Graduation Gift Suggestions
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We have a number of nieces and nephews that will be graduating from college in the next few years.
Anyone have any ideas for what would be a good graduation present? And if we want to give cash or a
gift card, what is an appropriate amount? My husband has suggested the same amount as what we gave
for their high school graduation, but I feel college is a bigger accomplishment and am thinking the
gift should reflect that. Would love any input, especially from parents of recent college grads.
The gift I feel best about is a loan to KIVA.org in the giftee's name. You or the
grad can choose to microfinance someone(s) in the world who will never get to
college but who, with this money, can fund a small business (which might allow her
to send her children to school). At the end of the term of the loan, the grad can
choose to re-lend the money or collect it. At this end we get to experience
gratitude (a huge gift).
$ is ALWAYS appreciated! Is great for summer before college experiences/fun and/or
for towards college expenses. Our closest friends/relatives gave $25-$200 depending
upon their circumstances. But other welcomed presents included: a bible (from my
sister - interestingly none of us are what I call regular church goers but it was
really appreciated - had of course was inscribed). Also great are gift certificates
for Bed, Bath and Beyond or similar store for dorm needs; gift cards to Starbucks or
othe national food chains; ditto for movie theatres (consider putting togethe a
''college treat'' basket of gift cards with a promise of also sending a care basket
of goodies to student). Nice wristwatch or battery alarm clock is also nice. Tee
shirt and/or sweatshirt of college admitted to is nice as well.
Just reminder if student is going away to college it is hard to schlepp alot of
stuff. That's why gift cards and $ work great!
My godson is graduating from Dartmouth in Arabic Studies and has
won a Fulbright scholarship to go to Morocco to study for a year.
I want to give him a special graduation gift that is not too
expensive. Any ideas???
Congratulations to your godson- what an exciting opportunity.
If he loves to travel, I have two ideas of memorable things
from a year I spent studying in the middle east. First is to
buy him a train/plane/bus/boat ticket to travel to a new city
for the weekend once he is there. If you have a few extra
dollars for a youth hostel or guesthouse, that can be a bonus.
Second, is a personalized travel journal and/or travel guide
books about Morocco. Lonely Planet and Rough Guides are great
for budget travelers.
Congratulations on being such a thoughtful godparent.
There is only 1 thing I can think of that grads appreciate:
If you are afraid to monetize the matter, then how about
checking out the Dartmouth Campus Store website for a graduation
gift? Something with the school logo and his name or graduation
year might be a nice memento for him.
My dearest friend will soon be graduating from nursing school. I want to get her a
meaningful, useful gift as she launches her second career. Any suggestions?? Thanks!
Why not get her something she will use a pair of scrubs! I
believe nurses have to buy their own anyways, might as well show
your support and give her something she will use. You could also
buy a pair of comfy shoes. Nurses love those!
How about getting her something she will use for work? Framing
her diploma might be nice and you can pick out the frame
together. That tells her you value her effort and education.
Does she need a head start on white lab coats? other clothes
for work? a good stethoscope?
You're a Good Mom
Some ideas at different price points:
1. A nice stethescope - Littman is a good brand with several
options at different price points. I bought myself
a ''Cardiology II'' when I graduated from nsg school 12 yrs ago,
and I still love it every day. Check for online retailers.
2. A really nice, big leather bag/purse - This one could run
you $300 or more. When I changed jobs a few years ago (to a
higher paying one), I treated myself to a great bag from Coach
that can hold files, reference books, wallet, cell, lunch bag
and water bottle - everything I carry to and from work every
day. I love it!
3. A nice massage/spa treatment - always a good gift, but esp
for a student/recent grad who may not choose to spend his/her
loan money or hard earned cash on pampering.
4. Funky socks - we have to wear socks to work (OSHA req, plus
it just makes sense), but they don't have to be boring!
Target, Old Navy, and the Gap often have interesting and
colorful options, but I'm esp excited about the socks I found
recently at a shoe store on 4th Street and at Heartfelt on
College Ave near Alcatraz. I'm sure there are many other
specialty shoe stores that stock funky socks.
