This sweet pea graduates high school on Friday and she has me thinking about graduation gifts for college bound kiddos.
Honestly, money was the best gift for me. I didn’t qualify for many scholarships so I relied heavily on student loans and worked full-time to pay for rent, groceries, tuition, books, etc. Every little bit helps pay for those not-so-cheap books!
I remember being gifted my first laptop too. It was at a time when people still relied on landlines and social media didn’t have much hype yet. Up until then, the extent of my online social exchange was mostly via Hotmail/MSN Messenger with my buddies from school. (I’m sure this form of communication is completely foreign to younger generations.) Having my own laptop made research and writing papers much easier my first semester. Owning your own computer became a necessity in college and I was so grateful to have one and not have to flex my time around campus computer lab hours. Anyway, I'm really loving what I'm hearing about THISgadget.
Another great gift and it might sound frivolous, but I really liked the laundry bag I was gifted! I was actually gifted a couple monogrammed ones by two different families. I was lucky enough to score the 2nd floor in our dormitory but I still had to haul my dirty laundry to the basement. Having a larger sized bag made that trek a little easier. I like THIS one for boy or girl! I love that it's versatile to travel with later and not too juvenile.
A nice tote or backpack to carry your things to class is a great gift! I carried a cute tote freshman and sophomore year of college and then switched to a The North Face backpack when my workload became more intense. To this day, I still carry a laptop backpack for work purposes. As much as I enjoy a cute tote, this later option is much easier to travel with for everyday use. I have the The North Face Box Shot Backpack. It’s withstood a lot of travel but I don’t think they carry that style any longer. THIS one is very similar.
I wish digital pictures had been a staple when I started college! We were still developing film and just starting to figure out cameras that had USB connectors. Sounds crazy now! I think THIS one is pretty rad. I love that it has a Wi-Fi connection so you can immediately transfer your high resolution images to social media!
A classic watch that will stand the test of time is a thoughtful graduation gift if you want to get something a bit more personable. I think THIS is a great option.
A nice set of luggage is a gift that not many people think about! I'm smitten for THIS set. For the longest time, I didn’t have anything more than a couple of weekender bags and I would borrow a set of luggage when I needed something more substantial. I want to encourage adventure and travel to any new grad. The world is so big and what you may know as the world around you is so tiny. Broaden your horizons. Study abroad. See the world. My hubby studied abroad and many of my friends did too. I wish I had!
And when all else fails. Get a gift card. Target and Wal-Mart gift cards are great options. Most college towns have one or both conveniently located near campus. A gift card will help them stock their dorm or apartment with a microwave, food, bed linens and/or bathroom towels.
Lastly, high school grads: Be thankful. Don’t forget to say thank you and express your gratitude to those that love you enough to gift you with anything-whatever it might be! Send a personalized thank you note. You had better forgo sending them a tacky text.