This post: inexpensive high school graduation gift ideas for both girls + guys.
Need an inexpensive gift for your favorite high school grad?
I have a list of 15 affordable gift ideas most any grad will absolutely LOVE.
All the gifts featured in this guide cost anywhere from $5 to $45; most are in the $20 price range. A few are gender specific, but most of the gifts ideas can be customized for either guys or girls.
I love shopping small, so I curated this list from some of my favorite Etsy + Amazon shops.
Don’t forget to check out my graduation thank you guide here on the blog! xo
Here’s that list-
15 Inexpensive High School Graduation Gift Ideas
#1 Grad Socks
Celebrate your grad’s perseverance with these fun socks that say, “If you can read this, I did it!” and “The tassle was worth the hassle.” You’ll get both pairs of socks for just $9!
#2 Cosmetic Bag
Your grad girl will love this Lay-n-Go makeup bag! It’s perfect for traveling + you can choose from a variety of patterns + sizes.
For the dudes, check out this leather, hanging shave kit. It’s waterproof + you can select from a variety of leather grains.
#3 Class of 2023 Necklace
For girls, this necklace simply features “class of 2023” in a beautiful, sterling silver locket.
Your special guy grad might enjoy this masculine, chunky chain – your choice of black, silver, or gold.
#4 “Change the World” Wall Art
Celebrate your graduate with this inspiring watercolor map for a bedroom or dorm wall. Choose from a variety of sizes + customize with the grad’s name + class year.
#5 Class of 2023 Key Ring
These unique key rings are a super fun way to commemorate your teen’s graduating class!
#6 Grad Tumbler
Here’s another nod to the grads of 2023: insulated tumbler with lid. Stainless steel, 20 ounce, available in a variety of colors.
#7 “I’m Not Crying” Grad Card
If you’re feeling a bit on the emotional side but you want to keep things light, you need this sentiment. (I totally ordered this card when my daughter graduated in ’21.)
Don’t forget to tuck an Amazon gift card inside!
#8 Class of 2023 Tee Shirt
Teens love tees! Grab this fun shirt for your graduate and choose from over twenty vibrant colors. (Tee shirts are unisex style + come in a huge variety of sizes.)
Got a grad who prefers a hoodie? Check out this one.
#9 Coffee Lover Tumbler
Know a graduate who loves coffee? Surprise them with one of these chic Starbuck’s beverage tumblers.
Personalize with your grad’s name + class year, then choose a cup or add the decal to a cup of your own.
#10 Grad Earrings
These circle earrings are the perfect gift for the grad who loves minimalist jewelry. Choose from either sterling silver, gold, or rose gold.
#11 Graduation Party Gift Box
This one is perfect for the long-distance grad you love! You can send this gift directly to the recipient and she’ll receive a festive party-in-a-box.
- “Going Places” luggage tag
- Gourmet Confetti Cake in a Jar
- Toss + Celebrate Confetti Pouch
- 2-oz Candle w/Matching Custom Label
- White Crinkle Paper
- Round White Gift Box w/Custom Label
Fully customizable with the graduate’s name, graduation year, and an optional note from you.
#12 Tote or Travel Backpack
Here are two gift ideas for the grad who’s heading off to college. This monogramed tote can double as a gift bag (fill it with stuff your grad will need in a dorm).
Also check out this travel backpack – it’s available in several colors.
#13 Leather Bracelet
This timeless leather bracelet is a gift your grad will treasure forever – etched into the leather is whatever message you decide. Perfect gift for either guys or girls!
#14 Personalized Journal
Here’s a beautiful but affordable gift idea for the grad who enjoys writing. You can choose from a variety of journal colors. Journals can be personalized with either the graduate’s name or initials.
#15 High School Graduation Throw Blanket
Here’s a cozy way to celebrate your grad’s big day! This lightweight, soft blanket can be customized with your grad’s name.
I hope you enjoyed these inexpensive high school graduation gift ideas.
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Other links I think you’ll enjoy:
- More gift guides by Kristy
- Kristy’s favorite grad gifts on Etsy
- Tips for sending thank you notes for graduation gifts
- More family finance posts
- More Homeschooling High School Posts
Are you celebrating a fabulous grad this year? Drop me a comment and tell me about him or her!