5. Very emollient hand cream - I hesitated with this one
because I'm particular about what I use. I like unscented
(can't use scented products at work), and am partial to a drug
store brand that's not very ''gifty.'' I have also used and
enjoyed L'Occitane and Caswell Massey products, received as
gifts (and appreciated!). Just be really careful about the
Check out www.neshomanetwork.com It is a gift web site that has
beautiful different types of gifts. Some are by ''profession''
and if you don't see one for nursing, I'm sure they'll try to
get it for you. They really have gorgeous stuff and they are so
great to work with. Additionally, whenever you buy something,
they donate 10% to a charity of your choice. Love that site!
frequent gift buyer
My sister-in-law graduated from medical school last May and I am
still trying to find a gift for her. Does anyone have advice
about great gifts for med school grads? Did anyone receive a
gift that they loved and think other med school grads might love?
Thanks for your help.
One small item you could get is the Merck's Manual from 1899.
They recreated their first famous manual for the 100th
aniversary. It is so interesting to anyone in the medical
field. Liberal use of such lovely medicines like arsenic and
mercury for all kinds of ailments. Also, TRUE SPIRIT OF ANTS
and the Manual helpfully explains ''From ants'' Hilarious. Shows
how far we've come and also how far we have to go I suppose.
You can probably buy it here http://www.merck.com/pubs/ although
I just had a quick look and didn't see it. I have a copy if you
can't buy it from Merck.
You could also give her some money. Just out of med school
usually means big loans and small pay at least for a few years.
That's what she needs most. Maybe ask your brother first if he
thinks she would be fine with getting money.
Probably cash, to help her pay off her med school loans? Seriously.
I think it's lovely you're thinking so hard about sister's med
school graduation gift. When I graduated med school, sister
gave me nothing, and since parents had given me an expensive
wooden university logo armchair for college graduation which I
consider to be an albatross, I bought an expensive set of
cookware on sale and told my parents it was from them, so they
sent me a check.
So, for me, the typical ''graduation'' gifts would have been a
waste, but a gift that was both practical and was for a
favorite hobby meant a lot.
If you can afford it ( or arrange a group gift), I would buy her
a medical textbook of her choice. Just ask her which one she
wants and go get it at the UCSF Bookstore. Call first to see if
it is in stock, and, if it isn't, they can order it for you. Be
prepared for a price tag of $100-150. If you go with your kid(s)
and partner, they can play at the new Golden Gate Park playground
while you take a 20 minute stroll to the bookstore and back.
I think that that would be VERY welcome and she would think of
you when she used it during residency and beyond.
I'm having an 8th grade graduation party for my child. Half of
the guests will be her classmates who also are graduating (I've
told them not to bring gifts- the adults will do that). I want
to make my daughter feel special, but I also want to
acknowledge her fellow graduating classmates by giving each one
a gift/party favor.
Can anyone suggest a reasonably priced, but unique party
favor/gift that would appeal to 14 year old boys and girls? I
prefer to give something they'll remember, not just, for
instance, a gift certificate. Since about 15 will likely
attend, I don't want to spend more than $5 each. I thought
about a t-shirt with a class picture, but they aren't taking
the class picture until after the party. Thanks much for any
Maybe you could give a t-shirt with the class year and name on
it and have the kids sign each others' shirts with fabric
markers - the kind you don't have to iron afterward. You can
do the same with hats -- Target sells inexpensive ball-type hats
in plain colors. I don't know whether the kids would ever
actually wear the hats, but it would be a unique keepsake and
you can get pictures of them all wearing their hats or shirts.
I would suggest, however, that EVERYONE sign EVERYONE'S hat or
shirt so it doesn't become a popularity thing....
Oriental Trading Company has lots of fun party favor type of
gifts for grads. You may find something there check their
What about burning a CD for each student that has favorite
songs spanning their middle school career? You could design a
fun cover and use a CD stomper (your daughter knows all this
stuff, trust me!) to make them look professional. This gift
would most definitely be under your $5 limit.
A ''class of 2003'' picture frame!
Congratulations to your daughter!
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