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When it comes to choosing the perfect high school graduation gifts, there are so many options to consider. Jewelry can serve as a lasting memento of this special milestone and can be personalized to suit your grad’s style. However, if you prefer to give the gift of choice, a thoughtful gift card allows them to pick out something they actually want. Another popular option is a carefully curated gift box filled with goodies like inspiring books, stationery, and maybe even a heartfelt letter. But while there are plenty of freebies for graduates, unfortunately, high school graduation gifts aren’t free.

That’s why we decided to put together a budget-friendly list of high school graduation gifts that are both sentimental and practical. Our picks are all under $20 after factoring in sales, and/or come at discounted rates to save you some major cash. Expect to see discounts of up to 55% or savings of up to $51.

And if you’re shopping for other graduates, check out our favorite preschool graduation gifts and college graduation gifts for even more savings.

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Graduation Jewelry Gift Ideas

While class rings are the OG graduation jewelry, there are so many other (much more affordable) options to commemorate such a big accomplishment. Opt for pieces with common graduation symbols like an arrow, compass, or the iconic grad cap. Or, you can go for something that you can customize with your own inspiring message. And did I mention these pieces are affordable? Because that bears repeating. Our picks here are on sale for as much 30% off in addition to their already low prices.

As low as $10.50 $15.00 (30% Off)
$11.88 $16.98 (30% Off)
$15.19 $19.99 (24% Off)

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Graduation Box Gift Ideas

Looking for an easy box gift instead? Just select “This is a gift” when ordering through Amazon and it’ll come boxed up and ready for your grad to tear into. For these graduation box gift ideas, we’re opting for more practical picks, including planners to help grads stay organized in their professional or academic life. Plus, books to both inspire and help them prepare for college (if that’s the next stop) are seeing major sales right now. We’re talking up to 55% off.

$8.48 $18.99 (55% Off)
$17.09 $18.99 (10% Off)

Unique High School Graduation Gifts

Want something a little more off the beaten path? Consider a humorous or customizable gift. You can order graduation party decor that doubles as a unique keepsake. Or, if you’re not the mushy type, go for a candle that’s sure to get a laugh. And you wanna know the best part? You can get 20% off on many of these items.

As low as $11.99 $14.99 (20% Off)
As low as $14.99
As low as $17.27 $21.50 (20% Off)

Best Gift Card Deals for Graduation

We’ve all scrambled for a last-minute gift only to wind up reaching for a gift card. And while many options cost more than $20, we thought it would make sense to include the best deals on gift cards since they’re so in demand. If you have a high school graduate going to college out of state, pay for their flight ahead of time with a Southwest airlines gift card that’s actually $51 off.

In-Store Deal
Sam's Club: Domino's $25 Gift Card 4-Pack
$75.00 $100.00 (25% Off)
EXPIRED 05/31/23
Shipping: Free
Exp 12/31/23

15 Best High School Graduation Gifts Under $20