Cheap gift ideas for graduation party

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Cheap gift ideas for graduation party
Gifts for graduates do not have to be expensive. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

You can find inexpensive graduation party gifts for various kind of graduations. High school graduates will often be college bound, while university graduates may be headed into the workplace. On the other hand, a child graduating from prekindergarten or grade school may have different needs than a teenager graduating from middle school.

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Useful Gifts for the College Bound

Most college students are leaving home for the first time. Inexpensive gifts for them that you can be sure will be appreciated are items they will need at college. Rolled quarters and laundry supplies which may include a laundry bag, basket, detergent, stain remover and dryer sheets work well and can be purchased at discount stores for very little. Other useful gifts for college students that don't have to be expensive are towel sets, shower tote, office supplies, tool set, alarm clock and a flashlight. A cell phone refill card will surely also be appreciated.

Graduation Gifts of Food

College students are most often on a tight budget, and gifts of food will never go to waste. Crackers, canned fruit and cookies may not last long but will definitely be appreciated. You can be sure grocery-store gift cards and fast-food gift cards and coupons will be enjoyed. Some discount stores sell crockery, cutlery, mugs and glassware for a dollar each, and you can make up a pack of four so the student can share meals with friends.

School-Going Graduates

Office supplies and stationery including pens, pencils, paper, notebooks, erasers, rulers, staplers, binders and more are probably the most useful gifts for school going children graduating from one school group to another and are not expensive. Schoolchildren often have cell phones but are on a limited budget and will be excited to receive a refill card. School bags wear out and often need replacing, but it is best to find out if the graduate has any specific taste in colour or style before spending the money. Gift cards for school supplies may be a safer option.

Work-Bound Graduates

The most difficult category for inexpensive graduation gifts is students graduating from college or university. Somehow it seems that they have achieved something that deserves more than a trinket from a discount store. Good writing paper or cards make an eloquent yet inexpensive gift, as will a good quality pen. Flowers from a florist are expensive, but if you give a potted plant or cut flowers from your own garden they still show that you care without costing you a fortune. This group will be likely to get their own apartment, and a framed photograph of a fun time you had together may have a place on their walls.

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