Whether you have a niece, nephew, daughter, son, friend, grandchild, or someone else in your life that is graduating from college, it's a great time to celebrate them and all they've accomplished. While you may be able to make it to the ceremony itself, you also don't want to show up empty-handed. Rather than giving them a generic gift like a gift card to their favorite store or restaurant, why not give them something that's a bit more personal?
1. State Themed Jewelry
What state did they graduate in? A fun and trendy gift to give them is some jewelry that represents the state that they spent all of their college time in. For instance, if they graduated from a university in Texas, then you may want to gift them some Texas-themed jewelry like a necklace that has a charm that's the shape of the state of Texas or that has Texas longhorns on it. When choosing jewelry, just make sure that you go with something that's made of solid metal like sterling silver or gold. If you go with something that's just plated, then it's likely to wear down faster and not last.
Every time that they wear the piece of jewelry that you got them, they will think of the time that they spent in college and all of the memories they created. Visit somewhere like the Texas Capitol Giftshop to see the jewelry that is available.
2. Professional Photographs
Another fun gift idea to give the graduate in your life is to hire a professional photographer to take photos of them with their college friends on graduation day. Then, have the photographer follow them around campus and take pictures of them in front of all of their favorite campus spots. The best thing about having photographs taken is that they will have these memories to last them for the rest of their lives.
3. Signed Book By Their Favorite Professor
Many university professors are authors themselves or have at least some sort of publication. Try getting ahold of a signed copy from your graduate's favorite professor. If the publication is something science-related and is an online publication, you can have it professionally printed, bound, and then signed. When they have something that's so personal and meaningful, they will be able to treasure it for the rest of their lives and look back on the gift with fondness.
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