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    26 Cool Graduation Gifts Under $25 To Get For Yourself

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    1. A phone lens kit for transforming your iPhone into a professional camera instantly — your post-grad 'gram game is about to be strong.

    This kit comes with four lenses: a 12x zoom telephoto lens with a manual focus ring, a fisheye lens, a macro lens, and a wide angle lens! Compatible with most devices!

    Promising review: "I am truly amazed by the quality of these lenses. I have bought two before these, but honestly these are the best ones so far! The telephoto lens is a bit heavy, but it works really well. They all do. It arrived at a perfect time. It all came very well-packed in the box with instructions, a black little bag where I managed to fit everything it it, the telephoto lens, a fish eye lens, a wide angle lens, and a macro lens. It also came with a tripod for the phone, and it works really well. This is amazing!" —Nathalie

    Get it from Amazon for $21.21.

    2. A Rocketbook so you can treat yourself to a super cool smart notebook — you can instantly send the notes you write in this book to your preferred apps, and to erase, just pop it in the microwave! Why didn't you own one of these the last four years?


    This has 80 pages and can be re-used up to five times!

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    3. A cookbook to upgrade your plain (Mary)Jane brownie game from undergrad to more sophisticated cannabis-infused items like peach and ginger ale floats, roasted beet hummus, and espresso chocolate coating, just to name a few.


    Some notable recipes include roasted beet hummus, duck meatball sliders, spiced superfood truffles, peach and ginger ale float, herb pesto, espresso chocolate coating, whipped cream topping, and strawberry jam pavlovas.

    Promising review: "Every recipe is an absolute delight. Removing the negative stigma associated with cannabis, Stephanie Hua and Coreen Carroll bring cannabis cooking to the next level and exactly where it should be — sophisticated, chic, and DELICIOUS. I cannot wait to gift this book to all the cannabis-lover chefs I know! The concentration on low-dose small bites is the perfect introduction for any novice, and keeps anyone like me, (high tolerance, big appetite), under control. I highly recommend this book and the recipes across the board!" —L Riggs

    Get it from Amazon for $8.53/Kindle, or $10.99/hardcover.

    4. A set of TableTopic cards so that when you make a weird impulse decision to have a Zoom happy hour with your new colleagues, you'll have some fun conversation starters to ease away the awkwardness.


    Promising review: "We leave these on the table, and whenever there are a couple people around, we pull out a few cards and give them a whirl. You never know where the conversation will lead. Great little box of cards!" —SIMMONDS4

    Get it from Amazon for $25.

    5. A daily planner that covers the important areas of your day-to-day life like to-do lists, appointments, water intake, and achievements in a way that feels manageable and fun rather than overwhelming.

    the planner that reads "you've got this" at the top

    Promising review: "Love the layout of this, it's the best layout I have seen yet! Bought as a gift but loved it so much I kept it. Sturdy paper, love that it's not so much a year's planner but a fun and organized daily schedule generator. I also use a yearly planner but I will never be without this! I can write out all the details on this that won't fit on yearly planner and rip off the page and take it with me. Love love love it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    6. A beginner floral embroidery kit for those who are looking to channel their creativity and learn a cool new skill set.

    various embroidered flowers including a rose, cole flowers, calendula, forget me not, and more
    55tree / Etsy

    55tree is a small business based in Guangzhou, China that sells an array of pretty and fun DIY embroidery kits.

    Promising review: "Very satisfied with the outcome of this little project. The colors are just beautiful!! I actually used a different kind of stitch for the leaves as I couldn't manage the bullion knot just yet. It still looks amazing!" —Kübra Ürkmez

    Get it from 55tree on Etsy for $7.92+ (available in six patterns).

    7. A sideways letter necklace that'll become your new go-to everyday accessory — it's flashy enough to help you rake in compliments all day long, but versatile enough that you can wear it with literally anything.

    a gold s necklace

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    8. A high-quality pan for cooking up your favorite foods and then cleaning everything up afterwards with ease.

