Homemade graduation gifts are a personal way to let a graduate know how much he or she is loved.
You can make a unique gift that is personalized for the recipient.
If you stitch a gift, you can choose a fabric that is meaningful to the person receiving it, or monogram it, or use the school colors.
Grungy Grad Jewelry
Jewelry with the class year on it is a great gift – especially if given at the beginning of the Senior year so it can be worn during the year. There are several ideas for grungy grad jewelry here.
Dollar Bill Gift Box
An origami dollar bill gift box is a fun way to give a grad a gift of money.
Dollar Bill Wallet
Create an easy dollar bill wallet by folding two dollar bills.
Creative Ways to Give Graduation Money
There are several unique ideas here for creative ways to give graduation money.
Money Graduation Lei
Gather dollar bills in the center and tie with curling ribbon and attach them all to a ribbon large enough to make a money graduation lei. Add candy in between the money.
Candy Graduation Lei
Fashion an easy candy graduation lei with candy, saran wrap and ribbon, for the new graduate to wear.
Graduation Cap Card/Gift Card Holder
Craft an easy graduation cap card that has a pocket for a gift card or money.
Graduation Cap Gift Card/Money Holder
Make a graduation cap card that has a place to hold a gift card or money.
Gifts that can be used with cameras, cell phones, iPods, iPads and other electronic Tech toys.
Graduation Goodie Can
Decorate a clear gallon can with school colors, and fill with treats. Include money or a gift card in your graduation goodie can.
If the grad is college bound, fill with items he/she can use in a dorm or apartment.
Graduation Can Wrap Printable
Print a graduation can wrap for a guy and attach it to a pull tab can. Add a gift card or cash to the can before re-attaching the bottom.
Class of **** Washer Necklace
Make a class necklace. Stamp the class year on one washer and the grad’s name on a smaller washer and hang them together on a ribbon or cord. Nice idea.
Graduation Cap Gift Box
Quickly make a graduation cap gift box with a paper mache box and cardstock. Vary the size of the box to the size of your gift. Paint black or in school colors.
Grad Cap Boxes
Create these grad cap boxes to use as a way to give a gift card or money to the new grad. Fold the money to fit inside the box.
Graduation Memory Box
Mod Podge a special graduation memory box to hold the special mementos from this important day.
Dry Erase Frame
Craft an easy dry erase frame using a regular picture frame with glass. It will be handy in a dorm or an apartment.
Graduation Souvenir Journal
Make a graduation souvenir journal for the graduate to commemorate his/her graduation. Slip a gift card or cash inside.
Make a graduation mini-book for the new graduate to preserve memories of his/her graduation.
Homemade Graduation Gift Ideas
Here are some frugal homemade gift ideas for graduates, both those going away to college and those staying in their hometown.
Gifts for the Graduate
Thrifty Fun Homemade Graduation Gift Ideas
Thriftyfun.com has several pages of ideas. Here are a few:
Enjoy making creative homemade graduation gifts.
College Bound Homemade Graduation Gifts
College Survival Kit Ideas for Grads Going to College
Here are several good ideas for college survival kits to put together for high school grads who will be going on to college.
Small Tool Kit
My niece received a tool kit as a graduation gift, which she took to college with her. She told me how useful that tool kit was, and that several of her friends borrowed her tools, too.
You could get a plastic shoebox at the dollar store, and fill it with a hammer, wrench, pliers, screwdrivers, duct tape, a ball of twine, glue, and perhaps a container of various sizes of nails and screws.
Target and Walmart carry pre-made tool kits if you don’t want to assemble it yourself.
Fleece Blanket, Lap Rug, or Scarf in School Colors
For a graduate going away to college, a laundry sack filled with detergent, fabric softener or dryer sheets, and a roll of quarters for the washer and dryer is a useful gift idea.
Graduation Towel Cake
Create a graduation towel cake with a bath towel, hand towel, washcloth, popcorn and other useful items. It’s sure to please!
Graduation Gift Ideas
These are not all homemade graduation gift ideas, but as we all know, graduates tend to need money.
Most of these ideas would help a graduate getting set up on his own, or one going off to college – who will need many of these items, too.
These gifts would help the graduate save money, or are clever ways to wrap a gift card or cash. Either money or gift card could be slipped into most of these gifts.
A heartfelt note accompanying any of these gifts would let the recipient know he is well appreciated.
*Wallet or Money Clip with money.
*Computer Flash Drive or Memory Stick
*Luggage or Duffle Bag
*Backpack or Briefcase
*Tool Set or Tool Box with basic tools, duct tape, glue, and twine
*Sandwich Press – can also be used to make pancakes, heat pizza and warm waffles.
*Electric Skillet could be used instead of sandwich press
*First Aid Kit – Make one yourself.
*Sewing Kit – add 2 or 3 needles in a felt folder, and thread in common colors: black, white, tan. Finish with a small pair of scissors.
*Handmade Cookbook with easy recipes & family recipes
*Towels with Name or Initials added
*Address Book with addresses and phone numbers of family and friends.
Enjoy these great homemade graduation gifts ideas.