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- There are near-universal gifts - all under $100 - that can help students navigate post-grad life.
- Below, find 30+ options, from cookbooks of everyday recipes to household staples.
- For more expedient options, Amazon Prime-eligible gifts under $100 are also included here.
As soon-to-be-grads experience the complicated feelings of finishing a chapter of their lives, their parents, relatives, and loved ones are right there alongside them to celebrate it all.
Your new grad could be continuing on with more school, starting work, or still figuring out what they want to do. Regardless of their plans, congratulations are surely in order, and there's no better way to say so than with the following practical, thoughtful, and indulgent gifts. There's something for everyone in the Class of 2021 in this under-$100 gift guide.
Top five graduation gifts under $100
2. Hydro Flask
4. Instant Pot
34 gift ideas for your grad that won't cost more than $100:
Sometimes it's hard to know what your graduate is in need of as they progress to the next stage of their life. Many times, they're not even sure what they need themselves. For situations like this, it's best to give them the power to choose at some point down the road. An Amazon gift card gives them access to one of the largest marketplaces on the internet.A Disney Plus subscription
Graduating from college usually marks the beginning of "adulting," but they'll eventually need a break from being a grownup. With everything from classic Disney movies and shows from their childhood to "Star Wars" and Marvel movies, a Disney Plus subscription is an almost sure way to stay entertained. Learn more about Disney Plus here.A gift card for nice sheets
Few things sound so nice as comfortable, beautiful sheets that you don't need to buy for yourself. Brooklinen is one of our favorite startups to shop at, and we ranked their sateen cotton sheets (from $129) as the best luxury sheets you can buy.A book that helps them make the most of their 20s
The decisions you make in your 20s can greatly impact the rest of your life. The best defense is a good offense — your grad should know now, before any life-altering events crop up, how to get the most out of their "defining decade." Find more books for recent grads here.A chemex for great coffee
Gift a glass Chemex from Williams-Sonoma that delivers flavorful, sediment-free coffee routinely. The glass is heat-resistant, and the wood and leather collar serves as an insulated handle.A yearlong subscription to budgeting software
Learning how to budget your money efficiently is a lesson that's better learned early. You Need A Budget helps teach you how to manage your money and plan for the future — without feeling restricted or overwhelmed.A popular daily planner to keep them focused and motivated
It's important not to get complacent after graduation. The highly popular Panda Planner not only helps them be productive but also blends in self-appreciation and happiness strategies to keep them motivated.A convenient Instant Pot that makes fast, tasty recipes
These electric multicookers are some of the most versatile, helpful kitchen appliances you can gift a busy person. We think the Instant Pot Duo 60 7-in-1 is the best instant pot you can buy; it's a great balance of price, features, and performance.Glasses that take the edge off harsh office lighting
Though originally designed to protect their eyes from digital screens and reduce eye strain before bedtime, these blue-light glasses also ease the horror that is corporate office lighting. Whether in an office or at home, they'll find these actually stylish glasses useful.A reliable fabric steamer to handle wrinkles
One thing they'll need but likely wouldn't buy for themselves: a fabric steamer. This one is one of the best fabric steamers you can buy — it has adjustable steam flow settings and helpful add-on features.A NutriBullet for fast, healthy food
A NutriBullet is convenient, doesn't require a ton of space, and makes fruit smoothies quickly. Whether they're particularly health-conscious or just appreciate fast, healthy food on demand, it'll be one of their home's most valued appliances.A plush bathrobe to curl up in
You'll have a hard time finding someone who wouldn't enjoy the gift of a plush, spa-quality bathrobe. This one from Parachute is one of our favorite robes, and they'll love wrapping up in the soft, long-staple Turkish cotton.A portable Bluetooth speaker
This speaker weighs just over a pound, has up to 12 hours of continuous playtime, and can even be submerged underwater. It lets you bring the party anywhere, so you're never stuck at an event without the best music.A mini instant camera
The years are only going to fly by faster after graduation. They can capture and cherish all the most important moments with their loved ones thanks to this must-have accessory.A green plant that's easy to keep alive
Is a millennial/Gen Zer's apartment set-up really complete if it doesn't have at least one leafy plant in the corner or on a sill? The ZZ Plant, which comes with a planter, only requires low-to-medium indirect light and watering about every two weeks.A map that reminds them of a special place
