Graduation time for high school seniors is once again here. It is an exciting time for that senior finally to break free of the years of work put into getting that high school diploma. One of the difficult things to figure out is what gift you could buy for a young graduate. There are countless choices for gift ideas out there, and it can be frustrating when you are not sure what to buy. A good place to start is to consider your budget in relation to the value and usefulness of the gift you plan to buy. Of course, you are always free to find a completely fun and frivolous gift.
Cash-This is the easiest gift you can give, and it can fit just about anywhere in your budget. You may have hopes that the money is spent wisely, thus the downside here is that the recipient of the gift is free to spend it as they choose. If free spending is an issue to you, then do not give cash.
Plaque-A plaque is very reasonable and easy to have made at any trophy and award shop. A congratulatory plaque can be displayed prominently and sports words of wisdom or encouragement.
Commemorative Coin-This is one of the more unique gift ideas that many people do not think about. U.S. minted silver eagles are not that expensive. Buy one of these minted with the student’s graduation year on it and present it to them in a protective case so it will last through the years. Keep in mind that this is a gift that will appreciate in value over time.
Alarm Clock-Yes this may sound like a goofy gift. But think about it for a moment. How many of these young graduates spent the last 13 years having mom or dad wake them up in the morning. If your graduate is heading off to college, then a good alarm clock will be a valuable tool for them to get to class on time.
iPod-What teenager doesn’t like to listen to music. This popular Apple product comes in a variety of sizes and prices for downloading and playing music. You may not realize it, but many students are able to study when music drowns out the distractions around them.
Bicycle-This may be one of the most overlooked gifts of all but is a great idea for that student who does not own a car. Even if they had a car, parking usually comes at a premium and is expensive. A bicycle allows for ease of transportation around campus and is a great way to stay fit.
Digital Camera-This is a nice gift idea for the graduating senior. A well-made digital camera can document college life and beyond. Digital photos are easy to save and share with family and friends.
Laptop Computer-While this may be a fairly expensive option, it doesn’t have to be. A laptop is probably the most useful tool that any young college student could have. They are portable, which makes taking them to class a breeze. Writing papers will become a large part of the college experience. A good option to consider if you can’t afford a full-blown laptop is a Chromebook. This netbook allows the user to have a web-based option for writing and presentations without the cost of software.
So these are just a few ideas to kick around this graduation season. While there are many other options for giving, these are among the most popular with today’s graduating teen. Oh, and don’t forget to throw in a nice card with some words of encouragement.