QUESTION: What meaningful gifts could we give our children when they graduate from high school or college?
ANSWER: Ask yourself, what are my children’s needs? At their current state of development (physical, emotional, intellectual) what items should be on their wish lists?
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE GOING TO COLLEGE
— journal, stationary, stamps and a really good pen
— coffee mug customized with a family photo
— movie rental or coffee shop gift card
— six months of cookie of the month (check internet)
— personalized frame for their diploma
— coupons good for first couple of college loan payments
— college ring or charm
GREAT GIFTS FOR ANY GRADUATE
— pre-paid gas card
— hope chest (guys can start collecting tools)
— montage of childhood photos/memories on CD or DVD
— recipe book with favorite recipes from home
— tee shirt quilt (see http://www.201thingstodo.com – BONUS STUFF)
The idea is to choose gifts that express affection and encourage resourcefulness. Look for ways to celebrates the uniqueness of the child. If at all possible, give a gift that provides an ongoing experience. This is especially important in a long-distance relationship, which may happen because you raised them right! They should leave the nest.