While an alarm clock sounds like a great gift for those early mornings, most college students already use the alarms integrated into their phones. The same goes for other tech devices they may already have access to through the school, like a photo printer.
Instead, consider giving high school graduates things essential to their near future. If they are going away for college, dorm room décor such as picture frames are an excellent way for them to display memories of family members and friends back home. Another good option is a gift card to their favorite store or online retailer. It gives them the flexibility (and responsibility!) to choose what they need or want at any moment.
A high school student will also appreciate gifts that reference their soon-to-be alma mater, particularly anything with the school colors or logo. College gear will allow them to show off their school pride anywhere!
If they are taking a gap year to explore the world, then a travel mug is a perfect choice and one that will be used daily. A great way to complement any look, whether on campus or abroad, is with jewelry such as tennis bracelets, diamond stud earrings, or a beautiful ring.