Graduating from high school or university is a momentous occasion and a major milestone.
The walk across that stage is a symbolic one that often represents the transition from one stage of life to another. Not to mention the fact that finishing school is an important achievement worthy of recognition.
Put simply, graduates deserve big, hearty pats on the back. And fabulous gifts don’t hurt.
But what to get the accomplished academic who has everything? We’ve got a few ideas…
If your high school grad is off to university, think about getting them something that will be either very useful or very fun in their new lives as college freshmen.
A Timepiece for Him and Jewelry for Her – When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with a beautiful watch or piece of jewelry that your graduate can enjoy for many years to come as both a useful accessory and a tangible reminder of the occasion.
Choose pieces that are high-quality but not too fancy. Remember that most college students spend the majority of their time in pretty casual environments, and you want your gift to be one they can enjoy using on a regular basis.
Cool Clothes – If there’s one thing that all college freshmen-to-be have in common it’s their desire to make a good impression on new friends and crushes. Help the cause by visiting a hip store and enlisting the advice of a cool, young salesperson who can steer you in the right direction. But if you want to err on the side of caution, go for a gift certificate so your grad can choose his or her own looks.
Coffee – Remember college? Probably only vaguely amidst the haze of all-night study sessions and all-night parties. Either way, there was a lot of coffee involved. Show your support by gifting a Starbucks card or supplies for making their own java in the dorms.
The best thing you can offer a freshly minted college grad is something that will help launch them into adult life as a successful, prepared and responsible grownup.
Home Stuff – Help your favorite new college degree holder graduate from the ragtag college apartment to more elegantly-appointed digs by gifting both useful and beautiful items they’ll love but probably not think to buy for themselves.
Work Wear – The required wardrobe for college lectures is dramatically different from that of most offices. Get your grad ready for interviews and jobs by giving the gift of professional clothes. And don’t forget classy extras like cardholders and bags.
A New Look – Speaking of presenting a professional appearance, a new hair style or makeup look is an important part of any grownup makeover. A gift card to a high-end salon or the makeup counter at Barneys will come in handy for a big boost of confidence before setting off on an important interview.
By the time most people earn a master’s degree or doctorate, they have most of the stuff they need. What they probably need more than anything is a little fun now that the hard work is over. Show your love by giving them a gift certificate to a fancy restaurant (such as Del Frisco’s, Gibson’s or Spiaggia) gorgeous hotel (like The Drake, Four Seasons or Waldorf Astoria) or luxurious spa (try Cadella Med Spa or NoMI Spa at The Park Hyatt).