Money Isn't the Only Graduation Gift

Give a unique gift to your loved ones at graduation.

Cash is an important commodity for recent graduates.  Most are twenty-something, unemployed, and used to eating cheap noodle dishes and water for dinner. Money received at graduation provides, at least for a short time, freedom from spending restraints imposed by typical college life.

Every college graduate remembers the joy of reading the first bank statement after the diploma. This warm-hearted memory of a loaded wallet preserves the custom of simply stuffing a card with a check and handing it to the graduate.

No one will complain. Who would complain about a monetary gift? Money is a useful graduation present, but ultimately the easiest option for gift-givers.  Devoid of any personal significance, money is appreciated by the graduate, but soon forgotten.

If you take the time to wrap a gift - or in the case of graduation, write a gift - why not make it a special one? The next time a niece, nephew, son, daughter, or friend graduates, forget money and try a unique gift. Think about the graduate's interests, passions, and aspirations, and you may be inspired to ditch the checkbook.

A music fan would appreciate hard-to-come-by tickets to the summer concert series. A painter could use expensive watercolors or an easel. What about a set of personalized scrubs for the graduate entering a college of dentistry?

Put a traveler on a plane to New York City, an animal lover on horseback, or an adventurer up in the air for flying lessons.


Even a gift certificate to a business where the graduate would never dream of spending money (but would enjoy to) shows thought, creativity, and a willingness to connect with the graduate.

The graduate will cash in many impersonal pieces of paper, a unique gift will be a welcome and cherished change.

Your gift could stand out amid a sea of checks. It certainly will not be forgotten.

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