Gift Ideas for grads! With graduations around the corner for all ages, we thought it might be helpful to make a few suggestions for those still contemplating what to get their graduate! Check out our helpful hints for graduation ideas below!
If you ask any teen what he or she wants for graduation, the
number one answer is sure be money. Money is a great gift for grads because
they have so many new expenses to deal with. Besides, who doesn’t like free
2. Gift Cards
Gift cards to department stores are just as good as money and
great for graduates. You can finance their apartment or dorm necessities, while
sparing them from your taste in interior design. Gift cards to office supply
stores can help teens stock up on desk supplies cheaply, instead of having to
shell out big bucks at the campus book store. Gift cards to art or music stores
are perfect if your grad has an expensive hobby.
3. Laptop or Desktop Computer
Every new grad will appreciate and use a laptop or desktop
computer for graduation. Having his own computer will help in the job hunting
process, as well as writing and sending out résumés. If your teen is off to
college, a computer is perfect for research, grinding out papers, and staying
4. Digital Camera
Send your grad out into the world with a digital camera that
takes high-quality pictures and video. She can capture all her new experiences
to share with you later. The next slide is the perfect way for your grad to
show off her photography skills!
5. Digital Picture Frame
Steer your new graduate clear of homesickness with a digital
picture frame. Upload over 500 photos of friends and family on this little
gadget before you send her off. It constantly rotates images, so your teen
won’t become bored of the same old family portrait.
Whether your grad is college-bound, ready to hit the open road,
or undecided, a set of luggage will come in handy. This will help him spread
his wings and fly, not to mention to fly in style. If you don’t want to get a
full set of luggage, go in with a friend, or just purchase a single piece. You
could take it a step further and have the luggage personalized with his name or
7. Watch or Jewelry
A nice watch or piece of jewelry is a classic gift for the
maturing teen. This is a gift your grad will treasure for years to come. Look
for a piece that is unique, yet casual enough to wear every day. Add a personal
touch by having the graduate’s initials or graduation date engraved on the
8. Briefcase or Shoulder Bag
A briefcase for him or a professional shoulder bag for her is a
subtle way to give your grad encouragement for the job search. This is the
perfect accessory to help your teen look more professional for the grown-up
world he is entering. If he plans on going to college right away, this will
come in handy during internships.
A television/DVD combination is a great graduation gift any teen
would love to receive, college-bound or not. Whether moving on to her own
apartment or the dorm room, a TV is one staple most teens do not want to live
10. College Care Package
If your grad is college-bound, a care package is perfect to
prepare her for the transition. Pack a collapsible laundry basket full of dorm
necessities like laundry detergent and dryer sheets, a throw blanket, flip
flops, a small white board with markers, bed sheets, a shower caddy, or any
other personal care or memento items.
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