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Back to School Main ► Your Guide to High School Graduation Gifts
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with traditional high school graduation gifts like fine writing pens or even cars. But with data showing that grads use technology more and drive less, we’ve compiled this list of new school graduation gift ideas.
“Students will often need multiple tools to build a dependable solution,” says Matt Scully, director of technology for Providence Day School in Charlotte, NC. Here are some good ideas for must-have college tech:
“College students often find themselves bouncing from class to class, with stops at the library and student center in between, perhaps not returning to their dorm room until after the day is done,” Han says. “Look for [devices] built to handle the rigors of a college life — able to stand up to the repeated opening and closing and abuse that come from constantly being removed from and tossed back into school bags.”
If none of these college tech and dorm room gifts grabs you, consider a gift card. “Gift cards of all kinds are greatly appreciated,” says Janet McKean, a gifts industry consultant in Hillsborough, NC. You can choose plastic cards with all kinds of fun themes or send an eCard. “I love sending a gift card once students have settled in at school because there’s always something they would love to add to their room or something they never thought they might need, like a small vacuum or another storage container.”
Be sure to take advantage of convenient services, like buying online and sending it to a store, which allows you to ship the gift to your grad’s home or college town so they don’t have to pack it.
Graduation time is a milestone for students, family and friends. Make the event special with custom graduation party invitations and announcements and decorate with banners and signs for your special graduate. These special pieces will become keepsakes and might even make it on the trip to college with your new freshman.
Margot Carmichael Lester is co-author of The Real Life Guide to Life After College, and owner of The Word Factory in Carrboro, NC. She frequently teaches resume- and cover letter-writing to college students. She's a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go, Heels!). Follow Margot on Google+.