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If you’re like me, you know a few people that have graduated college this spring. Although we are incredibly proud of their achievement, we have no idea what to get the grads in our lives. Whether you're buying for a future orthopedic specialist or lawyer, never fear! I've completed this rather comprehensive gift giving guide for us all to enjoy. Celebrate their big day by giving you grad one of these great gift ideas.
1. Gift Cards
Who doesn’t love a great gift card? It’s a simple, easy gift that your graduate will be sure to love. Let them have fun celebrating by giving them a gift card to their favorite restaurant. Or, since college graduates will have a ton of loans to pay off, give them a gift card for gas or groceries. They’ll appreciate something useful that can help them save money.
We’re not talking about party clothes. College graduates are looking for professional jobs, and they’ll need the clothes to match. Try giving your graduate some work-attire clothing for all the interviews they’ll be going to.
A nice pair of dress pants or a blouse will be fine. This is also a gift that will help your graduate save money, since they’ll need to buy work clothes anyway. If you don’t know your graduate’s size, a gift card to the store will work — then, they can pick clothing that matches their taste.
For your coffee-loving graduate, give them a Keurig. It’ll be beneficial when they have to get up at 6 a.m. for their first day on the job, and they’ll be sure to appreciate your thoughtfulness and support for their caffeine addiction.
Give your graduate a subscription to their favorite newspaper or magazine. They’ll have to keep up to date on the latest news anyways, so why not give them a head start? Subscriptions are relatively cheap, so you won’t break the bank.
Try giving them a subscription to The New York Times or your local paper. If they’re more into magazines, Cosmopolitan is one of the most popular women’s magazines. It’ll be great reading material for the coffee table in their new apartment.
Speaking of apartments, most graduates will be excited about décor. They’ll likely be moving out of mom and dad’s house, and into an apartment or home of their own. Your graduate will need to decorate, so give them something to spruce up their new place. They’ll definitely be in need of furniture and kitchen supplies, but picture frames are always a simple and easy gift to give, as well.
You might even consider buying them a mirror to place on the wall. And if you don’t want to give your graduate something they might never use, try buying them a sheet set. Everyone can always use multiple sets, and it’s a gift your graduate will actually use regularly.
6. Moving Expenses
Since your graduate is likely moving away from home, why not pay for their moving truck or associated expenses? Your graduate will appreciate you covering the expenses of their moving truck, or you could even volunteer to help move their stuff.
7. DIY Gifts
If you’re crafty, try making something for your graduate. These types of gifts can range from homemade cards to decorations for their new apartment. You can even bake them delicious baked goods or home cooked meals.
College graduates will definitely love the fact that they won’t have to eat in the dining hall anymore. If you’re short on ideas, check online for some great inspiration. Pinterest is a god-send for DIY gifts.
An electronic device is a go-to gift for most college grads. While you probably won’t have the funds to buy your graduate an iPad mini, you can buy them an extra phone charger. If they’re like me and constantly on the phone, they’ll probably go through phone chargers just as quickly as I do.
It also can’t hurt to have an extra phone charger lying around if the cord unravels or the charger becomes worn out. You may even look into buying your graduate a solar phone charger. This will be an appreciated device if they plan on traveling a lot for business.
Finally, speaking of business, what is a better gift than a business card holder? This gift will be extremely useful if your graduate plans on running his or her own business, or plans to start networking frequently.
Consider these suggestions when buying a gift for your college graduate. There’s bound to be at least one thing your college graduate will love, and I’m sure they’ll appreciate your generosity.