Remembering their roots, where they went to school, or a favorite spring break trip looks nicer than ever with Grafomap's custom maps. Zoom in to a hyperspecific location and choose from nine different design themes to find one that will represent their place well. You can also write your own title, subtitle, and tagline.A monthly book subscription
Students are hard-pressed to find time to read for fun while in school. They'll likely have a little more time after graduation, and you can help them get back into the joy of reading with a Book of the Month membership. BOTM lets them choose one book from a curated selection of five titles across a range of genres, and sends it right to their door.A quality set of headphones
Squeaking in at just under $100, these are among the best deals we know of on earbuds. Be it for commuting, working out, submitting applications, or just kicking around the house, a nice pair of headphones is essential for young professionals. SoundSport headphones have six hours of battery life, and they don't take up much space to store, making them convenient for working out or listening on the move. They're also not so dainty that you run the risk of losing them as is the case with some Bluetooth earbuds.Comfortable wool loungers
One of the Internet's favorite shoe brands, Allbirds make the perfect gift for anyone, really. The wool loungers in particular are a comfortable, casual shoe for weekends, traveling, and indoor lounging. If you're not sure about your grad's color preferences, you can't go wrong with the classic black or gray. Otherwise, the limited edition colors are stylish and eye-catching.Gear to flaunt their school pride
Get them excited for the next four years or gift them school gear as a thoughtful reminder of the years behind them. Fanatics is full of clothing, hats, bags, balls, games, and drinkware for NCAA schools. Your grad will be able to spot a fellow alum from miles away.A monogrammed leather coin pouch
Personalize this classy and elegant Italian leather coin pouch with a monogram to make it special.A candle gift box
Otherland's whimsical candle designs and fragrances (think champagne, saffron, and leather, or shiso leaf, verbena, and mint) elevate the candle-giving experience to another level. You can build your own three-pack of 8 oz. candles, select a themed matchbox message, and write your own message for the new grad who loves to relax and indulge in comforting scents.A Hydro Flask
This is the sturdy, powerfully insulated water bottle that they'll carry with them everywhere. I've had friends lament the loss of their Hydro Flasks with much more emotion than you'd expect for a water bottle.An external battery
An external battery may not be the sexiest gift, but you can't deny how practical and convenient it is. It's compact and fast-charging, providing up to 3.5 charges to your device.A slim wireless keyboard to help them squeeze in some work while traveling
This wireless Bluetooth keyboard should be on every business traveler or busy student's carry-on because of its comfortable feel, light and thin build, and reliable connection. The rechargeable accessory is a near-perfect companion to their phone or tablet if they need to type anything up.A Birchbox subscription
Everyone likes treating their hair, skin, and body well. Birchbox is the best beauty and grooming sampling subscription out there, helping women and men discover new favorite brands.A Fitbit to help them stay active
You might be surprised at how little you walk once you're not forced to trek across campus for class and events. Fitbits keep track of physical activity and sleep habits so your grad can stay on top of their health. They can even make a competition out of it with friends who also own Fitbits. The new Inspire HR is slim, light, and water-resistant.A cool nylon backpack
These fashionable backpacks can be seen all over the streets of New York. The lightweight nylon is weather-friendly and the large main compartment has a padded laptop sleeve. For every bag purchased, STATE will support an American child in need, in the way they need it most.A beautiful way to display photos
The solid brass and hardwood box doubles as a frame and a storage place for up to 50 5"x 5" prints.A smart electric toothbrush
Dental hygiene doesn't get less important as you grow up. Goby's brush has a smart design, is surprisingly effective for its price, and takes up minimal countertop space. Your grad can subscribe to receive a fresh brush head every 1-3 months, so they don't even have to think about it changing themselves.A skillet they can use for years
Say goodbye to the days of cheap hand-me-downs and give the gift of nice cookware that will last. Made In's five-ply stainless steel and aluminum skillet is sturdy and cooks like a pan that should cost a lot more. Grads who are looking to spend more time in the kitchen now have an excuse to with this piece of cookware.A smart home device
Echo Dots barely take up any space but help your grad with everything from reporting the weather and reordering essentials to calling friends and controlling other smart home devices.A beautiful gold and white sapphire necklace
Mejuri's gold and silver vermeil jewelry provides a taste of everyday luxury. This dainty necklace looks beautiful and simple on its own, but can also be effortlessly layered with other pieces.A charming handmade card
Send a cute, punny card to congratulate your graduate. You can even customize the cap colors to fit the specific school colors.