I was at the local home goods store recently and like usual, I forgot my list of items to get at home. I began walking through the aisles. I stopped to look at the beautiful dishes for summer time, wondered if I should get a new drink dispenser or if there was one in the garage, and then I wandered into the card aisle. My family has a ton of birthdays in June, honestly everyone is born in June except for me, so I began picking out birthday cards and noticed graduation cards. Oh no! That’s what I had come in here for- a graduation card and gift! It had completely skipped my mind that my niece was graduating, sometime within the next week. My phone’s alarm began to go off and I noticed my alert, “Niece Graduation Today at 5pm.” To spare you the embarrassment I experienced, I give you 5 graduation gifts for $25 and under, that graduates will love.
5 Graduation Gifts For $25 or Under
- Gift Card- Great for everyone! If you don’t know what to buy someone, a gift card allows them to buy their own present so you don’t get the awkward, “Thanks it’s great.”
- Watch -A useful everyday watch is always needed. A watch is sophisticated and brings a sense of accomplishment and style. Most importantly, even when the person’s phone dies or they don’t have access to their phone, they can keep track of time especially during a test or meeting.
- Photo Album- I love photo albums! They are a timeless piece. Some teenagers I know still prefer to actually print a photo and place it in an album for easy access and for long term display. They also make great conversation pieces when company is over.
- Memory Dog- I received one of these when I graduated. The dog comes with its own pen so friends and family can sign it after graduation and the graduate can take it with them as they move on to their next journey in life. The dog reminds the graduate of the support they have and provides instant words of wisdom when going through a rough patch.
- Book of tips for after graduation or self improvement- I absolutely love these books. It’s the season so you will find them everywhere! For 8th grade and high school graduates, there are books that tell them about FASFA, list scholarships, explain the SAT and ACT. I personally love the books that break down every year of high school and have students begin early planning for college. There are also books with tips to help student improve themselves academically, like learning study habits and prioritizing.
With an 30 minutes to spare, I walked into my niece’s graduation with card and photo album in hand. Which of these graduation gifts is your favorite? What other ideas do you have to share for graduation gifts?