    A meal BuzzFeed Editor Bek O'Connell cooked in the always pan
    Bek O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    This features a nontoxic, nonstick ceramic coating. Plus, it's dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "It's one of those things you can just hold in your hands and know is high-quality. This gorgeous pan isn't just all looks: It heats up quickly, comes with a cool metal strainer, and has a spot for a nesting beechwood spatula. I've never owned a pan that cleaned up so easily. Seriously, just one swipe of the sponge and it's sparkly and new again. I use it for pretty much every meal and wow, I love it so much."—Bek O'Connell, BuzzFeed Editor

    Get it from Our Place for $145 (available in six colors, ships in a couple of months).

    9. A pair of compressive, high-rise leggings that are super stretchy, squat-proof, and buttery soft. Oh, and they're made from 25 recycled water bottles so they're sustainable, too!

    Girlfriend Collective, Melanie Aman / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Right off the bat, I was impressed by how buttery soft these leggings were. They're super stretchy (definitely squat-proof!) and supportive without being constricting. And at $68, they're a total steal given how high-quality they are. I usually wear them for low-impact workouts, like Pilates and yoga (and lounging on the couch), but they didn't let me down during high-impact HIIT cardio classes either. The material is really breathable so even though I'm sweating a lot during my workouts, the leggings don't get swampy. They're machine-washable and still look brand-new (no pilling here!). In fact, I liked them so much that I ended up getting a second pair to give the other ones a break." —Melanie Aman, BuzzFeed Editor

    Be sure to check out the rest of Melanie's review of the incredible Girlfriend Collective leggings!

    Get them from Girlfriend Collective for $68 (available in 10 colors, three lengths, and sizes 2XS—6XL).

    10. A Harry Styles sticker sheet so you can decorate your water bottle, laptop, notebook, or anything else you think could use some Harry embellishment. Hint: That would be everything.

    the harry styles sticker set featuring stickers like an illustration of the fine line album cover and text that reads "just let me adore you"
    Stylish Sista / Etsy

    Stylish Sista is a Black-couple owned Etsy shop based in Brooklyn, NY that sells incredibly fun stickers, wall banners, apparel, prints, and more!

    Promising review: "These stickers are AMAZING!! They look even better in person! Thank you for making all my dreams come true. Also, the shipping was SO FAST. In summary, everything about this order was magic." —Caitlin Murray

    Get it from Stylish Sista on Etsy for $4.99/matte or $5.99/glossy.

    11. A five-piece succulent set perfect for those who are like "Oh, I'm adulting now, I need some house plants, but I'm not good at taking care of things." These are super easy to maintain, and OK, maybe no one had that exact thought, but maybe they did.

    the five succulent plants that come in the set

    And you'll probably want some nice planters to store these pretty babies in.

    Get them from Amazon for $18.68.

    12. A five-year journal with a different question prompt each day so you can keep track of your own personal growth over the years.

    Check out our review of this extremely cool little journal.

    Promising review: "As a therapist who often encourages clients to journal, I figured I needed to start practicing what I preach. However, I am pretty bad at coming up with places to start. This little book is perfectly-sized for a nightstand or an overnight bag for traveling. The questions are thought-provoking but simple enough to answer in a sentence or two. I love the way it is designed, so that you can use the same book year after year and can start whenever. I can't wait for the year to loop around so I can see how my answers will change." —pprbckwrtr

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    13. A Book of the Month subscription to help take the guesswork out of pick your next read. Each month, you'll choose from a selection of great books you want delivered. If nothing strikes your interest, you can save your credit and apply it towards a future month instead.

    Bek O'Connell / BuzzFeed, Rachel Dunkel / BuzzFeed

    A few of my colleagues swear by their Book of the Month subscriptions like Bek O'Connell whose glowing review is listed below, and Rachel Dunkel who wrote an entire post about it! Check out Rachel's article to learn more about this amazing book subscription!

