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7 Cheap Graduation Gift Ideas

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Posted on 5/2/2013 14:43 EST

Whether your graduate has completed high school or college, he or she should be equipped with certain tools for the next chapter in their lives. We've compiled a list of cheap graduation gift ideas that will help your soon-to-be college student survive the dorms and help your new adult survive the real world.

1. Toolbox.

Because grown-ups are responsible for fixing things in their apartment or dorm room, the first item on the life-kit list is a toolbox. A hammer will come in handy for hanging artwork, a screwdriver is perfect for assembling furniture, and a wrench will stop that leaky sink. A 53-piece tool set from Apollo Precision Tools includes all the essentials for home repairs and costs less than $30.

2. Shower caddy kit.

For a high school graduate heading off to a college dorm room in the fall, a shower caddy is a must. Make the pre-college shopping a bit easier by stocking the caddy with personal care products. This cheap graduation gift might include shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, body scrub, luffa, manicure kit, and a pair of cheap flip-flops (for shower shoes).

3. Kitchen starter kit.

For any graduate moving out on his or her own, a kitchen starter kit is most welcome. This cheap graduation gift can be as generous as your budget allows: an oven mitt stuffed with small kitchen gadgets (whisk, spatula, salad tongs, etc) from the dollar store at one extreme, or a large mixing bowl or kitchen trash can brimming with items such as cups, can opener, cutting board, dish drain, and skillet at the other.
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4. Laundry bag.

Grads on their way to a dorm or apartment likely dread the idea of schlepping dirty clothes to the laundry. Make this chore a little easier by filling a budget laundry basket or hamper with detergent, dryer sheets or fabric softener, and stain remover. You can even include a roll of quarters and a laundry cheat sheet with tips from your own experience.


5. A membership or subscription.

If your grad is eager to keep off the dreaded "Freshman 15" or shed the effects of all those late-night pizza runs, a gym membership is in order. Browse through sites like Living Social and Groupon for deals on fitness classes and gym facilities. Alternatively, help the grad stay current with a subscription to The New York Times or a favorite magazine. A subscription to Netflix is perfect for the TV junkie/movie maven while music fanatics will appreciate a subscription to Pandora Radio One ($4 a month) or Spotify Premium ($5 a month).

6. Artwork and Posters.

It's hard being on your own for the first time. Posters and artwork that display inspirational sayings, images of favorite musicians, and pictures of get-away spots can help ease lingering anxiety. For this cheap graduation gift check out chain retailers like Walmart, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, as well as local merchants.

7. Games.

No matter the age, card and board games never go out of style. Grads will appreciate a simple, fun game such as Apples to Apples, which comes in party box size and sells for about $18.

by Alyssa Goldman (Google+ Profile)


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