Graduation season is fast approaching. Family members of all ages will be cheered and congratulated as they strut across stages to accept hard earned diplomas. You want to reward their tireless efforts – the seemingly endless nights of homework, dedication to attending classes, and stressful study session. But how do you find the perfect gift? Look no further, here is a complete list of graduation gifts for every age.
Although your little one won’t remember their first academic graduation, you will. Any small toy or treat will spark enough joy to satisfy your youngster, allowing you to devote your remaining attention to their true gift- a keepsake. First graduations provide the perfect opportunity to start a memory binder, scrapbook or email account that can be passed on to your graduate at their final graduation as a young adult. For each major occasion over the coming years, add another page or entry to your memory collection. When your child is all grown up, they will love the thought and effort you put into creating such a meaningful gift.
Moving up to middle school can be scary. Your little scholar is transitioning from ruling the school to suddenly needing to find their footing in a strange new world of class changes and social pressure. Choosing a gift that can ease their fears will be greatly appreciated. Cool tech, gift cards to trendy apparel stores, and even upgraded school supplies are all error proof options.
Junior High Graduation
So your teenager is heading to the big leagues? Every freshman needs gear that proudly displays their future alma mater. Head to the spirit store and stock up on apparel and supplies that don the name of your student’s new high school. Such a great gift will not only build the excitement of embarking on the final years of grade school, but will also help your teen blend right in to their new surroundings.
High School Graduation
After surviving twelve years of school, your teenager deserves a proper celebration. For many, graduating highschool is their greatest accomplishment to date. Consequently, it’s okay to go big! But it’s equally okay to prioritize sentiment over expense. No matter which category fits your gifting style, the effort you put in is what matters most. If you’re leaning toward a financial blessing, cash is always appropriate. There are countless expenses that arise after high school graduation, no matter which academic (or career) path lies ahead. If you want to lead with emotion, try an inspirational book, a handmade gift or a framed letter of advice and encouragement.
Tech/Trade School, Undergrad, Graduate
Because college students’ studies focus on a specific discipline, it’s much easier to personalize their gifts. Start by identifying your graduate’s major (and minor). Consider their chosen profession and any recent job acceptances. Do a little research to learn exactly what may help start their career on the right foot. Here are a few ideas:
-A yearly subscription to a helpful magazine, software program or application
-A giftcard to help purchase a new professional wardrobe
-A contribution to pay toward student loans
-A ticket to a networking conference or career event
Orrin Hatch once said, “Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning.” From the first day of preschool to the last day of graduate school, our children toil over their studies in preparation to become the leaders and changemakers of tomorrow. Although there is no greater gift than that of an education, there’s nothing wrong with offering a celebratory nod to a job well done. Choose a gift that will show your graduate just how proud you are, while giving them a head start toward their new beginnings.