Money Saving Tips for Perfect Graduation Gifts

Graduation Season is upon us and buying the perfect gift can be stressful.  And though it’s been a while, I remember I got some duds.

While you can never go wrong with the classic gift of cash sometimes you want to do something that makes more of a memory.  Leaving an impression with the perfect graduation gifts doesn’t have to break the bank.

Board Games: I spent so many amazing nights at college playing board games- because they were free and I didn’t have a car.  There were some marathon games of Monopoly, Scrabble and Club.  Now I would probably add Settlers of Catan, Cards Against Humanity (I have never played but it’s very popular) and Pandemic.

High Quality Earbuds or Noise Cancelling Headphones: These can get VERY expensive depending on the model but I know my headphones always end up in my back seat of my car so I don’t need nice ones.  These will be great for most students riding transit or studying in loud dorms.

Laundy Basket: Put together a nice package with a laundry bag, a roll of quarters, laundry detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets and a couple of packs of hangers.  You can use coupons for most of these items or grab from the dollar store.

Luggage: A small suitcase or overnight bag can come in handy for weekend trips back home or spring break.  And that’s a gift they will keep for years to come.

Magazine Subscriptions: College freshmen may get bogged down with their first dose of heavy academic reading, but flipping through the shorter articles of a magazine may be the perfect break.  I remember sometimes being thankful to read something with pictures.

Money or Gift Card Puzzle – Brain Teasing Maze For Cash or Gift Cards: Find one of these maze boxes for a gift card or money and make them earn their present.  They can easily be used as a later challenge or to give to someone else.

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss: A perennial favorite, Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise graduation speech is the perfect send-off for children starting out in the world, be they nursery school, high school, or college grads! From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within. My high school salutatorian used it as part of her speech and I thought it was amazing.

And if you do decide to go with money how about a check with the value of the year $20.15.