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Check out these 6 great last-minute graduation gifts

Graduating high school or college often comes with backyard parties and lots of celebration, and showing up to a barbecue without a gift can be rather embarrassing. At the very least, make sure you bring a card with a little cash tucked inside.

Taking paid surveys with Opinion Outpost is a great way to make money from home online that can be used for such an occasion. You may also chose to take your earnings and buy one of these great presents for the graduate in your life:

1. New bike
For anyone heading off to freshman year or the financial unknowns of post-grad life, a new bicycle can make a big difference. U.S. News and World Report stated that a bike is perfect for getting to class on time, and is also great for exercise purposes. 

2. Gas card 
While some graduates will go bonkers over a new bike, it certainly is not for everyone. Other grads might be more interested in spending the summer driving around with friends. If that's the case, a gas card is an excellent graduation gift. 

Instead of spending precious money on fueling up, your graduate can spend his money elsewhere. For high school graduates, this will open up a world of exploration, while college graduates will likely be thankful for the financial support.

3. Portable ping pong
Not every great graduation present will be utilitarian, and Uncommon Goods found that this portable ping pong set is an excellent gift. It can be used on pretty much any table, which means it's an excellent thing to bring to a cabin in the woods, a dorm room or a first apartment. It will also be one of the more memorable gifts your graduate opens during his party.

4. Cigar
Lighting up a cigar on graduation day is a cherished tradition, even for folks that don't normally smoke. It's a great way to celebrate your graduate's hard work and next step into adulthood. Odds are he won't know too much about cigars, in which case providing a high-quality stogie can make you a hero. Be sure to check with mom or dad first, of course.

5. Favorite book
Heading to the bookstore to pick up one of your favorite novels can serve as a meaningful graduation present. Pick a book that meant a lot to you when you were younger, or perhaps one that you think will resonate with your graduate. Just because they've finished school doesn't mean they've finished learning, and the right book can make a big impact.

6. Amazon gift card
If you find you simply can't decide what to give the graduate in your life, Opinion Outpost members can earn gift cards to sites like Amazon* which make excellent gifts. This can be used to furnish a new dorm room or apartment, or pick up a few favorite movies to enjoy during those first weekend or two. In this way, you can do something other than the usual cash and a card while still giving your graduate a choice for selecting the best present.

*Amazon.com is not a sponsor of this program. For complete gift card terms and conditions, see www.amazon.com/gc-legal. ©,®,™ Amazon.com Inc. and/or its affiliates, 2014. No expiration date or service fees.

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