Most grads love cold, hard cash because no matter what, they’re going into a new world soon. Some will get jobs, some will be looking for jobs, and some will be starting a new school.
Some people enjoy giving an actual present, and for them, we offer our well researched suggestions.
High School Grad
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A good, but not too expensive, bicycle for getting around campus and town. They’re easier to store than a car, and a lot cheaper since you don’t have to pay for the parking permit.
Look for items geared towards dorm rooms like lap desks, special bed pillows for sitting up, small appliances for cooking simple things, and cookbooks for dorm room cooking.
Find out if there are any chain restaurants near their college, and get them gift cards so they can sneak out for a good meal on occasion.
If you’re on a budget, give them a handmade coupon book that they can mail in exchange for cookies or a general care package (don’t forget a book of stamps!)
A well made messenger bag or satchel will be a great present for the grad going off to the workplace where backpacks and knapsacks may not be up to dress code.
Find out where your new grad will be working (fingers crossed they found a good job). A present of a high end bicycle might be very welcomed for a commute vehicle. (Did you know some new bikes glow in the dark?). If the grad already had a commute bicycle, look into purchasing a high end helmet to protect all that new knowledge.
Great for Both
Real Simple magazine annually puts together a list of unique gifts. Here is 29 Unique Graduation Gifts for 2013. Most of them could go for either grad. The high end tonic water is definitely College Grad Only.
Country Living put together a list of inexpensive and elegant gifts for graduates.
New laptops are a great gift. Because of the back to school sales, you can get a pretty powerful laptop for a reduced price.
No matter what, always include a gift receipt in case there’s a problem with the item and it needs to be exchanged or returned.
What was your favorite graduation gift?