Inexpensive Gifts For Graduates

Graduation is a momentous occasion. We certainly want to join in the celebration when a family member or friend makes the jump to achieve an educational milestone. The hard part is coming up with a gift that is not only meaningful and personal, but doesn’t affect the health of your bank account. Here are a few ideas that get the job done and  will be appreciated!

  • Monogrammed Tote: A stylish graduate no longer needs to be throwing her backpack on her shoulders each time she packs for the beach or takes her work to the coffee shop. Lands’ End has surprisingly affordable totes and bags that range from $20-$50 depending on size. Monograms cost $6. Lands’ End regularly offers promo codes for additional savings.

  • Memory Book: Put together a keepsake that collects shared memories made with your friend. Add anecdotes and inside jokes. Sites like can get the job done for around $25.

  • Lamy Safari Fountain Pen: May sound a bit studious and serious, but Lamy Safari pens come in a variety of fun colors. The next time your graduate sits down to sign their name, they’ll see the difference a pen makes. Prices out around $21-$30 on Amazon.

  • Frame a map: Find a map of your shared city and gold star all your favorite spots together: hidden beach, coffee joint, hangout, etc. Find a frame at a second hand store and create a fun wall piece.

  • Passion Journal from Moleskin: $20 helps your buddy keep track of the new recipes he is learning to whip up in the kitchen or the nuances of all those craft brews he’s been sampling.