After years of hard work, many sleepless nights of studying, and many early mornings rushing to school, the time has finally come: graduation! Congratulate a recent grad with a gift they’re sure to love even if your short on time with these five great last-minute graduation gifts.
Cash is number one on this list for a good reason: all grads want it and need it. Whether they are graduating from high school or college, most graduates face financial struggles right out of school: student loans, the costs of moving out, low-paying jobs until they find work in their fields, and other difficulties. Cash is not only an acceptable gift but probably one a recent grad will be most grateful for. If you’re afraid cash is too impersonal, get creative with it. You can purchase an inexpensive wallet or wristlet and put the cash inside or you can try out one of these creative cash gift ideas.
2. Gift card
Like cash, this gift will allow your grad to get the things they truly want and need. If they are going away to school, a gift card to Target is ideal so they can stock up on school supplies, dorm decor and necessities, and even cute clothes. Another idea is to give them a gas card, which is a great way to encourage a college-bound young adult to visit home more often.
3. Gift basket filled with college essentials
This is very simple to do even at the last minute. All it requires is a trip to your local drug store and a basket or bucket. Think about the miscellaneous items the graduate is going to need when they arrive at college: shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, deodorant, etc. Shop in the travel aisle for the miniature, cheaper versions of these products. You can also throw in a $10 Starbucks gift card and a can of Red Bull for a sleepless night of studying.
4. Inspirational books
I know what you’re thinking: after drowning in books in order to graduate, why would a recent grad want to be given more reading material? Well, they’ll thank you once they’re done with these two highly inspirational books:
- The “Graduate’s Survival Guide” by Dave Ramsey helps high school graduates get a grasp on their finances as well as other new obstacles they can expect to face in the “real world”. The book’s topics include credit cards, student loans, balancing a checkbook, and more. Both humorous and easy-to-understand, this is a must-read for recent grads.
- “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss may look like a children’s book but, as you know, you should never judge a book by its cover. This Dr. Seuss classic teaches invaluable life lessons in quirky Dr. Seuss fashion, making it a huge hit among graduates.
5. A good watch
With graduation comes great responsibility, including being on time. For college students, this means being on time for class and for college graduates, this means being on time for work. Plus, wearing a nice watch provides you with a more sophisticated appearance which is important whether you’re starting college or your career. This also makes a great gift for any grad, male or female.