If you’re one of the proud parents of a recent graduate, you may be looking for gifts to celebrate your child’s success. Knowing what to buy can be hard, especially if they’re earning their own money with a part-time job. Choosing a practical gift can be a great option as it is more likely to be used long-term. There are options in these five ideas to suit all budgets.
A Photo Frame
A classic gift for all scenarios, a photo frame is an affordable and practical present, especially suitable for a child heading to college. Use your knowledge of their style and interest to inform your choice – do they prefer minimalist black with clean, crisp lines or glittery pink with unicorn trim? This gift can be personalized by gifting it with a favorite photograph already inside or a note stating you will provide a photo of their graduation day to be added to it later.
If college beckons, chances are they’ll be transporting their laptop around so a Lenovo laptop backpack is a great practical gift. A strong, sturdy case designed especially for this purpose will ensure their technology is safe while moving between their dorm and the lecture theatre. These are also an excellent choice for anyone going straight into office work after graduation.
This is a biggie, and there’s no denying a car is at the generous end of the gifting scale. However, if your child has been sharing your vehicle, you can reclaim your wheels by gifting them a car of their own. A great present for those going to college out of town, you are not only giving a car, you are giving your child independence. Although we can’t promise it’ll mean they’ll come back home to visit any more often!
Cell Phone Upgrade
Kids are more likely to want the latest models of gadgets and regularly upgrading can get expensive. This is especially tiresome when their current handset works perfectly and their cries for the most recent release are because of wants rather than needs. If your graduate loves technology and their cell phone is all but glued to their hand, an upgrade can be a wonderful choice of gift as it will be used daily. This is an especially great present for anyone going away to college so you can easily keep in touch.
If your child is moving away to college, vouchers can be a great gift. Buy for a department store so they can choose bedding and accessories to personalize their dorm or a food store if they will be catering for themselves. If they have a summer of socializing with friends planned, consider vouchers for favorite restaurants, coffee shops, cinemas and bowling alleys. If they’re going to be asking you for money for these activities anyway, be one step ahead!
Whatever you decide to give your graduate, enjoy the celebrations that signify the end of their high school days and remember to tell them just how proud you are of the young adult they’ve become.