Looking for the best inexpensive high school graduation gift ideas? This post has 27 of the best gifts you will be so excited to give.
Graduation season can be so expensive. It seems like there's 100 grad parties every weekend and I always felt obligated to give everyone a nice gift. Don't worry though, I've got you covered with some of the best inexpensive graduation gift ideas that I would not only give, but love to be gifted.
All of these gifts are under $20 and some of them are as low as $5 !! I'm telling you though, these are good and I would be so excited to receive any of them when I graduated from high school.
This post is all about inexpensive high school graduation gift ideas.
GIFTS UNDER $20
2. Glossier Hand Cream
Glossier skincare is super trendy and for sure at the top of every girl's wishlist. The glossier hand cream makes the perfect gift because you don't have to worry about picking out the right shade of a makeup product. Plus, who doesn't want soft, smooth hands?
4. Disposable Camera
So much for the polaroid camera craze, now it's all about disposable cameras. If you gift a disposable camera to any teenager they will for sure use it, but these pastel ones are next level.
Green and lavender are THE trendiest colors ever right now, so the grad will definitely appreciate the aesthetic. This is really one of my favorite inexpensive high school graduation gift ideas.
5. Milk Bar Assorted Cookie Tin
A sampler of cookies? Yes please.
Don't even get me started on Milk Bar cookies. SO GOOD. The packaging is adorable and would make the perfect gift.
7. Bubble Candle Decor
I am absolutely obsessed with these funky candles. They are all the rage right now on TikTok and Instagram, so you know your high school grad would be all over this trendy candle.
I know you're not allowed to burn candles in dorm rooms, but this could be super cute dorm decor. Plus, nobody really burns these candles anyways.
8. Vanille Perfume
This perfume has a cult following. People are seriously obsessed with this warm, vanilla scent.
Also this perfume looks like it could easily cost over $50, but it's only $18!! No wonder people love it so much.
GIFTS UNDER $15
10. Layered Paperclip Initial Necklace
Can you believe this necklace is under $15?!? It looks like it could easily be a gorjana layering set for over $100. The paperclip style chain is extremely trendy and the initial adds a special, personalized touch.
11. Tea Drops Sampler Assortment Box
You know I am a major tea drinker, so I am VERY intrigued by this. The trendy packaging is really what sells me, but I think any type of "sampler pack" makes a really great gift.
According to tea drops, it is "organic whole leaf tea shaped into fun drops that melt into finely ground plant fibre". Sounds cool to me!
12. Glossier Balm Dotcom
I know I talked about glossier before, but if you want something a little cheaper, the balm dotcom is the best!! The packaging is so cute and there are a ton of flavors/scents.
My personal favorite is the mango and the birthday cake!!
13. Capri Blue Candle
Capri blue candles are super luxurious and pricey, but they make this mini size that would be the perfect gift. The "volcano" scent is literally what I imagine heaven smells like.
14. Towel Wrap
A towel wrap is a college essential. You never want to be walking down the hall in your little towel that could fall off at any moment when living in co-ed dorms (or any dorms for that matter).
I really like the material of this towel wrap and it's cheaper than some of the other ones out there!!
16. Tiled Monogram Mug
These mugs are EVERYTHING. I love the mosaic tile aesthetic and the little gold details . The initial adds a personalized touch that makes the gift that much more meaningful.
GIFTS UNDER $10
19. Satin Pillowcases
You know I love my satin pillowcases, and this set is a steal!! For less than $9, you get two satin pillowcases with a zipper closure. They are the perfect dupe for the Slip pillowcases that will cost you $90 for just one .
21. Photo Clip String Lights
College students have to try and get creative with lighting in the poorly lit dorms. String lights are a super fun way to add to a space, but these photo clip string lights are even more fun.
Any 2021 grad would be excited about hanging these lights in their dorm to display photos from home and photos with their new friends they have made at school.
22. Watermelon Exfoliating Cubes
These little exfoliating cubes are such a fun gift. It's something people would probably not think to buy for themselves, but would use all the time after getting it as a gift!
Any gift for pampering someone will pretty much always get used and loved.
GIFTS UNDER $5
24. Gold Pens
I know, I know, pens are usually pretty cheap, but not pens that look like this!! 5 gold pens for less than $5?? You can't beat it.
This would be a nice gift, especially for a high school grad who's about to go off to college and take LOTS of notes ;). Plus, they would look so pretty on a desk.
25. AirPods Case
If your grad has AirPods, definitely get them this case!! It is cute, convenient, and less than $3. If you wanted to do a little more, you could pair it with a matching phone case that's only $10.
26. Lip Gloss
I love my glossier lip glosses, but I love this elf one more!! I swear it's the exact same thing as the Glossier holographic sparkly lip gloss, but $11 cheaper.
Every single color is good too. You could go with the plain clear gloss if your grad isn't big on sparkles.
27. Initial Ring
Can you believe this ring is only $2? It reminds me of Harry Styles' rings, and I'm sure teenage girls graduating high school will love that . It's such a trendy design, and there are tons of rings in the same style that are way more expensive.
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