6 clever and unique gift ideas for new grads

November 3, 2015

Graduating from high school, college or university is a big deal and a special gift is a nice way to celebrate a graduate’s achievements. If you’d like an alternative to giving cash, here are six clever and unique gift ideas for new grads.

6 clever and unique gift ideas for new grads

1. Help secure an internship

Many new university graduates struggle to find jobs. In today's competitive market, finding a job is sometimes more about who you know than your qualifications.

  • As a result, one of the best graduation gifts you can give a person who has yet to secure a full-time position is help with finding an internship.
  • Perhaps you work for a company that is looking for an intern or you have connections in the business world. Many internships lead to full-time job offers upon completion, so this can be a great way to help a graduate start their career.

2. Leather briefcase

A diploma is great for the office wall, but a black leather briefcase can be carried from meeting to meeting and lends an air of professionalism.

  • Practical and stylish, a leather briefcase can be a great gift for a graduate about to enter the workforce.

3. Department store gift card

For graduates who are not returning to their childhood home and are instead living in their first apartment, a gift card makes the perfect present.

  • Get a gift card to a store that sells a wide range of practical household goods as this will help the graduate purchase the items they need to live independently.

4. Cooking lessons

While there is no substitute for Mom's (or Dad's) home-cooked meals, giving cooking lessons to a graduate is a helpful way to prepare them for living on their own.

  • Not only is knowing how to cook a great way to impress a date, but it will also save the graduate from spending money on eating out on a regular basis.

5. Pay for a resume service

These days applying for a job is often highly competitive, so it is important to have a resume that stands out to a recruiter.

  • Most hiring managers have only a few minutes to scan a resume and make a decision about whether to contact the candidate.
  • A resume service can take a graduate's uninspired resume and make it relevant, competitive and eye-catching for a nominal fee.

6. A new wardrobe

Making a good first impression at a job interview is imperative. As a result, giving the gift of new clothes is practical for graduates looking to embark upon a career.

  • Whether it's a new shirt and tie, a blazer or a pair of shoes, new additions to a graduate's wardrobe can help boost their confidence and chances of success.

If you know someone who is graduating and would like to give a gift other than cash, these six suggestions are excellent options that are both practical and personal.

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