This week my baby sister graduated from high school!!! Which of course is totally surreal for me as I am supposed to be celebrating my 10-year reunion this year— but I digress. She isn’t getting a gift from me for a couple of months (I want to determine what she REALLY needs right before she leaves for college), but I know lots of people are purchasing these sorts of gifts right now. The challenge here is always to maintain some sort of budget, be unique and of above all else: functional. I know, not a super glitzy word, but so essential when purchasing for either the high school or college graduate who is stepping out into a new phase in life. So, after polling friends and family members, I have assembled some of the perfect gifts for any alum.
A Tool Box. I know, strange. But moving out of your parent’s home or college dorm means its time to start hanging things on walls, fixing shelves and a whole host of other fix-it problems. I received one when I graduated high school and I can’t tell you how often I used the hammer or had a neighbor borrow a screwdriver. Seriously useful and clever…
An External Hard Drive. Because their computer will crash. And it will happen just as they finish a twenty-page research paper or their first big project at a new job. But, instead of crying tears of despair, they will be crying tears of joy. After all, your gift will have saved them.
Self-Setting Alarm Clock. Now that mom is no longer around to wake them up for class on time (I am particularly worried for my sister!), they are going to need an alarm clock. This is so fantastic, because it sets itself when you plug it in and if the electricity goes out it resets itself. Which means they’ll have no excuse to miss their 8am class/breakfast meeting.
“Where’s Mom Now That I Need Her?” by Kent P Fransden. This is perfect for the pampered grad. The one who has never cooked a meal or done laundry. Not only is it a recipe book, but it also offers advice on how to get rid of stains, grocery shopping on a budget and so much more. This way your grad will know that even if their pepperoni and mushroom pizza represents the food groups it isn’t necessarily nutritious!