Meaningful Gifts to Give On Graduation Day

College Graduation

College is an important time of independence and self-discovery in many people’s lives. For students pursuing a four-year degree, college graduation marks the transition from educational to professional pursuits. If you know what field your graduate hopes to work in, a great graduation gift is something that is important to their profession. For example, business graduates would appreciate a high-quality briefcase or laptop bag to replace their everyday backpack. For teachers, a few books to start their classroom bookshelf is a thoughtful gift that recognizes their career path.

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If you’d like to give a gift that recognizes your graduate’s college of choice, then college jewelry designed around their school’s logo or mascot is a wonderful gift idea. For Colorado University and Colorado State alumni, CO college jewelry featuring Ralphie the Buffalo or Cam the Ram are meaningful gifts that allow them to show off their school pride every day. 

High School Graduation

Graduating from high school is a major life achievement and a big step toward becoming an independent adult. If your high school graduate has plans to continue on to college, a great way to honor their high school accomplishments and celebrate their next step in life is to give them a piece of clothing from their chosen college. Everyone wants a piece of spirit wear they can turn to for their first college sporting event! Whether it’s a t-shirt, a sweater, or a pair of sweatpants, gifting a piece of clothing your graduate can wear around campus will show off their school pride and help them feel like they belong. 

Some students choose to pursue careers such as law enforcement and paramedics immediately after high school instead of going on to higher education. For these students, gifts that will help them to be successful in their chosen careers are a great choice on graduation day.

Military Basic Training Graduation

If you are looking for a gift for a new member of the military, you may want a gift that reflects their chosen military branch. Engraving is a great way to personalize a simple but utilitarian gift for a military member, such as a pocket knife or flashlight. A multitool is also a great gift option since it provides so many useful items in a compact, easy-to-carry package. Rugged, durable watches that can stand up to harsh conditions are a popular gift as well. If you’re still stuck, no military member will turn down a gift card to their favorite tactical gear supply store!

Achieving graduation takes years of dedication and hard work. The right gift will show your graduate that you recognize and appreciate their past efforts as they look to their future.

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