High school graduation season is upon us once more, and many of us find ourselves in a quandary as to what to buy that special graduate. And I don't know about you, but a new car was never an option for our cash-strapped family.

So, what gift or gifts would be affordable enough, and also be something that the graduate would genuinely appreciate and use? Especially for those heading off to higher education.

Well according to a U.S. News and World Report article of the 10 best high school graduation gifts, a board game is on the list , as is an alarm clock. Practical yet useful.

Here's the complete list: 10 High School Graduation Gift Ideas