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Budget-Friendly Gift Ideas for Grads and Dads

The month of June is full of celebrations, from graduations to Father’s Day to good ol’ barbeques, so chances are you’ll be headed to more parties than usual. This means finding the time – and money – to purchase gifts for all occasions. Check out our budget-friendly gift ideas for dads and grads that won’t break the bank but will surely let the good times continue to roll.

When searching for a present for the father in your life, practicality is principle. This way, you know it will be money well spent.

  1. The Tech Savvy Dad. Get an iTunes gift card for those dads that use their smartphones almost as much as their kids. Leave it up to him whether he wants to purchase his favorite classic rock album or the newest app.
  2. The Coffee Lover. Custom mugs make for an easy gift you can order online. Simply upload a photo and message and have your personalized gift delivered right to your local CVS, Walgreens, or Wal-Mart.
  3. The Family Man. Plan an event like a picnic at the park or a movie night to watch dad’s favorite film. Spending time together with the family is the best gift, after all.


Whether you’re shopping for high school or college grads, these gift ideas are sure to make the top of the class.

  1. The Freshman. Transitioning from living at home to life in a dorm can be difficult so a Dorm Survival Kit is the ideal gift. Pack a laundry basket with inexpensive college essentials like towels, a calendar or planner, and of course, Ramen noodles.
  2. The College Grad. Your grad may be moving into their first apartment and away from campus so practical presents are important. They’ll appreciate gift they can use on a daily basis like kitchen necessities including pots, pans, or an IKEA gift card.
  3. All Grads! If you’re looking for a relatively easy DIY gift for your grad, sew them a t-shirt blanket from all of their old high school or college tees (with their permission of course). It will be a nice and comforting reminder as they step into this new phase of their life.


Remember, when thinking about gift ideas for your dads and grads, focus more on the thoughtfulness of the present rather than the amount of money spent on it. Those are the gifts that are treasured the most.

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