We are all searching for that perfect graduation gift. The best gifts for the college bound person in our lives can be either services or items, as long as they are practical and will get used. There are gifts that often go unopened or unused, make sure to consider one from this list so yours isn’t one of those. These graduation gifts for every budget and are perfect for either girl or guy.
15 Graduation Gifts for Every Budget
It’s that time of year again! And, OH MY, am I really feeling it this year. My second child is graduating from high school! How did this happen? Wow, the time went by way too fast.
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1. Graduation Key Chain
What better gift to signify a new start than a key chain? I absolutely love this key chain that not only has the graduation year on it, but has the penny from this year as well. What a great gift to hold all of their keys that they will need for their new dorm room or new apartment.
This compass key chain can signify the direction the new graduate can take. A compass can symbolize guidance and stability and safety, a remembrance of where they came from and where they are going.
2. Gas Cards
Some students will be commuting to college every day, why not help them out and gift them a gas card? I have done this in the past and it is very much appreciated.
3. Cool T-shirts
These kids have just done something epic! Getting through high school is something to be celebrated and they should be proud and let the world know. Wear that shirt!
4. Alex & Ani Bracelet
If the graduating girl in your life is anything like my daughter, she will absolutely love this bracelet! Alex & Ani bracelets are HOT right now!!
5. Amazon Gift Card
Every graduate would be super appreciate of this gift. There are so many items students need when they are off to college. They can even use the Amazon Gift Card for the books they need.
6. Amazon Prime for Students
This is the perfect gift for the students who are traveling far from home. Students receive FREE 2-day shipping on textbooks and tons of other stuff they will need for college. There are deals and promotions that are exclusive to college students as well. Borrow FREE Kindle Books & get unlimited instant streaming of movies & TV episodes when you join Amazon Prime for $49/year (50% off Prime).
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Coffee!! Every college student needs coffee! We all know students are on a budget and $5 for a cup of coffee every day certainly isn’t in that budget. A Keurig solves that budgeting problem. Add a nice travel mug and they are good to go!
This sampler of K-Cups has a huge variety of not only coffee, but tea and hot chocolate as well.
9. A Special Coffee Cup
What college student doesn’t get a little homesick? A special coffee cup will always remind them of you.
10. Netflix or Hulu Subscription
A year’s worth of TV and Movies will be a great gift for some downtime. It can’t be study all the time, can it?
11. The College Cookbook
Surprise, Mom will not be there to make your dinner! The College Cookbook has some easy and delicious recipes. Another budget friendly idea, cooking in instead of ordering take-out.
Students need a sturdy backpack that will last a long time. This backpack is not only sturdy, but has a ton of compartments for media items, a laptop, writing supplies and 2 mesh cup holders!
These kids are on the go all day! But I think most of us adults remember the old saying about “the freshman fifteen”. A fitness tracker will help keep them accountable that they are staying healthy and getting the necessary daily activity and exercise. And Mom and Dad can see too! The Fitbit Alta is slim and sleek for the girls and the Fitbit Blaze is an awesome Smart Fitness Watch for the guys.
14. The Total Money Makeover
This personal finance book is hands down my favorite. Start these young adults on the right path to financial success. A healthy start to budgeting will make it so much easier when they have the every day “real” expenses of adulthood.
Who doesn’t love cash? There are so many expenses that are going to come up and a little extra cash will go a long way, but make it fun and a little creative.…
Graduation day is a monumental moment in one’s life. Help them commemorate that day with a special gift that signifies that next big step in life. These graduation gifts fit every budget and any student would absolutely love anything from this list.
Be sure to check out Money Advice for High School Graduates, where we can have an honest conversation about graduates and money. Start a conversation with a young person in your life and try to impart a little financial wisdom on them.
Planning a Graduation Party? Visit How to Save Money on the Ultimate Graduation Party and get some great tips and tricks to planning a graduation party on a budget.