Gifts for Every Graduationby Elizabeth MacDonald
The milestones don’t end after the toddler years. You may not mark them on your calendar as frequently, but celebrations are happening all the time, from riding a bike to first lost teeth. Some milestones, of course, tug on the heart strings a bit more than others, and we are here to help you cherish them.
Gifts for Every Graduation
Graduations are a time to acknowledge the educational journey an individual has taken – at any age, and it is the perfect occasion to gift a keepsake or memento that will be well-loved for years to come.
Before breaking gift ideas down by graduation event, we have the perfect keepsake to celebrate every graduation:
Our Graduation Bear
Not only is this bear the cuddliest, but it serves a special purpose. It contains a recorder in which you capture 20 seconds of a message, poem, or song that can be locked into the module and replayed every time the bear is squeezed. Utilizing the app feature, you can permanently store your recording. The module can be unlocked to capture a new message if desired, alternating between any saved recordings. It is the keepsake that will be treasured (and hugged) for a lifetime.
Why are there so many tears that come when your little one grows from a toddler into a rising kindergartener? It is such a sweet and special time to celebrate becoming a ‘big kid’ and getting ready to attend elementary school. Perfect gift ideas include:
A Piggy Bank – A new piggy bank allows your growing kiddo to start taking ownership of his money.
A New Backpack – It’s time for a real-sized backpack!
Somehow kids enter kindergarten still looking little, and they exit looking like tiny adults. It’s mind-blowing. Perfect gift ideas include:
Big Kid Room Makeover – It’s time to transform their rooms into a true big kid space.
Planting a Tree – Watch a tree grow along side of your baby. By the time high school (or college!) graduation occurs, you will be amazed by how much life has existed… watching the tree through every season will help connect you.
Elementary School Graduation
Independence is knocking at the door, and you need to answer. It’s time to grant more trust and space into the life of your adolescent. Perfect gift ideas include:
A GPS Watch – Let them roam but know where they are with a great quality GPS watch.
A Trip to the Arcade (with friends) – They are not too old to blow up an arcade, laser tag game, or go-kart track. Recruit some friends and head out to celebrate.
Middle School Graduation
They are truly growing up! Perfect gift ideas include:
A Trip (inviting a friend) – It’s the perfect age to head to a water park, theme park, or destination of choice because a new teen is old enough to be left unsupervised! You can lounge while they explore, and you can meet up to create memories together. Make it the best trip ever by including the best friend.
Summer Fun Classes – Peruse a class in art, photography, design, CPR, engineering, metal working, or golfing. A gift of classes may help your new teen find a passion that can be carried throughout school and turned into a career.
High School Graduation
There are no words for this graduation - only feelings. Perfect gift ideas include:
Personalized T-Shirt Blanket -- Take all of the t-shirts collected throughout the years of school events and have them sewn into a blanket.
A Stock Portfolio – This seems extreme, but it’s not. Gifting a young adult with the start of an investment portfolio and the knowledge of how to manage it can change their entire financial future.
A Big Trip – International or not, a trip with you or solo backpacking, a vacation or an extended experience, A high school graduate is ready to explore… and the truth is that exploration will help them mature.
College or Technical School Graduation
A true adult now, your baby is grown. Perfect gift ideas include:
Bag or Luggage – Everyone chooses a different path, and a brief case isn’t for everyone. An amazing piece of luggage is though! Make it one that will last the next 15-20 years if treated well. The same goes for a gorgeous handbag.
A Watch – A good watch is hard to come by (or afford), but yet, it’s a part of every professional’s wardrobe. Gifting one that will become the start of a collection will be treasure forever.