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Graduation parties can be a fun time to catch up with family and friends, but as you go from party to party, your wallet might go from full to empty.

Gifting on a budget can be hard because you want to show the recipient you care about them, but don’t have access to unlimited funds. Don’t worry – there are plenty of personalized, heartfelt gifts that will make you feel proud of your gift without breaking the bank.

Whether your budget is high or low, here are three price points you can follow to gift the perfect graduation present:

  • Budget bargains – gifts from $1.00– $50.00
  • Mid-range merchandise – gifts from $50.00 – $100.00
  • Pricey products – gifts over $100.00

Budget Bargains

Under $25.00

If you have already exceeded your intended grad-gift budget, you might be searching through sale racks and browsing for bargains. Don’t stress. Here are some gift ideas that are inexpensive, yet meaningful.

Photo Prints

Photo Prints

Image: Artifact Uprising

Starting only at $8.00, Artifact Uprising® gives graduates the opportunity to take a piece of you with them to college or their next phase of life. The minimal photo prints are perfect for creating a collage on the wall or framing to put on a nightstand or desk. With a wide variety of sizes, sets, and finishes, this heart-felt gift is easily customizable and a perfect way to remind your grad of your love!

Portable Bluetooth® Speaker

Bluetooth Speaker

Image: Best Buy

Whether at a party, in the shower, or while getting ready, young adults love to listen to music. Give your graduate the opportunity to jam out on the go with a portable Bluetooth speaker. This gift is useful, affordable, and sure to remind your grad about you every time they use it!

Essential Oil Diffuser

Essential oil diffuser

Image: Target

The stress of a new life in college or the “real world” can be overwhelming for young adults. Help your graduate ease their tension and relax with an essential oil diffuser. They are inexpensive, easy to use, and perfect for putting stressed students in a calm state. This one even comes with its own oil!

Shinola® Planner

Shinola planner

Image: Shinola

A new life comes with new responsibilities, plans and commitments. Help your graduate stay organized by gifting them a planner from Shinola. The 12 Month Runwell Planner comes in many colors and can be personalized with your grad’s initials. This planner is sophisticated, classy and forward-thinking – just like your grad!

Gift Cards

Uber Gift Card

Image: Uber

Although gift cards may not be seen as the most sentimental graduation gift, they are certainly useful and won’t be tossed aside. If you know what your grad likes, make things easy for yourself and get them a gift card to a local supermarket, their favorite restaurant, Uber, Postmates or Target®. The opportunities are endless!

Letters to My Future Self Book

Letters to My Future Self Book

Image: Barnes and Noble

Now might be one of the best times in your graduate’s life. Give them the opportunity to reflect on their experiences and memories while planning for the future. The Letters to My Future Self Book will give your graduate something to look back upon and treasure when they get older.  What a priceless experience you can gift them at a reasonable cost!

$25.00 $50.00

If you have some wiggle room in your bargain budget, consider one of these items at an only slightly greater cost.

Personalized Laundry Bag

Laundry Bag

Image: Pottery Barn

A useful, easy-to-carry laundry bag is an essential need for all dorm and apartment dwellers who do not have the luxury of their own personal appliances. Luckily, Pottery Barn® can help you save your graduate from future problems using a less suitable laundry bag with their efficient sack. This laundry bag is available in a variety of colors and patterns and can be personalized with your grad’s monogram.

Customizable Bulletin Board


Image: Wayfair

Send your graduate positive messages and vibes to their new life with a customizable bulletin board. These boards are one of the latest trends in home décor and will help personalize your grad’s new dorm room or bedroom. Write your graduate a message of encouragement or hope and remind them of your love!

What Do You Meme? Game

What Do You Meme card game

Image: Francesca’s

Show your grad your fun and playful side by getting them a game they can play with their new friends. What Do You Meme combines the pop culture and humor all millennials know and love into one silly yet mature game. Help your grad de-stress and have fun with a classic game night, and start scrolling through Twitter so you can play too!


Sparty Fathead

Image: Fathead

If your graduate is filled with college spirit, or is passionate about sports, get them a Fathead of their favorite college team! Fatheads are officially licensed wall decals and graphics that are perfect decorations for a dorm room, man cave, or apartment, and are always the life of the party – just like your grad!

Business Cards

business cards

Image: Moo

Whether your graduate recently declared their major, landed their first job, or earned a promotion, business cards are essential to all career-driven young adults. Show your grad that you support their career goals and help them excel in their chosen field by gifting them a practical gift. Business cards will give your graduate an edge and help them network and gain connections and opportunities for the future.

