How to Se­lect the Best Gifts for Grads

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(StatePoint) Grad­u­a­tion cel­e­brates one of life’s ma­jor ac­com­plish­ments. It also cel­e­brates in­de­pen­dence, which is of­ten ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated -- al­beit a bit scary. As a re­sult, most peo­ple are tempted to give gift cards to re­cent grad­u­ates to al­le­vi­ate fears over up­com­ing ex­penses both af­ter high school and col­lege. But there are many prac­ti­cal and mean­ing­ful gifts you can get your grads that they’ll both ap­pre­ci­ate and re­mem­ber for years to come.

“For many peo­ple, grad­u­at­ing will be an ac­com­plish­ment they’ll ref­er­ence as one of their great­est achieve­ments,” says Christo­pher War­nack, vice pres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing and vis­ual at Things Re­mem­bered, a lead­ing re­tailer of per­son­al­ized gifts. “Take the time to hand-pick a gift that says how proud you are.”

These ideas can help you make mean­ing­ful se­lec­tions:

High Grad­u­ates

They’re col­lege­bound and they need great items to out­fit their new dorm room. Con­sider gifts for high school grad­u­ates that are func­tional, dec­o­ra­tive and let them put their per­sonal flair on their new space. For ex­am­ple, a sweat­shirt blan­ket in their new school’s color, cus­tom­ized with col­le­giate let­ters, is both prac­ti­cal and a great way to show col­lege pride, and col­or­ful mono­grammed wall art makes for great dorm room decor.

For par­ents, en­cour­age them to come home once in a while with a mono­grammed duf­fle bag, per­fect for a week­end trip back to the homestead to get a great meal and some clean clothes. School

Don’t forget friends. Whether sep­a­rated by cam­puses or ma­jors, re­minders of friend­ship like spe­cially cre­ated playlists or framed pic­tures of the two of you will re­mind them of good times with good friends.

Cus­tom­ized sub­scrip­tion boxes can help you cre­ate fun, monthly care pack­ages of beauty sup­plies, candy, snacks or books. Both prac­ti­cal and ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated, monthly sub­scrip­tions make truly thought­ful gifts for stu­dents on a bud­get. Col­lege Grad­u­ates The right gifts for col­lege grad­u­ates will start them off in style, and help them sur­vive the some­times in­tim­i­dat­ing world of “adult­ing.”

“It’s a sad re­al­ity in to­day’s work­place,” says War­nack, “but some of your col­leagues can’t be trusted with your sta­pler or your lunch bag.” Any­one who’s seen the clas­sic comedy “Office Space” can re­late.

Em­broi­dered lunch totes, per­son­al­ized port­fo­lios and mono­grammed desk ac­ces­sories will help new col­lege grads nav­i­gate the cor­po­rate world in style, while main­tain­ing dibs on their stuff.

If their fu­ture pro­fes­sional life in­volves a lot of travel, con­sider so­phis­ti­cated gifts like per­son­al­ized lug­gage tags and pass­port cov­ers.

A host of gift- giv­ing ideas that mark the im­por­tance of grad­u­a­tion can be found at ThingsRe­mem­bered. com.

Re­mem­ber, a new grad­u­ate de­serves both sen­ti­ment and sup­port when mov­ing on to the next big thing. With a lit­tle thought, your gift can of­fer both.

STATE POINT / Spe­cial

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