It’s graduation season once again, another generation is participating in ceremonies and taking steps that will move them into the next phase of their lives. You are a relative, or a friend, and you’re now faced with a dilemma. What gift should I give? How should I encapsulate my feelings on the accomplishments of my friend/relative? You could stick with the old standard and just give them money; with student loan costs and the current job market it would certainly be appreciated, but you’re here because you’re looking for something with a little more thought, a little more substance, look no further.
Here are four suggestions for last minute graduation gifts.
Capt. Jules’ Extraordinary Telescope Ring
Marketed as a costuming item, this ring is straight out of a Steam Punk dream land. When in storage, the ring is wearable, although a bit on the bulky side. But it allows the wearer to carry on their person a working telescope at all times. This reminds the receiver that while their schooling may be at an end, they should carry that wanting and thirst to more with them at all times as well. Plus it’s just really cool. The ring can be found at Think Geek. Price: $19.99.
Out of this World (literally)
Your gift should commemorate your feelings on this once in a lifetime achievement, how better than to get something equally rare, a piece of another planet. Occasionally, astronomical events conspire to chuck a piece of the red planet at us. Sometimes, those pieces are found by human beings and you can be the proud owner of one. Meteoritesforsale.com has an assortment of pieces available you can also find pieces of the Moon, meteorites, and more. Price $45.00
The band t-shirt has gone the way of the dinosaur, smart is the new hip and we need a wardrobe to prove it. Out of Print clothing offers a large selection of apparel all based on your favorite literary works. So get that grad a shirt that says “I paid a lot of money to read a bunch of books, this one is my favorite.” Price: $28.00
The Flask Tie
When all else fails go for a joke. This flask/tie combo is the perfect gift when you want to say “Here’s something to help you with your upcoming slew of job interviews, and here’s something to help you when they don’t call back… IF, if they don’t call back… they’re totally going to call back.” Price $24.95
In the end, it doesn’t matter what you get the grad in your life, they’ll be happy just to know you were thinking of them. And money, they want money.