- June 29, 2022
Graduation is upon us. Be it from high school or college, I think that we can all agree that it would be an understatement to say that it has been an interesting few years for the Class of 2022. Due to the pandemic, many soon-to-be grads spent a significant portion of their school years adapting
Graduation is upon us. Be it from high school or college, I think that we can all agree that it would be an understatement to say that it has been an interesting few years for the Class of 2022. Due to the pandemic, many soon-to-be grads spent a significant portion of their school years adapting to a changing landscape, both at school and at home. While it is an accomplishment to reach graduation in a “normal” situation, students who have succeeded and thrived in the face of pandemic-related adversity are worthy of extra celebration.
So as we head into graduation season and start getting invites to grad parties, what are some gifts that can help get a recent grad started on their new chapter in life?
Journal: Graduates are about to start new chapters in their lives. Either a blank journal or one with writing prompts can help grads get their thoughts on paper to document both the many moments that will shape the next few years.
Automotive essentials: Graduates will be facing all sorts of new expenses, so easing any sort of financial burden can help them in a big way. Vehicles tend to be major financial drains for teens and young adults. Prepaid cash cards, gas station gift cards, vouchers for car washes, and even gift cards to an automotive supply store can help graduates direct their funds elsewhere.
Babbel: Whether for traveling, forging deeper connections, or boosting career options, learning a foreign language is a valuable life skill. Babbel offers a series of short online courses and live classes covering grammar, conversation (including proper pronunciation), comprehension, listening, and writing skills across 14 languages: English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish. The learning experience is also supplemented with podcasts, games, stories, and interactive challenges. Live classes are limited to a maximum of six students to make sure there can be plenty of personal interactions with the instructors.
Broke Millennial by Erin Lowry: Impulsive spending and excessive credit card use are just two of the most common money mistakes college students make. In Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together, author Erin Lowry uses a conversational and at times humorous approach to help young people navigate the road to financial independence. Topics include budgeting, credit reports, consumer debt, student loans, investing, and retirement. And even though the book is billed as a millennial money guide, the information is simple enough for a middle schooler and relevant to anyone looking to plan for their financial future.
Wireless Headphones: For long commutes, studying, working or gaming, headphones make a great gift, and you can usually find a decent pair on sale.
Fitbit Versa 3: Smart watches are a dime a dozen, but it’s nice to know that you can find a reliable and durable device for under $200. The Fitbit Versa 3 can go from the gym to the office with ease. It features an always-on display and built-in voice control that allows you to check the weather, set reminders, speak and receive text replies, etc. It can also measure your heart rate, sleep time, and control Spotify, Pandora and other apps. Plus, you can make purchases from the watch and the battery can last you up to six days or more.
Meal Subscription Service: If your grad’s next step involves no longer relying on the school cafeteria for meals, consider a meal delivery subscription box. There are a bunch to choose from, but it’s a nice way to make sure your loved one is eating well and a good way to help them learn to cook something other than ramen!
And of course, cold hard cash is always a great option too. Dropping a little something in a grad’s Venmo or CashApp will never go unappreciated or be unnecessary.