If there is one gift category that stomps us every time it’s graduation gifts. Who are these young people that clearly know more than us in almost every category except perhaps life… As their interests become more and more foreign to us, it becomes a serious undertaking trying to find the perfect gift. Somehow cash doesn’t always fit the ‘bill’. We’ve got some ideas for you that will take you out of panic mode.
Often times the best thing is to go left when everyone is going right. You can’t beat them at their own game so giving them something that they wouldn’t think of getting for themselves. Do these kids even know how to develop a photo? Giving them a sentimental photo in a beautiful frame will always be a good idea. The meaning intangible and entirely personal. If you know them well enough then perhaps an old photo that carries some sentimental value. Otherwise a beautiful photo of your city would work well. Perhaps a heavenly sunset or even the flag billowing in the wind. No matter who sassy these young adults are, sentimentality works…
No matter how well-to-do the graduates parents are, we can comfortably assume that their freshman year will involve roughing it… Give them a designer item…an LV wallet perhaps or a TUMI backpack to help remind them of their former glory, and their future if they do well enough!
A Subscription Will Stay With Them
There seems to be a subscription for everything nowadays, from Netflix to Apple Music and beyond. Did you know that Dry Bar had a membership? The graduate with the styled hair could really benefit from something like that. If you know of something they are keen on, perhaps contributing to a year’s subscription would be highly appreciated and will stay with them for a whole year.
Stocks and Bonds
The graduate will most likely receive an unimaginable number of gifts, and they may all look the same… Perhaps you could gift him/her a number of stocks and bonds from a reputable bank or company… It is certainly the gift that keeps on giving!
If you know a really good photographer, a photoshoot session for the graduate will always go down well. They could get together and take some invaluable photos which could them be put in a photo album, and by that we mean a real leather one, not the one on your iPhone;)
No matter how cool and confident these graduates look today, it will be a very different story in a few months time when your are freshmans at some campus far away from home. Give them something that they can refer back to for reassurance and comfort. Whether its a Holy book or even a beautifully bound book of wisdom it might come in very handy.
A Wish Bowl
Another great inspirational gift is a wish bowl or jar. If you know the person well enough you can fill a jar or bowl with words of wisdom and comfort that the graduate can draw upon at all times. These rolled pieces of paper could include pieces of advice or amusing anecdotes that will make them smile.
An Inspirational Paperweight
It may sound a little cheesy, but the truth is what you seen often you will carry with you. Gift the graduate a paper weight that will lay on their desk. A daily reminder of how great they are and a reminder to follow their dreams.