Your favorite high-schooler is about to graduate and begin the next chapter of his/her life — but you’ve forgotten to buy a graduation gift! Not to worry; the following are four excellent last minute and inexpensive gift ideas for the soon-to-be high school graduate in your life.
Oh, The Places You’ll Go
Cheap, simple, and sentimental, a hardcover copy of this Dr. Seuss classic will make a great meaningful gift. Your high school graduate will never suspect it was a last minute gift! This book is not just for the preschool set, as you may have previously thought. It is composed of thoughtful yet sing-song verses about success.
From Oh, The Places You’ll Go:
“And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.”
For added sentimentality, write a personalized message inside the front cover. The graduate will treasure this gift for years to come. Buy it on Amazon, or at your local bookstore.
Dorm Room Gear
Think back to your college days and remember the things you wish you’d had in your first dorm room. A coffee maker? More throw pillows? Framed pictures of family and friends?
Stock up on dorm-appropriate creature comforts for your high school graduate (soon to be college freshman). Throw it all in a colorful storage bin with a bow on top. This is a practical gift that will be greatly appreciated once move-in day rolls around.
A photo album is a “do-it-yourself” gift which makes it all the more special. Present the high school graduate with a photo album packed with pictures of his/her life thus far.
This is not a labor-intensive craft project, and can easily be completed in one evening. You may want to have some tissues handy for when the graduate opens this gift, as it will be very touching. Compiling a photo album for the graduate is cheap and easy to do, yet it really shows the recipient how much you care.
You’re in the car, on the way to the high school graduation ceremony when you realize you’ve forgotten to bring a gift. Simply stop at a drugstore on the way and grab a greeting cad. Stuff a few twenty dollar bills in there and you’re good to go. For an even simpler option, you can gift cash from the comfort of your own home using a service like PayPal.
Many people are reluctant to give cash as a gift because it seems impersonal. As someone who received many gifts for graduating from both high school and college, I can tell you that the best gifts I received were monetary in nature. Trust me; it will be highly appreciated and will never be placed in the closet collecting dust.