With Dover-Sherborn High School’s Senior Class graduating Thursday evening, and with other local high schools and colleges having had their graduation ceremonies, the weekends ahead will surely be full of parties celebrating the students’ worthy accomplishments.
However, with many parties, come many challenges. Just how can you give each deserving graduate something personal without breaking the bank? Here are some ideas to help you do just that.
Of course, not all college students will be living on campus; therefore, there are a couple of ideas that are universal as well.
Grads are so proud of their school of choice so why not let them share that pride all summer by wearing some of the school’s gear. Sweatshirts and Tees will probably get the most use.
Summer of Fun
Set the stage for a fun filled, pre-college vacation with a set of gift cards to all their favorite local hot spots.
You’ve Come a Long Way
Show your grad just how far they’ve come—literally—with a dual picture frame. On one side, put a picture of the student’s Kindergarten graduation and on the other side one of their most recent milestone.
A Thank You Basket
When the parties wind down, the grad will actually enjoy writing out all those thank you cards on fresh and personal stationary.
Set your new grad up for success by providing all the necessary materials for writing thank you notes with ease. Fill a container of your choosing with…
- Personalized thank you cards and stationary-these can be ordered on-line through www.vistaprint.com, purchased at a local stationary store or simply made on the computer.
- Postage Stamps
- Extra Envelopes
- Matching Pens
- Glue stick (to avoid licking the envelopes)
- Book of thank you sentiments to help the grad with wording
Create personalized coupons redeemable for such things as a “spur of the moment visit,” “a batch of their favorite oatmeal raisin cookies” or “a load of laundry done without hassle.”
- Using blank postcards (or card stock cut to size)
- Put your name, address and stamp on one side with the redeemable coupon on the flip side.
- Whenever they are homesick they can simply fill in the return address and put it in the mail!
“Ready for the Anything” Care Packages
For many students, next fall will require a great deal more independence than in the past. Why not help them along by creating a care package with some inexpensive, yet very important items.
Fill a shower caddy with such necessities as…
- Sandals for the shower
- Towel Wrap
- Toothbrushes with plastic cover
Add these to a collapsible hamper (that way the hamper can be used to store anything they choose…
- A typed up guide to doing laundry, (you could even insert pictures of each step or clip art to make it more fun!)
- Laundry Detergent
- Dryer Sheets
- De-wrinkle Spray
- Plastic Clothes Hangers
A small storage container can be filled with stereotypical college staples…
- Ramen Noodles
- 5 hour energy drink
- Microwave Popcorn
- Easy Mac
- Various Other Snacks
Care Packages for Future Commuters
For those students making the daily drive to school, a commuting care package can be a lifesaver. Pack a passenger seat caddy with any of these…
- Bumper Sticker of new school
- New Wiper Blades
- Armorall Car Cleaning Wipes
- Air Freshener
- Ice Scraper
- Travel Mug Gift Card Holder
The mug can be easily personalized with a picture of the two of you or with a quote describing your relationship.
Include one or more of the following gift cards in a travel mug for an easy yet practical gift: Dunkin’ Donuts; Gas Stations; Jiffy Lube (for additional oil changes); Car Wash; Membership for AAA.
Moving On to the Military
Many grads have made the decision to serve our country and we are forever in their debt. However, gift giving can be difficult in this scenario since, they are limited with what they can take or need for this transition.
Ideas include: a hometown memento (to remember where you are from), a journal (to commemorate where you are going) and a poem or military quote (words to guide you).
- Gift Card to the University Book Store (often owned by Barnes & Noble)
- Office Supplies
- Tool Kit (Lillian Vernon sells pink ones for girls)
- Magazine Subscription
- First Aid Kit
- When all else fails then cash is always an acceptable option, albeit, not very personal. Add your own touch by writing out a check in the equivalent amount to the graduation year.
Several of the ideas above have been adapted from the following websites: