Creative and Frugal Graduation Gifts
Posted on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 at 7:00 am
If you have been invited to a graduation party, there is the expectation that you will bring a gift (or send one if you cannot attend). Instead of putting money inside a greeting card, or giving the graduate a copy of Oh, the Places You’ll Go (by Dr. Seuss), why not do something creative? These frugal and creative ideas will be much more memorable than the traditional graduation gifts.
Bottle of Happiness
You will need: 1 empty 2-liter bottle of soda (and the lid that goes with it). Clean out the inside of the bottle and make sure it is completely dried. Remove the label, and replace it with one that you create that says “Happy Graduation”, or “Congratulations!” Next, fill the bottle with something that the graduate will appreciate. Some will love to see it filled with money. Others will be happy with small candy bars. This gift allows you to personalize it to best fit the graduate’s interests.
Jar of Advice
Organized Island has a simple gift that is filled with wisdom and meaning. You will need a jar that has a lid. The jar can be a fancy one you found at a garage sale or thrift store, or a repurposed jar that once held food. Clean it up. Attach a label that says “Jar of Advice” to the outside (or the lid).
Without letting the graduate know it, you will need to contact his or her family members and close friends. Ask them to write down a short note with an important piece of advice that a new graduate will need. People tend to take the time to really think about what advice to give before writing it down, and that will make the gift that much more meaningful. The graduate can open the jar and find some help at any time.
This idea comes from the Paper Cottage blog. It is a variation on the “Bottle of Happiness” idea. The Paper Cottage store is located in Idaho. It is unclear whether or not they are still selling “Graduation Tube Kits”. However, it is easy to put one together yourself.
Instead of an empty soda bottle, you will need a cylindrical tube. You might find a clear, plastic, one at a craft store. Or, you can use a mailing tube or Pringles can (if you decorate the outside). Fill it with money. Create (or purchase from a craft store) a small graduation hat to put on top of the tube.