Thursday, May 9, 2013

Clever Graduation Gift Ideas

Almost everyone knows someone who is graduating from high school or college this month.  Money is a great gift for a new graduate but it can be a little boring to give it in a card or money envelope.  Why not present a gift of money in style?  I found some clever ideas to help your gift make any graduate feel extra special.


What a cute idea!  This would make a good gift for newlyweds too!

Check out this article @ bystephanielyn for some really nifty gift ideas!

Another great money gift idea

Learn how to make a money box @ thecraftsdept.marthastewart.  Sweet!

Give a money tree!  Find easy instructions on how to make one at poppies at play

Lara Sosa has a great tutorial on how to make a money umbrella.  Perfect for those rainy days ahead!

The the idea room has step by step instructions on how to make these adorable treats.  Not a money gift but still a really cute idea for those on a tight budget.  I think this would be cool for a large group of graduates. (Think gifts from teacher or mentor.)

Check out nancys craft spot to get instructions on this cool idea for giving money.

A very personalized gift that will mean a lot for years to come is Memory Collage.  See this idea and more at

Give nuggets of wisdom with a little extra somethin'!clearlyistamp has detailed instructions along with the "how to" on the next idea. 

Make a bouquet of money! See origami-n-stuff4kids for photo instructions.  Very smart!

Another really great idea, especially for a graduation gift to be mailed, is money filled balloons!  So much fun to receive!  See how to at She's Crafty

If you aren't particularly crafty or would prefer to give a gift other than money you could always consider these ideas.

(Also, if you are looking for Father's Day gift ideas, you might be interested in our helpful list at 22 Very Cool Fathers Day Gifts You Can Make!)

Under $20 -

Achieve, Success, Believe Bracelet  made by Expressively Yours retails for under $10 but looks more expensive. Made out of sterling silver bracelet comes gift packaged with an inspirational poem/card.

Gift Cards have no fees, are redeemable store wide, and never expire.  You can send gift cards by email, facebook, print at home or free one-day shipping! Giving a gift has never been easier.  NO stress over picking out the right size or style.

Under $50 -

14k Yellow Gold Plated Sterling Silver "If You Can Imagine It, You Can Achieve It. If You Can Dream It, You Can Become It" Reversible Pendant Necklace, 18" This beautiful pendant is priced at just $29.00 plus free shipping.  I think it would be an excellent inspirational graduation gift!

Sunpentown BM-1107 Stainless-Steel 3-in-1 Breakfast Maker On sale right now for $42.88 and SHIPS FREE!  This appliance would make a great gift for a college student or anyone living in cramped quarters.

Koolatron KWC-4 Coca-Cola Personal 6-Can Mini Fridge Perfect for a dorm room or an office, this little fridge is big enough to hold six 12 ounce cans or a small amount of food.  Priced at $49.99 with free shipping this cool retro style mini fridge makes a perfect graduation gift!

Honey-Can-Do BTS-01586 Apartment Storage, Dorm Organization Kit Your graduate will appreciate this practical gift priced at just $46.47 (includes free shipping!) 

Under $100 - 

Twelve South BookBook for iPad - Vintage leather case for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation iPad (vibrant red) Priced at $79.99, this case is an elegant way for your grad to carry and protect their iPad

Philips DS1155 Speaker Dock for iPhone 5  This awesome electronic device charges two devices simultaniously, fills the room with quality sounds and functions as an alarm clock.  Perfect for a dorm room or an apartment.  Your grad will love this multi functional speaker dock!

Nikon COOLPIX S01 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 3x Zoom NIKKOR Glass Lens (White) Marked down to $96.95 plus free shipping, this compact camera normally retails for $179.99.  It has good reviews and is easy to use.  Now your graduate will have no excuse for not sending photos back home! It comes in hot pink, red, white and silver.

1 comment:

  1. Love the balloon idea! I've been stumped about getting graduation gifts for our good friend's son and our daughter's boyfriend. One thing we've been doing is getting a ramen cookbook, box of ramen (and adding money in the book). I just didn't think that would work since neither of the guys cook - so the balloon idea is the perfect gift! Great idea! Thanks!


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