College Graduation Gift Ideas Gift Ideas for the Frugal Minded

Are you looking for college graduation gift ideas while still living frugal? Graduating from college is one of those big moments in life that is built up in your mind from the start of your school years.

Students spend their primary school years striving for excellence to get into the college of their dreams. They then spend their years away in college dreaming of the day they graduate and finally become active participants in the "real world".

As one of the major milestones on the pathway to true adulthood, college graduation is a huge achievement for any young adult. As family or loved one, we strive to find college graduation gift ideas that live up to the momentous occasion. These four cool gift ideas are perfect for those living frugal minded and will make your college grad smile.


Even the most organized of students will learn a lesson or two in organization once they graduate. With numerous job interviews in store, meetings with professional contacts, phone interviews, emails, and so much more, an organizational planner is a great gift for a new graduate. Part of becoming an adult and functioning smoothly in the professional world is maintaining an organized schedule.

Give your graduate a personalized planner with their initials or some other meaningful touch on it. To make this cool gift idea especially meaningful, engrave the date of the graduation ceremony on it as well. This gift is one that is inexpensive and practical for your new grad.

Recipe Book

If your college grad is moving out on his or her own for the first time, a recipe book can be at the top of your list of college graduation gift ideas and is wonderfully thoughtful. Either put together a recipe book for them or create a frugal living recipe box with all of their favorite recipes inside. This is a wonderful gift for a parent or guardian to give.

Pick out your graduate's very favorite meals from their childhood and now and give them the recipes so they can begin cooking the meals themselves. Small things like cooking, cleaning, and household tasks can be one of the biggest adjustments for recent grads. Help make your new graduate feel more at home with familiar recipes.

Household Toolbox

Along the same lines of a recipe book, a household toolbox can be a very useful and thoughtful gift for a new graduate. If they are moving out on their own, a toolbox can be an extremely important and practical gift as your graduate will want to spruce up their new apartment or home on their own.

By giving them a nice toolbox with some tools, you help them feel independent and adult by doing it themselves. Small household things like this are great college graduation gift ideas yet often overlooked by recent grads living on their own for the first time.

Inspirational or Meaningful Book

Books have been a classic graduation gift for many years. Try giving your grad an old copy of their favorite book as a child. This can be used as a reminder of how far they have come in life and is a nice childhood memento to have around. Try giving your favorite classic novel that your grad can then pass down to the next graduate in line.

Dr. Seuss' "Oh the Places You'll Go!" is a wonderful (and sometimes cliché) book choice for recent grads. This book is wonderful and inspirational. Write a meaningful note in the cover of whichever book you choose to gift. This book will stay with them for the rest of their adult lives and they can turn to it whenever they need a little pick-me-up.

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This guest article on college graduation gift ideas is by Jemima Lopez, a freelance blogger and writer who writes for Zen College Life, the directory of higher education, distance learning, and online degrees . She welcomes your comments on frugal living and other cool gift ideas at her email to lopezjemima562 at gmail dot com.

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