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Buying graduation gifts can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Many useful resources are available to make your decisions easier. Though it’s a celebratory time, and we want our gifts to feel special, we also want them to be practical and useful for the graduate. We’ve got some handy tips that can make the process easier so that you don’t have to stress too much about what to get.
1. Newspaper or Magazine Subscription
A newspaper or magazine subscription is an excellent gift for the graduate, especially those who enjoy reading. A local paper or magazine subscription will allow them to keep up with current events and their favorite authors. While some graduates may also like to read magazines, you’ll find that some struggle consciously reading, and a subscription will help keep their interest in books alive. Many will be starting college to study a field that would benefit from one of these subscriptions. Not only are newspapers and magazines staples in most homes, but they can also provide entertainment and information.
2. Personalised Stationery
Personalized stationery is a fun and creative graduation gift. While it can be challenging to find, keep your eyes open at office supply stores and specialty gift shops. If you have access to a computer and design software like Photoshop, you can easily print out a few custom designs for the graduate. Remember that you don’t also have to stick to just one color. You can line them up with the real thing to add more interest to the gift. Even if you cannot design your own, a nice personalized card can still add a lot of interest and personality to the gift.
3. Watch or Jewellery
Watches are trendy gifts for graduates because they tend to be similar in style and size. For a watch would be to get them a waterproof one so they can also use it while swimming. Always remember that though this gift may seem like a simple one, it’s appreciated and has a lot of value in the long term. A wristwatch is an excellent gift for most men and women, especially if they’re still deciding what they want to do with their life. Many people buy themselves a watch as a token of good luck when their career takes them down the path they want. Take the time to find out what kind of watch the graduate has worn previously, and choose accordingly.
4. Handwritten Letter
While it may not seem the most creative or exciting of gifts, a handwritten letter is one that they’ll find both useful and unique. Letters are a great way to keep in touch with old friends and family, especially since the advent of email and text messaging. Handwritten letters carry more meaning and intent than their digital counterparts. Gift them with a few stationary pieces, or if you’re feeling extra creative, you can draw up a cute card with your favorite picture of the two of you.
5. Graduation Scrapbook
A graduation scrapbook is one of the best graduation gifts to consider, along with the newspaper. Like the newspaper subscription, it’s a practical gift that will keep them updated on their special day. Not only can they look through and cherish all of the memories from the celebration, but they can also use this as a way for them to document important moments in their lives. They’ll be able to look back at these pages in years to come and make notes on anything they forgot while celebrating. While many people use them as keepsakes, others choose to use them in the future. A scrapbook can be used for keeping old pictures of family members, recent pictures of the graduate, or even as a place to list their daily life events. Using one on paper makes it more durable and keeps critical information safe from being lost.
With everything happening around graduation time, it’s easy to forget about all of the special moments you’ve shared with your loved one. The graduate will be so grateful for the special thoughts and efforts you put into the gift and the memories you made with them. Whether making it a special day or preventing burnout, these practical tips can make things easier.