College Graduation Gift Ideas
Spring College Life
Your son or daughter is finally graduating! Celebrate your student’s four (or more) years of hard work with these graduation gifts. These practical and fun gifts are a great way to show your pride in your college graduate!
- Laptop: After four years of use, your student’s laptop might need to be replaced
- Pay for 6 months of internet/cable to help your student get started.
- DVD player or TV
- Tablet: These can be a great tool for showing off a resume or portfolio!
- Helmet Cam: For active students or just for fun, these can be a surprising but enjoyable gift!
- Basic cooking utensils such as pots and pans or grown-up dishes and silverware
- Making sure to keep the size of the size of the apartment in mind: Bookshelves, a dresser, a couch, or a bed
- Curtains, lamps, and art can go a long way in making an empty apartment look like a home.
- A vacuum, microwave, toaster or iron and ironing board
Low on cost but highly meaningful
- Put together a cookbook of some of your student’s favorite recipes, plus some quick, easy meals she can make on the run. Include a basket with the spices or even jarred sauces your student will need for the recipes.
- Set your student up with a file box that already has folders for her important documents. Include places for health care forms, records and bills; tax information; financial records; and housing documents such as the lease, maintenance requests, and any other correspondence with her landlord. This is a great time for your student to learn how to organize and manage her important documents, and your guidance will be especially helpful.
- Get a frame with multiple openings, and fill it with photos from your student’s life. Photos can brighten your student’s day when she’s feeling far from home.
- A briefcase, nice pens, and a business card holder
- Professional clothes for interviews or work: Looking sharp can help your student feel more confident! (Give your student a gift card or gift her a shopping trip; it’s important for your student to be there to try things on and pick out what she likes.)
- A good quality rolling suitcase in a unique color or pattern. (Black, dark blue, and dark green suitcases are hard to spot. Try bright colors or bold patterns to make bag claim easier.)
- An experience: cooking classes, a ski pass, surf lessons or a gym membership are out-of-the-ordinary gifts that can help your student make friends in her new area.