FREE Stuff for Graduates in 2024 (These Make Awesome Graduation Gift Ideas!)

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Celebrate scholarly accomplishments with hot deals and freebies. Check out this list of deals and FREE stuff for graduates in 2024! Some of these free things for graduating seniors can also be used as graduation gift ideas!

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Congrats, grads! 🎉

We’re so proud of your accomplishments and how far you’ve come! We’re not the only ones either! Tons of your favorite restaurants are too and they want to help you celebrate. To commemorate the joyous occasion, these restaurants are offering special deals and free stuff to graduates and those buying gifts for graduates.

If you want to kick off the festivities by taking advantage of these free stuff for graduating seniors, we’ve compiled you a handy list to reference. We expect this list to grow as June approaches, so make sure to check back!

Cheers, 2024 graduates! 🎊 🎓

Special deals & free stuff for graduates in 2024: 

This person is drawing on Microsoft Surface tablet which is offered at a discount for graduates and is one of the coolest graduation gift ideas

1. Recent grads can enjoy special deals from Microsoft.

Microsoft is extending some of their student discounts to recent grads. Head on over to Microsoft’s website to check out their special offers. You can score FREE Microsoft Office, get 10% off the Microsoft store, and even save $300 off a Microsoft Surface!

college graduation

2. Hosting a graduation party and need a decoration? Score a free graphic from Craft House SVG.

Graphics are free for college graduates and graduating high school seniors. The website Craft House SVG is offering a few free graduation graphics for personal use only. These graphics are perfect for making graduation decorations or announcements. You can get the graphic for free and print it at home or at your local print shop.

Man looking at blueprints

3. Get a FREE or discounted membership to several professional organizations.

Many professional organizations offer free or discounted memberships to recent graduates. Here are just a few of those organizations:

a chilis gift card ilke this is one graduation gift idea of free things for graduating high school seniors and college graduates

4. Get an extra $10 gift card with a gift card purchase at Chili’s!

Through June 22nd, order a $50 gift card (physical or digital) online at Chili’s for your grad, and you’ll snag an additional $10 e-bonus card!

applebee's store front where you can score free stuff for graduates

5. Applebee’s is giving an extra gift card when you purchase a $50 one!

Score a bonus $10 gift card when you purchase a $50 Applebee’s gift card. Since the restaurant often has hours with half-price appetizers and drink deals, your gift card can go a long way!

If you aren’t the one graduating, use this deal as a possible graduation gift idea! This deal isn’t just for college—it’s one of the free things for high school seniors, too!

A stack of pancakes topped with a butter ball with syrup being drizzled on

6. Score a $5 bonus card when you buy a $25 gift card to IHOP

From now until June 30th, anyone who purchases a $25 gift card for a graduate will receive a $5 bonus card too! Plus, the bonus card doesn’t expire until August 25th! Head over to IHOPs website where you can buy a physical gift card or a digital gift card for those who are far away. You can even buy gift cards in bulk!

7. Many car dealerships offer grads a great deal on a set of new wheels.

Car companies want the business of new graduates. If you need a new car to get you to and from your new job, check out the offers below:

  • Nissan – Get $500 cash back on top of other offers through the Nissan College Grad Program.
  • Toyota – New grads can get a $500 rebate plus financing from Toyota.
  • BMW – Grads can snag a good rate plus $1,000 towards the purchase of a new BMW.
  • Ford – Recent graduates and undergrads within 2 years of graduating can receive a special cash back reward from many Ford dealerships, often between $500 – $750.
  • General Motors – Graduates can receive $500 on select models plus financing.
  • Audi – Audi has a College Grad Program where recent graduates can get competitive rates and financing.
  • Acura – Acura has a 2024 graduate offer of $500 in savings.
  • Hyundai – Recent college graduates can receive $400 towards a new purchase or lease.
  • Lexus – There is a college grad rebate offer available at Lexus too but the discount may vary by location.
  • Subaru – Get competitive rates and financing through their special College Grad Program.
  • Volkswagen – Grads can score a $500 bonus on select vehicles.
  • Volvo – Thanks to Volvo’s Graduate Program, recent grads can score competitive rates and financing.

a 2024 graduation card from minted, one of the free stuff for graduates in 2024 and one of the deals for high school seniors too

8 Don’t forget to send a card! Minted More members can get 30% off graduation cards and select gifts at Minted!

If you belong to the Minted More membership program (costs $38 annually), you can save 30% with code GRADMM30. If you’re not a Minted More member, that’s okay! Through April 29th, you can save 15% on all graduation cards with code CLASSOF2024. This is one of the best deals for graduating high school seniors and college kids because so many people send graduation cards.

moe's southwest grill is giving out gift cards which is one of the easiest graduation gift ideas

9. Moe’s Southwest Grill is offering $5 in Moe’s Rewards to those buying $25 gift cards for graduates.

Does your favorite graduate love a tasty burrito? If so, consider gifting them a gift card from Moe’s Southwest Grill. For every $25 gift card you purchase, you’ll receive $5 in Moe’s Rewards. This offer is valid until June 16, 2024 and the reward must be redeemed by August 31, 2024.

