Graduation is an exciting time for anyone, and if you are looking for a last minute gift to congratulate a recent grad, these quick gift ideas are sure to please.
Picture frames are one of those gifts that everyone expects will be given so no one ends up actually giving. It’s also one of those items where it is a low priority to buy for oneself, so if a graduate does not receive a picture frame, it’s unlikely they are going to buy them on their own. Since the graduate will likely have many frame-worthy pictures from their graduation, picture frames are always a great gift to give, priced to fit within almost any budget, and they can be found for sale at most stores.
Some people, quite understandably, dislike giving gift cards because the gift might be considered impersonal. However, a gift card to a restaurant will be well received by a graduate who regularly ate cup-of-soup and pizza through college and a gift card to a nice clothing store will be well received by a graduate who needs proper interview clothes so they can put that education to good use.
Whether it be Kelly Williams Brown’s “Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 465 easy(ish) steps,” a tongue-in-cheek book that recent grads can relate to or the sentimental “Oh the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss, books make a great and lasting gift. Cookbooks and How-To’s for grads are also good choices if you know that they will need help in the kitchen or guides for other relevant things.
Cash may seem even more impersonal than gift cards but it will help the graduate either get something that they have been saving for or help pay off a bit of their student debt. Don’t think of it as an impersonal gift so much as an investment in the graduate.