- Graduation gifts can leave a big impact on new grads – whether it’s something sweet to commemorate a huge life moment or a useful tool that helps them transition smoothly into their next step.
- But you don’t have to spend a ton of money – or even a ton of time browsing the mall – for thoughtful, useful gifts.
- Below are 30 great gifts for graduates all under $100 and eligible for Amazon Prime two-day shipping.
- Need more gift ideas? Check out our Class of 2020 gift guide hub where you’ll find college graduation gifts for him, for her, graduation gifts under $100, and plenty more.
Editor’s note: Graduation ceremonies across the country are being canceled and postponed due to coronavirus, but that doesn’t mean students aren’t still preparing to move on to the next phase of their lives. We hope this list provides some guidance for how to help them celebrate their accomplishments and smoothly transition to whatever form their next chapter may take.
Graduation season can be intense.
Grads are going through the motions of ending a momentous stage of life, potentially leaving friends and family, and setting out for their next big step.
On the other hand, said friends and family are tasked with finding a thoughtful, useful gift for their grad. If you’re far removed from high school or college – or don’t have the time or patience to circle a packed mall parking lot hoping for a spot – that can be daunting.
Actually, maybe not.
The top 5 best Prime-eligible graduation gifts:
- A Hydro Flask to keep drinks at any temperature, $39.91
- An Instant Pot for no-hassle meals, $79
- A scented candle to remember home, $29.95
- A handy portable charger, $35.99
- A globe-shaped whisky decanter, $55.99
Below are 30 Amazon Prime-eligible gifts your graduate will love – all under $100:
A UV-Clean Phone Sanitizer
Your graduate probably touches their phone a lot throughout the day, and that leads to a build up of viruses and bacteria on the phone’s surface. HoMedics’ phone sanitizer uses UV-C LED light technology to keep their phone germ-free between uses.
A minimalist planner
This planner will help keep your graduate motivated and organized by giving them a place to jot down their daily agenda. It’s available in a small and large version, and both sizes come with a sticker pack for added fun.
A portable printer
Sprocket uses Bluetooth and the free HP Sprocket app to make printing photos from social media accounts, smartphones, and tablets relatively seamless. This way, grads can decorate easily without needing to figure out where and how they can print on the cheap.
An Amazon gift card so they can buy whatever they need themselves
If you want to gift cash so your grad can buy whatever he or she wants, but don’t actually want to hand over a stack of bills, an Amazon gift card is a nice way to gift that same freedom and utility. Amazon has virtually everything a new grad could desire, so they’ll be able to buy something they genuinely want – which is best since they know what they need better than anyone else.
A toolkit for unexpected leaky faucets
After graduation, the stress of a first apartment will include putting together furniture, Googling how to fix leaky faucets when your landlord avoids your calls, and enticing your friends to help mount your living room TV with pizza.
This tool set isn’t the most strictly “fun” gift, but it’s absolutely necessary. Your grad will be thankful for the tools needed to handle whatever life throws at them, and while this isn’t something they’d immediately buy for themselves, they’ll definitely be thankful for it when the time inevitably comes.
An Instant Pot for no-hassle meal prep
If the idea of tossing raw ingredients into a pot in the morning and coming home (or to a dorm) to a cooked meal appeals to them, the Instant Pot is every recent grad’s best friend. It’s an easy gateway into cooking, and it cuts down on how many dishes they’ll have to wash.
An Echo Dot for an unobtrusive smart gadget
The Amazon Echo Dot is a small, unobtrusive personal assistant that can help set timers while you cook, report weather and traffic, and perform more helpful tasks without taking up much room.
The Dot is also really easy to use and it’s a big plus that it’ll work with any Amazon tech purchases they make in the future since they’ll be in the same smart home ecosystem.
A journal that helps make a 5- or 10-year goal feel realistic
The Best Self Co. Journal helps people map out their five- or 10-year plans in a manageable way. It’s a nice low-pressure way to provide growth and direction after graduation whether they’re on their way to college, their first full-time job, or traveling.
A cult-favorite book about self-discovery
There’s a reason “The Alchemist” has become such an undebatable classic and has sold millions of copies around the world. It’s a tale of wonder, self-discovery, and the wisdom needed to accurately evaluate – and build – a meaningful life. It’s transcended generations, but it’s particularly helpful for those facing life’s big questions in their 20s.
A box of freshly roasted, single-origin coffees
Brooklyn-based startup Driftaway Coffee has curated a coffee sampler for newcomers to the brand, featuring four different coffees that each have unique taste profiles. They’re freshly roasted, whole bean, and single origin. Each bag contributes directly to sustainable livelihoods for farmers and the price point for quality beans is unbeatable.
A candle that smells like home
Uncommon GoodsGift the Homesick Scented Candle, $29.95
It’s hard to put a finger on just what makes home smell like home, but one whiff of a Homesick candle is built to recall sweeter times. Uniquely specific scents are made to capture the spirit of states, cities, and even memories like road trips, backyard BBQs, and cooking in Grandma’s kitchen. If your grad’s far from home, this affordable candle is a small but meaningful gesture.
A cookbook they’ll actually use
A lot of graduates are coming out of school with little knowledge of food that isn’t mac and cheese or $1 pizza. Show them how to make some vegetables (or at least something that doesn’t come out of a box) rather than relying on the same cheap eats out of habit or lack of know-how. Plus, if they don’t love cooking, they’ll definitely appreciate Chrissy Teigen’s wit and humor throughout the book.
A weighted blanket
Similar to the comfort created by swaddling babies, weighted blankets utilize deep-touch therapy to help get deeper, more restful sleep while also helping to reduce anxiety and stress. This fan-favorite option from Amazon is relatively affordable and comes with more than 2,000 five-star reviews. Read more in a personal review here.
A media streaming stick
The Fire TV Stick is Alexa-enabled, so grads can lazily leisurely control content like Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, STARZ, SHOWTIME, or CBS All Access by voice. They can also stream Pluto TV, IMDb Freedive, and others for free.
A wireless charging pad
This wireless charging pad from Belkin works with iPhones and Qi-enabled Android devices. It has a little indicator light that lets you know when it’s charging, so you’ll never have to guess if it’s working.
An Alexa-enabled car charger
Give their car a smart upgrade with the Alexa-enabled Roav Viva. Not only can the device charge their smartphone, it can also answer questions about the weather or traffic, play music, and even tell them the news without distracting their eyes from the road or hands from the steering wheel.
AmazonGift the Kindle, $89.99
The Kindle holds hundreds of e-books (some of which can be downloaded at a discount), has a glare-free screen, and is able to go weeks without needing to be charged. It’s great for grads who might have long commutes on the train or someone who just loves to read.
An easy way to track down their phone or wallet
You can’t go wrong with a tracker for their keys, wallet, or phone. The Tile Mate is compact, thoughtful, and useful for everyone – you might want to pick up a second pack for yourself.
A fun outdoor game
If they love spending time outdoors or are moving to a new city for college or work, a game like Spikeball is a great way to meet new people and hang out with friends.
Coasters that remind them of home
These handmade coasters are a nice subtle way to pay homage to a hometown or college town. They’re made with natural Sapele wood and have elaborate details of their city like Detroit or Tokyo.
A NutriBullet for easy smoothies
Whether they’re moving in with roommates or finally moving in alone, they need a NutriBullet. It’s convenient, doesn’t require a ton of space, and makes fruit smoothies in under 30 seconds. This is particularly great for anyone who can’t finish fruit or veggies fast enough; if it gets a little too ripe to eat, throw it in a smoothie to avoid waste.
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