Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Top ideas for unusual graduation gifts

It's time for graduation. Students are about to don caps and gowns and practicing to walk across the stage. Whether the student is graduating from high school or college no time holds more promise. Gift giving is always a way to mark life's big transitions.

I always have a hard time deciding what to get for the graduate. Gift cards from Wal-Mart or Starbucks are great for birthdays or holidays. This year, unusual graduation gifts are more popular than ever. I talked with students and scoured the web to come up with this list of unusual graduation gift ideas.

You never know how the weather is going to be for the big day. If you are close to the graduate a bolero jacket might be a nice graduation gift for a young woman. It can help ward off the chill of an air conditioned hall or the wind of a blustery day.

A young man might appreciate something that marks his favorite passion or hobby. A new set of golf clubs or fishing pole might be just the perfect graduation present.

Aluminum wallets top the list of truly unusual gifts for graduation. Not only will graduates enjoying showing off these trendy little wallets but they can also protect from identity theft.

Photo cubes are an unusual graduation gift that college bound recipients can enjoy. Coupling the cube with a gift card to a photo shop can help your gradate print the photos they like best. It's a good way for a graduate to add a homey touch to a college dorm.

Is there a more fun way to send a graduate on a senior trip than with her own set of animal print luggage? The set can be used for years to come.

Prepaid calling cards aren't as popular as they once were but are still a good gift for graduation. Cell phones don't work everywhere and students on prepaid phones may run out of minutes. A prepaid calling card ensures that the graduate can always phone home in a pinch.

Stock is an unusual gift that keeps on giving. Some companies will allow you to buy only a few shares. Check online or talk with a broker about this unique graduation gift.