23 Graduation Gift Ideas Starting Under $25

As you all know, I have one more year until my oldest is graduating high school. Yes, I’m totally fine and no, I don’t want to talk about it. (Please tell me you can read my sarcasm through the screen.) So I’m dealing with my emotions the way I know best… online shopping for other people! 

Even though Lola has another year, I know several kids who are graduating high school and college this month. It’s simple to grab a gift card and call it a day, but I think these items are really special. I’ve put them in three tiers by price since these gifts may be going to your daughter or your neighbor’s cousin’s daughter.

Under $25

Desk Lamp with Charger

If the grad you are buying a gift for is headed to college, dorm room supplies are an easy option. Your grad might have opinions on their bedsheets or backpack, but this desk lamp is a winner across the board.

Owala Water Bottle

In a weird turn of events, Stanley seems to have a new competitor in the world of water bottles? I’ve been seeing these fun colored Owalas everywhere! Seems like an easy pick to keep your favorite grad hydrated.

Custom Jewelry Organizer


A simple and unique gift, this jewelry organizer is for the graduate who loves to accessorize or travel! It can also be personalized with their name, which feels like a grown-up gift. 

Breakfast Sandwich Maker

Whether your grad is headed to a freshman dorm room or their first solo apartment, this sandwich maker is a clear winner for a fast and easy breakfast on the go. (And if it is for college, you know that breakfast food is a favorite any time of day.) 

Popcorn Maker

Hosting movie nights is a quick way to make new friends on the quad. Ensure a smooth first semester with the popcorn maker that comes in 20+ colors. It pops the popcorn fresh in the microwave and fold down for easy storage. 

Tile Bluetooth Tracker

Who amongst us hasn’t lost track of their keys or bag? The Tile Bluetooth Tracker is a great option to give a grad who might have also just gotten an expensive new laptop. Clip it on your bag or backpack and that way you know where it is! 

Basic Tool Set

A friend of mine told me that her dad bought her a pink tool set for her first year of college. Besides not being a fan of the color pink, she wasn’t sure what she would need a tool set for. Low and behold, the pliers came in handy for broken necklaces and screwdrivers for replacing dead batteries. Extra bonus? She never lost any tools because no one was stealing a pink hammer.

Sound Machine

Dorms and city apartments are loud. This sound machine has 12 night lights and 30 soothing sounds to choose from. It can also run on a timer to make sure you don’t accidentally leave it on as you run to class. 

Currently Adulting Tee

Nothing says adulting quite like graduating! Share in your grad’s success with our Currently Adulting tee. (You can also get the hat version at our shop!) 


Diploma Frame with Tassel Holder

Before that diploma gets hidden away, get it hung up in this frame with a special holder for a tassel. (They will thank you when they aren’t finding it in a box 20 years later and wondering why they never got it framed.) 

Portable Speaker

Similar to the popcorn maker above, this portable speaker could be just the thing your grad needs to make new friends on campus. This one is great because it clips to your bag making you ready for a party at any moment. 

Non-Stick Cookware 8-Piece Set

Getting started in a new place is hard. This 8-piece cookware set is the perfect starter kit for a cooking newbie. You can always pair it with a copy of your favorite recipe to make it feel more personal. 

Single Serve Coffee Maker

Late nights studying are probably in your graduate’s future. Make the transition easy with this single-serve coffee maker. It comes in 6 cute colors. Plus you can always send them coffee pods throughout the year to let them know you’re thinking of them! 

Herschel Duffle Bag

Wherever your grad is heading next, a sturdy duffel bag is always nice to have. This one is great for quick weekend trips (especially to see family back home!) It comes in several different colors that all give off a very classic look. 

Portable Charger

The world is their oyster! Just don’t let them run out of juice on their phone while they are out there exploring. This portable charger is wireless and magnetic so they can charge their phone anywhere. 

Mini Fridge

It’s always nice to have a few cold drinks available in your dorm room. With this mini fridge, you can hold 6 cans of soda, or more likely, a whole bunch of beauty products. (I love the blue one! Why didn’t they have cool stuff like this when we went to college?)


This yard game is easy to learn and simple to transport. Plus, bring it to the graduation party to start the fun early! It breaks down into a bag when you are done playing that could easily fit in the corner of a closet or under a bed. 

Extra Special

Dyson Vacuum Cleaner

When your kids go away for school you hope what you’ve taught them about cleaning up will stick. (And hopefully, that includes vacuuming!) Chores are always more fun when you have a nice appliance to help get the job done like this vacuum cleaner

Apple iPad 10

Yes, the old days of pencil and paper are gone. College kids now use iPads to write notes in class. You can also get the Apple Pencil and/or Magic Keyboard to make it a more versatile device. 

Kendra Scott Personalized Necklace

Commemorate this important time in your graduate’s life with the beautiful, personalized necklace from Kendra Scott.

Apple AirPods Max

Ensure up to 20 hours of listening, movie watching, or talk time for your graduate with a pair of Apple AirPods Max. These are over-the-ear headphones that have a better chance of not getting lost like the in-ear AirPods. 

Ninja Air Fryer

They say you can make almost any meal in an air fryer. Put that to the test with this easy gift for your favorite graduate. There are also plenty of air fryer cookbooks out there, if they need some inspiration! 

Mobile Photo Printer

Your graduate is going through one of the most important times of their lives. Help them celebrate it with this adorable mobile photo printer. Photos are so much more fun when you can enjoy them off a screen. 

Do you know anyone graduating high school or college this year? What do you think is the perfect graduation gift?