College graduates are entering an exciting new phase of their lives, as independent adults. Perhaps you want to give the special grads in your life a gift, but are not sure what to give. The best gifts are those that congratulate them on the accomplishments of the past and capitalize on the promising future ahead.
Travel with them or send them alone. It doesn’t have to be a dream destination or the trip of a lifetime. It may not even be very long; just a week or two is plenty of time to reflect, reset and maybe learn a little bit about the world beyond the textbook. The stressed-out high achiever probably needs time to relax on the beach. The bookworm may benefit from a tour of national parks. Adrenaline junkies can get their thrills by ziplining, rock climbing and white-water rafting in Colorado. The political science major should visit Washington, D.C.
Many 20-somethings just graduating from college have lived at home, in fraternity or sorority houses or in dormitories. If they are just getting started in a place of their own, help them move in style. For a unique choice, buy handmade art. If you purchase online, you can get the art shipped directly to their new address. Other little luxuries include fine bed linens and towels. It will be a long time before they can afford 600-thread count sheets and thirsty Egyptian cotton on their own.
College grads may have spent the last four or five years surviving on noodle soup and coffee. Now they can finally focus on their health again but they may not know where to start. Give the gift of a meal kit subscription. The kits can be tailored to fit just about every taste and dietary plan. Because the meals are pre-measured, the recipients get proper portions and never have to waste food. Moreover, the kits make preparing healthy meals easy and fun. Healthy living involves activity, too. Encourage exercise by gifting a year’s gym membership or a piece of home fitness equipment.
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