High School Graduation Gifts on a Budget

Graduation season is here!

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We happily receive announcements of friends and family that are graduating from preschool to high school.  While I wonder, how does it all happen so fast?  I am also thinking, how can I acknowlege them all? While I realize that the gift of money is probably the most popular (and maybe desired), my budget is telling me to look for other options. I have some great inexpensive ideas to give graduation gifts on a budget.

Most of the announcements I received this year are for high school graduations.  I thought I would share with you some other gift options that are still very useful and all the suggestions are less than $15.

  • Journal book – for their notes, action items, with a sentiment written inside
  • Travel Mug – with some coffee, tea or hot chocolate packets
  • Books – a finance  book or cookbook (or a local guidebook if recipient is going away to college)
  • Framed Inspiration – take a favorite quote or inspiring poem and frame it
  • Tote or sports bag – people always need these
  • Gift Bag or Basket – with highlighters, post-its and supplies from the dollar store
  • Advice Jar – collect advice from friends and family on index cards and put them all in a jar to send off with the student

What are your suggestions for non-cash graduation gifts?


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  1. What great inexpensive, thoughtful gift giving ideas. MY favorite is the jar filled with advice…so personal.

    amy @ whilewearingheels.blogspot.com

  2. Love the gift ideas, the jar with advice is a neat idea!

  3. I love the advice jar idea! It would be both useful and personal.
    Visiting via SITSgirls!

  4. Love these ideas! Thanks for sharing! visiting from SITS. Have a great weekend!

  5. Good ideas! I usually don’t have anyone to give graduation gifts to, but this year I do. I was thinking about a pillow, but I like your tote and framed quote ideas better! Thanks!

  6. Great gift ideas! Just stopping by from SITS! I am having a Memorial Day Link Up if you are interested.

  7. What great ideas! Another one to add is the Line a Day Journal. http://www.amazon.com/One-Line-Day-Five-Year-Memory/dp/0811870197/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338379247&sr=8-1
    It would be a great way to easily record memories from the college years.
    Thanks for stopping by to make my SITS day so fun.

  8. Those are some really clever gift ideas! I like them all. I also think your scarf organizer was a brilliant idea. I just stopped by from SITS to say hello; hope you find time to do the same.

  9. I really love your graduation gift ideas! When I graduated i really appreciated it when my family members sent me personalized gifts (especially the financial budget book *i’m still learning how to budget wisely*)! When my sister graduated from high school I bought her a cook book because her idea of cooking back then was “ramen”..now she cooks almost everyday!

  10. A great gift for girls is a little pouch/wallet to keep money, keys, id and room card. The girls love not having to tote a purse when they go out in the evenings. This one may be a little pricey, but it’s a good example: http://www.dooney.com/OA_HTML/ibeCCtpSctDspRte.jsp?section=51424&minisite=10020&respid=22372&dbdcc=9LBLSVNA&dbsource=ca&dbmedium=cse&dbname=googlebase&CAWELAID=766481836&cagpspn=pla&gclid=CPz2z6CkwbACFQkaQgodiGyWWQ

  11. I am making a plaque for my granduating Grandson this year. Using stickers with sayings from the Dollar Tree, a piece of wood, and Mod Podge. Wrap the edges with rope, twine or whatever you have on hand…mine was called Maxi Cord. It looks just like the Welcome sing on my blog.

    For all of my Granddaughters, I am making Keepsake boxes. The boxes are little ones from the Dollar Tree, painted the inside pink for all of them, and wrappping the outside with Washi Tape, sealed with Mod Podge.

    Bev @ Give me a paintbrush

  12. Well I know what all my friends will be getting as they leave sixth form this year. The advice jar is really cute and I think it’s nice to know someone is looking out for you when you leave home.
    Kate xx

  13. I really love these ideas! I think the advice jar would be great at a graduation party for each attendee to “give” advice to the new graduate!

  14. What a great list! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday, hope to see you again next week!


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