Great College Graduation Gift Ideas

My Little Sister is Graduating

In two months time, my little sister is graduating from the University. The girl who used to sleep beside me or to put it more accurately on top of my chest will be a degree holder soon…Oh my I can’t help but get a little nostalgic! Our age gap is so wide that she could be my daughter had I married too soon. I was the first to send her to school utilizing the meager salary I was receiving as a University Research Assistant until it was time for me to start my own family. I got married when she was 10 years old and in the 4th Grade. Exactly the same age and grade as my eldest daughter now who resembles her as well. I was not able to fully support her education from then on but of course our parents did.

As I scurry to find a graduation gift for her, I thought of sharing the selections I have in mind with you. These gift ideas might be of help in your decision making if you are in the same boat as I am right now…looking for a graduation gift for somebody special who is about to earn a degree. Surely the many years of brain gymnastics, hard work and perseverance they had to do to make it this far deserves recognition and a little treat…Oh, c’mon make it big!

Choose whatever gift is appropriate to the graduate. It may depend on his/her plans immediately after graduation. Whether the person wants to immediately jump into the society’s workforce, embark on his/her own business, pursue graduate studies or take a break and treat himself/herself to a relaxing vacation, an appropriate gift is right here on this hub. Some of the items are also appropriate gifts for those graduating in High School.

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Money Clamp, Wallet and Business Card Holder

Money clamps and wallets are items that will surely be appreciated by newly grads who are excited to earn through salary or business revenue. Once the gift box is opened, the message becomes clear, “It’s time you earn your own money and here is where you put them”. Make sure you put seed money for good luck before you wrap it. The business card holder will be very useful in organizing business cards especially those tagged as potential employers or clients. Make sure you choose money clamp, wallet and card holder that are professional looking and cannot be mistaken as owned by a teensy weensy.

Laptop Computer and/or Accessories

Most students are very fortunate to enjoy the convenience and utility of having their own laptop computer while in college or even while in high school.  Others might just be fortunate to receive a laptop computer as a college graduation gift.  This will really come in handy especially if the recipient intends to pursue graduate studies.  For those who already own a laptop, buying them accessories will still charm them.

Job Interview Bags

You’ll definitely make their job hunting time easier by getting a job interview bag for them.  It doesn’t have to be an expensive designer bag. Consider a simple, durable and functional bag with a size that can fit a folder to contain the resume and other pertinent documents that might be required during an interview.  It should have inside pockets, pen holders, dividers, key clasp, etc. to easily organize things inside.  The bag should be closed by a zipper, Velcro or flap to ensure the contents are retained inside should it get bashed on his/her way to or during the interview.  A leather bag is more appropriate for a formal interview rather than a canvas bag which is more casual. 

After Graduation Books

Graduation doesn’t give them the license to stop learning…there is actually more to learn.  Encourage them to continue learning by reading.  Let these books guide them as they explore the realities of life.  Books are good companion in times of contemplation…what do they want with their life and how to go about achieving it?

Travel: The Gift of Experience

Hey if you wanna be generous, why not the gift of experience! Let your new graduate travel the world. It's the time to unwind and think about the next move, which is the biggest one in his/her life. We can avoid wasting lots of time, money and effort if such a decision is made without the pressure and with the relevant information available. He/she is going to make that decision soon. So if you want to help or even influence that decision, you can do so by putting among possible choices the places/things you want him/her to see first.

Cute but Relevant Graduation Gift Items

Touch the heart of a graduating fellow with these cute, memorable and relevant gifts.

Show your support for their life’s journey and your appreciation for their accomplishment/achievement with meaningful mementos. A cute little something that is meaningful never escapes the heart and mind of the recipient…easy on the budget but hard to forget. The choices are never-ending but I have to stop...

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Jersey Jess 6 years ago from USA

Good hub, I enjoyed the read. That's great, congrats on her graduation! I love the idea of after-graduation books and travel! Keep it up :)

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Mama Sez 6 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks for stopping by Jess. Very soon it will be your turn :)

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

those are really cool stuff for graduated gift. Thanks for showing me about that.

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Mama Sez 6 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks again prans, I now know what to give to my sister. I hope others find this hub helpful to them as well.

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Happy graduation to your sis mare, Nice idea, its graduation time there now, this is timely, Thanks, Maita

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Mama Sez 6 years ago from Canada Author

Almost Graduation season Maita. My sister is more pressured now. She is still writing her manuscript, hehehe. The last day for the requirements is end of March but the ceremony for UPLB campus is usually 3rd week of April. Thanks again Maita :)

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bingskee 6 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

hi, that would be laptop for my daughter if this list will be presented to her. her old laptop gave way and surely needs a replacement.

i have a similar hub but talks about another set of gift ideas for the frugal. :-D

nice hub.

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glassvisage 5 years ago from Northern California

I would say this is a great selection of graduation gifts. Travel for me please :)

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emmarobert77 5 years ago

Absolutely fantastic! I enjoyed the read. Thanks for sharing!

Lila 5 years ago

I just found the perfect graduation gift and had to share it with everyone. This company just launched and its such a cool concept. I am buying it for my kids who are graduating this May from High School.

Rebecca 4 years ago

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