Graduation season is almost upon us, and often we have multiple graduation gifts to buy all in one season. Depending on the number of gifts you need to purchase, the total amount can add up quickly. I’ve always felt that the meaning behind the gift is more important than the cost of a gift. When browsing for the appropriate gift, think of the recipient and something that they will find useful or meaningful for a long period of time. Of course, gift cards and cash are always welcomed too, they help high school graduates get a start in college or college graduates get a start in the real world!
Stockpile: I’ve shared with you previously about Stockpile. This site allows you to buy fractional shares of stock, so it’s affordable for all budgets. It’s free to join (in fact, if you sign up using my referral link you should get $5 free!), and just $0.99 per trade. It’s very easy to purchase gift cards, and the recipient can choose which company they’d like to invest their fractional shares in.
Graduation Photo Albums are also a great idea, especially if you have photos of you and the recipient you can print out and include in the album when you give it!
MBI 9×9 Inch Fabric Expressions Graduation Theme Album, Black (846615)Pioneer Photo Albums 36-Pocket Sewn Leatherette EmbroideredClass of 2018 Photo Album with Frame, High School, College – Holds 200ct. 4 x 6 PhotosOaktree Gifts Graduation Photo Album 25 Pages 4 x 6
Graduation Book Gift Ideas:
There are many inspirational books available for graduates of all ages. Be sure to include a handwritten note inside, so they can refer back to it and think of you and fond times!
Seuss-isms! A Guide to Life for Those Just Starting Out…and Those Already on Their WayI Wish You MoreWhatever You Are, Be a Good One: 100 Inspirational Quotations Hand-Lettered by Lisa CongdonThe Freshman Survival Guide: Soulful Advice for Studying, Socializing, and Everything In BetweenI Knew You Could!: A Book for All the Stops in Your Life (The Little Engine That Could)The Berenstain Bears’ Graduation Day
This may seem boring, but so many find it meaningful when it hits them just how valuable it is. 22 years ago, I received a gift like this from someone I’ve always admired. She filled it with laundry supplies (and 2 rolls of quarters), cleaning supplies, and a handwritten note. I still use the basket to this day, and think of her each and every time. Though the supplies were used up, it was very beneficial to have them when money was tight right after moving. Once young adults have to start buying these for themselves, they learn to appreciate the thoughtfulness behind it!
Vremi Collapsible Plastic Laundry Basket – Large Folding Pop Up Laundry Basket Space Saving Storage Container Organizer for Kids Toys or College Dorm Rooms – Decorative Laundry Hamper – Grey and WhiteTide Liquid Laundry Detergent Smart Pouch, Original Scent, HE Turbo Clean, Pack of three 48 oz. pouches, 93 loadsDowny Ultra April Fresh Liquid Fabric Conditioner Smart Pouch, Fabric Softener – 48 Oz. Pouches, 3 PackClorox Disinfecting Wipes Value Pack, Crisp Lemon and Fresh Scent – 3 Pack – 75 Each (Packaging May Vary)Kleenex Ultra Soft Facial Tissues 130 Count (Pack of 8), Disposable Facial Tissues, Gentle and Durable, 3-Ply Thickness, Designs May VaryBounty Select-a-Size Paper Towels, White, 12 Huge RollsLysol Multi-Purpose Cleaner w/ Hydrogen Peroxide – Citrus Sparkle Zest – 22 oz – 2 pkAmazonBasics Microfiber Cleaning Cloth – 24-PackWindex Original Glass Cleaner Trigger 23 fl ozMr. Clean Magic Eraser Extra Durable, Cleaning Pads with Durafoam, 4 Count (Packaging May Vary)pledge Multi-Surface Spray Antibacterial Wood Polish, Citrus, 9.7 Ounce