Thursday, April 28, 2005
It's graduation time, and I want to buy a gift for my niece's HS graduation. If I just give her cash now she'll probably spend it on trendy clothes, so I will probably give a card now and the actual gift when she leaves for college, because I'd like to gift her something she'll need but will appreciate not having to pay for.
Teenagers can be difficult to find gifts for. A few members of my family are pooling resources to buy her a laptop for college, which is a necessary tool for students to have these days. The only caveat is that you really need to know where your college-bound kid is going to end up, because some schools have particular computer hardware/software requirements for their students. Other schools even provide a computer for each student as part of the tuition fees.
One of my relatives is giving her a round-trip airline ticket home for the winter holidays--another great gift that can really help out a family trying to cope with college finances and the gift season, too.
Other gifts? I love phone cards and pre-paid cell phones. A secured credit card with a fixed amount could also be useful and a great teaching tool. For birthdays I've found U.S. savings bonds are a nice gift for my nieces and nephews of all ages for their post-college future. It gives them a little savings and I just send them a certificate printed off the web.
So what am I giving my niece? Probably a gift certificate to her college bookstore for her first semester. What did you get for your HS graduation? I just remember a couple of things- a leather jacket and towels, both of which were much appreciated and (I thought) useful for college. I've also got some helpful links below--
- eHow.com: "How to select a graduation gift" http://www.ehow.com/how_12519_select-graduation-gift.html
- U.S. Savings Bonds: http://www.publicdebt.treas.gov/sav/sav.htm
- About.com: "Top 10 Graduation Gifts" http://712educators.about.com/od/speeches/tp/gradgifts.htm
- BankRate.com: Graduation gifts, http://www.bankrate.com/dls/news/advice/20040510a1.asp
When I graduated I was on my way into the Navy so it was easy for people to buy my gift..lol..we should all be so easy!!
I also loved getting those random care pakages in the mail when i lived in the dorm.
If you do not mind I will snag your blog and put it in my favorites. I read a ton of stuff on here that interested me. Keep blogging away :-)
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