Affordable Gifts for New Grads

Give high school and college graduates gifts they can use that won't bust your budget.

If you have friends or family members graduating from high school or college this spring, you might be wondering what sort of gift to give them. Of course, cash is always appreciated. But if shoving money into an envelope feels like you’re not putting enough thought into a gift, we’ve come up with several ideas that grads will appreciate and that your budget can handle.

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Cameron Huddleston
Former Online Editor,

Award-winning journalist, speaker, family finance expert, and author of Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk.

Cameron Huddleston wrote the daily "Kip Tips" column for She joined Kiplinger in 2001 after graduating from American University with an MA in economic journalism.