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Great gift ideas for your high school graduate

By Abby Hathorn

Graduation is a time for happy tears, big family hugs and proud moments — it’s not a time for fretting about finding the perfect gift. Buying a gift for a high school graduate can be a bit of a daunting task because of the plethora of ideas floating around on Pinterest and the Internet. So, here are a few ideas just to get you started.

If you’re more practical-minded, buy your graduate something special and useful. Think of things he or she will need for their college dorm like a cute desk lamp, motivational posters or artwork, monogrammed bath towels, a fabric laundry tote, a bulletin board for notes and photos, or organizational totes filled with their favorite snacks. If you can’t decide, a gift card to a department store or home goods store allows your graduate to get what he or she really needs and loves.

Make it personal by embracing your craftiness and create your grad something unforgettable. Find an inspirational quote or excerpt from a song and paint it on a canvas. If painting is just not your thing, simply print out a words of wisdom quote to frame in a stock frame or clip to a clip board. If you’re unsure about tackling a do-it-yourself project, take a deep breath, check out Pinterest for ideas, and have a little faith in yourself.

Get your grad a sentimental token that represents all of his or her hard work by brainstorming with a jewelry artisan to create a custom pendant necklace, bracelet or key chain. Other great options for a sweet token of your graduate’s accomplishments are a photo collage, T-shirt quilt, tie clip or a starter charm bracelet.

If all of this is too stressful, give your graduate money; however, be creative with gifting it. For your guy grad, put some cash in a new wallet or monogrammed money clip. For your girl grad, tuck a few bucks inside a little keepsake or jewelry box. If you are feeling really creative, check out YouTube videos on money origami, grab a cup of coffee and fold away.

At the end of the day, the most important things you can give graduates are words of wisdom, letting them know you are proud of them, and giving them your support as they venture off into the next chapter of their lives. A wrapped gift is just a happy, little bonus to show your grad that surviving high school is truly an accomplishment.

Be sure to check out your local shops and boutiques for more great graduation gift ideas.

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