Graduate degrees represent years of hard work and dedication. To celebrate your grad's success, find a gift that prepares her for her new life, whether she's in the job market or has other plans. Graduate gifts can be practical or entertaining, but always act as symbols of your support and love.
Many new grads are starting a new stage in life -- moving to a new city and job, starting a family or making other important changes. For the professional graduate, try a new briefcase or portfolio. If you're close to the grad, a new professional outfit could be appropriate. For a more casual touch, a new tie or a new watch serves a similar purpose. Decorations and furnishings for a new apartment or house are always welcome.
After so much hard work in an academic setting, most grads are ready to see more of the world. A vacation package to the grad's favourite country (or countries) makes a memorable gift, sure to be remembered and appreciated for years. If you need to watch your budget, try a monetary gift card that contributes to a vacation (for instance, paying for nicer hotel rooms than the grad could typically afford) without footing the whole bill.
Grad students obtain degrees in very specialised fields, so it makes sense for your gift to reflect the grad's chosen career path. For an English doctorate student, try a sturdy bookcase and an attractive set of bookends. For a nursing degree, try a top-of-the-line stethoscope or comfortable new shoes for the job. And for grads in any field, consider a certificate to a framing shop, so he'll always have a way to display his accomplishments.
Although it can seem impersonal, recent grad students are almost always grateful for financial assistance. If you'd like to be more specific and personal, stipulate that the money is for a certain expense, such as paying off educational loans, paying down a mortgage on a house or paying travel costs for a job that requires commuting. Gift cards can also be useful -- try a bookstore, office supply store or any store that matches the grad's interests.
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