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Popular Ways to Congratulate the New Grad

By Gillian Grantor

Gifts for the Graduate

Besides the traditional rites of spring, spring flowers

blooming, baseball starting, grass sprouting, there is the

celebration of a child's high school graduation. Shopping

for a gift for the graduate is never easy, and depends on

what they are doing after high school. Many times a son or

daughter is off to college, or the military, while many may

be entering the workforce or getting ready for marriage.

You will see parents hurrying to the malls to find just the

right gift to celebrate this important step. The chore is

even more difficult if a child has no strong interest or

hobbies. Here are some ideas for the perfect gift for the


The old fashioned greenback will be first on the list if

you ask the graduate what he or she wants. That can also

be the easiest choice for the giver as well. Every graduate

likes that feel of cash in his hands so he can go and

spend it on exactly what he wants. Tall, short, fat, thin

boys, girls, blonds, brunettes or redheads: here's something

they all agree upon: I'll take cash. As they say, one size

fits all, and it never has to be returned, it matches

anything you wear.

Another popular gift is the iPod. If you've got the kind

of teen that tends to be-bop around with headphones wrapped

around their head, then this is a great little gift. This

musical mini-computer is capable of downloading an entire

CD in less than five seconds and can typically store around

5,000 songs within its tiny data banks. These days,

manufacturers usually throw in the option of a calendar and

a number of other neat little technological doo-dads, as


Another mini-computer that a grad may appreciate is a PDA.

PDAs do a lot more than just store and play music. This is

a hand held computer that lets you store graphics, files,

and movies in addition to music. It will also supply

wireless internet access, wireless e-mail, voice recording,

a digital camera, a calculator, a phone book,a web browser

and more if you choose the right model. One with all those

features, including Bluetooth compatibility will get pretty

expensive, but is a good value for that many features.

Digital cameras make great gifts for new grads. Even if

they haven't specifically shown an interest in the field of

photography, these enable young adults to take those

farewell photos that are so often popular among grads, and

are also great for taking photos of their new "digs" once

they leave for college or the military. Parents often

appreciate the fact that this enables the new fledgling to

stay in touch once they've left the nest, since pictures of

this sort can be uploaded onto the nearest PC and sent off

via e-mail.

If your grad is off to college, a laptop is probably the

wisest choice for a gift, not only as a useful item, but

also as a sound investment. It will be more expensive than

the other items on the list, but your college bound grad is

going to need a computer for research, writing papers and

doing homework. It will also help to keep the student in

touch, since it is easier to keep in contact over the

computer. It may even prove to save money, since email is

a lot cheaper than all those long distance phone calls to

mom and dad.

Whatever you choose, your new grad is sure to appreciate

the time and thought that you've put into their selection.

Keep in mind that this is a special time of transition in

their lives, so it's OK to give them something a bit

extravagant without the fear of spoiling them. In other

words, air out that wallet, and get out there and shop!

About The Author

Gillian Grantor operates the website FPN Gifts which is the complete gifts research center providing easy access to absolutely everything you can possibly imagine gifts related. Please vistit for any questions or comments about this article.

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