Personalized Passport Holder

Passport Holder

Image: Personalization Mall

Maybe your grad is moving to another country or studying abroad. Maybe they just have plans to travel in their future. Either way, they’re going to need a passport holder so why not get a fun one? PersonalizationMall.com has a wide variety of affordable, customizable passport holders that offer monogram personalization. Get your grad a passport holder and send them off on their foreign journey!

T-Shirt from Hometown

Image: Made In Detroit

Whether your graduate moves out of the country, state, or city, give them a reminder of home with a T-shirt they can take with them. For example, Made in Detroit is one of the many Michigan clothing brands that reps the city of Detroit. Let your grad rep their favorite city and keep the shirt as a reminder of you and their home digs.

Mid-Range Merchandise

$50.00 $100.00

If you’re hoping to get your graduate a nice gift without going overboard, consider one of these mid-range items.


Hershel backpack

Image: Urban Outfitters

All college students and working professionals need a reliable backpack to carry around their books, laptops and other necessities. Help take the load off your grad by getting them a backpack that will relieve their aches and won’t fall apart in a year. Hershel backpacks are known for being comfortable, efficient and trendy. Let your grad be cool at school with a new backpack!



Image: Swarovski

Celebrate your graduate with a piece of jewelry she can cherish forever. Swarovski.com is known for its elegant pieces which are sold at reasonable prices and popular among young women. A new necklace is sure to bring out the twinkle in your grad’s eye and give her a constant reminder of your love.


grap, plush robe

Image: Parachute Home

Give your grad the gift of relaxation and remind them about the importance of self-care. Their daily lives will be hectic, stressful, and out-of-the-ordinary so lend them a hand (or a bathrobe) and encourage them to lounge around sometimes. They will be grateful for your lesson, and even happier in their plush, new robe.

Monthly Beauty Box

birch box gift set

Image: Birchbox

Birchbox.com creates and delivers monthly boxes of grooming and self-care products for both men and women. By gifting these items, your grad can pamper themselves in posh luxury and will give them something to excitedly look for in the mail. Monthly packages and self-care tips are gifts that keep on giving!

New Shoes

Shoes, sneakers

Image: New Balance

Few young adults have cars, so it’s important that your grad has a good pair of shoes to get them around town. New Balance designs shoes for ultimate comfort and support, and are perfect for a long walk to work or class. When your grad’s friends are complaining about blisters and aches, your grad will think of you and be grateful you bought them a new pair of cloudlike kicks!



Image: Amazon

Encourage your grad to stay away from “the freshman 15” and get some exercise while walking around their new home. Exploring a new city can be fun, but it can be an even better time when your grad is working to achieve their daily step goal. Help your graduate stay in shape and have fun walking around town with a Fitbit!

Pricey Products

Over $100.00

If you really want to impress your grad with an extravagant surprise, here are some expensive gift ideas that your grad will surely love.

Echo Spot

echo dot

Image: Amazon

The Echo Spot is the perfect companion for any young adult living on their own. Not only can your graduate talk to Alexa on the device, but she can aid your grad with shopping lists, meal preparation, and anything else they need. The Echo Spot’s hand-free voice recognition technology is efficient, effective and simplifies all daily tasks. Take a load off your grad’s back by gifting them the Echo Spot.


Apple AirPods

Image: Best Buy

If your graduate isn’t already a part of the AirPods trend, help them get there! It will make their lives easier, and make them feel cooler, too. You can be sure they’ll be grateful that they no longer have to worry about their headphone cords getting in the way of their walking, running, and daily life.



Image: Walmart

Unleash the wild side of your graduate by gifting them a GoPro. A GoPro will inspire them to live on the edge and immerse themselves in unique, out-of-the-box experiences. Making videos can be a fun hobby for your grad and allow them to increase their self-confidence while getting the most out of everyday experiences.


gold, timex watch

Image: Timex

Let your grad feel like a real adult with a new watch. Not only will a new watch help them be punctual, but it will give them a new sense of pride, and enhance their professional business appearance. Help increase your grad’s game and encourage them to thrive in their career field.

Bedding Set

Bedding Set

Image: Pottery Barn

What better way of breaking in a new mattress and bedframe than with a new bedding set? Pottery Barn offers a large inventory of bedding in a variety of colors, patterns, and styles that are sure to please your grad. Help them add the finishing touches to their new room and give them a cozy place at home where they can feel safe and relaxed after their most stressful days.

Special Day Book

Special Day Book

Image: NY Times

Show your grad how special their big day really is by gifting them a Special Day Book. This book is comprised of other memorable events and occurrences that took place on their graduation day. This sleek, sophisticated book can be customized for your grad and give them a way to always remember their special day of graduation.

What gifts have you given your grad on their special day? Let us know in the comments!

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    1. I’m glad we were able to help you find something for the grad in your life, Annie! Have a wonderful day and congratulations to you and your family!

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