Your girlfriend has worked hard to complete her education, and now it's time to honour her efforts with a graduation gift. Give her a gift that expresses your love and pride in her accomplishment while helping her make a strong start in the next phase of her life.
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You don't have to buy your girlfriend a car to get her an excellent transportation gift. If she's moving, pay to rent a moving truck for her and volunteer to drive it to her new home. You could also buy her a new bike; if she's headed for dorm life, she may need one to get around campus quickly. If a big city is in her future, a yearlong bus or subway pass will save her money and make transportation fast and easy. Or buy her a round-trip plane ticket to visit her parents. Check that she can use it most any time she wishes.
Show your girlfriend how much you want her to succeed. If she wants to start her own business, pay to have a website or business cards professionally designed. For a new college grad just starting out in the business world, hire a professional to craft a top-notch CV and cover letter. If she's not sure what career direction to take just yet, pay for her to have several sessions with a career adviser. Or use your connections to find her an internship in an industry she enjoys.
If your girlfriend is headed for higher education, put together a university survival kKit for her. Find a large laundry basket and fill it with detergent, school supplies, her favourite snacks, a small blanket and a variety of sweet-smelling shower accessories. You could also put together a small DVD library of her favourite movies or get her a subscription to an online movie or book rental service. If she's leaving university (and a well-outfitted gym), get her a gym membership in her new city.
You can keep your gifts inexpensive without making them seem cheap. Put all of her favourite candy in a pretty basket, wrap it in cellophane and tie it with a ribbon. Include a heartfelt note telling her how sweet she is and how proud you are. Or buy her a plastic shower caddie and fill it with travel-size toiletries (usually about a dollar at large discount retailers). You could also scour online marketplaces for second-hand books by her favourite author or buy her a variety of £3 gift cards from fast-food restaurants, coffee shops and gas stations.
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