10 Gender-Neutral Gifts for Graduates Under $30

Whether you're shopping for high school or college graduates, celebrate their huge accomplishment and help them transition to their next chapter with these thoughtful and practical gifts.

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May 13, 2019

Photo By: Wildsam

"You Got This" Mug

Whether it's encouragement for a high school grad gearing up for college or a college grad's upcoming job interviews, a "You Got This" coffee mug is the perfect reminder for anyone in a stage of transition. The mugs are dishwasher and microwave safe and will last for years to come.

Buy It: Etsy, $13.99+

Garment Steamer

Prepare your favorite grad for job interviews and their first office job with the gift of wrinkle-free clothes. Steamers, like this best-selling garment steamer on Amazon, take up less space than an iron and ironing board and are often faster and easier to use. A steamer might not seem like an "exciting" graduation gift per se, but functional gifts can often be the most appreciated because it's one less thing a new grad will have to buy to set up a new apartment, giving them more money to spend on their post-grad backing trip to Europe or, let's be real, their first student loan payments...

Buy It: Amazon, $25.97

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

Every graduate entering the real world should learn basic cooking skills, which requires staple kitchen tools like a cast-iron skillet. This best-selling option on Amazon from Lodge is affordable and the recipient will have it for years to come. SEE MORE: 10 Essentials for the Millennial Kitchen

Buy It: Amazon, $14.90 (Originally $26.68)

Leather Key Fob

This is a beautiful, hand-forged leather key fob, which would make a great gift for a grad who's moving to a new home. Personalize it by having the leather engraved with your grad's initials or a special date. It also comes in several different leather colors, so you can choose the perfect one for your graduate.

Buy It: Etsy, $25

Dear Me...

Here's a wonderful gift to give to any creative writer grads in your life: Letters to My Future Self. This unique book includes 12 fold-and-mail-style letters which each including a prompt to get you thinking about your future. You can seal, and even post date your letters to a certain date, so your grad will have a keepsake that they can use and be inspired by for the rest of their lives.

Buy It: Amazon, $11.28 (Originally $14.95)

Cartman 39-Piece Tool Set

Moving requires multiple trips to Target, measuring furniture and hanging things on walls. Give your grad this best-selling compact, easy-to-carry tool kit with all of the necessities like a measuring tape, hammer, pliers and more to make their next move a seamless one.

Buy It: Amazon, $18.99

Get Inspired

Part journal, part life manual, this book is perfect for the grad who likes to dream big. An Inspired Life Journal takes them through fun exercises where they can let their imagination run wild by journaling about what they hope your life will look like in the future.

Buy It: Anthropologie, $16

Mini Waffle Maker

Whether you're gifting to a high school graduate preparing for dorm life or a college grad preparing to rent their first apartment on their own, you can't go wrong with this mini waffle maker from Dash that only weighs one pound and fits in the palm of your hand, making it ideal for small dorms and kitchens. They can use it to make waffles, paninis, hash browns, and even biscuit pizzas. Any wet batter will "waffle" your treats and snacks into single serving portions, and all non-electric parts easily wipe clean.

Buy It: Amazon, $8.99 (Originally $14.99)

Reusable Shopping Tote

Is your grad passionate about the environment? If so, these Baggu reusable shopping bags are a great pick. They're really handy as they fold up into completely flat little packs that they can easily throw into their purse, leave in the car, or keep in their work bag. They also come in a ton of different colors and patterns. SEE MORE: 10 Reusable Grocery Bags

Buy It: Baggu, $12

Wildsam City Field Guides

If you know a grad who plans to travel a lot in the future, hook them up with these fab City Field Guides. Each guide is chock full of interesting recommendations and must-visit hotspots shared by local experts. The guides use illustrations, interviews and personal essays to really give the reader the full flavor of each city.

Buy It: Amazon, $18 and up