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Graduation Season: Gifts that Won't Drain Your Wallet

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Spring is here. It's the season of flowers, sun, longer days, and graduations. High school and college seniors across the country are excited and proud to be taking the next step in their lives. We all want to take part in celebrating the accomplishments of our friends and families, but supplying everyone with nice graduation gifts can be a drain on the old pocketbook. Sometimes all it takes is a little creativity and time to present your special grads with gifts they won't soon forget. 

Think Practical

As high school seniors prepare to go off to college, they are going to need many practical items. They'll need sheets and towels, toiletries, bedding, dishes, cooking items, and more. When purchased in bulk, these items add up. Choose a theme, like bathroom or kitchen, and buy one or two inexpensive items to help set the graduate up for comfortable living in the fall.

Incoming college students will also appreciate gift cards for gas or books, or from a general item store where they can get anything they need. Your graduate will be pleasantly surprised when he or she runs out of shampoo and money only to find that little gift card tucked away in his or her wallet.

Although college grads are heading out into the "real" world, they, too, will appreciate some practical items. If they are relocating for a job, they will also need many practical and household items. 

Books and Magazines

Magazine subscriptions are quite affordable. Why not set your graduate up with the gift that keeps on giving, month after month? First, find out what his or her interests are, or what magazines he or she already receives. Get the grad's new address, or talk to his or her parents about sending it to his or her home address. 

Books are also a great graduation book. Choose a book with a life message, such as never giving up, facing diversity, or staying positive through life's ups and downs. There are even a number of inspiring children's books, such as Dr. Seuss' "Oh, The Places You'll Go."

Homemade Items

If you have a skill, such as knitting or quilting, plan ahead to provide the graduate with a special homemade gift. Knit a blanket or a sweater, or maybe a pair of mittens, a hat or scarf, or socks. Any graduate would love a homemade quilt to snuggle up with in their dorm room. Find out the graduate's favorite colors or particular theme they might like. Use your talents to provide a gift they will treasure for years to come.

Create a Basket

Everyone needs an item like a first aid kit, tools, or a roadside emergency kit at some point, but would never think to ask for it. Give your grade the gift they never knew they needed. Prepare a basket with some basic tools for getting a dorm room set up, like a hammer and nails for decorating, screwdrivers for setting up the loft, and heavy duty tape for hanging posters. Create a basket with band-aids, medical tape, antibiotic ointment, gauze, a thermometer, and pain reliever. Make an emergency kit for the car that includes jumper cables, a flashlight, and a tire patch.

Jessica Bosari is a freelance writer and blogger for various publications and her own blog. You can read more of Jessica's work here. If you have any comments or questions about SavingTools.com or about saving money, leave your comments in the form below or email jessica@savingtools.com. Thanks!

 

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