10 graduation gift ideas all for less than $50

These will cover all your grad’s bases

Coffee sitting on a counter.
Coffee sitting on a counter.

It isn’t always easy to budget for graduation gifts, especially amid the pandemic and with other holidays that fall during the same season.

Fortunately, there are plenty of practical gifts that are budget friendly. Here are 10 all for $50 or less that we think the graduate in your life will enjoy.


1. Laundry supplies

Whether he or she is heading to a college campus or a new home, graduates living on their own for the first time will appreciate some laundry essentials to get started. Put together a gift set that includes a laundry basket, detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets and a roll of quarters. If you have some extra cash leftover, you could even throw in a drying rack.

2. Tool kit

If you have a friend, son or daughter who is moving into their first home after graduating school, a tool kit is a gift that the recent grad can use right away. At minimum, most include a hammer, flathead screwdriver, Phillips head screwdriver, pliers, adjustable wrench, measuring tape and level. So practical.

3. Microwave