After 18 years of hard work, tears, laughter, memories made and lessons learned, your child is now ready for their journey through the real world. What present can say everything that you want to say and impart all of the knowledge that you want them to take with them into this cold, hard world?
I am a sentimentalist and believe that the best presents are given from the heart and not from the bank account. My mom has always been good at paying attention to every little thing we mention throughout the year, and getting that gift that is the one thing that is truly needed at the time. I have given a list of some presents that will not take a long time to put together, but will be truly appreciated by your graduate. So for all of you procrastinators out there, find that last minute gift that still shows just how much you really do care.
The Places You Will Go
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”
“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way!
Wiser words were never spoken. Dr. Seuss’ book, The Places You Will Go, is a classic gift for any graduate. There is no other book that you can read through in less than 5 minutes that depicts life’s ups and downs so accurately and poetically. This book is simple, yet it imparts a lot of wisdom and confidence. Add a personal note inside the front cover to make this gift a memory that your graduate will treasure for years to come.
A Certificate of Deposit or Safe Investment
So your little baby is finally ready to take on this big world all on their own. Help them learn something about money and begin building their credit with a safe investment. This gives them some security for the future without the chance of them blowing it now on something frivolous. You could even sweeten the pot with a little cash or gift card, so they have something for now and later.
As your child ventures out into the world, even though they may not admit it, it can be a little scary. Nothing is more comforting than something that brings you back to your roots and core beliefs. No matter how much your child tries to convince you that they know everything, deep down they still need some guidance. A Bible with some of your favorite verses printed inside the cover will help them weather the storms of life, and give much needed advice when you are not there to give it. Like a beacon of light, pointing them back to the right path and giving them that glimmer of hope that they will need to get through the many rocky points in life; this is a gift that they may not realize just how much they need it, until they actually do.
I do not know how many times I have called my mom asking how she used to make one meal or another. There is just something special about momma’s cooking. Give your child a recipe book with all of their favorite meals written it. At least you will know that they are occasionally surviving off of something other than Ramen Noodles.
Graduation is a crossroads between fond memories that have already been made and new ones that are about to be. Give your child a scrapbooking kit to help them commemorate this new journey in their life, new friendships that will be forged and the new person they will become.