, extracurricular activities, deadlines and more. A sheet of gold foil stickers make it easy to note special occasions, like birthdays and days off of school.

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back to school gifts for students Dry Erase Sticky Notesvia amazon.com

Reusable Sticky Notes

Sticky notes are perfect for jotting down ideas, important dates and other reminders. But if you’re an avid user, paper waste can add up—fast. That’s why we love these reusable notes that stick to any shiny surface and can be written on up to 2,000 times!

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back to school gifts for students Nike Brasilia Training Duffel Bag Mediumvia kohls.com

Sports Duffel

If that sweaty gym bag hasn’t been updated since middle school, it’s time for a replacement. Gift your student athlete a durable Nike training bag that fits all of their gear. Plus, they can use it as a plain ol’ gym bag during the offseason.

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back to school gifts for students Make Your Own Rainbow Bagel Kitvia uncommongoods.com

Rainbow Bagel Kit

Saturday mornings are for sleeping in—and making a delicious breakfast. This DIY rainbow bagel kit will give your teen a fun morning project and help build valuable kitchen skills. Each kit includes bagel mix, yeast and food coloring. 

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back to school gifts for students Blue Light Blocking Glassesvia amazon.com

Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Fend off headaches and eye strain with a pair of blue light blocking glasses. These chic frames protect your teen’s eyes from screen glare whether they’re writing a paper on their laptop or scrolling through TikTok on their phone.

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back to school gifts for students Stasher Reusable Clear Food Storage Sandwich Bag Colorsvia amazon.com

Reusable Sandwich Bags

Skip the single-use plastic at lunchtime and stock up on Stasher bags. This eco-friendly option makes it easy to pack a nutritious lunch for your high schooler in a bag that’s safe for them and the environment.

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Sunrise Alarm Clock back to school gifts for students via amazon.com

Sunrise Alarm Clock

High school starts early. And an engaging alarm clock is a back-to-school essential. We love this clock that simulates the sun rising to make mornings a bit more bearable.

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back to school gifts for students Locker Wood Letter Board Gray U Brandsvia target.com

Locker Letter Board

A stylish locker? Check! This cute letter board is perfect for displaying an inspirational quote, fun message or class schedule.

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back to school gifts for students Herschel Pop Quiz Backpack Blackvia amazon.com

Simple Backpack

While their interests might change throughout high school, this timeless backpack from Herschel Supply Co. will never go out of style. Plus, it’s a blank canvas for patches, pins and other personalizations.

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Universal Yums back to school gifts for students via universalyums.com

Snack Subscription

If study abroad is on your teen’s to-do list, they’ll adore this fun snack box from Universal Yums. Sign up for a subscription and enjoy watching them experience a different country via their tastebuds each month. We love these other snack subscriptions, too.

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back to school gifts for students Mlb Super Storage Lapdesk Ovia pbteen.com

Storage Lapdesk

If your high schooler is participating in virtual learning this year, a sleek lapdesk will let them work from anywhere. This MLB version sports the logo of your teen’s favorite team, but you can also find options for NFL, NBA and Harry Potter fans.

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back to school gifts for students Literary Insults Chartvia uncommongoods.com

Literary Insults Chart

Reading the classics just got more fun. This literary insults chart has blink-and-you’ll-miss-it roasts from Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen, Shakespeare and more.

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back to school gifts for students Foil Embossed Keychain Wallet Cardvia SouthernYallDesigns/etsy.com

Monogrammed ID Holder

School ID? Check. Learner’s permit? Got it. Keep your kiddo’s most important cards organized with this sleek ID holder. It can attach to a lanyard or key ring and comes with an embossed monogram. 

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Cloud Book Light back to school gifts for students via urbanoutfitters.com

Book Light

Brighten up study time—literally—with an adorable book light. Available in both a sun and cloud shape, these cuties will make learning the Pythagorean theorem a little more bearable.

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Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.

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