If you’re a parent of a teen, then you know how important their friendships have been to them throughout their high school career. They’ve helped shape their experience, been a source of so much fun and joy, and maybe even a few of them have become honorary members of your own family. From those long-gone carpool days to becoming teammates, lifelong friends to newer ones — it’s so much fun to celebrate these sweet friendships as graduation nears. So today we’re sharing five thoughtful, practical graduation gifts for your teen’s friends! Budget-friendly gifts they can take with them to college and beyond, for teen boys and girls.
1. Mini Water Filter for Dorm Fridge ($20 and on sale!)
A mini Brita Water Pitcher is a great addition to every dorm room mini fridge! You want to make sure they have the size they need to fit in a mini refrigerator, and this Brita pitcher is perfect for just that — and is a fantastic $20 gift, too. Pair with a new reusable water bottle, or add a Target gift card inside with crinkle paper. Practical and cute, and beats having to drink dorm water any day!
2. Mini Bluetooth Speaker ($22 and on sale!)
Another dorm room must? Good music — and this Anker Bluetooth speaker is a favorite. It’s under $25, comes in three classic colors, and is portable, too. So they can take music with them wherever they go, from their dorm room to study outside and beyond. This is a great gift for teen boys!
3. Laundry Hamper Backpack ($7!)
Can you believe this cute striped laundry bag is just $7? This is such a great gift to buy in bulk if you have several friends to buy for! It’s practical, carries like a backpack (for those long treks to the laundromat…or weekends home!), and is easy to stash in small spaces. Add a bottle of your favorite laundry detergent, wrap it up cute, and you’re all set!
4. Personalized Acrylic Frame ($16!)
If you’re looking for a personalized gift, this Well Bowed acrylic frame is a great option. You can customize it with the recipient’s initials — or their college logo, sorority or fraternity letters, or even their high school name. Add a photo for an extra-sentimental touch, one from when they were younger, at a dance, or a special event in high school. The possibilities are endless, and it’s something they’ll cherish!
5. Patch Stadium Bag ($30!)
Customize this cute clear bag from Sprinkled with Pink with school colors or her favorite colors. These are great for all your graduate’s friends who are also graduating. Order now to get in time!
For more graduation gift ideas, be sure to browse our High School Graduation Gift Guide as well as our College Graduation Gift Guide — you’ll find gifts big and small, and all things they’ll love. We also have a whole post dedicated to Keepsake Graduation Gifts that is perfect if you’re looking for something sentimental to gift a child or grandchild.