Many of us get those graduation announcements from relatives with which you have no real relationship. Or, you simply don’t know their kid. But, you’re not the person to simply toss it in the trash. Nor really not into spending a lot of money on a kid you have zero connection with.   So, acknowledge the grad’s mastery/accomplishment with the perfect solution. Gift something petite, but useful –– without breaking the bank.

Sure, you could slip them a $20, but that’s so transient and unmemorable.

Following are mostly unisex gifts that most grads would find useful.  If not, no worries:  you don’t really know them; and  they can certainly trade the gift or regift it.


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Candles can work for either gender.  And essential oils make them soothing,, which typically aren’t adverse for those with fragrance allergies. Eucalyptus Mint is a popular scent. These single, lead-free wick, soy based candles also come in
16 different scents.Try scents like Sweet Tobacco for guys. Burns for up to 45 hours, filling the grad’s room with natural, soothing aroma.  Buy 2 and save!

$14.50 (2 for $16 for limited time) – clear glass holders $12.50 ($19.50) – Geometric holders  Bath & Body Works




Your gift recipient grad never leaves the house without hand sanitizer? Gift several of these 5-pack Stress Relief – Eucalyptus & Spearmint Sanitizers for killing stress and germs.

$6 Bath&BodyWorks



For the grad’s travels, whether back home or elsewhere, he/she might appreciate this LANEIGE Hydrating Trial Kit. Yes, likely him too. Purportedly good for all skin types. 5-piece set, including a water sleeping mask.

$25 Sephora

$17.50 Laneige



… the grad is likely to eat some vegetables in current health conscious world. Make it easier and less messy for them with the Open Kitchen Vegetable Set. Includes tomato corer, avocado masher, corn stripper and vegetable/fruit knife. Tools they could use even in the dorm.

$20 $45 (free shipping) Williams Sonoma


This Fig & Elderberry Blaak Drizzle might entice the new graduate to learn to cook. Or, least add some sophistication to the snacks they serve at  the home happy hour. An interesting blend of balsamic vinegar and fruits. If you’re feeling more generous you could combine the original above with a roasted garlic or black currant drizzle. $27 for the duo combos.

$15 Beekman 1802


Or, perhaps something to spice up meals they already prepare with Stonewall Kitchen goodies. Like the meat rubs (all 3 for $19); the varied mustard collection (4 for $21) or a couple of something different like the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel;  or a couple of the Vidalia Onion Fig Sauces


($8 each)

Stonewall Kitchen products also available at Amazon, Sur la table 



Gift the grad the Happiness 100-Day Planner. A repository for reflection and goal-setting. In 3 colors. Print out and include this article as a starter template: Rohn: 4 Tips for Setting Powerful Goals  






Whether it’s water, juice, fruit or herbs, the entertaining grad could appreciate these versatile Healthy Lifestyle Ice Balls. Includes four 2” diameter balls that prevents fast ice melt downs.  Filled ice balls would make amazing floats in a punch bowl or individual glasses.

A similar one, Easy Release Ball Ice Cube Maker tray, also makes four 2” ice balls. Made of BPA-free food-grad silicone at Home Depot.

$10 Prepara

$11 Home Depot


Whether graduating high school, college, law school, etc, they will have plenty of books. Book ends could certainly come in handy. Unlikely you can gift wrong with something artistic, whimsical or practical.

$17- $27 Target A-Z Bookends, Bicycle Bookend, Nautical World Globe Target



The Experience Passport gives the grad 45 ways to explore and ‘have more life enriching experiences’: have a conversation with someone who speaks a different language, on their everyday journey take different routes for a week. Grads will note each experience in the passport. Even includes a “stamp” to commemorate each new, brain expanding experience.

$10 Barnes and Nobles

$9.50 Amazon



Grads take a coin out of the Take What You Need Wooden Box and Inspirational Coins every time they need encouragement or guidance for their day.

$20 $30  Walmart

$24 Amazon Extra coins available ($9.99)


Gift them books that could positively affect their impact on the world. Books   such as:

Make Your Bed Little Things That Can Change Your Life (“Should be read by every leader in America…a book to inspire your children and grandchildren to become everything that they can.” —Wall Street Journal)

The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College (includes expert and student advice about the many new encounters awaiting the new grad)

The Gutsy Girl Handbook: Your Manifesto for Success  (former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, Kate White shares the nine core principles gutsy women need)
Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media (Drawing invaluable lessons from her experience, Licht shares advice, inspiration, and a healthy dose of real talk in LEAVE YOUR MARK. She delivers personal and professional guidance for people just starting their careers…)

May you find the perfect gift or at least get some perfect ideas for your graduate.

Please do check out more of our Frugalista Gift posts for gift inspiration or that just right presentation.We also love to hear your comments and suggestions; and especially love when you share posts you find helpful!

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Frugalista Shopping.

We appreciate you!



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