10 Economical Graduation Gift Ideas

If someone close to you will soon be graduating from high school or college, then it is a very special time for everyone involved. If you’re in search of the perfect gift but only have a small amount to spend on it, there are many choices available. You should be able to find a special low cost gift for the graduate in your life with no problem, as long as you put a little thought and creativity into it.

Some people don’t consider a card to be a gift, especially one containing words written by someone else like most store-bought cards, but if you take the time and effort to write some words from the heart inside the card, chances are the graduate will greatly treasure your card. You can purchase a blank card from just about any place, including your local grocery or drug stores, and once you get it home you can personalize the card by either writing a poem or congratulating the person and telling them how you feel about them.

Since some people are really picky, purchasing a gift card in lieu of an actual gift is a good way to ensure that your gift will be greatly appreciated. If you’re not sure which stores the person who will be graduating actually likes, getting a visa or master card gift card is an even better option as it enables the person receiving it to use it just about anyplace, to purchase any gift for him or herself. One negative aspect about getting a gift card as opposed to a gift is the fact that the person will know exactly how much you spent on their “gift.

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Another idea for a graduation gift is a book. As long as you know the person well enough to know what types of books he or she likes to read, you should be able to pick out a wonderful book that they will read over and over again. You can easily find a great book without necessarily going to a book store, and you can even go to your local Walmart if it’s more convenient.

If you can’t find the perfect gift for a graduate, why not treat them to lunch at a cheaply-priced restaurant. The Old Country Buffet or similar buffet-style restaurant is a good choice, as they’re cheap, especially during lunch, and you and the graduate can eat whatever you like for one price.

People, especially girls and women, loves cute little trinkets, and the good thing is that they don’t cost much. Of course you don’t want to go to the Dollar Tree and get one of the low-quality trinket boxes to give for a graduation, but stores like Walmart and Kmart sell beautiful higher quality trinkets, and you should be able to find the perfect one for the graduate.

Flowers are always a welcome gift for any occasion, especially graduations. A large bouquet of the graduate’s favorite flowers should really brighten their day. Walmart sells flowers, and if you want to save money, you should go there instead of a florist, which will be priced somewhat more expensively than you probably want to pay.

Candy may seem like a strange gift to give a graduate, but many would greatly appreciate receiving a small package of candy. You can find cheap boxes of chocolate candy anyplace, including Walmart, Target and Meijer or your local grocery store.

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A personalized gift to commemorate the graduate’s special day is a great idea for a gift. You might choose a mug that you’ve had printed with their name and the date of the graduation on it, or any other item with their name and date engraved on it. If you’re crafty, you can even make a personalized gift with a Cricut or similar machine. The initial investment for a Cricut is somewhat expense at over $100, but it can be used for years, for numerous different projects as well. If you don’t wish to make the personalized gift yourself, there are many websites as well as a store that is usually located in local malls called Things Remembered.

If the graduate that you’re purchasing a gift for is religious, there are many choices of possible gifts. A bible or a cross of some sort would be good ideas. The cross could either be one that could go on the wall or a small one that could be worn on the body, such as a charm. These gifts and more religious items can be purchased at a Christian bookstore or online at amazon.com, among other sites.

Last but not least, another gift idea for a graduate is a scrapbook or photo album with photos of their graduation and graduation party inside. Nothing is more special than captured memories, and the graduate is sure to treasure this gift for a lifetime.