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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.

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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 10% off (and/or eligible for Target RedCard discounts), you’ll be proud of how much money you saved too.

$12.00 $16.00 (25% Off)
Get a free trunk organizer with a new subscription.
$12 for the first year, plus a free trunk organizer.
Exp 12/31/23
ONLINE or In-Store Deal
As low as $6.65 $7.00 (5% Off)
5% Off - Target RedCard Savings
$8.46 $9.95 (15% Off)

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Tech Gifts for the College Grad


These options make a great value gift for young, working professionals.

Check out the Samsung Galaxy products on sale at Walmart through June. You can get a set of Galaxy Buds2 in store for just $109 (regularly $149) and the Galaxy Watch4 Classic for just $169 (regularly $349.99) available for online and in-store shopping.

You can save more if you’re a college student. Take a look at the Samsung student discount. You can save up to 30% on phones, TVs, home appliances, and more.

In-Store Deal
$101.72 $149.00 (32% Off)
EXPIRED 06/18/23
In-Store or ONLINE Deal
$129.99 $349.99 (63% Off)
Shipping: Free with Walmart+ or on orders of $35+
Pickup: Free

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).

In-Store Deal
Sam's Club: Domino's $25 Gift Card 4-Pack
$75.00 $100.00 (25% Off)
EXPIRED 05/31/23


While not nearly as high tech as some of our other gift ideas, we found a digital photo frame $44 (reg $109.99) and mini projector $76.99 (reg $209.99) at Amazon that would make thoughtful and fun graduation gifts.

Mini Projector
$89.99 $209.99 (57% Off)
Prime members only
$40.00/1 - Mini Portable Movie Projector with Screen, Amazon Coupon, Limit 1


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.

In-Store Deal
Southwest Airlines $500 Gift Card
Exp 12/31/23

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 discounts between 5% and 12% off.

$15.19 $15.99 (5% Off)
$14.99 $16.99 (12% 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.

As low as $12.68 $13.35 (5% Off)
5% Off - Target RedCard Savings
$11.99 $14.99 (20% Off)


College Graduation Gifts That the New Grad Actually Wants