    Promising review: "When I first heard about Book of the Month Club, I was skeptical. I can figure out what to read on my own, tyvm! But it's more than just 'let this company send you a random book.' You get to pick one of five books each month (or skip a month if nothing calls to you) and then you get a nice hardcover book in the mail. My favorite so far has been Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo: a fantasy thriller that imagines what it would be like if Yale's secret societies actually dabbled in black magic. I devoured it in almost one sitting. If you love ghosts, a reluctant Scooby gang, and a scathing critique of Ivy League classism, I highly recommend this engrossing read." —Bek O'Connell, BuzzFeed Editor

    Subscribe to Book of the Month for $14.99/month.

    14. A book tracker bookmark you can fill out as you read. Once you finish a book, all you have to do is color in one of the spines, write the book's title, and then use the bookmark for your next read.

    a person holding the bookmark
    britishbookart / Etsy

    Britishbookart is a small business based in the UK and sells hand-painted pieces of your favorite book characters on book pages, as well as bookmarks and bullet journals to enhance your reading experience!

    Promising review: "Absolutely love my bookmark! So, so cute! Already made a start coloring in the books and writing the names on the spines!" —Chloe

    Get it from britishbookart on Etsy for $3.57.

    15. An aromatherapy diffuser to instantly make your living space feel like a relaxing spa.

    the diffuser in a reviewer's home

    It holds up to 200 milliliters of water and features seven-color mood lighting. You can rotate between one fixed color, rotating between all seven, or none at all. Each color can be adjusted between bright and dim. Plus. it has four timer setting modes, and automatically powers off when the water level is too low.

    Kick start their aromatherapy experience with this 14-pack of essential oils that has over 15,800 reviews and a 4.4-star rating on Amazon for $14.99.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in two finishes, and two sizes).

    16. A customizable wine glass that'll have you drinking to all the work you put in the last few years to get to this point, and to help you get through whatever is coming next — whether it's more schooling, a job, or just taking some well-deserved time off.

    stemless wine glass that reads "mastered it delaney" with 2021 inside a graphic of a graduation cap

    J.M. Creations is a small business that sells a variety of wine glasses, mugs, beer glasses, and more that make perfect gifts to loved ones and to yourself!

    Get it from J.M. Creations on Etsy for $11.16 (available in various font and name colors).

    17. An assortment of Baked by Melissa's latest and greatest cupcakes to reward all of your hard work with bite-sized pieces of heaven.

    assorted baked by melissa cupcake flavors
    Baked by Melissa

    I just want everyone to know that Baked by Melissa chocolate chip pancake and red velvet cupcakes are the best ever.

    Promising review: "I initially bought this to gift, but they looked so good I kept them. I'm glad I did, because every cupcake is a flavor explosion." —joe

    Get it from Baked by Melissa starting at $32.

    18. A college dish towel for repping your alma mater while doing something sorta ~adult-ish~ and treating yourself to a fancy schmanchy dish towel.

    two of the different school towels

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $21 (available in various options).

    19. A cookbook to take your taste buds on a trip to Hogwarts — probably the only school you don't mind still going to after graduating.


    Some notable recipes include treacle tart, Molly's meat pies, and Kreacher's French onion soup. Pictured right: pumpkin pasties.

    Promising review: "I LOVE IT, I'm no master chef, but this cookbook might change that. I might even become a master wizard chef! Anyways the recipes are phenomenal, especially the pies! It's pretty basic sometimes, it's more European-type cuisine, so if you don't like haggis, liver, lamb, or other English/Scottish dishes, etc., then these recipes aren't for you. The book references are cute, and I vaguely remember some of them. My younger siblings go crazy when I make anything from this book because they love Harry Potter." —Tigerlily

    Get it from Amazon for free/Kindle, or $10.70/hardcover.

    Editor's Note: BuzzFeed does not support discriminatory or hateful speech in any form. We stand by the LGBTQ+ community and all fans who found a home in the Harry Potter series and will work to provide a safe space for fans. If you, like us, feel impassioned about trans rights, learn more or donate here.

