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Creative Ideas For College Graduation Gifts

Updated on July 17, 2011

Graduation marks one of the most important milestones in a person’s life. Whether it is your friend or cousin graduating from college or your kid graduating from high school, a novel gift item can help make this momentous occasion even more memorable.

However, finding college graduation gifts that move beyond the periphery of time-honored yet unexciting presents such as engraved pens, watches and wall clocks is important, if you want the receiver to appreciate the thought that you have put in selecting a unique gift for him or her.

Things to consider while selecting college graduation gifts

The first thing that you need to consider while buying a college graduation gift for a near or dear one is his or her taste and liking and if there is anything in particular that he or she wants at the moment. In addition to that, you need to set a budget for the gift and start looking accordingly. You can find a unique graduation gift for your loved one in every budget as long as you take some time to consider his or her needs and penchant.

For instance, if your daughter is graduating from college and has been complaining about her cell phone, you can get her a new one with a paid plan. A charm bracelet or a personalized jewelry box also make for good gift items. Personalized photo frames, collage frames and leather portfolios are also popular choices of college graduation gifts for both girls and boys.

If the person loves music, you can get recycled LP record bowls or bracelets made of musical instruments. Personalized guitar picks can also be presented as graduation gifts. On the other hand, you can get a classic book or a personalized graduate mini-figurine for your childhood friend. You can also get humorous sticky notes or an amusing tee-shirt for your friend if he or she has a funny bone. Those with a penchant for cooking can be gifted recipe books or a binder full of secret family recipes on graduation. You can also pick up a hot-selling cookbook from the market.

A few last-minute ideas for college graduation gifts

If your roommate or cousin is graduating from college and you have been procrastinating the day to buy his or her gift till the last-minute, you can still surprise the person with the following gifts. Two things that a college student values most are time and money. Hence getting any gift item that pertains to either is sure to please them.

You can get an electronic gift certificate for an e-reader who just cannot get enough of reading on the net. A music lover can be present with an online gift certificate for iTunes so that he or she can download his or her favorite music with ease.

Some other interesting last-minute ideas for college graduation gift include getting a bouquet of flowers and a care package delivered to the person. You can even treat the person in his or her favorite restaurant or take him or her to the most happening nightclub in town.


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      7 years ago

      Some good tips. These are some nice alternatives to the customary monetary gifts.

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      Reynold Jay 

      7 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      This sounds like good advice to me. Keep up the great HUBS. I must give this an “Up ONE and Useful.” I'm still your fan! RJ

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