11 Graduation Gifts They Won't Return
Wondering what to give the high school graduate? First and foremost, albeit inelegant, kids always love the green stuff – cash. As college tuition sky-rockets and textbooks cost as much as $350 each, every little bit helps*.
Here are 11 smart ideas to meet every budget:
Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies Gift Certificate – Send the graduate a congratulations card with a note promising to send a care package of homemade chocolate chips cookies. Nothing like homemade cookies to help make new friends! $20
University Flag – great for dorm room decor and graduation parties. They can be ordered online from the campus bookstore. $25-$50
Gift certificates- Bed, Bath & Beyond or Target for dorm room supplies.
Amazon Gift Certificates- these can be used for textbooks and all sorts of necessary supplies. Most students open an Amazon Prime membership, thus they can receive their orders within 2 days. So easy.
The Naked Roommate by Harlan Cohen, a fun read of behind-the-scenes look at everything students need to know about college. $9
Guys- 24 identical pairs of Socks – Lose a sock and you have 47 more that match. Go to Costco or a Nike outlet and laundry will not become an issue. $50
Girls- Shower wrap around towel, bonus points if it is monogramed. $20 – $40
Memory foam bed pad and pillow- college kids love their beds and they tend to brag about who sleeps best on their hallway. $100+
OtterBox – one of the best inventions to protect expensive smart phones. Be sure to get the right model. $20 – $40
“Off to College” Laundry Basket – this is for the creative gift giver! Pick up a new laundry hamper and fill it with laundry supplies, snacks, Advil, first aid kit, flip flops, flash light, extension cords, etc. $30+
- New Computer – Before purchasing one, check with the University tech department to see if they have any special purchasing discounts and what systems they best support. If purchasing a Macintosh, Apple offers a $100 discount with student ID. $500 – $1,200
*Bonus Tip - if your child receives a large sum of cash gifts, consider dividing it into payments that they will receive over the course of four years. For example, if the total sum is $1,000, and it is not going directly towards tuition, allow them $250 per year for spending money, books, etc.
This piece originally appeared on collegeinthebag.com.