10 Thoughtful, Unique & Practical Graduation Gift Ideas
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Can you believe that there are just a few weeks of school left until Summer break? If you’re looking for a wonderful keepsake or a practical high school graduation gift, check out these frugal ideas…
1.) “Open When” Letters:
These letters make a special gift for when your kid is going off to college! You can get these “Letters to Open When” books on Amazon with 12 prompted letters – just fill each letter with encouraging notes, gift cards, special memories, money, well-wishes, advice, or good cheer and seal each envelope with a sticker. The recipient then gets to break the seals whenever they need them the most.
2.) Laundry Survival Graduation Kit:
3.) Graduation Cap Boxes:
If you’re looking for a fun way to give money, gift cards or even jewelry, these cute and easy Graduation Cap gift boxes would be perfect and easy to make! Get the detailed instructions here.
4.) Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Graduation Keepsake:
If you have school-aged children, check out this fun end of the school year tradition that makes a wonderful keepsake! All you need is a hardcover copy of the popular Dr. Seuss book “Oh the Places You’ll Go” available at Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com and at all book stores.
5.) Money Chain or Necklace:
6.) Amazon Prime Student Membership:
Sending a child off to college? Consider paying for an Amazon Prime Student membership which will allow them to score FREE 2-day shipping on millions of items, unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video, free unlimited photo storage, exclusive offers and discounts plus more!
Plus, you can currently sign up for a FREE 6 Month Trial of Amazon Student with a valid .edu email address – you’ll just need to specify your college, year, and major. After your FREE 6 months are over, you will automatically continue receiving Amazon Prime benefits at a cost of only $49 a year (an awesome price!) for up to 4 years with automatic renewal unless you cancel. Awesome!
7.) Graduation Hat Jar:
Are you attending a graduation party? If so, check out this easy and thoughtful way to give little cash “diplomas” in a cute graduation hat mason jar! And the best part – you likely already have most of the items you need for this craft at home. Check out all the instructions here.
8.) College Survival Kit:
With an empty paint can (you can buy these at your home improvement store for ~$5), cardstock paper and practical filler items, you’ll be able to create a fun college survival kit. Find out how here.
9.) “In Case of Emergency” Shadowbox Frame:
If you are looking for a unique graduation gift, this one is so fun and sure to get a few smiles from the graduate. Make a shadowbox frame and fill it with money, chocolate, candy or other items the graduate likes… and they actually won’t have to actually break the glass to get to the goodies! 😉
10.) Wooden Letters Photo Collage:
If you’re having a graduation party and looking to make a fun centerpiece that also serves as a great gift, consider making a Wooden Letters Photo Collage using the graduate’s pictures. If you don’t have photos on hand, you can also have everyone at the party sign their name or write an encouraging note on the letters. These make fun keepsakes and are great to display in a college dorm room!
Written by Mary for Hip2Save. Mary is a proud mom to 3 kids in Austin, TX, who thrives off running long distance, bargain shopping, warm weather, a yummy latte…and a little Candy Crush from time to time. She loves quality time with family & friends and sharing great deals with others.