7 Go-To Graduation Gifts For Less Than $50

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Thousands of students around the country are counting the days to their springtime commencement ceremonies. From high school seniors to fourth year college students, the time has almost come to start chasing dreams in the big wide world. Do your part to give them some support with a graduation gift that comes from the heart — without impersonal gift cards or a big price tag. These seven unique ideas are perfect for graduates of all kinds.

1Personalized Graduation Mug

Personalized mugs look great on any shelf. Prepare young graduates for life on their own, or combine your mug with gift basket items such as teas, coffees, or hot chocolates. Customized mugs are perfect for inside jokes, warm memories, or fun sayings that will make grads smile every time they take a sip.

2Laptop Backpack

Four years of school can wreak havoc on personal belongings, including extreme wear and tear on daily-use backpacks. Give students the practical gift of storage with a brand-new backpack prepared for life’s newest adventures. This style comes in dozens of colors, as well as a USB charging port with plenty of storage for sensitive electronics.

3Flower Bouquet

Live flowers have their place, but for a gift that can last a lifetime, LEGO’s gorgeous bouquet is the perfect option. LEGO enthusiasts will love having a full kit to work on, and customizing their bouquets to match their dorm room or apartment. It’s a great way to say “congrats” without settling for conventionality.

4Pink Tool Set

Commencement marks the beginning of many firsts in the graduates' life — including life on their own. Prepare your loved one to tackle maintenance and more with a handy toolkit from Lillian Vernon. More than 35 tools provide a way to hang, fix, replace, or tighten almost anything around the dorm. This is a great practical gift that won’t break the bank.

5Rope Hammock Swing

Give graduates a fun and practical gift that will stay with them wherever they go. This rope hammock swing provides excellent indoor and outdoor seating, as well as plenty of comfort with a cushioned interior. New grads will love the opportunity to sit back, relax, and curl up with their entertainment of choice.

6Engraved Compass

Outdoor enthusiasts will fall in love with this personalized compass and casing. Practical yet functional, graduates of all ages can use this special gift to chase the life they’ve always dreamed of. Do something out of the ordinary with a graduation gift that’s unlike anything else — and under a $50 budget.

7Shower Gel Gift Set

Give a toast to the new graduate with a 3-piece shower gel set that stimulates the senses. Loved ones will freshen up after their long school career with hints of margarita and melon daiquiri, leaving their skin feeling fresh and smooth. With three printed recipes on the front of the bottles, new grads will get more than their money’s worth.

Tags: gift ideas, teen, college

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