20 Best Inexpensive Graduation Gift Ideas

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Updated on April 08, 2024

Just because you can't be with them on their special day, that doesn't mean you can't celebrate their accomplishments. Give the special grad in your life a gift to commemorate this major life milestone without breaking the bank. Shop our list of the best graduation gifts under $50 to find the perfect present for your loved one. Whether they're a high school or college graduate, they'll love these thoughtful gifts you can ship right to their door.

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Take the guesswork out of gifting with this adorable post-grad gift set. The floral desk tackle box is packed to the brim with pretty presents they’ll love putting to use at their new gig. Our favorites? The floral sticky notes, posy paper clips and garden-inspired paperweights.

$19.99 $17.99
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Perfect for their graduation trip and beyond, this pocket mini printer is a fun way to showcase their favorite memories and print any photo from an IOS or Android device. Simply download the 'iprint' app on your phone and connect via Bluetooth to start. The package includes six rolls of thermal paper, which is inkless, cost-effective and energy-saving!

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Urge your graduate to explore the world (or come home to visit) with a stylish weekender bag. The bag is crafted from lightweight recycled polyester with a puffy finish and features adjustable straps and top handles for comfortable wear. Scoop up the chic travel bag in black, brown or off-white finishes.

$50 (Set of 2)
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What better way to celebrate the last four years of college than with a couple of rock glasses of their alma mater? Each glasses set comes with two glasses customized with a map from any city or town in the U.S. Personalize your set with the map from your grad’s alma mater to transport them back to their college days with each sip.

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Gear up your grad’s new apartment or abode with an Amazon Echo Dot. This 5th-generation smart speaker plays music and serves as an alarm clock. But the best part? The Echo Dot is equipped with Alexa and her boundless knowledge so your graduate will always know the weather before heading out the door.

From $34
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When in doubt, a beautiful custom-framed photo will always earn you a smile from ear to ear. Give your grad a token of your time together at school with the Willow framed photo from Frameology. Choose from black or white rubberwood styles and three portrait sizes to create a one-of-a-kind accessory for their wall or bookshelf.


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$49.95 $44.95
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Make their commute more manageable with the Vibe Beam True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds by JBL. The sleek set includes earbuds, a USB-C charging cable, three eartip sizes and a rechargeable case that provides 32 hours of music or podcast playback with each charge. Choose from a mint, blue, white, beige or black finish to match their vibe.

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If you know your grad loves to hit the snooze button countless times, then this alarm clock may help them adjust to their new schedule. It simulates a sunrise to naturally wake them up (on time). Each Wake-Up Light Rise Nightlight features four button settings with a time set, sunrise alarm, time display and power switch to improve their sleep quality and energy levels for their new gig.

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Post-grad picnics and beach holidays call for music on the go. Treat your grad to this adorable portable Bluetooth speaker from Walmart. The small-but-mighty design is water-resistant (hello, pool days) and provides 10 hours of playback with each charge. Each speaker is compatible with all devices and includes a USB cable for seamless charging.

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Self-reflection and self-discovery work together to create this thoughtful graduation gift. Give your graduate an outlet to look within and lead a mindful life with this keepsake five-year journal where they can write down a line each day to capture their thoughts and memories.

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Give the grad with the gift of gab a tool to put their skillset to work – the Heyday Desktop Microphone. This retro-inspired cardioid condenser mic is a must-have for any content creator, commentator or podcaster in the making. (Remote workers will appreciate it, too!) It includes a USB cable, an aux port for headphones and a six-foot USB-C to USCB-A cable. The hands-free design is compatible with Macs and PCs and features an adjustable stand to get the perfect feedback with each recording session.

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This tiny fridge is perfect to house your grad's growing skincare collection. Plus, it's small enough to fit just about anywhere, including a dorm bathroom.

$35.99 $30.99
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A stylish desk calendar is essential for school and the office. Gift your graduate an apricot, green, black or brown pad to keep them on track during the adventures ahead. We’re huge fans of this design because of its large yet minimal layout that allows the recipient to write however much they need to remain productive.

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Give them something that reminds them of home (or their college if they're entering the real world) with a state candle. Each state has its own scent to help conjure nostalgia. You can even give them a city candle if they're from a major city.

$34.95 $24.46
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This triple-insulated, reusable mug comes with a splash-proof lid and an easy-to-grasp handle for the new grad on the go. Choose from nine gorgeous finishes to best suit their style, and add a gift card to their favorite coffee shop to sweeten the deal.

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This laptop sleeve is just what they'll need to protect their valuable device. It's crafted with durable, woven polyester and is lined with a soft microfiber to prevent scratching their computer. Choose from thousands of original designs to find a perfect match.

From $49
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The grad in your life can add style and organization to their desk or home with this leather catchall tray. Choose from three sizes, four colors and 12 unique monogram designs to create a one-of-a-kind keepsake for your grad.

$34.25 $19.9
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The recent college grad in your life may need some kitchen essentials, and this best-selling Lodge cast-iron skillet is a must-have. They can test their new culinary skills and keep this kitchen staple for years to come.

From $42.36
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Consider this welcome mat a must-buy for all the binge-watching graduates on your list. Whether you’re sending them off for their first semester of college or welcoming them into the real world, your recent grad is sure to appreciate this cheeky greeting outside their door.

From $40
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Celebrate the big moment by adding a graduation cap charm to their charm bracelet. It comes gold plated or in sterling silver, and even includes an engraved sentiment on the back reading "Hard work pays off."


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