11 Gifts For High School Grads Going on a Gap Year

Malia Obama, this one's for you. If you're going on a gap year this fall, you'll love our graduation gift picks, especially if you're about to embark on a year of travel and volunteering. We've got everything you need for a year's worth of *~WaNdErLuSt~*. 


Travel Essentials Journal, $15, available at Rifle Paper Co.

Jot down all your bucket lists and adventures in this totally chic journal.

The Getaway Passport Holder, $24, available at ban.do

Make your passport stand out with this passport holder that tells the TSA how you really feel.

CITIx60 Travel Guide, $9.95, available at Anthropologie

Be a better tourist with these travel guides that show you the city through the eyes of artists who live there.

Globetrotter Society Key Ring, $8, available at Three Potato Four

Someone with your sense of #wanderlust needs this key ring.


17 oz. Teakwood, $35, available at S'well

Behold the perfect water bottle for travelers. It'll keep your drink cold for 24 hours and hot for 12.

Oui Non Espadrilles, $29.90, available at Rad.

Let these cheeky espadrilles do the talking if you're at a loss for words in your new home.

Folkstitch Scarf, $49.50, available at Madewell

We love this folksy scarf--it'll keep you warm on the cold plane and looking ~chic~ the moment you walk off.

OVER $50

Large Duffel Travel Bag, $81, available at Vera Bradley

This travel bag is the PERFECT companion for traveling. It’s got a roomy central compartment with an easy access outside pocket to keep your passport close.

Lat & Lo Cuff 14k Gold Filled, $95, available at Lat & Lo

Personalize these cuffs to show the latitude and longitude of a location that's special to you--maybe your new country or maybe your hometown.

All-Natural Jams Speaker, $59.99, available at ModCloth

Take your jams on the road with this earthy speaker that plugs in straight to your phone.

World Map, $149.99, available at Axel and Ash

Fill in the countries you've visited, and this will make for a great accent for your future apartment or dorm.

Katie is the Senior Associate Editor of Her Campus. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2015, where she studied Writing Seminars, psychology, and women's studies. Prior to joining the full-time staff, Katie was a national contributing writer and Health Editor for HC. In addition to her work with Her Campus, Katie interned at Cleveland Magazine, EMILY's List, and the National Partnership for Women & Families. Katie is also an alumna of Kappa Alpha Theta. In her spare time, Katie enjoys writing poetry, hanging out with cats, eating vegan cupcakes, and advocating for women's rights. 

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