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Graduation Gift Idea: Laundry Kit with Free Printable Gift Tag

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If you’re looking for a high school graduation gift, consider putting together a thoughtful laundry survival kit and attaching this cute free printable tag. What a unique and practical gift to present to a high school grad!

For the Kit You’ll Need:

Laundry Detergent
Laundry Bag
Small bag of Quarters
Ribbon
Have Loads of Fun In College Printable Tag

Congrats Grad Have Loads of Fun In College TagFor the kit, include any laundry related items such as a laundry bag and/or basket, stain remover, fabric softener, etc. Use ribbon to tie your items together and a paper hole punch to make your gift tag.

Laundry Kit Graduation Gift Idea Hip2Save.comI remember doing my laundry in college very well and NOT wanting to buy my own detergent! I was so jealous of the students with big jars of quarters that they received as grad gifts!

Do you have a fun graduation gift idea or tip to share? Let us know in the comments!


Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 33

  1. Jamie

    This is a GREAT idea, but aren’t most schools on card systems now?

    • Si

      Yes, I went to WVU and all washers and dryers were operated by our Mountaineer Card. It’s your ID and basically your key to the whole campus. You use it to access everything.

      • Amy

        Yep, same at Ohio State. But you could pay with your BuckID card or quarters.

    • rebecca

      but keep in mind not all students are doing laundry on campus, so then card system would not be of use.
      anyone using public laundromats or living at an apartment complex that has laundry facilities will likely need the quarters.
      when i was in college, every year for Christmas i asked for rolls of quarters, and also asked for my mom to book me an appointment for a teeth cleaning while i was off for the break.

  2. Michelle

    I went to college in 1999 and they were on the card system then…they wanted us to be “cash” free as possible due to theft…However I don’t think any college student would turn down any money, even quarters!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I agree! But leave that out if preferred 😀

  3. Emily

    No, not all colleges use cards. This is a great idea! I usually do a laundry basket, a couple of towels, a laundry bag and some quarters. It’s always appreciated.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Love the towel idea Emily!

  4. Heather C.

    What an AWESOME idea! Love it!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Heather!

  5. Sheila

    Great idea! I’ve got 3 kids in 3 different universities, and they all use quarters for laundry in their dorms. They can always use quarters and laundry products.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Sheila! 😀

  6. Jodi

    Need to include a link to Collin’s post about 100 free loads of laundry. And vise-versa.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Good idea! – thanks Jodi

      • Megan

        Can you post that link here too please…?

  7. Amanda

    This is such a cute idea!! I would like to add that laundry pods are also so great for college students, since they cant keep the detergent bottle by the machine (bc of theft) the pods are great because they don’t have to lug a heavy jug around the dorm, just grab a single pod with their bag of clothes! Either way though its cute!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh very smart idea- thanks Amanda!

    • Dawn

      Agreed! When I first saw this idea, I thought “I HAVE to do this with Pods!!” Both my teens at home don’t grumble so much when doing their own laundry anymore because of them – and great portability for the dorms!

    • Laura

      Yes, I sent my son off to freshman year with three bags of All pods that I got for less than $3 to tide him over for the whole year. Plus, they only have to grab a pod or two to go to the laundry room. I got no complaints, so I assume that it worked out well for him!

      • Lina D

        Nice Laura!

  8. Nikki

    Not all colleges use cards and not all colleges charge for laundry – just like our dining hall was all you can eat – our laundry was all you can do! I’m sure it was included in our dues, but we didn’t pay anything on our card or cash for washing/drying our clothes – and I graduated college in 2014.

  9. Stacie

    I LOVE this idea and everyone’s tips.I’m doing this for a friends daughter and I’ll just ask parents what they will have on her campus. (Coin or card) . If no coins I’m still doing Landry detergent but with shampoo,hair cond and body soap along with towel. I can get most of this with deals using coupons to make it affordable for me!

  10. Anikka

    My college didn’t charge for laundry thankfully. You may want to ask the grad/parent if they have any sensitivities though. I know people say that it’s the thought that counts but I know I can’t use many detergents because of perfume sensitivity (breathing difficulty) and many people have skin issues as well. It’s a cute idea but a little investigation will make sure it can be used.

    Collapsible hampers are great!

    • Jaime

      Just exchange it at target! Or Walmart!

  11. Sara

    I went to college briefly 11 years ago, and we still had machines that you used coins on or I think you could use your student card. The most embarrassing thing for me was not knowing how to do laundry at all lol. My mom had always done my laundry for me, so when I got to college, I had no clue. I had to call her and ask and another student was helping me figure out the washer. A practice run is a good idea for those who’ve never done laundry before!

    • Anikka

      I was always afraid someone was going to take my clothes so I sat in the laundry room doing homework and I helped MANY guys who had no idea what to do. I was glad I had started doing my own laundry as a middle schooler (my choice).

  12. Tammy

    I do this and add a pair of socks, to replace the pair that gets lost in the laundry,a pack of nice hangers, a length of rope and a few clothes pins, a stain removal spray, and a lingerie bag. I open a pop up hamper and put the items in it, pinning the ribbon around the edge with the clothes pins.

  13. LeeE

    Just check with the graduate many universities have free laundry facilities or are hooked to their ID card. Cute idea!

  14. mamasweetpea08

    cute idea. this would have been great for me back in the days. seems like some colleges are now going to card systems. We have lots of friends kids graduating. This is great for those who will be going driveable distance. Unfortunately, the ones we know year are flying out of state so we have to go with more compact gifts (travel bags/luggages, giftcards, etc)

  15. Mandy

    The IKEA blue tarp bag is great gift my son uses his for laundry basket doesn’t take any room no wires to worry about like the pop-up hampers. Plus we sent him a ton of extra for $1 each he can use them for getting grocieries all day off campus trips sporting events could be an umbrella if you need it

    • Lina D

      Great idea! I agree 👍

  16. Lauren

    Hi! I am planning on using this for all of my friends who will be graduating high school this year. It’s a super cute ideal! In my baskets, I am including a smaller sized laundry detergent, a wash cloth, a hand towel, a lint roller, and a Tide to go stick. I wanted to make gifts that were practical, easy and wallet friendly and this definitely fits the bill. Thank you for the great idea!

    • Lina D

      I love that idea Lauren!

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