Terrible Graduation Gifts…and Awesome Alternatives

By on April 18, 2013
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GraduationGraduation season will be here before we know it (ask any high school or college senior and they’ll surely be able to tell you the exact amount of time until its arrival, down to the hour or minute).

But every backyard BBQ you attend, every piece of overly frosted cake you eat, every ice cold beer you ingest (if you’re lucky enough to go to grad parties with beer), comes with a price: you must come bearing gifts.

Here are some standard gifts you might think to give the graduate in your life, along with better ideas that just might make you the valegiftorian of 2013 (the only cheesy graduation pun in the article, I promise!)

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About Kristin Cook

I'm the Managing Editor for Bensbargains.com. When I'm not hunting for deals online, I enjoy good food, good beer, and Star Wars.


  1. bob

    May 9, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    No small appliances? Really….

    A Ninja Blender or the Bullet are not good but great gifts for a recent grad. Anything that encourages going to the gym and having a protein shake is a good thing.

    And a stylish USB Drive is a good gift? Really…

    When people can’t think of anything else they buy a USB Drive. Only clueless girls looking to gain favor with a guy who absolutely doesn’t know she exists – get these type of gifts.


    May 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    The pen and jewelry (watch in my case) ring especially true.

    I’m going to sound ungrateful here, but that $80 pen and $300 watch are going to be far less useful than the $380 cash. Hell, that’s my first student loan payment right there!

  3. Nancy Reid

    April 30, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Always nice to have some creative ideas for gift giving!

  4. jane jakins

    April 30, 2013 at 5:30 pm


  5. Angelo Santiago

    April 30, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Great response

  6. Jabba's Ex

    April 30, 2013 at 7:53 am

    I like your choices except for Dr. Seuss. Surely even the most mercenary, materialistic student among us can find room to stash a tome of sage advice from Theodore Geisel! BTW, great choice on substitute for the book. I’ll leave you with this:

    You’re wrong as the deuce
    And you shouldn’t rejoice
    If you’re calling him Seuss.
    He pronounces it Soice!

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