It is that time of year again. You know, when you find graduation announcements in your mailbox. Of course, even if you can’t make it to the event, it is always courteous to send a gift — or at the very least — a card. If you want to do something special, but are on a budget, here are some ideas for gifts that will bring a smile to their face and not break the bank.
Bathroom Tote Set
Pick up a tote that will work to carry all of your bathroom products to and from the dorm room each morning (and night). Then, fill it with toothpaste, toothbrush, and shampoo. Toss in a washcloth and towel set for a unique gift.
Cookbook and apron
Who doesn’t love a great meal? The problem could be knowing how to cook one. If your student is going to live off campus and will have a kitchen, this could be the perfect gift for them.
Laundry Basket Gift
Work your money saving magic and pick up a bottle of detergent and package of softener sheets. Then, pick up an inexpensive laundry tote or basket to put together a one of a kind basket.
No matter the occasion, there will be photos. That means that frames will be needed to display those items. I check out Kohl’s to pick up my frames as I always have 15% off coupons and they mark frames down as much as 60% off all of the time. I just stock up and keep these on hand so I always have a gift at a moment notice.
If the person you are giving your gift to lives close by, you could create a coupon booklet for them. You could add coupons such as “free laundry service” or “one home cooked meal”. The ideas are endless.
When you shop, check out the clearance section for towels, dishcloths, rugs, etc. I pick these up at a fraction of the cost and keep them in my gift closet. When the need arises, I have the perfect gift for someone and I didn’t spend a lot for it.
Items such as a portable charger or even replacement USB charger can make a great gift for the graduate. You can often find deep discounts on sites such as Amazon. (Just make sure you know the type of device they use before you buy).
Freshman Year Starter Kit
This is a fun one to create for any student heading to college in the fall. Find an inexpensive basket and fill it up with all sorts of college necessities! Check out this fun post to get ideas to create your own Freshman Year Starter Kit!
Gift Card Bouquet
If you work it right, you can often get a FREE gift card for yourself when you buy another one (very common during the month of May). Pick up those cards you want to use for yourself and then give the free ones to your graduate in a gift card bouquet! After all, you are going to dine out at those restaurants anyhow, so why not buy a gift card to use later – and score a freebie!
You can also purchase discounted gift cards as well. These cards have the full value on them, you just don’t end up having to pay full price!
Anything with money
If you ask any graduate what they want, most of them will say that they would prefer cold, hard cash. But, rather than just hand it over in a card, find a creative way to give it to them. We’ve got an awesome list of 20 unique money gift ideas that you can create — no matter your DIY skill level!
These are some of my favorite ideas. What have you done to let someone know you care, without spending too much money?