These McAlister's Deli sandwiches can be bought with the graduation gift card you buy

10. Get more free money at McAlister’s Deli! Get a $5 reward voucher with a $25 gift card purchase.

Through June 16th, buy a digital gift card, physical gift card, or bulk gift cards from McAlister’s Deli. For every $25 gift card purchase, you’ll score a $5 reward voucher. The voucher is sent via email and is valid to use from June 17th – August 11th.

outback steak and ribs with fries on wooden cutting board

11. Outback Steakhouse is offering $10 bonus card to anyone purchasing a $50 gift card.

Gift cards make very easy graduation gift ideas. Outback is offering physical gift cards, digital gift cards, and bulk gift cards for graduates. If you spend $50 on a gift card for them, you’ll get a $10 bonus card to spend on yourself (this does not include gratuity, taxes, or alcohol). You can snag this deal through June 23, 2024, and your bonus card is valid from June 24th to August 25th.

millers ale house wings bought with a gift card that was one of the free things for graduates

12. Miller’s Ale House is giving bonus cards for a grad gift card purchases!

Buy a $50 Miller’s Ale House gift card for your grad and you’ll receive a $10 bonus gift card to use from July 1st – August 31st, 2024. Whether you’re the grad or a loved one in need of a graduation gift idea, this isn’t a bad offer!

red lobster shrimp

13. Grab bonus coupons from Red Lobster.

Buy a $50 gift card from Red Lobster and you’ll receive two $10 bonus coupons to use towards any order of $40 or more during the months of July & August (alcohol not included). To snag the offer, you must buy your gift card between now and July 1st. Your first bonus coupon can be used between July 2nd-July 31st. The second bonus coupon can be used from August 1st to August 31st.

a smashburger

14. Smashburger is giving extra Smash Cash!

Grab $5 Smash Cash for every $25 gift card you purchase in-store through June 18th. Smash Cash is redeemable from June 19th to July 31st, 2024.


a Combo Meal from On The Border

15. Buying for someone far away? Score $10 reward when you buy a $50 e-card from On the Border.

For every $50 e-card you buy to On the Border, you’ll receive a $10 dine-in reward. This offer is valid until May 31st and the bonus card can be used from June 1st to June 30th. If that sounds like a deal to you, don’t forget to sign up for On the Border Rewards to score $2 off queso every visit!

A gift card to Red Robin to get one of these juicy burgers is one of the easiest graduation gift ideas

16. Red Robin is giving away $10 in Bonus Buck Rewards to those who spend $50 on a gift card for a graduate.

Does your grad love endless fries? Head on over to Red Robin by June 16th and scoop them up a $50 gift card. In return, you’ll earn $10 in Bonus Bucks that can be used between June 17th and Aug 11th.. If you don’t live near your graduate, that’s okay! The offer is available for digital gift cards too!

hand holding up a red Buca di Beppo gift card

17. Spend $100 on catering at Buca di Beppo and get a FREE tray of mini cannoli.

Buca di Beppo has catering and. to-go packages starting at $12.99 a person. Spend at least $100 on a catering package and you’ll receive a FREE tray of mini-chocolate chip cannoli.Dine in or take it to go. Use code GRAD2024.

hand holding logans giftcard

17. Buy $50 in gift cards at Logan’s Roadhouse and receive a $10 bonus card.

From now until June 16th, you’ll score a $10 bonus gift card when you spend $50 on gift cards to Logan’s Roadhouse. The bonus card can be used anytime until July 31st.

holding First Watch gift cards

18. First Watch is giving out $10 Bonus Bucks to those who buy $50 in gift cards.

Love a good breakfast? Head on over to First Watch and spend $50 in gift cards. You’ll receive $10 in Bonus Bucks!

man holding a large carvel chocolate and caramel sundae

19. Buy a $25 eGift card at Carvel to score a $5 Reward.

Present your favorite graduate with a sweet treat! Through June 16th, you can snag a $5 Reward when you purchase a single $25 eGift card from Carvel. The $5 can be redeemed until August 31, 2024.


20. Treat yourself to a $10 Bonus Card when you buy $50 in eGift Cards to BJ’s Restaurant Brewhouse.

BJ’s is having a special promotion through June 16th! Buy $50 in eGift Cards and you’ll receive a $10 Bonus Card that can be used from June 17th to July 8th.

panda express bowls, one of the free things for graduates

21. Get a FREE bowl at Panda Express when you buy $30 in gift cards.

Need a gift for the graduate? Hurry to Panda Express by May 26th and buy $30 in gift cards. You’ll receive a FREE bowl for you or your graduate. Redeem your free bowl offer by July 31st.

schlotsky's deli sandwich

22. Hosting a graduation party? Score a $25 Reward with any $300 catering order from Schlotzsky’s Deli.

If you have to feed a crowd, why not get some freebies? Use Schlotzsky’s Deli catering and spend $300. You’ll receive a $25 Reward!

two wrapped subway subs abd a fountain drink

23. Subway is giving out a FREE 6″ sub sandwich to those buying $25 gift cards.

Buy a $25 gift card from Subway this June and you’ll score a FREE 6″ sub sandwich that’s redeemable until July 31st. Now that’s a deal!

lifting a slice of pepperoni pizza from a whole pie

24. Peter Piper Pizza is giving out $10 Bonus Cards to those spending $50 or more on gift cards.

Is the grad a pizza lover? Buy them a $50 gift card to Peter Piper Pizza and you’ll score a $10 Bonus Card to use by August 31st. This offer is valid online only.

Looking for more free things for high school seniors or college graduates? They can snag over 100 student discounts!

About the writer:

Kara is a writer and photographer from the Midwest. Her creative work has appeared in various publications over the past decade. With a background in finance, she loves to be money-savvy.

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    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing, Janina! We’ll check it out. 🤗

      • Janina

        You’re welcome! 🙂

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