5 Great Graduation Gift Ideas
Posted by Dee Cater on May 03, 2016 in categoryMember Tips

It is graduation season, and millions of Americans will be giving gifts to honor the achievements of the graduates in their life. While money is arguably the most popular gift, you don’t want your gift to get lost in the shuffle. Here are 5 out-of-the-box ideas to make your graduation gift stand out and make a lasting impression. 

1. Newspaper or Magazine Subscription

Help your graduate be the smartest person in any room with a newspaper or magazine subscription. The Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker are two fail-safe options. A subscription to a publication in his or her professional niche is even better. 

2. Unconventional Alarm Clock

Is your graduate a heavy sleeper? Nothing will mar a great first impression like showing up late. Help them get up and ready for the days ahead with a unique alarm clock.

With the Shape Up alarm clock, you work out while you try to wake up by swinging this heavy little friend up and down 30 times to stop the alarm. 

Clocky, with its all-terrain features, will escape from the nightstand and run around the room while making an annoying beep-beep sound until you catch it. 

The Banclock will only stop ringing if you put a coin in it. It’s the perfect way to make sure that you save some money every single day. 

3. Gas Card

Gift cards are popular gifts, but giving a gas card is not only useful, it’s unique enough to set your gift apart. Your graduate will thank you during those morning commutes to a new job. 

4. Memory Quilt

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Take your graduate’s old college T-shirts and turn them into a quilt. It’s a great way to keep the memories without taking up closet space. If the DIY route isn’t for you, purchase a customizable photo collage blanket with pictures of friends and family. 

5. And we saved the best for last…Pay it Backward Gift

Donate to a nonprofit in honor of your graduate. The “Graduation Gift that Gives Back” campaign by the National Book Fund is a great way to "pay it backward" by giving others the gift of an education to help them achieve their dreams. A gift of $125 will provide 15 adults with the textbooks and workbooks they need to transform their lives. 

“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.”– Napoleon Hill


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