10 Graduation Gift Ideas

It’s almost that time of year again (yikes!!) Time to say farewell to the graduating class of seniors. I have 10 graduation gift ideas to help make the day special.

Now, is the time to figure out what to get the Graduate. Preferably something that’s not going to empty your wallet, but something they’ll also treasure. Am I right?

I’ve found 5 graduation gift ideas under $25!


1. Books

This may just be my inner book-love speaking, but they’re great! Books are a good way to pass the time, whether it’s in the car, on the plane, or some downtime reading.

A few popular titles for you:

Ready Player One (which is also a movie) and Armada by Ernest Cline. Both focus on video games/movies/music from an earlier time period but have a futuristic theme.

An uplifting-ish story could be Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider, a book about kids with a fatal disease who still find space for love.

The Crown’s Game and its sequel, The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye. It’s set in tsars’ Russia where two sorcerers must battle to become the only survivor – and figure out their feelings for each other. (It’s one of my favorite books, so if your senior is into that sort of thing, definitely pick it up!)

The Red Queen Series. A four book series by Victoria Aveyard that was really hard to set down. The kind of book where you let the laundry pile up for days so you can finish.

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2. Movies

Movie night in a college dorm is definitely fun. Grab some drinks, popcorn, and turn on the TV! It’s a great relaxer with friends, and who doesn’t love the silver screen?

I’d recommend The Greatest Showman, because if you haven’t seen Wolverine start a circus, what are you doing with your life? Oh yeah, and the music’s pretty spectacular too.

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3. Water bottles on the go

Ya know how I love my tasteless water! There’s plenty of patterns + colors to find.Add to it by slipping cash on the inside.

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4. Coloring books.

They’re really fun, and work as stress relievers for when finals roll around (eep!!). There’s a variety of these, too – mandalas, people, animals, backgrounds, etc. (I have a few Harry Potter books myself!)

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5. Gift cards

I know, I know. That’s the conventional approach. But who doesn’t love getting a Starbucks/Target/Barnes & Noble gift card? If you want to DIY with them, make a bouquet of cards or add one into a coffee mug with candy.

These next graduation gifts rise up above into the $50 budget. Parents, this may be more geared towards you!


1. Origami Owl

If they already have a necklace, great! If they don’t, get them one (+ add charms)! They’re super cute, accessorize well, and tell a story! I have two necklaces, and love them both.

If they already have one, add a charm! Maybe a graduation cap or grad year.

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2. Quirky T-shirts.

Perfect for anybody! They can have a funny saying, a nerdy reference, or just be cute. Either way, it’s a fun gift! (Take a peek at redbubble.com – they have really good ones for a graduation gift.)


3. Speakers

Nothing’s better than blasting show tunes at 3 am…

Okay, maybe sleeping.

But you’re gonna need a speaker to have music in your room at all times! Luckily, most speakers are portable + a perfect fit in any tiny dorm room.


4. Pillows

It’s a cute way to spice up a room + add personality to the space.


5. Makeup

Girls love free makeup. Eyeshadow collection with ULTA or Sephora gift card, or a range of nail polish colors.

Get a pretty palette and impress your senior!


Oh Yeah… Cash anyone?

Students heading to college LOOOOOOVE some extra cash for those late night taco runs. I’m saving mine for the frap run. There fun ways to gift the cash over on the SMP Pinterest Board too.

Meet the Writer:: Emma is a recent grad who will be studying Education and English Studies with an emphasis in Digital Film + Screenwriting. She has a passion for creative writing, reading, traveling, performing, and singing. When she isn’t practicing for musicals or choir, she is hanging with friends or just relaxing at home with a good book.

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💖Cheers & Sparkles to your Graduation shopping!

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