Great Graduation Gift Ideas

By Kristina Skorbach
Kristina Skorbach
Kristina Skorbach
Kristina Skorbach is a Canadian correspondent based in New York City covering entertainment news.
June 1, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

Laughter, joy and relief. Graduation is one of those milestones that involves every member of the family, along with coming up with gift ideas for the graduate.  (Photos.com)
Laughter, joy and relief. Graduation is one of those milestones that involves every member of the family, along with coming up with gift ideas for the graduate. (Photos.com)
Laughter, joy and relief. Graduation is one of those milestones that involves every member of the family. The parents get ready to let go of their little grown-ups. Grandparents start to feel just a little bit older. The graduates get ready to make their own life paths, and their siblings are either happy to have more space in the house or sad to lose a close friend.

Graduation also marks a coming of age, as for many, it means moving out of your parents home and living on your own. Thus, graduation parties become the perfect opportunity to equip newly graduates with the tools they will need for life beyond high school. Here are a few important gift ideas to consider before you go out and buy that hanging clock.

If the new graduate is going off to college, you will definitely not go wrong by buying him or her a laptop. Laptops are an indispensable tool for college students, no matter what field or part of the country they are in. Laptops are always a superior choice over desktop computers for college students, as they will definitely need to have a portable device that can be used outside of their almost always noisy and distracting dorm rooms.

For those who already have laptops, money is always a safe move. It almost customary now to give some money at graduation events, for this allows the recipient to choose what what they really want. It is also easy for the giver, as all it takes is an envelope, a card, and some cash—no time spent agonizing over all the choices.

For those gift givers with a creative side to them, a scrapbook may serve as a great reminder of the sweet memories made in high school and childhood. A handmade scrapbook also shows your graduate that you are proud of him or her.

For those entering the workforce, a mp3 player device may also be a great gift idea as music can always relieve the stresses of a long work day.

Also, a great gift for any graduate, regardless of their future plans, may be a couple of plane tickets for a trip to a famous destination, depending on where you are, such as Miami, Cancun, Paris or New York. Even something smaller, such as gas money for a road trip or train tickets would also do if funds are limited.

Either way, needless to say, don’t forget to tell the graduate in question that you are proud of them, and that you wish him or her a successful future!

Kristina Skorbach is a Canadian correspondent based in New York City covering entertainment news.