It’s that time of year again where parents, grandparents and friends near and far will be on the hunt for unique gifts that their new graduates will love and, hopefully, use! Perhaps in lieu of or in addition to, try gifting one of the care packages ideas below. Your new grad will surely love something unique and you can customize each package depending on the recipient.
Happy Trails new grad care package
Plenty of new grads choose to travel the summer after they finish school. Why not send them off with some essentials they can take on their adventure? Start with a neck pillow–especially if they have a long overseas flight, they will appreciate the comfort. Some other ideal goodies to include are: packaged protein bars, a pocket map or tourist’s booklet of their destination, a travel-friendly journal, a mini first-aid kit with plenty of sani-wipes, a pocket-sized rain jacket, money in the currency of where they’re traveling, a travel umbrella, a portable smartphone charger, an extra set of earbuds and a lightweight scarf (if you’re gifting for a female). Pack the travel essentials in either in a fun themed gift bag or even a quality travel backpack.
Getting Hitched new grad care package
There will be a couple of new grads you know that will soon be launched into marital bliss. Here are some fun ideas for the bride: at-home nail kit and new nail polish, gift card(s) for a massage, to a beauty store or salon, a monogrammed robe, mini sewing kit, double-sided tape, travel toothbrush and toothpaste, small tote or handbag for the honeymoon, and personalized stationery (for thank you notes!). And here are some if you’re gifting to a groom: an electric shaver, monogrammed dopp kit, bottle of his favorite liquor, gift card(s) to a steakhouse or for a massage, a fancy pair of socks and a bag of mints.
Moving Away new grad care package
If you’re gifting to someone who is immediately relocating for a job or graduate school, consider thoughtful goodies that will be handy for moving prep and moving day. Here are some ideas: gift card for boxes and packing materials, labeling kit with markers and stickers, healthy and comforting snacks (think granola bars, nuts and dried fruit complemented by mini candy bars, veggie chips and cookies), a prepaid gas card or airline gift certificate, a homemade mixed CD or playlist for a road trip, a travel pillow and blanket, and of course a thoughtful card for them to open when they reach their new home. Try packing the gifts in a tote that will easily fit in their car for extra convenience.
Think outside the [gift] box this year when gifting to your favorite grads. Care packages are thoughtful and easy to customize!