This time of the year is special for the fresh graduates as well as their friends and family. Finding ideas to reward grads isn’t the difficult part. It is more about finding affordable graduation gifts that delight the receiver and do not impede your ability to manage credit card debt.
How To Find Affordable Graduation Gifts
DIY Graduation Gifts
One affordable option is giving a DIY gift. Whether you make the entire thing yourself or decorate a basic photo frame to your liking, DIY gifts tend to save people money. When you are on a quest to eliminate credit card debt, anything you save matters. You can find plenty of tutorials online to inspire and advise you about affordable graduation gifts. Your thoughtfulness and the effort put into creating your gift will surely be appreciated.
Frugal Ways to Purchase a Grad Gift
If you don’t have a knack for DIY and have a specific item in mind to get your grad, take the time to shop around retail stores to find the best deal. Don’t forget to shop online, as sometimes you can find the better deals online! Bargain shops such as dollar stores and thrift stores are great places for gifts. This may not be your first choice to find a gift, but you may find hidden treasures at just a fraction of the cost. Your financial priorities to pay off debt must always come first. Here are a few items to consider purchasing for your grad:
- Backpack- Travel or Studying
- Briefcase or Portfolio
- Books- Cookbook, Financial or Professional Advice
- Freshman Survival Kit
Gift of Service or An Outing
Your search for affordable graduation gifts does not necessarily have to be materialistic. If you are truly short on cash, offer to help your grad using your skills, time, and energy. Most likely they will be moving in the near future and could use your help. They may also want a break like going on a hike or a trip to the movies–your treat of course!
Regifting Graduation Presents
Start searching around the house to see if you have something of value to give your grad if you have $0 to spend. Regifting is totally appropriate as long as the graduate doesn’t know it’s regifted. Don’t forget that gift cards can function as a gift too.
While it’s nice to receive a gift for graduation, it is not essential. A well-written card may mean even more than a gift. Remember to keep your budget and financial goals such as getting out of credit card debt a priority when choosing a graduation gift.