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!)
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.