Prom & Graduation

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Can’t-miss grad gifts

Graduation season is a time for celebration as students prepare to face the next phase of their lives. Graduation parties will soon be in full swing, and people may find themselves attending one or more of these festive occasions.

Party guests and graduation well-wishers may want to bring gifts for the guests of honor, and the following are a few ideas that newly minted grads may appreciate now or in the near future.

Travel

Graduates enter a time of transition between graduation and their pursuits of a career or additional schooling. The summer that follows graduation is filled with free time for many recent grads, making it a prime time to explore the world. If you know a new grad who harbors a sense of wanderlust, put together a travel-themed present complete with airline tickets, guide books, carry-on luggage, and some converted currency to use as spending money. You even can work with a travel agent to customize a trip you know your new grad will love.

Charitable giving

Philanthropic students may have spent their time as students helping others and supporting certain charities. If you are aware of a cause your graduate supports, think about making a donation to that organization. Couple that gift with an offering to volunteer. It's a great way to spend time with the graduate before he or she moves on to the next phase of life.

Professional wardrobe

Recent graduates may have interviews lined up or even a job awaiting them upon graduation, and such grads may need attire that is more befitting the business world. Suits, ties, collared shirts, briefcases, and the like will make thoughtful gifts for the budding professional. If you are unsure of sizes or style preferences, a gift card to a well-known retailer or specialty shop is a safe idea.

Automotive accessories

Many recent grads use the months immediately following graduation to take a road trip, making automotive accessories great gifts. Increase the enjoyment factor of a post-graduation road trip by treating the grad to a subscription to a streaming satellite music service. This way grads can enjoy their favorite tunes no matter where their roads lead them.

Relaxation

School is not easy, so a gift to a spa for a massage or facial session can be a way to help your favorite graduate unwind once final exam and term paper season has officially ended. Exercise is another way to unwind from the rigors of a school year, so consider a health club membership for new grads whose campus gym access is no longer available.

Financial favors

Cash is a graduation gift that will never go out of style. It may not be fancy, but cash certainly comes in handy for graduates facing repayment of student loans or the costs of secondary schooling. If giving cash at a party, write a check payable to the graduate rather than giving loose cash that can be easily lost. Some grads even may have a Go Fund Me or Paypal account to help offset schooling costs, and gift givers can deposit money directly into such accounts if they so desire.