12 Graduation Gift Ideas Under $75 That the New Grad Will Actually USE

One moment that all parents and family members look forward to seeing is their kids graduating from high school or college. It’s one of those moments you dream about instantly the second your child enters the world. Your child was able to stay focused throughout the years and pass all of their classes with outstanding grades. And that is something worth celebrating every day. 

Naturally, you want to give the new grad in your life a gift to mark this life-changing accomplishment. But what exactly do you give someone whose future is still unwritten, or who might need to relocate? Well, if they’re heading to college, then it’s best to buy items that would help them on their new transition into adulthood. As for anyone graduating from college, consider getting a gift that aligns with their interests. 

If you’re still having trouble finding the perfect gift for the recent graduates in your life, check out these 12 graduation gift ideas under $75. 

Amazon Echo Dot (With Clock Display)

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If you’re worried about buying a gift that won’t get used, then let us introduce you to the Amazon Echo Dot. This is one gift that any graduate will definitely appreciate. It’s a smart speaker with a built-in clock and Alexa technology. The sleekly designed gadget will play music crystal clear with no interruptions. It also comes with other capabilities like setting alarms, checking the weather and controlling other smart home products. Whoever is lucky enough to receive this gift will not be disappointed. 

Cost: $59.99 at Amazon (we just spotted it on sale for $44.99!)

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Classic

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Do you have a graduate to shop for who is obsessed with sneakers? If so, you have to surprise them with a pair of Converses. The high-top shoe is a classic staple and is sure to put a smile on their face. They have a timeless silhouette that will never go out of style and compliments any outfit. If you’re conflicted on what color to buy, it’s best to stick with the traditional colorways like black or white. These shoes are so beloved that the graduate might even wear them to their graduation dinner. 

Price: $65 at Converse 

Shari’s Berries Star Graduate Dipped Strawberries

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Give the gift of chocolate, chocolate-dipped strawberries, that is. A sweet treat is just what your graduate needs to cope with their excitement after receiving their diploma. Shari’s Berries will provide you with a dozen of juicy, chocolate-dipped strawberries with a festive design fit for graduation. 

Price: $44.99 at Berries

Hydro Flask 24 oz Standard Mouth


Make sure your graduate stays hydrated after you send them off to college. This water bottle features TempShield double-wall vacuum insulation that keeps water ice-cold for up to 24 hours. It also comes in handy for anyone who wants to reduce their use of single-use plastic to help out the planet. 

Price: $34.95 at hydroflask.com 

Pandora Moments Heart Clasp Snake Chain Bracelet

Your little girl just graduated and you want a gift that she will cherish and never forget. Well, go with a Pandora bracelet. The bracelet comes in four metal finishes, including sterling silver and gold. Each bracelet features a heart-shaped clasp for the perfect touch. You even have the option to personalize the bracelet with Pandora charms to symbolize special moments in life, like a grad cap. Of course, charms cost extra. 

Price: $65 at Pandora 

Apple Airtag

Your high school graduate will be leaving for college in just a few months and you won’t be there to remind them where they put their car keys. Luckily, with Apple Airtags, they will never misplace their car keys again. Just attach the little accessory to your keys and they’ll be able to track them down in no time. 

Price: $29 at Apple

YnM Weighted Blanket

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Whether you’re shopping for a college graduate or high school graduate, everyone could use a weighted blanket. This one is made of 100% cotton that is soft and breathable. The blanket is super comfortable to snuggle up in as it’s designed with a seven-layer system that contours to the shape of your body. This is one blanket that will have anyone sleeping like a baby every night.

Price: $49.80 at Amazon 

Hamilton Beach 0.9 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Countertop Microwave Oven

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Sure, college is a few months away, but it’s never too early to start dorm shopping. If there’s one thing that any new college student (or anyone just starting to live independently) needs, it’s a microwave. It’ll come in handy whenever they want to warm a quick bite to eat before or after class. This microwave from Hamilton Beach has a stainless steel desig that is durable. It has a LED display with a touchpad for easier use. The appliance comes in three colors: red, black and silver. Plus, it has a one-year limited warranty.

Price: $69.88 at Walmart 

Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut

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Graduating college is a huge life achievement for anyone, and that deserves a celebratory moment of popping a bottle of champagne. Whatever doesn’t end up on the ground, use it to fill up your glasses, and cheers to the 2022 grad. 

Price: $59.97 at Wine.com

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera

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Let your recent graduate capture any moment with a brand new Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera. This colorful gadget is a modern take on the classic polaroid camera. It uses automatic exposure that helps the photographer snap the perfect shot every time. In the mood for a selfie? No worries, as the camera has a selfie mirror to get that million-dollar shot.

Price: $74 at Amazon 

Paco Rabanne 1 Million Eau de Toilette

If there’s one thing to note, it’s that you can never go wrong with gifting a fragrance, especially if it’s Paco Rabanne. It has a bold and spicy aroma that will last for hours. The fragrance uses top notes of blood mandarin and peppermint with cinnamon and a leather, amber base. Your son will be the best-smelling person in any room when he uses the cologne. 

Price: $74 at Nordstrom

Starbucks Gift Card 

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When in doubt, go with a Starbucks gift card. No one can resist the urge of a caramel frappuccino, not even a new grad.  

Price: $50 at Starbucks 

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