8 Inexpensive High School Graduation Gifts Under $10 (They’ll Remember You Gave Them!)
8 High School Graduation Gifts They’ll Remember You Gave Them for Under $10
Graduation season is an exciting time for so many, but it can also be a costly one. The invitations can add up, or even, sometimes, be unexpected. That’s why I’ve got inexpensive high school graduation gifts ideas that will cost you less than $10, and are things they’ll actually use and love! They will certainly think of you each time they use it!
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Possibly the most prized possession at college is your ID. It is the magical key to pretty much everything. Some kids prefer a lanyard, some a key chain holder, and some a phone pocket that attaches to their phone case. All can be bought under $10. You can nab one from their college or go hip for the girls with one from Vera Bradley. Personally, I like to get a generic one in their school colors from Amazon and then I slip a $2 bill in it for that extra pizazz.
Bath sheet and body wash
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You can’t go wrong with a useful gift, and no college kid enjoys laundry so I always figure towels are a score. A big bath sheet and a bottle of body wash rolled up with a bow make a perfect easy gift with no wrapping required! I like to get the huge ones at Costco (they go on sale occasionally too), Bed, Bath, & Beyond or JCP.
Shower Caddy Collection
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Community showers are a whole new world for most freshman. I like to get a shower caddy from Dollar Tree and then, instead of shower products that might not be their favorite kinds, I fill it up with dorm snacks – ramen, microwave mac ‘n cheese cups, microwave popcorn, and a few candy bars. I attach a bow on the handle, and I have an easy, cute, colorful, yet practical gift ready to go! If you plan ahead, you can stock up when you see some great Amazon subscribe and save deals.
The real world isn’t always easy as you well know. It’s never a bad idea to give a book of inspiration to a first-time adult. Lots of people pick Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss which is certainly a good pick, especially for future teachers. However, I also happen to like I’ll Be Praying for You if you have don’t mind a religious touch. The book is filled with life quotes, or if that’s not for you, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff is another good choice. That being said, if it’s someone close to your heart, I think making a photo album is great, too! Just be sure that whatever kind of book you give, you write a really nice inscription inside to inspire, to encourage, and most importantly, to feel loved. It’s those tough moments when you seek words from loved ones.
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So we usually think plants for Mother’s Day or funerals, but believe it or not, graduates are looking for that hominess. Real, or fake, depending on where they’ll be living, a plant adds that personal touch. If you want to make it really special, find the perfect plastic vase for it. Stick to plastic for dorm rooms. Get one decorated in college colors or paint one yourself for that one-of-a-kind gift!
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Every graduate needs a message center! Reminders of tests, papers, work schedules, memos to call mom are necessary. White boards are a great gift anyone can use, but be sure to add the eraser and a couple of markers. Then, write a Happy Graduation note on the board, and skip the card!
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It doesn’t get much cheaper than chip clips. Buy a three-pack at the Dollar Tree or get a different set for each kid that fits their personality. You can buy chip clips for an NFL or NBA team favorite or see if there . There’s a chip clip for every occasion. Then write a cute note like “Textbooks come and go, but chip clips and snacks are forever” or “You may not get much use out of those textbooks, but I guarantee you’ll use these snack clips!”
Community showers are not a fave for any college kid. Enter the shower shoes – aka flip-flops. I like to get a cheap pair from Old Navy and then graffiti those babies up. I use a Sharpie to write fun college-related words on them or Bible verses or inspirational quotes – anything that makes a statement and is memorable. That’s a gift they won’t forget. Plus, they’ll be sure to get noticed at college and spark those first conversations.
Sure, it might be easier to give a gift card, but with these gifts, you can save money and make an impression! That’s a fabuLESSly frugal plan that works every time!
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awesome post thanks for sharing!
Thanks this was really helpful since the pandemick things are more expensive so this was a lot of help shes my big sis and ur stuff is really cute .
Glad you found this helpful! Congrats to the big sis!! 🙂
I suggest adding the book Grown-Up Stuff Explained: 75 Topics 18-Year-Olds Should Know to your list.
It’s easy to read and simple to understand. The book uses concise descriptions and cartoons to explain subjects related to civic responsibilities, employment, living arrangements, paying off debt, owning a car, saving and investing, traveling, and others.