If someone in your circle graduates this year, now might be a good time to think about possible gifts.
Family presents can vary greatly. Many parents treat their children with a car or a laptop. Others prefer to give watches, stock certificates, books, a camera or a luggage if the child plans to travel after the graduation. Some parents are in favor of engraved graduation rings.
Whatever you decide to go with, keep in mind that it should be a gift your child can appreciate in the years ahead.
Traditionally prior to the high school graduation ceremony parents present daughters with a corsage and sons with a boutonniere.
If your children graduate from college give them a flower bouquet after the event.
If you received a graduation announcement you are not obliged to give a present, but of course you may choose to do so anyway. If you decide to skip the gift you can simply send a note of congratulations.
If you would like to congratulate someone but can’t do it in person, flower arrangement delivered to their home is a good choice.
If you are invited to a graduation party think about how well you know the person. Often the only people who bring presents are the adults-relatives or close friends. The value of gifts usually vary from $ 25 to $ 50. These can be books, iTunes Gift Card, Amazon gift cards, photo frames or photo albums.
If you decide to go with a book, we suggest “Making College Count” by Patrick S. O’Brien or “What Color Is Your Parachute?” by Richard Nelson Bolles. Both are must-read for students who are searching for ways to build a successful career and a great future.
If you know the high school graduate moves to a college dorm you can consider more practical presents, like a tool kit or an extension cord. Items that would be useful at his new home. Although such presents will probably look their best when accompanied with a check.
Several moms on College Confidential Forum had an idea about giving the graduates a check with the current year numbers on it. This year it would be 20.12 (201.2 or 2012 in some exceptional cases). We couldn’t agree more; this does seem like an original and cute present.
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