14 Graduation Gifts for High Schoolers Who Love Food

Get your high school grad a gift they'll proudly display in their dorm room next year.

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May 28, 2020
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Life after high school can be daunting to even the bravest members of a senior class. While there are lots of unknowns ahead, you can help the new high school graduate in your life by setting them up with some kitchen tools that will help them feel at home in their new space — no matter how small it turns out to be. We’ve rounded up a list of appliances, storage necessities and kitchen utensils that, while very useful, also make for a thoughtful gift come graduation day.


This Bedshelfie is a must-have for dorm room living or an apartment that’s too small to accomodate a bedside table. It attaches to the side of a bedframe and is perfect for holding food, drinks or acting as a bedside table in a small space.

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Give your new college kid a microwave that fits their dorm decor. Not only is this microwave a cool teal color, it’s compact and perfect for someone transitioning into a small space. It has six power levels and 700 watts of power, as well as knob and button control.

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This kitchen rack has a space large enough to fit a microwave underneath, and the perfect accompanying shelves to store all of your necessities. It’s perfect storage for a desk or countertop, and even features hooks on its sides to hang towels or utensils.

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This air fryer is our test kitchen's favorite for small space. It comes in a variety of bright colors and is a total new-kitchen necessity. It has a two-quart capacity and includes five presets, so that it’s easy to make sure you’re setting it for the perfect temperature and amount of time based on what you’re cooking.

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This mini fridge measures only 1.7 cubic feet, but it’s a workhorse. It only uses 70 watts of power, and it’s perfect for storing leftovers, beverages and even smaller frozen items in its tiny freezer space.

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This coffee maker is small but mighty — perfect for dorm rooms! It brews up to 12 cups of the good stuff and has a little window, so that you can see the water reservoir to prevent overflows. It also has an auto-pause feature that keeps the coffee from dripping if you need to pick up the pot mid-brew.

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If your high school grad has no idea how to use a coffee pot, get them a pod-style coffee maker instead. This single-serve Keurig is perfect for dorm living. It can store up to nine K-cup pods, and it can accommodate a travel-sized mug. Plus, it turns off 90 seconds after it finishes brewing, so you don't have to worry about your kid leaving the coffee pot on before leaving for class.

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Whether they're learning remotely or running across the quad, your new college student is going to need a water bottle to keep them hydrated. This Hydro Flask bottle is super-durable and comes with a lifetime warranty — so it’s sure to last them for the next four years. The bottle is designed keep their drink cold for up to 24 hours, and even has a dishwasher-safe powder coating so it's easy for them to keep it clean.

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If your new grad loves their shakes and smoothies, this is the perfect gift. It’s small and includes additional blender cups, blades and even a little recipe book. It has 250 watts of power and can also be used for sauces and dips.

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Not only are these containers leak-proof, which is perfect for throwing into a backpack or tote, they’re lightweight and shatter-resistant. They’re also stackable, which is perfect for dorm living without much space. And, our test kitchen director is a fan, so you know they've gotta be good.

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This little two-slice toaster is the perfect small-kitchen appliance. It has wide slots to accommodate lots of different treats. It also has adjusting bread guides, so that you can make sure your toast is perfect every single time.

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Whether your grad is prepping for dorm or apartment life, this storage caddy will keep them organized. It can store paper plates, flatware and even has a spindle for a roll of paper towels. It’s the ultimate space-saver.

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While the nicest dishes aren’t a necessity, this set of 12 melamine bowls and plates is perfect for dorm or small-kitchen living. They are shatter-resistant, microwave- and dishwasher-safe. This set is sure to come in handy when your college kid orders pizza for late-night study sessions.

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You can't have dinnerware without some flatware. The 24-piece set has wide plastic handles and stainless-steel utensils. They’re dishwasher-safe and super durable.

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This little electric cooker is compact and dorm-ready! It has 1,500 watts of power and can hold up to 1.2 liters of liquid. It’s perfect for cooking rice, noodles, boiling water or reheating soup. Don’t worry, it even has a little indicator light that lets you know when food is ready, so you don't have to worry about mushy rice.

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