Eleven graduation gifts that won’t break the bank

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Alyssa Freyman, Associate Editor

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Need some helping picking out the perfect gift to send off a graduating friend or family member to college? Here are some ideas that won’t burn a hole in your wallet.


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1. Slow-Cooker

Students can make a meal and place it in the slow-cooker before class. When they return to their dorm at the end of the day, there would be a ready-made meal to eat. The website “Crock-Pot” has nice ones on sale up to 30% off.


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2. Books

Adulting can be  hard for high school graduates. It can be made easier for them by giving them a handguide. The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College by Harlan Cohen is a New York Times Bestseller and was voted the #1 going-to-college book. Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone: Advice Your Mom Would Give if She Thought you Were Listening by Becky Blades is another fun book that gives great advice.

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3. Digital Assistant

Whether they want to know the latest show-times for the “Avengers: Infinity War”, or how far away the moon is from the Earth, a Digital Assistant would come in handy. Amazon Echo or Google Home are both great digital assistants to consider.

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4. Amazon Fire Stick

Wherever they go, they can always have their latest shows with them. Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO, and more can be accessed through whichever TV they plug this chip into.

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5.  Noise Canceling Headphones

Whether they have a noisy roommate or just need some time to relax, these noise-canceling headphones would come in handy. They are a bestseller on Amazon and have 4.5 stars.


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6. Tumbler

As they go about their day, they’ll need a pick-me-up like coffee to keep them awake or water to stay hydrated. A tumbler like the one above will keep a students’ drinks hot or cold throughout most of their classes.

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7. ENO hammock

An ENO hammock is perfect for those who like to be outdoors. Students can set up the ENO anywhere on campus and study with some fresh air.


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8. Box Subscription

For all of the female graduates out there, Birchbox is a fun way to get new beauty products (anywhere from skincare to haircare to makeup) sent to you once a month. This would definitely be a nice pick-me-up during the school year. A monthly subscription can be purchased for $10, or there is an option to get first 3 month subscription for $30. FabFitFun is another fun box subscription for those who like the finer things in life.

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9. Blanket

A blanket will keep any graduate warm, whether they get chilly in their dorm rooms or at the library studying. The fleece travel blanket from Vera Bradley folds nicely into a little pillow and has a trolley sleeve in case he or she goes on vacation. A graduate would also love a larger blanket, perhaps with their college logo on it.


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10. Portable Charger

College students are always on the move. A full-battery on their devices will give them one less thing to worry about. A portable charger like the Poweradd model above, would be sleek enough to place in their back pocket or backpack and charges quick enough to ensure that their battery is full by the end of their classes.

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11. Money

Sometimes the best gift is just cold-hard cash. College students have to learn how to live on their own and have to purchase their own things. Money can help with that. If money sounds like a boring choice, try doing something creative, like making paper flowers or a lei out of it (like the one above).


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