Top Ten Graduation Gift List For Any Budget

Top Ten Graduation Gift List For Any Budget

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It’s that time of year again. Graduation season. A time for new beginnings for our kids and a big jumble of emotions for us parents – pride mixed with a twinge of sadness that our babies aren’t babies anymore. My 5-year old is graduating Kindergarten this year and he’s my youngest out of five and it feels like the saddest thing in the world to me sometimes. Even those of us who don’t have kids graduating this year probably know someone who is graduating. So, you still need a gift. Right ?

Well, luckily I came up with this fabulous list of what *I* think are the top 10 grad gifts. I hope you enjoy this list as much as I enjoyed creating it.

#1 1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know: (Like Buying Your Books Before Exams Start)

Only $2.99 for the Kindle Edition/$6.62 for Paper Back

#2 Graduation Survival Kit – Build your own. Price is anywhere from $50 – $100

 The kit is comprised of two plastic stacking compartments that snap together. The top lid has a nifty handle. You can take this baby anywhere!

     Here’s what is included inside:

     In the bottom bin there is…

     *A travel laundry bag
     *A lint roller
     *Static Guard
     *Tide to-go stain removal pen
     *A pair of scissors
     *Sharpie markers
     *Clear tape
     *Plastic wall hooks
     *A package of index cards

     The top bin holds…

     *Cotton balls
     *Cotton swabs
     *A box of safety pins
     *A first aid kit
     *Travel size toothpaste
     *Travel size mouthwash
     *A nail trim kit
     *Travel size deodorant
     *A package of hair ties (N/A for guys – Could maybe replace with disposable razors)
     *Eye drops

Top Ten Graduation Gift List For Any Budget


#3 DIY I Heart My State Painting tutorial at Welcome to Heardmont

No matter where I move (I’m an Army wife, so we move – A LOT), my heart will always be where I’m from. This is perfect art for a dorm room.

Top Ten Graduation Gift List For Any Budget

#4 DIY Money Lei 

Who doesn’t love money & why not make it fun ?! 

Top Ten Graduation Gift List For Any Budget


#5 Oh The Places You’ll Go Signed By Every Teacher Every Year

It’s too late to do this for my 4 oldest kids, but maybe I can do this for my little one in Kindergarten … I absolutely LOVE this !! 

#6 Awesome Water Bottle

This water bottle, featured on the Today Show, has a built-in compartment to hold keys, an ID, money, and other items when you’re at the gym or on the go. Find it for just $14 from Contigo.

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#7 Custom T-Shirt Blanket 

This one is a little on the pricey side, but I REALLY like the idea of it, and you can shop around.

Top Ten Graduation Gift List For Any Budget

#8 Gift Cards 

Restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores, Starbucks, etc. College kids are POOR & these will come in handy !!

Top Ten Graduation Gift List For Any Budget

#9 Mini Refrigerator/Freezer

A college kid has gotta eat, or at least have a stash for snacks. A mini fridge is a cool gift.  My son just had to have one for his dorm room !

#10 Coffee Maker

College and coffee go together like … well I don’t know what, but college kids usually need caffeine for those late night study sessions. A mini version, like this Keurig, is always nice for small spaces.

 So, those are my Top Ten Grad Gifts of 2014 ! What was your fav ?!  What would you add to my list ?! 



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