Graduation Gift Ideas in Basket Form
Graduation is coming up soon and that typically entails celebrations! All the celebrations are fun and there’s a good deal of pride for the the grad, but what do you give them as a gift? If you give them something big they may not be able to take it with them in college – i.e. small dorm space. They are probably getting ready to leave so you don’t want to give them extra items to pack.
It can be hard to decide on a gift that’s helpful, yet doesn’t cost hundreds. A great gift will be useful, practical and affordable. I have come up with five thoughtful and practical gift ideas that should solve these problems.
1. Laundry/Household Basket
Unfortunately, laundry and cleaning just can’t be avoided in life. No one likes paying for those items, especially when on a limited budget. A basket with some household items makes a nice gift idea! The giftee won’t have to worry about buying these essential items for at least the first month of college. Even the basket can be used in a kitchen or bathroom for organization.
Anything useful or trial sized can be added in in to get them started. This will give them what they need for one person, but not overload them with things that might not fit when they pack or will go bad before they finish using them.
HINT: Almost all these items can be found at The Dollar Store! I picked up everything here for only $13. The Persil was a free sample I got in the mail.
Here’s what I included:
- Persil Pro Clean Detergent (1 load sample pack)
- Air Wick Spray
- Downy Deodorizing Spray
- Gain Liquid Laundry Detergent, 5 loads
- Tide Liquid Laundry Detergent, 5 loads
- Scrubbing sponges, 2 pk
- Small Garbage bags, 25 ct
- Gain Dryer Sheets, 15 ct
- Snack Cilp, 3 pk (they are clipped them around edges and one is used to hold the tag)
- Scented Crystal Beads (they can be put in dish to make a room smell nice.)
- Cascade Platinum Dishwasher Packs, 4 ct
- Lint Roller, 45 sheets
- Basket/Container (can be used under a sink or on top to hold personal belongings)
2. Shower Basket/Kit
Showering is another task that must done at some point in time, thats what makes a shower themed basket so useful. This is also something that can help a new college student on a limited budget. If you get the right type of basket it can be used to carry items to & from dorm showers.
When you live on your own the first time you can sometimes forget the everything you need and how much it all costs. Most of the items included in this basket I was able to pick up for very cheap using coupons and sales.
Here’s what I included:
- Flip Flops (shower flip flops are a must in communal showers)
- Shower Gel
- Shower Pouf
- Shaving Cream
- Trial size shampoo & conditioner
- Waterproof Basket
3. Care Care Kit
This next gift idea is great for any car lover! Most of the graduates will be driving, so they can always use items to take care of their car. Some of them may have gotten a car for graduation, making this gift extra needed. Besides the gift card, I bought everything else at The Dollar Store for $8. If you find out a grad is getting a car this is the perfect gift.
Here’s what I included:
- $50 Jiffy Lube gift card (oil changes made easy)
- Armor All Wheel & Tire Shine
- Glass Wipes, 40 ct
- Microfiber Cleaning Towels, 2 ct
- Microfiber Drying Cloth, 1 ct
- Carpet & Upholstery Wipes, 20 ct
- Washing Sponge
- Car Air Freshener, 3 pk
- Latex Textured Grip Gloves
4. Gift Card Bouquet
If you’re not sure what type of gift your grad would like, gift cards are always appreciated. Use any vase and put rocks or marbles in the bottom. Then buy gift cards and tape them on to BBQ Skewers ($1 at The Dollar Store). Arrange them and add some confetti or ribbon. I used ribbon that match the high school colors.
You can put as many or as little as you like. Throwing a bunch of $5 gift cards from food places like Burger King, Subway, McDonalds, DQ or KFC will be a nice treat. Put in other cards like Jiffy Lube for oil changes. Gift cards for Target and Walmart which will have sell a wide variety of items can be added in, too. Including Amazon is a great bonus as they can get just about anything they want delivered directly to them. Gift Cards are easy and they don’t take up any extra room.
5. Money Bouquet
If all else fails, a graduate can always use money! Make it more thoughtful by creating a bouquet. Layer decorative rocks ($1 at Dollar Store) in school colors and wrap with matching ribbon. Roll the bills onto BBQ skewers and tape on.
You can put in any amount and in any denomination you want. I put (5) $5 Dollar bills and (5) $1 bills for a total of $30. It looks nice and those who heading to college can always use cash.
Free Printable Gift Tags
You can attach these free printable gift tags to the gift baskets! Use one that corresponds to the gift type or use a general candy one. 🙂 Click on the pictures to download them.
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