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College Graduation Gifts That the New Grad Actually Wants

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Hard to believe it’s that time of year again — graduation. It’s the season for caps, gowns, and possibly freaking out over entering the real world. But let’s focus on the positive: completing a milestone that deserves to be celebrated. If you want your college graduation gift to commemorate their accomplishments, you’ve come to the right place. Below, I found some affordable, yet meaningful gifts that honor this special occasion as you send them off into adulthood.

I’m a personal fan of the AARP-Membership. It’s a little unconventional but super practical, offering a year’s worth of benefits and savings. Plus, it’s on sale now.

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Tech Gifts for the College Grad

Samsung Galaxy Tab A9+

This 11-inch tablet makes a great value gift for any young, working professional, and now you can get the Samsung Galaxy Tab A9+ in a sleek navy color, only at Walmart. Plus, at $199, the 64GB Samsung Galaxy Tab A9+ has a slightly bigger screen *and* is 64% cheaper than the leading competitor.

If you're looking for more storage, the 128GB Samsung Galaxy Tab A9+ costs a little more at $249. Bottom line: If you’re looking for an impressive tech grad gift that won’t break the bank, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A9+ at Walmart is a solid choice.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A9+
ONLINE or In-Store Deal
Shipping: Free with Walmart+ or on orders of $35+
Pickup: Free

Samsung Galaxy Tab A9+
ONLINE or In-Store Deal
Shipping: Free with Walmart+ or on orders of $35+
Pickup: Free


While not nearly as high tech as some of our other gift ideas, we found a digital photo frame $69.99 (reg $89.98) and mini projector $89.99 (reg $189.99) at Amazon that would make thoughtful and fun graduation gifts.

$69.99$89.98(22% off)

Mini Projector
$89.99$189.99(53% off)
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Practical College Graduation Gifts

Choosing a practical graduation gift for your scholar is a great way to help them transition into their post-college life. Plus, these presents can be used for years to come, so they’re a constant reminder of your support. For instance, you can gift a 1-year AARP membership to your grad for just $12. And since many of these items are on sale for as much as 33% off (and/or eligible for Target Circle Card discounts), you’ll be proud of how much money you saved too.

AARP 1-Year Membership
$12.00$16.00(25% off)
What to buy
Get a free trunk organizer or pickleball set with new subscription.
Price Summary
$12 for the first year, plus free trunk organizer.or pickleball set

Graduation Mug
ONLINE or In-Store Deal
As low as$6.65$7.00(5% off)

$8.96$11.95(25% off)

$3.99$5.99(33% off)

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Graduates Book
ONLINE or In-Store Deal
Shipping: Free with orders of $40+
Pickup: Free

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Sam’s Club

Help your graduate save on their next pizza night by gifting them with this 4-pack of discounted gift cards from Sam’s Club, for $75 (reg $100, Sam’s Club).


Need to get your recent graduate somewhere? Save 10% when you buy this $500 Southwest Airlines gift card for $449.99 at Costco. You don’t have to have a Costco membership to score this deal.

Apparel Graduation Gifts

A gift your grad can wear will take them back to their special day whenever they put it on. And, when it comes to these wearable goodies, you can score up to 27% off.

$10.24$14.00(27% off)

Novelty and Sentimental College Graduation Gifts

For a present with that extra sentimental feel, consider these unique picks. Or gift them a signed Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” by their favorite teacher or from you and someone special. They’ll keep it forever.

$11.24$14.99(25% off)

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