Graduations, whether they are from middle school, high school, or college, present most people with a set of limited options in terms of gifts for the new graduate. There is no gift registry the way there is with weddings or baby showers, and the graduate is typically moving into a small space with little to no belongings, depending on their situation. College dorm rooms have little room for additional items, so buying big gifts for a high school graduate does not make sense either. Here are a few ways to help navigate the conundrum of buying a gift for a recent graduate.
1. First, think about something personal and crafty that you can make them but that does not require a lot of additional storage. A scrapbook can be very time consuming but a lot of fun if you like those types of things, and you can get the supplies at any local craft or or even fabric store. There are items that can be made to reflect the graduation theme, such as a quilt in the theme of their upcoming university attendance. Any local quilting store, such as Snappy’s Quilts, will have the quilting supplies you need to make any size quilt to reflect the occasion. That can be both a fun and personalized gift to give anyone heading off to college or their first post-college apartment.
2. Luggage is a less thought of but very needed gift for any graduate. Nice luggage is expensive, and both high school and college graduates have basically no money upon graduation. But good luggage to hold your clothes as a young adult moves around is a valuable gift, and not one that is frequently considered by many. Most of the graduates do not realize they need luggage, and if they do, they are using old beat up luggage, laundry baskets, and anything they can get their hands on to move things in.
3. A less fun but always needed item is a gift card for clothes. These students or just recently graduated students typically have no money and buy clothes when they can or when they are on sale or buy them second hand. A gift card that specifically requires them to spend the money on clothes or accessories can help them find the right items to wear around campus or to job interviews, for example.
4. There are always fun but less utilitarian options such as fun wine glasses or a serving dish with their alma mater’s logo on it. These are cute college graduation gift ideas but are a little less practical. Though, you never know, that person might end up using that serving dish or University of Colorado wine glass for the next ten years. And they will always think of you when they do!
If you do not like any of these ideas, there is always cash. As mentioned many times above, students or those who were recently students tend to be poor and working low-earning jobs until they can find something better. Cash has a universal appeal because they can apply it immediately to whatever of their needs is greatest at the time.