    20. A breakfast sandwich maker for quickly making a mouthwatering brekkie from the comfort of your home in the morning, so you don't waste time every day slipping into the habit of waiting on a fast food drive-thru line.,

    It only takes about five minutes to make your breakfast sandwich. The surfaces are covered with durable, nonstick coating, and all removable parts are dishwasher-safe. Comes with some recipes for inspo, and PSA: If using meat, it must be pre-cooked.

    Promising review: "I'm gadget-crazy and bought this on a whim, and I'm pretty impressed. I used Pam spray, English muffins, ham, cheese, and an egg. I heated it up a little past the recommended time, set a timer for five minutes, used tongs to lift up the compartments and whaddya know! A perfect, cute little sandwich! I pulled it out with a plastic spatula and set it on a tiny cookie rack to cool so the bottom wouldn't get soggy. Nothing leaked, nothing stuck. Very compact and tidy. Let the contraption cool, then rinse and wipe." —Amazoniac

    Read our write-up of this cool breakfast sandwich maker!

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in three colors).

    21. A paper mousepad to double as a to-do list – it'll be particularly useful if you're getting ready to start a new job shortly after graduation and need some reliable supplies.

    a mouse on top of the notepad

    Get it from Amazon for $13.72.

    22. A floral frame library stamp so you can add a cute, personalized touch to the books you own.

    the stamp that reads "from the library of claire paige"
    Paper Peach / Etsy

    Paper Peach is a small business based in Indianapolis, IN that sells personalized rubber stamps, planners, vow booklets, and more!

    Promising review: This turned out SO cute!! I can’t wait to stamp my library! Nicci was SO helpful and full of information. Highest quality of customer service, it was like talking to a friend. Thank you!" —dlyates85

    Get it from Paper Peach on Etsy for $17.99+ (available in four stamp types, and various ink colors).

    23. A trivia game filled with cool facts, because learning continues far outside the classroom. Plus, you won't actually use anything you learned in college out in the real world... JUST KIDDING.

    the box the game comes in and various cards

    This fun game contains 400 facts and tidbits about super random things, that might actually be kinda useless IRL, but hey, at least, you'll have something funny to talk about next time you're at a party and the drinks haven't kicked in yet, right?!

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $20.

    24. Fine point drawing pens to make coloring and jotting down important dates and reminders fun, easy, and most importantly, COLORFUL!

    Jasmin Suknanan / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "These fine-tip pens are perfect for writing and doodling. I use my planner daily and seeing all the colors inside motivates me to keep using it. I love that these pens don't bleed through the page, unlike others, but they deliver shockingly pigmented color." —Jasmin Suknanan, BuzzFeed Editor

    Get a pack of 18 from Amazon for $9.98.

    25. A set of sushi soap bars you'll absolutely adore. They're realistic-looking and a fun way to switch things up from your typical soap selections.

    three different types of sushi soap
    soapopotamus / Etsy

    Soapopotamus is a small business based in Grand Prairie, TX selling super cute (and some pretty delicious-looking) soap bars.

    Promising review: "Wonderful item, and the seller is a complete sweetheart! Great customer service, and the product is ADORABLE." —Alys Finnen

    Get a pack of three from soapopotamus on Etsy for $10.

    26. A Serta memory foam desk chair that'll provide some serious comfort to your WFH/online schooling/gaming setup.

    BuzzFeed Editor Christine Forbes' chair part of a work from home set up
    BuzzFeed / Christine Forbes

    Promising review: "This Serta office chair will make your back cry literal tears of joy. Working from home is much less painful when you're perched on memory foam. It has small arms so the chair pairs perfectly with shorter desks. I put it together in less than 15 minutes — no tools required. The chair's twill fabric added some much-needed texture to my room!" —Christine Forbes, BuzzFeed Editor

    Get it from Amazon for $191.99 (available in eight colors).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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