Receiving a graduation invitation in the mail should be an exciting time, not a time to stress about gifts and money. Just because you receive an invitation does not mean you are receiving an invite to spend a lot of money! Here are some great gift ideas for the frugal buyer that any recent grad would enjoy – and will also not burn a hole in your pocketbook!
- Make something! Often times gifts that are made, not bought can be more sentimental and touching than anything money can buy. Consider making a photo album or scrapbook of the recent grads memories over the past few years of high school or college!
- Create a gift basket. Sometimes buying multiple inexpensive items actually looks like more than one large gift. Make a gift basket for the grad including essentials for their plans post graduation (if a high school grad has college in the new future, stock them up with inexpensive dorm accessories, notebooks, pencils and study treats!)
- Pass something along. Maybe you have a keepsake, a book, or something that helped you continue on to the next phase of your life that you think would also be helpful or encouraging to your recent grad.
If you choose the gift route, know that anything from the heart will be special!
However, if you don’t have the time to go get something or make a gift basket, writing a check is not completely out. It is not necessary to give hundreds of dollars if you don’t have it to give. Fifty, 30 or even 25 dollars is plenty. The money the grad receives will add up, and believe me – every dollar counts! Be assured that your money will be appreciated no matter how much the amount.
Have a great gift that you gave or received for graduation? Or have tips on how to make the perfect gift? Tell us below!