I know, I know. It should be 11 on the 11th because I am 6 1/2 hours behind the 10th deadline, but it is what it is. Since this is the month of graduations, and we have several high school and college graduations in the past few years, here are some good gift ideas for the graduate.
1. Money - Always needed and easy to transport to college. Then the kids can buy books, etc with accumluated money as buying one book is more than most people are going to give.
2. Gift certificates - Kind of like money but if you are afraid they are going to blow the money, you can always get a discount store certificate. Or maybe you have someone in your family tighter than the bark on a tree and wouldn't spend the actual money you gave but save it forever. Not that I know someone like that.
3. Towels - Regular ones for the boys and the wrap ones are nice for the girls.
4. Hanging shoe organizer - Abby got one of these and used it for a bunch of things in her closet. There are ten or so slots to stick curling irons, camis, etc. when space is tight.
5. Office supplies - staplers, hole punches, scissors, tape, etc. make good gifts.
6. Tools - You never know when you might need a screwdriver.
7. Jumper cables for a car - and a lesson on how to use them.
8. Luggage - My parents traditional gift to high school graduates. They may not have room to keep the luggage in their dorm rooms, but they need their own.
9. Computer- Our gift to our high school graduate. It isn't a luxury item anymore, and this generation of kids doesn't remember life without computers. And how many of us would like to give our's up?
10. Bedding - They won't want to strip their beds at home and take them along. The girls coordinated with their roommates, but Blake was in a sleeping dorm at FH and I doubt if much coordination would have gone on anyway. They need extra long twin for dorms and sororities/fraternities. A cozy blanket to cover up with is a good choice too.
This year my nephew Brian will be graduating from high school. My parents have had grandchildren graduate every two years since Blake's in 2000. Then we have three years before Madi graduates. No college graduations in the family this spring.
Add a comment if you have a great idea to add.