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13 Gifts Every College-Bound High School Grad Needs for Their Dorm

If your grad has been pinning and making mood boards about their college dorm room since they were a junior in high school, we have the gift guide for you. Here, everything they’ll need for the room of their dreams, featuring everything from the necessities (a pink mini fridge…duh) to fun extras (did someone say avocado pillow?).

Petal Palette Monogram Mug from Anthropologie, $10

A monogrammed mug will make for the *perfect* Instagram photo with their flawlessly decorated room in the background!

Grey Opaque Modular Stackable Drawers from The Container Store, $9.99-$49.99

These stackable drawers are simple and perfect for storing everything from school supplies to clothing.

Wall Pops Floral Cork Bulletin Board from Target, $14.19

It’s not just any corkboard, it’s a ~floral~ corkboard.

Rifle Paper Co. Blue Floral Social Stationery from Paper Source, $22.50

Hand-writing letters to friends and family is so much more personal than an email. And there’s no better encouragement for keeping up with their pen pals than gorgeous stationary.

​Babe Cave Wooden Sign from Dormify, $35

Because obvi their room will be a total #babecave.

Marble and Copper Laptop Sleeve from Society6, $36.99

They can carry their laptop safely with this super trendy sleeve.

Mini Cinema Light Box from Urban Outfitters, $39

Perfect for displaying all your announcements in the chicest way possible.

Chrysanthemum String Lights from PBTeen, $39

These pretty lights will brighten up an otherwise boring cinderblock wall.

Bed Caddy from Dormify, $42.95

Reaching down for a phone from a bed on bed risers is not the best move. This bed caddy stores everything they’ll need (books, phone and well, snacks probably) within reach.

Avocado Crochet Throw Pillow from Urban Outfitters, $49

AvocaDON’T go to college without this pillow! (We love puns.)

Keurig K-Mini Single-Serve Coffee Pot from Target, $65.99

That Starbucks habit isn’t very sustainable when they’ll have student loans to pay. They need this.

Succulent Charging Station from Dormify, $98

Say goodbye to the standard, ugly extension cord and wave hello to an adorable succulent plant that also doubles as a…charging station? We won’t question it.

Colorful Mini Fridge from PBTeen, $249

Because of course they need a colorful mini-fridge.

Temple University, 2019. Magazine journalist and editor, fitness instructor, health and wellness enthusiast. Proponent of lists, Jesus, and the Oxford comma. Will do anything for an iced oatmilk latte. Follow my journey: Twitter + Instagram: @sarah_madaus