Tips and Ideas for
Graduations are always exciting events. It is a time to reflect on
the past and wonder about the future. The graduate has
accomplished an important goal in their life and it should be a time to
celebrate. Often when you are invited to a graduation party you
have a difficult time trying to decide on the right present for the
graduate. Listed below are many ideas that range from practical to
extravagant so hopefully it will make your decision easier.
If you are
trying to determine what to buy the new graduate you should think of it
in terms of practical, memorable or extravagant gifts. If you can
narrow it down to a category it will make the decision process a little
College wear - Why not purchase a sweatshirt, hat, tee shirt or
fleece from the school the grad will be attending.
Gift cards for Target, Staples, Wal-Mart, Pier 1, Barnes and Noble,
Borders, or Best Buy will be appreciated when the grad needs to
purchase all of the dorm/school products necessary.
Gift Card for the school book store.
Gift Cards for Restaurants near college or Starbucks.
A gift certificate package. Anticipate the grads needs for the
semester/year and choose gift certificates that will be in close
proximity of the campus. Pizza and fast food restaurants, local
malls, book stores, grocery stores, CVS, Target, Wal-Mart and
movie theaters as well as ITunes.
Spa Gift baskets containing toiletries required for dorm life.
Include soap, shampoo, condition, tooth brush, tooth paste, bath
Laundry Basket Full of Goodies such as laundry soap, softener, dryer
sheets, roll of quarters and directions on how to separate laundry.
Cash is always appreciated. Make your check increments for the
graduation year. For example $20.09, $200.09, $2000.09.
A good set of luggage can go a long way for a graduate.
Start a stock/bond portfolio. A great way to help secure their
Purchase college credits for your graduate. You can arrange this
with the school so that you have prepaid a certain number of classes
for the semester or for subsequent semesters.
Trip gift certificate or travel package for a surprise vacation.
For the adventure seeker how about a day race car driving, hot air
ballooning or skydiving.
Technology gifts including a laptop computer, All In One Printer,
IPod, or cell phone/phone cards. A Flash Drive/ CD-RW's/
Floppy's are always needed for school.
Reliable transportation - purchase a new or slightly used ( with
warranty) vehicle for your responsible graduate.
- A substantial
amount of cash would fall into the extravagant category.
Small Refrigerator, television, or DVD player.
Tickets to a sporting event or concert are a fun gift.
Jewelry - watches, rings, earrings, necklaces or bracelets are
always a nice keepsake.
Digital camera and/or photo printer.
- A personal item
of yours to pass along to your child like a jewelry, art, china or
My personal favorite and a gift that I gave as part of my son's High
School Graduation Present:
Experience -- drive or ride in a stockcar at high speeds around the
Pocono Raceway. Click here for
Star Activities Stock Car Review.